The Dolphins have $137.5 million committed for 2017 cap purposes, with the cap expected to rise from $155 million to the $165 million range.
Factoring in $8.4 million in carryover space (according to NFL players union figures), the Dolphins will have $36 million in space.
Two expected moves - cutting Mario Williams and Koa Misi — will save another $8.5 million and $4.2 million respectively, pushing cap space to nearly $49 million. Cutting Dion Jordan ($3.2 million savings) brings the total to $52 million.
Releasing Earl Mitchell would save another $4 million, bringing the total to $56 million. If the Dolphins cut left tackle Branden Albert, which would be a surprise, that would add another $7.2 million.
But keep in mind that Miami must allot around $6 million of that cap space for draft picks, several million for its restricted free agents and keep a few million in reserve for a practice squad and in-season needs.
We should get a 3rd rd pick for OV, and a 5th round pick for Miller. We might also get one for Rishard Matthews (who had a great year) These will help.
`50ish million to spend, make it simple.
Keep Stills, extend Landry.
Keep Sims. I would LOVE LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE David Njoku from Miami. Oh my God I would love to add him.
I would not move on from Albert, at all. Nor Pouncey, yet. Key is, have depth behind them. If we upgrade LG over Bushrod, then we can upgrade the depth behind Pouncey, and use them if/when injuries pop up. (Tunsil obviously backs up Albert if somethin bad happens there) Just sign a capable RG and depth is not that difficult. Not like we have to use 2-3 more draft picks or something again. Just fill in with decent Free Agent money
Draft wise, that's where you go heavy on D, and if we can snag Njoku to boot, bonus for us.
LB Zach Cunningham, DE Soloman Thomas, LB Jarrad Davis, DE/DT Malik McDowell, DT Caleb Brantley, DE Carl Lawson, DE Taco Charlton
Also, I wouldn't be on it, and I don't know if it would be worth it, but OJ Howard.........man........I wouldn't be furious, I would get the logic, especially with Gase, but clearly we need more on Defense than Offense right now.
As always, I would trade down to try and recoup a pick or two as well, fill more needs.
Still, with 6-7-8 picks, no reason we can't go
DE x 2
LB x 2
If we keep Stills and Sims and Kiko, then sign an upgrade at RG, and maybe even keep Branch. That would be a pretty damn good offseason. Then we would just need some of the picks to contribute right away.
Add to all that, Drake, Carroo, Grant, Lippett, Howard, Philips, Tunsil all hopefully take steps forward, and improve further. Add DVP to that as well. If they play better, and we get anything decent out of the rookie class, and a couple decent FA's, with Reshad, IAQ, Pouncey, Tannehill and Maxwell all coming back, the roster should be better overall in 2017 than it was in 2016. No more Foster, Cameron, Mario, Jordan, Rambo Misi, etc that took up space and didn't provide much help.