The National Football League has cleared the Miami Dolphins of any wrongdoing regarding tampering violations in their pursuit and eventual signing of star defensive player Ndamukong Suh.
The positive development for the Dolphins was confirmed by the Miami Herald’s Adam H. Beasley, who stated that a league spokesman has already cleared Miami of any fault in its pursuit of Suh.
The tampering allegations stemmed from reports that Suh had already agreed to a deal with the Dolphins, complete with specfics, though teams and free agents are not allowed to discuss and finalize contracts before the official signing period.
The results of the league investigation led NFL officials to find there was no evidence that Miami broke any tampering rules.
Suh left his previous squad, the Detroit Lions, who could not match the Dolphins’ more lucrative offer of $144 million over six years, with $60 million guaranteed. The signing made Suh the highest-paid defensive player in the NFL, and he will outearn the Houston Texans' star defensive player, J.J. Watt, who makes about $16.7 million per year compared with Suh’s $19 million.
Suh, who was the second overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, has earned a place in the NFL Pro Bowl four times in his career, in 2010, 2012, 2013 and 2014. He was also an NFL All-Pro First Team member in 2010, 2011, 2013 and 2014.
Other teams, including the Chicago Bears, Oakland Raiders, Washington Redskins, Indianapolis Colts and Jacksonville Jaguars, had reportedly put Suh on their radar before the start of the 2015 offseason, but in the end, Dolphins swooped in and signed the star defensive player.
In five years in Detroit, Suh is credited with 239 tackles, 36 sacks, two forced fumbles and one interception.
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