The Miami Dolphins have had a very busy day today releasing four players, saving almost $20 million in cap dollars and it appears they may not be done.
According to the Miami Herald’s Adam Beasley the Dolphins may be looking to trade for a “name” corner back and that Byron Maxwell and his $8.5 million salary may not be safe either.
If true then speculation to the future of Byron Maxwell suddenly takes center stage. The Dolphins really like Xavien Howard who will enter his 2nd season so that leaves only Maxwell that could be potentially replaced. You don’t go after a big name “nickel” corner.
The key word here is “pondering” which was used in another tweet. Miami is exploring options internally which is good because they are looking at every option available to them.
This does not mean that Maxwell is going to be released immediately or at all. Or that a trade is inevitable. Last year the Dolphins traded for Kiko Alonso and Maxwell ahead of free agency. The deal was official on the day of the league new year.
Could the Dolphins be serious about a trade for the second year in a row? If Beasley’s sources are correct, then we have to assume yes. Last year Maxwell was rated the 11th best corner by ProFootballFocus.com but he also was benched after week four and returned to his position when Howard was injured.
Miami today released starters Branden Marshall, Earl Mitchell, and veteran Mario Williams. There is a lot of speculation that Koa Misi and Dion Jordan will soon follow. Those two releases would add another $7.5 million to the Dolphins cap space. Maxwell would add another $5.5 million but Miami would have to eat $3 million in dead money.
Things are starting to get very interesting in Miami.