Examining details of Dolphins DT Ndamukong Suh's restructuring

The Miami Dolphins made a shrewd move this week to restructure the contract of defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh. He signed a franchise-record $114 million deal last year and had a cap number of $28.6 million and a salary of $23.485 for 2016.

ESPN NFL Insider Field Yates provided the details:

  • The Dolphins converted $10 million of Suh’s $23.485 million salary into a signing bonus. Suh will receive that bonus money up front.

  • An additional $10 million was changed into a pair of roster bonuses to be paid out in 2017. However, the cap hit for those two bonuses will be prorated beginning this season.

  • Suh’s reduced salary for 2016 will be $3.485 million, which will be paid during the regular season. The restructuring saved the Dolphins $16 million of salary cap room.

Suh deferred $10 million he could’ve made this year to 2017 but did not take a loss on the total value of his contract. The Dolphins needed the cap room to improve the team, and this was one of the biggest moves they could make.