Grading the Miami Dolphins off-season moves ahead of the draft
By Pablo Rosero
Will the Dolphins regret letting Van Noy walk? It will depend on how the rest of the offseason shapes up.
The release of Kyle Van Noy from a financial standpoint was a great move. The move cleared almost $10 Million for the Dolphins to use in a free agency impacted by COVID-19. It could be argued that by letting Van Noy walk, the Dolphins were able to bring in Will Fuller, but it isn’t that simple.
Van Noy was considered one of, if not the main, leader of not just the defense but the entire football team. With his close relationship with Brian Flores from their time in New England, he fit the scheme perfectly and did everything that was asked of him.
Accounting for 69 tackles and six sacks on the season, Van Noy’s departure leaves a gaping leadership and playmaking role that the Dolphins must-see from other players.
However, the absolute worst part is he re-signed with the Patriots. Along with all the moves that the Patriots made this offseason, this one hurts the most but is something fans are used to seeing.
Now that the Dolphins will be forced to play against Van Noy twice a year, it will be interesting to see if he holds a vendetta and plays his best games against his former teams. I assume he will.
Financial Grade: A
Team-wise Grade: F