It's been a crazy week for the Miami Dolphins and their pursuit of Ndamukong Suh. We were on top of the story throughout the entire week, leading all the way up to the second when Chris Mortensen of ESPN broke the news and said it was all but official. Now, with the free agency period now open, Suh and the Dolphins have made it official.
The deal is reported to be worth $114 million over a six-year period with $60 million in guaranteed money. The final numbers haven't been confirmed but when they are, we will let you know.
Suh, who is 28-years-old and is entering the prime of his career, was drafted in the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft by the Detroit Lions. Since that time, he has only missed two games, racking up 239 tackles and 36 sacks. While that may not seem like a high number of sacks over a five year period, it's important to note the stat that doesn't appear in the box score, which is the number of times he pressures the pocket.
According to Pro Football Focus, Suh's pressure percentage in 2014 was 8.4 percent, which was fifth best int he league. He had 8 sacks, 12 hits and a whopping 37 hurries. Those kind of stats don't show up in the box score but make a huge impact int he game. In Miami, he'll be expected to continue that while also playing a huge role in the run game.
Suh will instantly change the defense and make everyone around him better. It's an exciting time to be a Dolphins fan as Suh isn't your ordinary free agent who is on the back end of his career. Instead, he's just getting started and it will be fun to watch him in Miami over the next several years.
This story was written by Matthew Cannata. Follow him on Twitter: @PhinManiacs.