The Miami Dolphins have a little over two months before major personnel decisions need to be made. 14 in-house unrestricted free agents will be looked at thoroughly.
Miami coaches and personnel executives will pour over the seasons tapes, weigh on each players contributions to the team on and off the field, and then balance all of that with the salary cap. A number will be assigned to those who they want to keep and an offer will be made.
For most of the 14 contracts won’t come. The Dolphins need to improve in several areas and only a few actually make the team better or have the value to the team. Some will inevitably price themselves out of Miami’s plan.
Here is a look at those 14 unrestricted free agents and the additional eight restricted free agents whom the Dolphins may offer a deal to. Listed by whether the Dolphins should or shouldn’t offer a new deal.
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Thanks but no-thanks
Jordan Cameron – UFA
Not-resigning Cameron will leave a hole at tight-end but there was a hole when Cameron was healthy. He never returned to the form he had in Cleveland prior to the concussions. Cameron wants to continue playing but he will be doing so somewhere else in 2017. There is no price worth bringing Cameron back on at this point with his injury concerns.
Donald Butler – UFA
The Dolphins signed the former Charger linebacker when their own group was depleted with injuries. Butler did very little to stand out and with the Dolphins likely making an investment for the future in this unit, Butler has little to offer and shouldn’t have a future in Miami.
T.J. Yates – UFA
Yates was an insurance policy. Tannehill will be back and Miami will have more time to work with Brandon Doughty. I wouldn’t be surprised if the Dolphins don’t look at the draft for a mid to late round QB as well.
Bacarri Rambo – UFA
Rambo was brought in after the safeties were depleted. He played o.k. but not o.k enough to warrant another return. Rambo won’t find much on the FA market so Miami will have time to sign him later if they desire. Not before free agency begins.