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Suh offers help to Dolphins' defense

Raj Mehta/USA Today

Ndamukong Suh is expected to sign a contract with the Dolphins for $60 million guaranteed.With Ndamukong Suh reportedly ready to sign a contract that includes $60 million of guaranteed money with the Miami Dolphins, ESPN’s Stats & Information looks at his accomplishments.

Ndamukong Suh Career

Suh, who entered the NFL in 2010, has 36 sacks in his career. That’s the most among defensive tackles in that time. Second is Geno Atkins (who has played five fewer games than Suh) with 32.

The Detroit Lions, the team Suh is leaving, had the top rushing defense in 2014, allowing 69.3 yards per game. The Dolphins finished 24th in rush defense, allowing 121.1 yards per game.

The Dolphins allowed an average of 2.96 yards before contact on rushes last season. The Lions allowed barely half that -- a league-leading 1.51 yards per rush before contact.

Rush Defense Ranks Last Season

Suh had 8.5 sacks and 10.5 disrupted dropbacks last season. The Dolphins’ defensive tackles last season (Randy Starks, Earl Mitchell and Jared Odrick) combined for 7.5 sacks and 14.5 disrupted dropbacks.

Then again, Suh accounted for $22.4 million against the Lions’ salary cap, whereas Starks, Odrick and Mitchell consumed $10.3 million of the Dolphins’ cap space.

In the company of Hall of Famers

The Associated Press has selected Suh as a first-team All-Pro three times in his first five seasons. He is one of five defensive tackles in the past half century to be so recognized.

Of the five, three are in the Pro Football Hall of Fame: “Mean” Joe Greene, Alan Page and Cortez Kennedy. (The fifth is Kevin Williams.)

Suh's $60 million guarantee would be the most given to any defensive player. The contract of J.J. Watt has the highest guaranteed money, according to the Roster Management System, at $51.9 million. Next is Gerald McCoy, with $51.5 million guaranteed, and Patrick Peterson, with $48 million.