NFL: Miami didn't violate tampering policy pursuing Suh

Josh Katzenstein
The Detroit News

After looking into Miami's pursuit of former Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, the NFL determined the Dolphins didn't violate the league's tampering policy, league spokesman Michael Signora confirmed Tuesday.

The NFL's investigation found no wrongdoing by the Dolphins, whose deal with Suh went public on March 8. The league informed Miami of the findings this week.

The Miami Herald first reported Tuesday that the Dolphins were in the clear.

Reports indicated the Dolphins were nervous about an NFL investigation, but the Lions would not pursue tampering charges. At the league's annual meeting, Lewand said any tampering would be "a league issue."

Miami gave Suh a six-year, $114 million deal with $60 million guaranteed. NFL teams could begin talked to the agents of pending unrestricted free agents on March 7, which led to speculation of tampering. ESPN reported Suh's deal on March 8, and Miami had been one of the teams rumored to have the most interest in Suh before the legal tampering window opened.

Teams couldn't sign free agents until March 10 at 4 p.m., and the Dolphins introduced Suh on March 11.

The Lions also declined to pursue tampering charges against the Baltimore Ravens after owner Steve Bisciotti said in April he wouldn't rule out Lions defensive tackle Haloti Ngata returning to Baltimore in 2016.

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