5 veteran Dolphins players who could be cut in 2016

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Aug 29, 2015; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Miami Dolphins cornerback Brent Grimes is seen before the game against the Atlanta Falcons at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Innerarity-USA TODAY Sports

Brent Grimes

Grimes isn’t getting any younger and so far in 2015 he is showing signs of slowing down. Grimes is still electric don’t get me wrong but the Dolphins need to get bigger at the corner position and eventually they will need to replace him entirely. That may come sooner rather than later.

Grimes is scheduled to count over $9 million in 2016 and would carry a dead space of around $3 million but the Dolphins would get $6 million back in relief. At 32 years of age this year, it’s inevitable that he will be gone in the next two seasons. The Dolphins can’t make all of these cuts and expect to field a productive team but they will weigh the salary vs. production numbers and then look at how easily they can replace them.

Grimes can be replaced but his leadership can not. While teams never take into consideration a players wife or family when deciding on whether a player will be retained or released the Dolphins have to be growing tired of Miko Grimes’ antics off the field. She is very vocal and often critical of the organization and many believe that she has stirred up a lot of controversy. Whether that is true or not makes no difference if the perception is real.

The Dolphins do have a problem here though and that is the fact they have no one on the roster who can replace his production on the field and they have to find a corner that can start on the opposite side of Grimes. In other words releasing Grimes in 2016 gives the Dolphins two cornerback starters to fill.

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