It's going to be hard for the Miami Dolphins to make up for  Ndamukong Suh on a talent level, but unloading his expensive contract will make things a bit easier to sign players collectively. 


Electing to go linebacker heavy in the draft and use the first-round selection on playmaker Minkah Fitzpatrick for the secondary, the Dolphins made a good effort to fill their roster needs. This trade will further that philosophy.

This comes right after the Lions and new head coach Matt Patricia restructured Akeem Spence's contract. He initially signed a three-year, $10.5 million deal last offseason and was set to earn a base salary of $3.15 million in 2018. 


The restructure pushed him down to $2.575 to help clear space, but it's clear the team was looking for more room as Miami made the successful late push. It's unclear what the trade compensation is at this point.


In one season in Detroit, the 26-year-old played in all 16 games while starting 11. He combined for 39 tackles and three sacks total. Spence will come in as an instant starter for a Dolphins team in much need of a solid interior pass-rusher.