The Miami Dolphins are exiting the “rebuilding” chapter of the Chris Grier & Brian Flores tenure, with Miami coming off of a 10-get period in 2020 and welcoming the (presumably) last big influx in new faces into the fray. And that would make the team’s outlook at this place in time all that much much more interesting, as part of the mission statement from Grier, the Dolphins’ standard supervisor, was that he required to construct a “long-term” winner listed here in South Florida.
And a huge element of Miami’s 2019 teardown was rooted in aligning the Dolphins for much more flexibility from the wage cap — a required evil just after the Dolphins ended up boxed into a corner with the prior managing of the cap below former government Mike Tannenbaum. Miami was notorious for ambitious signings of more mature players and regularly restructured new contracts to defer confirmed dollars.
But the fantasy that the wage cap is “fake” is just that: a myth. At some point, it all comes to go. And for the Dolphins of 2021, they’ve clearly learned their lesson.
Professional Football Aim place collectively a research of all 32 teams in the NFL and their 3-12 months salary cap outlook. The Miami Dolphins? They checked in at No. 12 in general.
The study seemed above “active” draft cash, 2021-2023 “effective cap space”, 2021-2023 prorated guarantees, a best-51 veteran participant valuation and a 2022 unrestricted totally free agent valuation. Miami concluded in the major-12 in draft funds (10th), effective cap place (12th), and prorated income (9th).
Classes plainly discovered from the Tannenbaum era — as Miami is doing the job in the polar reverse set of ideologies in the in this article and now. Here’s what PFF had to say about Miami’s offseason and how it aligns with their study of the league-extensive cap predicament.
“Arguably no just one experienced a more eventful offseason than the Miami Dolphins, starting off with a shock release of linebacker Kyle Van Noy. The Dolphins then traded edge defender Shaq Lawson to the Houston Texans in trade for linebacker Benardrick McKinney and traded remaining guard Ereck Flowers back to the Washington Soccer Team.
Come draft time, Miami was wheeling and dealing before the selections started. All advised, the Dolphins have an additional 2023 to start with-round decide from the San Francisco 49ers in the trade for quarterback Trey Lance.
Miami is coming out the other aspect of a rebuild. Now it is time for quarterback Tua Tagovailoa to get them over the proverbial hump and back again into the playoffs for the initially time considering the fact that 2016.” — Brad Spielberger, PFF
In which Miami chooses to go from right here? That is still to be identified. But with Grier’s mission of a extended-term winner in brain, it is tricky to imagine him abandoning his route with long-term cap flexibility.