Miami Dolphins: 5 players that might not be around in 2023

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Is 2022  Andrew Van Ginkel’s last year with the Miami Dolphins?

The group of linebackers that the Dolphins currently have on their roster could look vastly different from the unit that they trot out in 2023. Aside from the two rookies that they just drafted and signed, the only linebacker under contract past this coming season is Jerome Baker.

Everyone from Duke Riley to Melvin Ingram to Elandon Roberts is in the final year of their deals, and the Dolphins are in a position to do a complete overhaul if things don’t go well for them in 2022. Andrew Van Ginkel hopes to survive the overhaul.

Van Ginkel has been one of the more pleasant surprises for Miami’s defense over the last few years and put together a solid season last year after getting off to a slow start. His usage increased in 2021 as he saw the field on 71 percent of defensive snaps, compared to the 46 percent from his first two seasons. He had four sacks and was 5th on the team in total tackles.

While there will be competition in training camp, Van Ginkel figures to lock down a starting job as one of the team’s outside linebackers. If he is able to produce in the same fashion that he has to start his career, there will be a new contract and spot on the roster waiting for him.