Miami Dolphins: The three biggest losers from Miami’s offseason

MIAMI GARDENS, FLORIDA - NOVEMBER 15: Jakeem Grant (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)
MIAMI GARDENS, FLORIDA - NOVEMBER 15: Jakeem Grant (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images) /
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MIAMI GARDENS, FLORIDA – DECEMBER 06: Wide receiver Jakeem Grant #19 of the Miami Dolphins can’t make the catch as cornerback LeShaun Sims #38 of the Cincinnati Bengals makes the tackle in the second quarter of the game at Hard Rock Stadium on December 06, 2020 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images) /

Miami Dolphins Jakeem Grant’s contract is looking expendable.

The receiver room is stuffed to the rafters at the moment. I could’ve gone with one of a few receivers here in Jakeem Grant, Allen Hurns or Albert Wilson. I ultimately picked Grant, as he’d free up the most money. If he’s released after June 1st, he will trigger $4.1 million in cap savings.

Frankly, I questioned the decision to extend Grant back in 2019. He was given a 4-year, $19.7 million extension following one good season as a punt/kick returner in 2018. The hope was that he’d grow into a starting slot receiver but that never panned out. He’s battled drops and struggled to stay healthy, accumulating 537 yards receiving over these last two seasons, combined. To make matters worse, the Dolphins just drafted a more talented returner in Waddle. Javon Holland handled punt return duties in college as well.

The Dolphins have at least two of every type of receiver: big-body possession receivers (DeVante Parker, Preston Williams, Allen Hurns); shifty slot receivers (Lynn Bowden Jr., Jakeem Grant, Malcolm Perry); and speed receivers (Jaylen Waddle, Will Fuller, Albert Wilson). They can afford to pay most of these guys but given Grant’s contract and meager production, he’s an expensive redundancy to keep on the team.