There has been a lot of speculation about how much money the Miami Dolphins would have left to spend after the contracts signed by back-up QB Matt Moore and Brian Hartline. Today we know. The Dolphins had around 44 million to play with, designated Randy Starks with the franchise tag for 8 million leaving them with around 37 million to spend.
According to today’s hard working local beat writer Ben Volin of the Palm Beach Post, the Dolphins only spent around 4.6 million in 2013 cap space on the two re-signs.
Neither player get’s a huge amount guaranteed. Moore has a 4 million base in 2014 but it’s not guaranteed and the signing bonus and 2013 base of 1 million are. Hartline got 12 million guaranteed in the form of his signing bonus and his next two seasons base salaries. $715,000.00 in 2013 with 4.75 million in 2014. The rest of the 30 plus million is back loaded and not guaranteed.
For both Ireland and the players, it’s a good situation. Ireland keeps important members of his team while not sacrificing is spending power. The Dolphins still have around 30 million to start spending tomorrow afternoon and could still sign Randy Starks to a new deal that would reduce his cap number as well.
To see the contract details, click here.