The Miami Dolphins have made a few moves today including a restructure of linebacker Koa Misi. They also added another player and released one.
According to several in the media including James Walker of ESPN, the Dolphins claimed 24 year old Auburn alumni Avery Young. Young, a tackle spent last season with New Orleans injured after going undrafted. The Dolphins are hoping he will compete with and push Anthony Steen and add depth behind Laremy Tunsil.
To make room for Young the team waived/non-football injury cornerback Daniel Davie.
The moves come on the heels of a new contract with Koa Misi that is somewhat of a major head scratcher.
It was reported earlier that Misi had restructured his contract. Set to count $4.8 million on the cap this year Misi reduced his salary. Had Miami cut the often injured linebacker they would have saved $4.2 million in cap space while carrying $575,000 in dead cap money.
Under Misi’s new deal he will receive a guaranteed $1.5 million regardless of whether he is cleared to play. Misi suffered a neck injury in week three of the 2016 season and it was thought at one point that he may not play again. While signs are pointing to a full recovery he isn’t expected to be cleared to return to the field until sometime in May.
And if he isn’t? He will take home the $1.5 million.
His full contract will pay him $2.8 million this season but the Dolphins would save the difference if he is not cleared to play and this released. Miami could have released and re-signed him to a much friendlier deal but at least they have given him some security should he not be able to continue playing.
When healthy Misi is a very good run defender (after the ball carrier has made positive yards). He also excels at rushing the quarterback despite his 12 sacks in 7 seasons and the fact that he really doesn’t have a solid up field push. Misi is much better in disguised blitz schemes.