The Miami Dolphins today signed CB Michael Lehan to a 3 year 4.95 million dollar contract that will pay him around 2.1 million this year. Lehan was a late season bloomer last year after the secondary was decimated by injuries. He had 8 tackles against the Bengals in the season finale.
2 years ago, Lehan was the CB who was called for hands to the face on 3rd and long against Pittsburgh late in the game that gave them a first down which led to the go ahead for good score.
Now, in my opinion the Dolphins have set an ugly precedent here. Lehan was scheduled to be a free agent but the money is a little high for a guy who really has only played decent in 8 games. This salary is a testament to the escalation of salaries over the years and how a cap number can be reduced quickly.
The benefit is that Lehan will be coached by one of the best in the league, Todd Bowles. He is still young and could potentially become a very good CB however, this year, he is likely to remain a backup behind Will Allen and whoever else the team brings in.
If Lehan is worth 4.95 million, I can only imagine what a guy like Assante Samuel or Ken Hamlin are worth.