The Miami Dolphins have to make tough decisions each season and that will be no different this year when they make tough cuts at camp’s end.
Miami will spend the next month going through OTAs and a mini-camp but will eventually break for the summer and return in late July for the start of training camp. When they do, these three players will not be on the roster and the Dolphins may find themselves wishing they were, at least a little.
Heading into free agency, the Dolphins had a lot of work to do both to clear out some cap space and decide which players they were bringing back and which ones had to go. Now, two months removed from the market opening, the Dolphins have addressed roster deficiencies in the draft and continue to supplement the roster.
McCain wasn’t simply an odd man out. His salary was such that Miami could make a move and not carry over a lot of dead cap space. It didn’t take McCain long to find a new home after his release. He joined the Washington Football Team.
McCain was a leader in the secondary who showed consistency and an ability to play deep and move up to take on running backs. McCain was well-liked in the locker room and that is something that will be tough to replace. Miami will try to do so with Jason McCourty.
The Dolphins wanted to re-sign Karras but they waited too long to make a decision as they pursued another Patriots center, Davis Andrews. By the time the Dolphins got around to Karras, he opted to return to New England.
Karras wasn’t a great center but he was adequate enough and got a lot of the blame last year for mistakes the rookie were making. The Dolphins may be fine with Matt Skura but Skura had snap problems in 2020. The veteran was a leader in the offensive line room and his value in helping the younger players was important.
Miami Dolphins fans loved Fitzpatrick and even now fans talk about him on social media. He was a huge part of the Dolphins offensive transition and a bigger part of the cultural shift that Brian Flores was implementing.
Though he has been around for what seems like forever, Fitzpatrick still plays the game like he is a 15-year-old at a local field. The Dolphins will miss his energy, his attention to detail, and his charismatic attitude. To say nothing of the leadership void he left behind.