Cutting Eric Rowe could clear around $5 million in cap space
Safety Eric Rowe has not been a bad addition for the Miami Dolphins since the team signed him away from the New England Patriots in 2019. He and Bobby McCain were a force as the Dolphins backend defenders in 2020, but as things go in the NFL, the two were replaced by younger players.
The drafting of Texas safety Brandon Jones in 2020 and Oregon safety Jevon Holland in 2021. The duo was worked alongside Rowe in 2021 and had a ton of success. The duo looks as though they’ll be as good a safety duo as the Dolphins have had in a very long time.
But what does that mean for Rowe?
Rowe has been good at covering tight ends, but the Dolphins have pressing needs that they must resolve this offseason. Cutting Rowe would save the Dolphins about $5 million in cap and give Jones and Holland even more playing time.
Holland would be the favorite to take over Rowe’s job as the roster currently stands, but both his and Jones’ versatility are what the team will value the most. Adding a cheaper and younger option at safety would be a smart call for the team.
If the team does bring back Boyer, the team could add another safety into the mix through free agency or the draft.