When the move becomes official Wednesday so the Dolphins can clear $17 million in salary-cap room, I’m waiting for another Twitter post in which Suh says, “So long, suckers.”
In hindsight, the comments from Suh’s introductory news conference back then are almost comical unless you’re a Dolphins fan having just endured a 6-10 season with scant reason to believe a major turnaround is coming.
Start with Miami’s pass rush. Suh was supposed to draw enough double-team attention that others could thrive in one-on-one matchups. Yet the Dolphins posted meager sack totals of 31, 33 and 30 the past three seasons.
Suh’s sack numbers in those years gradually declined from six to five to 4.5. He logged multiple sacks in a game only twice, the last time being against Cleveland in Week 4 of the 2016 campaign.
The Dolphins also would end that year ranked 30th in the NFL against the run, with opponents gouging Miami for an average of 140.4 yards a game. There was improvement in 2017, but the Dolphins still finished 19th in that category.
Again, Suh isn’t to blame for all of his unit’s failings. There were issues at varying times with talent in Miami’s back seven along with four different defensive coordinators running the show.
Now Cousins is the hottest name on the free agency market. Teams like the Jets, Browns, Cardinals, and Vikings should be willing to throw a record deal at Cousins. If Washington hadn’t traded for Smith, Cousins might be facing yet another season of playing under the tag. Sam Bradford, Teddy Bridgewater, and AJ McCarron would be the top targets in free agency, and Jimmy Garoppolo might be holding onto that highest-paid NFL player designation a little longer.
And now that Cousins and the Vikings reportedly have a deal, that leaves Bradford, Bridgewater and McCarron as the most attractive options left among the available quarterbacks. Who will the Jets settle for? What about the Cardinals? Their decisions will then have a further impact in the draft.
The Chiefs needed some help at wide receiver alongside Tyreek Hill, but with initial reports suggesting this is a three-year, $48 million deal with $30 million guaranteed, this seems like a team betting that their scouting report from four years ago was more accurate than what they’ve seen since.