A Day In The Life of Dennis Hickey


A day in the life of Dennis Hickey

Jun 17, 2014; Davie, FL, USA; Miami Dolphins general manager Dennis Hickey takes notes during mini-camp at Miami Dolphins Training Facility. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports

Now that the dust has settled and the last match is officially over, the real game is about to begin.  The game I am referring to is the Art of War.  The offseason is officially underway. This is where General Managers will earn their pay check.   How will they entice players to sign with their associated team, besides offering them millions of dollars, some players believe it or not want to ensure that they will have chance to play in a playoff game or better yet the Super Bowl.

This is where the art of persuasion and having a solid direction will attract players to sign with the Miami Dolphins.  With that being said, everyone has a chance to be like Dennis.  There is a site (highly addictive, so be warned) that allows you to be the General Manager of a NFL team.  This site allows you to resign your own players and attract players on the open market, also playing close attention to your set salary cap restrictions.

So let the drama begin.  Here is how my offseason unfolds.

Starting with:

Salary Cap: 145,000,000

Player Salaries: 143,515,635

Dead Money: 280,542

Carryover: 8,548,388

Reserved for Draft Picks: 5,000,000

Cap Space Remaining: 4,752,211

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Players Cut:

  • Brain Hartline (3.15 Million)
  • Philip Wheeler (200k)
  • Dannell Ellerbe (5.6 Million)
  • Earl Mitchell (3 Million)
  • Randy Starts (5 Million)
  • Cortland Finnegan (5.4 Million)
  • Brandon Gibson (3.2 Million)
  • Brandon Fields (3.1 Million)
  • Shelley Smith (2.75 Million)

Revised Cap Space

Cap Space Remaining: 36,350,211

Now that I have some cap space, I can press on with re-signing players on my team that deserve a contract.  Even though I cut, Mitchell and Fields, I re-sign both players to a more contract friendly deal.

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  • Resigning Players

    LaMichael James – 1 Year (1 Million/per year, 65% guaranteed)

    Charles Clay – 4 years (4 Million/per year, 70% guaranteed)

    Jared Odrick – 3 Years (5 Million/per year, 75% guaranteed)

    Earl Mitchell – 1 Year (1.5 million/per year, 80% guaranteed)

    Brandon Fields 2 Year (1.5 million/per year, 80% guaranteed)

    After re-signing these 5 players, I am left with following:

    Cap Space Remaining: 26,100,211

    Free Agency:

    After taking care of re-signing my players, I still have over 26 Million to be aggressive in Free Agency.

    Mike Iupati (G) accepted your 4 year offer for $6,000,000 per year
    Terrance Knighton (DT) accepted your 4 year offer for $9,000,000 per year
    Byron Maxwell (CB) accepted your 4 year offer for $5,000,000 per year
    Rolando McClain (ILB) accepted your 3 year offer for $6,000,000 per year
    Louis Murphy (WR) accepted your 2 year offer for $2,000,000 per year
    Brandon Spikes (ILB) accepted your 1 year offer for $5,000,000 per year

    When all the dust is settled, this leaves with over 6 million in cap space for my draft picks – and I have addressed and fulfilled the majority of needs on my team. My focus now on the draft will be for players that I can inject into my lineup that will make a difference on Sunday.

    What do you think of my offseason so far? Or try your luck and let me know what you would do different?