MIAMI (CBSMiami/AP) — All those who thought the Miami Dolphins would announce the signing of Ndamukong Suh at 4:01 p.m. on Tuesday received a bit of a surprise.
As Tuesday turns into Wednesday, the deal has yet to be finalized.
The Dolphins made a handful of roster moves on the first day of free agency while they worked toward completing a contract with the top prize in this year’s class, Ndamukong Suh.
An agreement with Suh is widely expected Wednesday, with Miami outbidding all competition for the three-time first-team All-Pro defensive tackle. Suh would replace Jared Odrick, who agreed to terms Tuesday on a deal with Jacksonville.
Miami created a little cap space for Suh’s huge contract by releasing guard Shelley Smith, who started three games last season. Smith was due to make $2.75 million this year.
The Dolphins restructured the contract of punter Brandon Fields, who accepted a pay cut rather than being released.
“I’ve played 129 games in a row as a Miami Dolphin,” Fields tweeted. “Happy to be able to keep the streak going!”
Reserve safety Michael Thomas re-signed after missing the second half of last season with a chest injury. The Dolphins also re-signed linebacker Kelvin Sheppard, who played mostly on special teams last year.
Miami placed a one-year, $2.4 million second-round tender on defensive lineman Derrick Shelby on Tuesday, making it likely he’ll remain with the team. Shelby played in 15 games last year and had three sacks.
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