6. Tua Tagovailoa – 2022 cap hit: $8,256,938
One of the most important contracts on the team belongs to Tua Tagovailoa. Yes, he has plenty to prove and games to win before he earns any kind of pay day, but the Dolphins need to take advantage of having a quarterback on a rookie contract while they can. Tua will be the 6th highest paid player in Miami in 2022, earning $8.2 million in the third year of his contract. For what it’s worth, he will be the 24th highest paid QB in the league.
5. DeVante Parker – 2022 cap hit: $8,744,110
This list is subject to change as the off season wears on, especially given the uncertain future of DeVante Parker. He is by far the longest tenured Miami Dolphins player, but the team may deem him expendable, given the slew of weapons that now grace the depth chart. But by veteran wide receiver standards, he is one of the more modestly paid players at the position, and could be attractive for a team in win-now mode.
Parker’s cap hit comes in at $8.7 million for 2022, making him the 18th most expensive receiver in the game. He may not be the 18th best, but he will be in the last year of his deal and could contribute immediately, which could make him a commodity come draft time.
4. Jerome Baker – 2022 cap hit: $9,730,000
Our first defensive player to make the list, Jerome Baker is the anchor of the linebacking core. He received a big contract extension before last season, and lived up to it by earning the AFC Defensive Player of the Month in December 2021.
Baker will earn just a shade under $10 million this upcoming season, but should be worth the investment. He is the only true, proven commodity in the Dolphins’ linebacker room, which could be one of the weak points for Miami this upcoming season. But if he can remain a consistent contributor, then his contract will end up being worth it.