THE FREE-AGENCY frenzy, trading outbreak and stunning retirements of the first day of the NFL's business year gave way to one headliner yesterday: Ndamukong Suh.
Miami signed the All-Pro defensive tackle and top prize in this year's free-agent crop to a 6-year, $114 million contract. It made Suh the highest-paid defensive player in NFL history, surpassing J.J. Watt's 6-year, $100 million deal with Houston.
"I'm excited about the pressure," Suh said, referring not to the pass rush but to the expectations that come with such a contract. "I don't necessarily look at it as pressure. I look at it as something I'm built for."
"This is the ultimate team sport. There's no way I can do it by myself. I want to be a cornerstone. At the same time our quarterback is going to be a cornerstone, Ryan Tannehill, who I have a lot of respect for: No. 1 because he has taken my hits."
Miami also released veteran defensive tackle Randy Starks.
Green Bay re-signed right tackle Bryan Bulaga, ensuring that the NFL's highest-scoring team will keep its entire offense intact for 2015. The deal is believed to be for 5 years and $34 million, with an $8 million signing bonus.
Some second-tier QBs were on the move yesterday. The Jets acquired Ryan Fitzpatrick from Houston, and he was replaced there by Brian Hoyer.
Fitzpatrick, 32, is expected to push Geno Smith for the starting job with New York. He reunites with Chan Gailey, who coached Fitzpatrick in Buffalo and is the Jets' new offensive coordinator. The Jets also signed former Seattle guard James Carpenter as a free agent.
Hoyer, formerly of the Browns, will compete with Ryan Mallett with the Texans. Mallett was re-signed earlier this week.
There was one retirement, by cornerback Cortland Finnegan, which was expected - as opposed to Tuesday's retirements of three players in their primes: Patrick Willis, Jake Locker and Jason Worilds.
In other moves yesterday:
* Longtime Houston star receiver Andre Johnson joined his old University of Miami teammate Frank Gore in signing with Indianapolis. Johnson, 33, signed a 3-year contract with the Colts, 2 days after he was released.
* The Giants re-signed linebacker Mark Herzlich and fullback Henry Hynoski to 2-year contracts and extended coach Tom Coughlin's contract through 2016.
* Chicago agreed to terms with linebacker Pernell McPhee on a 5-year contract. The Bears also said they plan to retain Jay Cutler as their starting quarterback.
* Cincinnati refortified its offensive line be re-signing guard Clint Boling and tackle Eric Winston.
* New England added to its receiving group by signing Brandon Gibson and Kevin Dorsey and re-signing Brian Tyms.
* Oakland bulked up its defense with tackle Dan Williams and linebacker Curtis Lofton.
* Tennessee agreed to terms with receiver Harry Douglas and signed safety Da'Norris Searcy.
* Washington signed defensive lineman Stephen Paea.
* Tampa Bay agreed to a 4-year, $20.5 million contract with former Dallas linebacker Bruce Carter and released defensive end Michael Johnson.
* Arizona signed two former Colts: defensive end Corey Redding and center/guard A.Q. Shipley.