Miami Dolphins wide-receivers unit changes post free agency
By Brian Miller
With the frenzy of free agency now over and the Miami Dolphins turning their main focus to the draft, it is time to look at the WR unit.
When free agency began many believed that the Miami Dolphins overhaul would start with DeVante Parker. In a way, it did. Parker who was under contract on the 5th year option signed an extension instead of being released.
On the surface the move made little to no sense but the contract is actually good for the Dolphins and gives Parker the opportunity to prove his worth with the new regime. A regime which has Chad O’Shea as the OC.
O’Shea will be important to Parker and the rest of the receivers development. He was a big part of the New England Patriots coaching staff having coached the receivers unit and he did pretty well with cast-off’s and no-names.
Parker’s deal is basically two years $13 million but it is incentive driven and nothing in 2020 is guaranteed. He will remain the outside receiver and keeps the Dolphins from creating another hole.
The same wasn’t granted to Danny Amendola. Amendola was due $6 million for the 2019 season and the Dolphins were able to release him and get the entire money back on the cap. Amendola later signed a FA deal with the Lions and Matt Patricia.
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Amendola leaving didn’t create that big of a hole on the unit. Despite leading all Dolphins receivers last year, in part due to the significant injuries, Miami should be able to fill his role with what is on the roster.
The only other change to the roster was letting Leonte Carroo walk. The Dolphins have shown no early interest in bringing him back and the market for Carroo isn’t very good either. The market will likely pick up as teams begin off-season workouts.
Kenny Still remains outside and the Dolphins are waiting to see the return timeline for Jakeem Grant and Albert Wilson. Both have recently taken to social media to show they are progressing. They are expected to be a big part of the Dolphins offense under O’Shea.