Miami has been in negotiations with Suh’s agent, Jimmy Sexton, since the beginning of the NFL’s "legal tampering" period that began on Saturday, in which teams can begin discussions over pending free agents. Tuesday marks the first day NFL teams can officially sign free agents.
The deal is reported to have $60 million in guaranteed money, making the defensive tackle one of the league’s highest paid players and second only to San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick. ESPN’s sources estimate the contract will pay him the guaranteed $60 million over the first three years with an overall average of $19 million paid annually for the full duration of the contract.
Miami has long been rumored to be one of the favorites to land Suh but their contract offer is said to have exceeded all other teams that were interested, including his former team the Detroit Lions.
His notorious style of play has helped catapult his career but has also cost him in sanctions and fines, with Suh consistently ranked at the top of the NFL in penalties throughout his career. His 10 penalties last year were tied for most among all defensive tackles and he has racked up almost a half a million dollars in cumulative fines during his career for his rough play against opponents.
Among several noteworthy incidents, Suh was fined $30,000 in 2012 for kicking Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub in the groin, an NFL record $100,000 fine in 2013 for an illegal block on Minnesota Vikings center John Sullivan in Week 1, and had an NFL-high five personal fouls in his rookie season. A two-game suspension in 2011 marks the only two games he missed in his career.
Last season he anchored the league’s No. 1 run defense, but was initially suspended for the Lions’ wild card game against the Dallas Cowboys after stepping on Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers. The suspension for violating unnecessary roughness rules was later overturned and Suh was instead fined $70,000.
In five seasons with the Lions, Suh was selected to the Pro Bowl four times and has 239 combined tackles, 36 sacks and two forced fumbles for his career. He recorded 53 combined sacks, 44 of which were solo, along with 8.5 sacks last season.