It happens every year, NFL teams go into their off-season with a plan in place to fix the issues they had during the previous season. Some teams feel they are very close, maybe just a player or two away, those usually are teams that made it to the playoffs but did not win the Super Bowl. Other teams are stuck in neutral, while a few are always drafting in the top 10 it seems every year.
Miami spent the 2019 season blowing up their roster and sifting through the left overs, from the street free agents, through the practice squad players they poached. They knew it was going to be a rough season and we fans were prepared even for an 0-16 season even though many of us did not want things to sink to that low level, especially considering that the Dolphins still are the only team in NFL history to have a perfect season.
The 2019 season turned out to be better than expected, despite a rough start and the team being falsely accused of “Tanking”, Miami ended up winning 5 games and down the stretch is where the team finally started to improve winning 5 out of their last 9 games and beating the Patriots in New England in a game that they needed to win for their playoff positioning.
The Dolphins entered the off season with a plan in place and that plan was to use all the resources they had acquired after blowing up their roster and cleaning up their cap space and start to rebuild. So this is what Miami have done this off season.
Miami entered free agency with nearly 100 million dollars to work with and to my surprise they wasted no time spending it day one of free agency and when the dust had settled the Dolphins shelled out just about all of their money
- CB Byron Jones 5 year $82.5 million ($57 million guaranteed )
- OG/OT Ereck Flowers 3 year $30 million ($19.95 million guaranteed)
- DE Shaq Lawson 3 year $30 million (20.8 million guaranteed)
- ILB Kyle Van Noy 4 year $51 million (30 million guaranteed)
- DE Emmanuel Ogbah 2 year $15 million ($7.5 million guaranteed)
- OLB Kamu Grugier-Hill 1 year $3 million ( 2 million guaranteed)
- RB Jordan Howard 2 year $9.75 million ($4.75 million guaranteed)
- LB/FB Elandon Roberts 1 year $2 million ( 1 million guaranteed)
- C Ted Karras 1 year $3 million ( 3 million guaranteed)
- S Clayton Fejedelem 3 year $8.55 million (3 million guaranteed)
- Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Alabama
- Austin Jackson OT, USC
- Noah Igbinoghene CB Auburn
- Robert Hunt T Louisiana-Lafayette
- Raekwon Davis DT Alabama
- Brandon Jones S Texas
- Solomon Kindley G Georgia
- Jason Strowbridge DE North Carolina
- Curtis Weaver EDGE Boise State
- Blake Ferguson LS LSU
- Malcolm Perry WR Navy
Miami doubled down on their free agent moves in the draft by having a “Meat & Potatoes” draft as they focused on building the trenches and revamping the running back position on he team. A year after cleaning house and acquiring the most money and draft picks in the NFL in 2020, the Dolphins have played their hand and we now see what they were able to do with all their resources.
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