- James Walker, ESPN Staff Writer
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The Miami Dolphins were ranked 24th against the run last season and are in desperate need of a stud defensive tackle.
Pending free agent and Pro Bowler Ndamukong Suh is set to hit the market next week as the most dominant defensive lineman available.
Are the two sides a match?
According to ESPN analyst and former Tampa Bay Buccaneers general Mark Dominik, the Dolphins have “a real shot” at landing Suh. Dominik's theory wasn’t based as much on team fit or a chance for Suh to compete for championships in Miami. Dominik believes the lack of state taxes in Florida puts the Dolphins in the running for a player such as Suh, who is expected to get one of the riches free-agent deals this offseason.
“When you’re talking about state taxes and you’re in Tennessee, Texas or Florida and you’ve got that up your sleeve, any one of those teams has a real shot,” Dominik said, according to the Palm Beach Post.
Although I agree the absence of state taxes is an advantage, the bigger question is whether the Dolphins can afford to pay for a big-ticket item like Suh. He is expected to garner a contract in the range of $100 million or more.
It is doubtful that the Dolphins dish out a $100 million contract to land Suh. Miami spent the past three days clearing about $13.5 million in cap room by releasing veterans Cortland Finnegan, Brian Hartline, Brandon Gibson and Nate Garner. There will be more cuts, but it’s highly unlikely this is to set up a megadeal to get Suh to Miami. The Dolphins were big spenders in free agency the past two years, and this is the offseason the team is expected to take it easy and focus primarily on the draft.