Follow CBSMIAMI.COM: Facebook | Twitter

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.

READ MORE: COVID uptick being felt across South Florida as CDC recommends taking added precautions

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.

READ MORE: Gov. Ron DeSantis to sign off on housing money

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.

MORE NEWS: Second Suspected Case Of Monkeypox In Broward Under Investigation

(TM and © Copyright 2015 CBS Radio Inc. and its relevant subsidiaries. CBS RADIO and EYE Logo TM and Copyright 2015 CBS Broadcasting Inc. Used under license. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)