Adam Shaheen signed a small extension during the season in 2020 and has shown the Dolphins he is more than capable of playing at this level.
If Cethan Carter is going to make the roster, his biggest challenge will come from Adam Shaheen. Shaheen signed a small extension last year and is hoping to make the coaching staff not regret it.
Shaheen is in his 4th season and enters his 2nd with the Dolphins after three seasons with the Bears. In 2017, he was drafted in the 2nd round by Chicago. In his four seasons, he has 38 receptions for 399 yards. Last year he tied his reception total of 12 but surpassed his previous yardage high from 127 to 150.
With the addition of Hunter Long, clearly, Shaheen isn’t going to be considered a franchise TE anytime soon but he is good in protection and route running. He had three touchdowns last year for the Dolphins.
Shaheen’s contract makes him the third highest-paid tight end on the Dolphins roster behind Carter and Smythe. He will count $2.28 million against the cap with $2.116 carried over as dead money if released. Smythe would only count $158K against the cap. Something to keep an eye one. He would save the team $2.1 million if he were relased.
The Dolphins seem to be pretty high on Shaheen and that could make Smythe in a contract year, expendable.