The Dolphins defense looked fantastic during the pre-season but has been a colossal disappointment so far in the regular season. This is not to say it's all Suh's fault but so far the Dolphins are trying to fit him into their defensive system rather than have the system fit Suh, and it's just not working.
The presence of the prized defensive tackle had been in doubt since he skipped all but the first day of voluntary OTAs so he could work out with his private trainer. Joe Philbin has been adament about his desire for every player to attend OTAs.
Suh signed a six-year, $114 million contract in the offseason. He is not required to join the team until the three-day minicamp, which is scheduled to begin June 16.
Now they want him to earn it. And he has been made aware of that.
"I challenged Ndamukong," said vice president of football operations Mike Tannenbaum on 640 AM. "I talked to him. We have a lot of young players not only on the defensive line but on our team. If we were sitting here in 10 years and Jordan Phillips is talking about hopefully the career he is having, I'd love for him to say that in his formative years Ndamukong Suh impacted him.
"A lot of resources are going to Ndamukong. We're not hiding that. In a cap system players who take up a big part of your cap have to do more than just play well."
Suh has already raised a few eyebrows by his absence. He showed up for the first day of voluntary workouts but has been away from the team since, claiming he has opted to work with his personal trainer. But fellow Dolphins lineman A.J. Francis isn't complaining.
"He's the best d-lineman in the league so if we wants to train somewhere else that's his prerogative," Francis said. "And nobody can tell him otherwise."
Miami was accused of the violation when it was reported that Suh would sign with the team two days before teams were allowed to offer contracts to players. The NFL ruled the Dolphins didn't violate any of the rules after going through their phone records, which is required by the league.
Suh was signed to a six-year, $114 million this offseason by Miami. He totaled 53 tackles with 8 1/2 sacks in 16 games for the Lions in 2014.
The defensive tackle signed a six-year $114 million contract with $60 million guaranteed, and the Dolphins have to be happy they are getting an early return on their investment.
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