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Report: Defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh to sign with Miami Dolphins when free agency begins Tuesday

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The Raiders expected pursuit of defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh may be over before the official start of free agency.

Suh, according to an ESPN report by Chris Mortensen, will sign a six-year contract with $60 million in guaranteed money with a maximum value of $114 million, making the highest paid defensive player in NFL history.

Teams were able to submit parameters of a contract deal to prospective free agents starting Saturday. Contracts, according to NFL rules, cannot be negotiated until free agency officially begins Tuesday at 1 p.m. (PDT).

Presumably, the Raiders were one of several teams that outlined deals to Suh’s agent, Jimmy Sexton. According to the ESPN report, the Miami deal was considerably higher than the rest. The most ever paid to a defensive player is last year’s extension to Houston defensive end J.J. Watt, who got $51.8 million guaranteed and $100 million over six years.

There remains the possibility of issues with formal contract negotiations that could put Suh in play, but chances are the Raiders are closely examining other interior defenders such as Terrance Knighton (Denver), Jared Odrick (Miami), Henry Melton (Dallas) and Dan Williams (Arizona).

If the Raiders were to exceed the Miami offer, general manager Reggie McKenzie would have go well above the $114 million and $60 million guaranteed given California’s 13.3 percent tax rate as opposed to Florida, which has no state tax.

It was the second time in two days a top-tier free agent linked with the Raiders could be going elsewhere. Green Bay wide receiver Randall Cobb, who had 91 catches for 1,287 yards and 12 touchdowns last season, opted to sign a four-year, $40 million to stay with the Packers.

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Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

  • Chino

    New post

  • Dakota

    I take it by reading recent comments that no free agents have been linked to the raiders in any substantive way?

  • RaidO

    True

  • LB32

    Well, some GMs are able to keep their names out of the paper until the deal is done.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Focusing on Oakland instead of the Bay Area always puzzles me.

  • The Inimitable Alex7

    great word. I hop on about twice a week, but yeah, when I do, it’s a lazy weekend day, paying bills, so it’s a fun brain excercise that consumes a big part of the blog. maybe I’ll slow down if it’s bothersome

  • J Hill

    It’s “the market”, man.

    Crazy numbers.

  • NYCRaider

    Great insight by you again. Mccoy seems pretty happy to me?
    Lesean McCoy ‏@CutonDime25 2h2 hours ago

    It’s official…. G5 straight to buffalo as my new FAMILY awaits me can’t WAIT!!!! https://instagram.com/p/z-u_h_rXFU/

  • The Inimitable Alex7

    on the flip side, I get enough people agreeing with my “common sense” and stating similar things that I don’t feel it to be a negative, the ubiquity part, and perhaps a needed balance.

  • Thec

    Ok, i willl humour you, those 2 aside, what would make me want to play for the Raids????

  • LB32

    Sure, but the overall difference isn’t much. If the difference is that much to you, you don’t want to come here.

  • The Inimitable Alex7

    the Seahawks and Jets would tell you they LOST the trade for Harvin.

    what NFL do you watch?

    And Marshall was available for a 5th round because he declined so much last year, and isn’t going to suddenly get better in his 30s.

  • NYCRaider

    thats excellent recall. remember that now. good post

  • The Inimitable Alex7

    I’ll play along since you seem to enjoy it. MY team’s signing of Dockett is insignificant. 32-year old guy with blown knees. depth, leadership, not much else.

  • NYCRaider

    hang in there, we will probably sign a guard for 12-16 million

  • The Big Banana

    Oh, the horror of having to drive over a bridge to play football! Bay Area with some real choice neighborhoods and views to make your jaw drop, yet they only think of Oakland’s worst.

    Heck, even if you limit it to city of O, the Oakland Hills are incredible.

  • The Inimitable Alex7

    when’s Suh’s proclaimed goal was simply the most money, then yes, 13% on more than $60 million is much.

  • NYCRaider

    correct but Free agency hasnt started according to a few in here.

  • jesusraiderjim

    But he will really be a tackle

  • The Inimitable Alex7

    http://www.freep.com/videos/sports/nfl/2015/03/04/24386087/

    hmm, believe the press and their reporters (detroit here, no bias) or what he officially tweets?

  • The Big Banana

    Money, night life, beautiful surroundings and neighborhoods, gorgeous views, and the opportunity to help turn a storied franchise around, if you really are that confident in your ability.

  • LB32

    Ok but it isn’t a 13% difference it total taxes paid.

  • The Inimitable Alex7

    I’m the crazy one that thinks bidding to a certain point and exiting once it goes beyond that point is normal.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    It’s like focusing on Boyle Heights instead of the greater LA area.
    And no, I’m not comparing Boyle Heights to Oakland.

  • The Inimitable Alex7

    the Bills safety, the Chiefs top-3 in the NFL center, and the Bengals TE.

  • The Inimitable Alex7

    we’re just not taking the coveted FA KING crown from the Bucs or Redskins, and that’s bothering a lot of really deep thinkers.

  • The Inimitable Alex7

    not for the 30 other teams that passed.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    We got ’em all locked up with money left over.

  • Thec

    Ahhhh no……only thing i see on you list is money, i can get the other fluff in any nfl city….Also to consider is the, player being hit by state income tax…..
    Also the local sales tax in the bay is one of the highest in the nation…..

  • The Machine

    What we really need is a known locker room problem with bipolar disorder talking crap about our quarterback the first time things don’t go his way. Because it is perfectly normal for a guy who has #1 receiver talent to get traded away from three different teams, on to his fourth. Yeah, our locker room needs some of that.

  • KT

    The Power Struggle (refresh)

    Mark vs ???

  • KT

    No but have you heard any rumors about 31 GM’s being fired for whiffing on Suh and Cobb in free agency?

  • HELLSBELLS

    Better go after Hardy. Think we only have a chance at damaged goods so to speak.

  • signed long before this regime got into place man.

  • YOU’RE NOT MY SUPERVISOR!!!

  • ComptonRaider

    listen to the man

  • AutumnThunderstorm

    “Signed multiple top tier free agents this weekend?” Reggie, “No, but I stayed in a Holiday Inn last this weekend, and they had unlimited make your own waffles.”