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Dolphins' Ndamukong Suh: By the numbers

New Miami Dolphins defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh was the consensus No. 1 player in free agency. Suh is viewed as a rare free agent who doesn't hit the market often, which is why Miami will make him the NFL's highest-paid defensive player at $114 million on Tuesday.

How dominant has Suh been in his first five seasons?

Here are several telling statistics from ESPN Stats & Information:

  • Since being drafted in 2010, Suh leads all NFL defensive tackles in quarterback sacks with 36. Geno Atkins (32), Marcell Dareus (28.5) and Gerald McCoy (27) round out the top four.

  • Suh leads all defensive tackles in snaps (4,107) and disruptive dropbacks (50) since 2010. He is also third in tackles (238) at his position.

  • With Suh, the Detroit Lions led the NFL last season in run defense (63.9 yards per game) and yards allowed before contact (1.51). The Dolphins were 24th in run defense (121.1 yards per game) and 28th in yards allowed before contact (2.96).

My take is Suh is worth every penny for the Dolphins. Not only will he fix Miami's leaky run defense, but Suh's presence and overall dominance will make the other 10 defenders around him better.

The Dolphins arguably have the NFL's best defensive line on paper with the addition of Suh. However, Suh, fellow Pro Bowler Cameron Wake, defensive end Olivier Vernon and defensive tackle Earl Mitchell must quickly establish their chemistry and prove it on the field this season.