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Dolphins officially sign Ndamukong Suh

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Ndamukong Suh of the Detroit Lions warms up prior to the start of the game against the Green Bay Packers at Ford Field on September 21, 2014 in Detroit, Michigan. (Leon Halip/Getty Images/AFP)

Ndamukong Suh of the Detroit Lions warms up prior to the start of the game against the Green Bay Packers at Ford Field on September 21, 2014 in Detroit, Michigan. (Leon Halip/Getty Images/AFP)

The Miami Dolphins officially made defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh the highest-paid defender in NFL history on Wednesday.

The sides came to agreement Sunday on a six-year deal that reportedly is worth $114 million and includes $60 million in guaranteed money. Suh arrived in Miami on Wednesday and signed the deal.

The Dolphins and Suh's agent, Jimmy Sexton, discussed the parameters of the deal during a 72-hour window that opened Saturday for pending unrestricted free agents to talk with teams.

Suh will earn $60 million through the first three years -- surpassing the $51.8 million in guaranteed money the Houston Texans gave defensive lineman J.J. Watt as part of a six-year, $100 million deal last offseason. The overall value of Suh's deal surpasses Watt's contract.

The Detroit Lions opted not to place their franchise tag on Suh, which would have cost the team $26.9 million, setting him up to become the prize of the 2015 free agent class.

Suh enjoyed the best season of his career in 2014. He had 8.5 sacks and was instrumental in the Lions having the top rushing defense in the league.

The No. 2 overall draft pick out of Nebraska in 2010, Suh has lived up to his draft pedigree amid fines, suspensions and accusations that he is a dirty player. He has 36 sacks and helped the Lions make two playoff appearances.

 


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