The Miami Dolphins were forced to get creative and have restructured the large contract of Ndamukong Suh to create cap room.
Miami did not release details of the restructured deal, but the expectation is that this will create around $18 million in cap room. The value of the contract will remain the same despite the restructuring. By completing this process, Suh has given the Dolphins the opportunity to improve their their roster around him.
Last year when Miami signed Suh to a six-year deal worth $114 million, it represented a big moment for the team. It was a clear sign of Miami's desire to win in the near-term at any cost. The contract led to some speculation of future cap troubles for the team however, and this helps subside those worries a bit.
Miami is currently awaiting word on Olivier Vernon after placing a transition tag on the defensive end. Vernon could return to the Dolphins, but it is possible another team will bid too much for his services. Miami will be granted an opportunity to match any offer before Vernon can sign with another franchise.
The Dolphins also met with Mario Williams on Saturday as a possible replacement on defense. Signing Williams would likely be costly even with the veteran coming off a down year. Opening up cap room should allow Miami to offer Williams a deal if it chooses to go that route.
Miami is faced with a number of challenges that need to be addressed. While the defense could use some pieces, there is also a need for improvements on the other side of the ball. The Dolphins could look to address these spots in the draft and via trades if the market proves to be stagnant.
Miami announced that Koa Misi had his deal restructured as well on Saturday. In addition, the team released Greg Jennings which opened up an additional $4 million in cap space.