Written by: Chad Hahn
As the 2020 NFL free agency period reaches the end of the first wave, players like Jadeveon Clowney, Robbie Anderson, and Jameis Winston,etc are still available. Let's look at what the Miami Dolphins have done so far during free agency.
Miami has started fast and furious signing 10 players and resigning one player from last year’s team, addressing a lot of pressing needs in some very critical positions. What’s more impressive is how this front office seems to be extremely prepared at attacking the team's needs with players in the prime of their careers and not overpaying and structuring their contracts a very smart way to keep those players hungry. Let’s take a look at Miami’s signings as of right now:
Ereck Flowers (LG)
6' 6", 330 lbs DOB 4/25/1994 (25)
Flowers was the 6th overall pick a few years ago in the 2015 NFL Draft but struggled with the NY Giants before getting picked up by the Washington Redskins and they switched his position to (LG) and he played very well after the position switch. Ereck jumped at an opportunity to go back home to Miami where he is from and also played in college for the Hurricanes. He is expected to be the team’s starting left guard.
Contract:3 yr(s) / $30,000,000
Signing Bonus $9,000,000
Guaranteed at Signing$19,950,000
Shaq Lawson (DE)
HT/WT 6' 3", 267 lbs DOB 6/17/1994 (25)
Shaq was the 19th overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft out of Clemson. He has been fairly productive and has a good blend of pass-rushing moves along with being able to set the edge against the run. His former line coach from college Marion Hobby is the current line coach for Miami so that helped bring Lawson to Miami. Shaq is expected to be the starting defensive end for Miami because he can play that position if Miami is playing a 4-3 scheme or a 3-4 scheme.
Contract:3 yr(s) / $30,000,000
Average Salary $10,000,000
Total Guarantees $21,000,000
Guaranteed at Signing $21,000,000
Byron Jones (CB)
HT/WT 6' 0", 205 lbs DOB 9/26/1992 (27)
Jones is one of the best pure coverage CB’s in the league. Although some criticize has playmaking ball skills because of his 2 career INT’s there is no doubt that the CB position has more to it than that. He has essentially shut down the likes of Michael Thomas and DeAndre Hopkins. He automatically becomes the best CB on the team including Xavien Howard. That tandem of Jones and Howard can be the best duo in the NFL if Howard stays healthy.
Contract:5 yr(s) / $82,500,000
Signing Bonus $15,000,000
Total Guarantees$ 54,375,000
Guaranteed at Signing $46,000,000
Kyle Van Noy (OLB)
HT/WT 6' 3", 250 lbs DOB 3/26/1991 (28)
Van Noy is very familiar with head coach Brian Flores from New England and fits the scheme and culture in Miami perfectly and fills a huge hole in Miami as they desperately needed a pass-rushing OLBer. Van Noy will be the team’s instant starter at LOLB.
Contract:4 yr(s) / $51,000,000
Signing Bonus $12,000,000
Average Salary $12,750,000
Total Guarantees $30,000,000
Guaranteed at Signing $15,000,000
Emmanuel Ogbah (DE)
HT/WT 6' 4", 275 lbs DOB 11/6/1993 (26)
COLLEGE Oklahoma State
Ogbah is a perfect backup with potential to take the starter position at DE from newly acquired DE Shaq Lawson. Ogbah, just like Lawson sets the edge well in run defense along with getting steady pressure on the QB because of their toughness. Ogbah led Kansas City in sacks before going down to injury last year. An under the radar type signing that has a nice potential upside.
Contract:2 yr(s) / $15,000,000
Average Salary $7,500,000
Total Guarantees $7,500,000
Guaranteed at Signing $7,500,000
Clayton Fejedelem (S)
HT/WT. 6’0”, 205 lbs DOB 6/2/1993 (26)
Clayton has been the special teams captain for the Cincinnati Bengals and the Dolphins are trying to get better at all 3 phases of the game so it should come without a surprise that they’d invest nicely in that area with Dolphins special teams ace Walt Aikens an FA. He will also come in and compete for the backup safety position on the team. High character and work ethic.
Contract:3 yr(s) / $8,550,000
Signing Bonus$ 1,500,000
Average Salary $2,850,000
Total Guarantees $3,000,000
Guaranteed at Signing $3,000,000
Jordan Howard (RB)
HT/WT 6' 0", 224 lbs DOB 11/2/1994 (25)
Howard has been productive while on the field in his career. In fact he's the NFL’s 3rd leading rusher since he's been in the league (2016) If Howard stays healthy he could be a huge steal for Miami who desperately needed an influx of talent at RB and has a great start with Howard. Instant starter (before the draft)
Contract: 2 yr(s) / $9,750,000
Average Salary $4,875,000
Total Guarantees $4,750,000
Guaranteed at Signing $4,750,000
Kamu Grugier-Hill (LB)
HT/WT 6' 2", 230 lbs DOB 5/16/1994 (25)
COLLEGE E Illinois
Grugier-Hill has been the Philadelphia Eagles special teams captain and has a high motor and high character like everyone Miami has signed in FA. He also has potential to get on the field on passing downs as a coverage LB. Between Grugier-Hill and Fejedelem signings the special teams unit are expected to take a big step forward.
Contract:1 yr(s) / $3,000,000
Signing Bonus $2,000,000
Average Salary $3,000,000
Total Guarantees $2,000,000
Guaranteed at Signing $2,000,000
Ted Karras (OC)
HT/WT 6' 4", 305 lbs DOB 3/15/1993 (27)
Karras knows coach Brian Flores from New England and turned down more years and money from the Patriots to go with Miami because he wanted to start and try and resign in Miami like fellow teammate Eric Rowe from last year where Miami extended Rowe for 3 years because of his play on the field. Karras is an upgrade to former starting center Daniel Kilgore and is 4 years younger. Last year Karras had 15 starts and gave up 2 sacks and 1 penalty.
Contract:1 yr(s) / $4,000,000
Average Salary $4,000,000
Guaranteed at Signing-
Elandon Roberts (LB)
HT/WT 6' 0", 238 lbs DOB 4/22/1994 (25)
Roberts just like Van Noy and Karras is coming to Miami from New England. Flores coached Roberts first hand in New England and is a jack of all trades playing both ILB and OLB and occasionally playing FB on offense. He's a hard worker and will help continue the culture change in Miami.
Roberts contract isn't available at the moment. Reports are that the deal is a 1-year deal and it's maximum value including incentives reaches $3 Million.
Average Salary $
Guaranteed at Signing-
Re-Signed Adrian Colbert (FS)
HT/WT 6' 2", 205 lbs DOB 10/6/1993 (26)
Colbert played well after being picked up by Miami for the final 6 games of last season including 5 starts where he recorded 22 tackles and 2 pass defenses. He’s from Miami and has a chance to compete with projected starter Bobby McCain for the starting FS position.
Contract:1 yr(s) / $1,775,000
Average Salary $1,775,000
Guaranteed at Signing-
After these signings, Miami still has a projected $32-34 Million in cap space not including a potential cut or restructured contract for WR Albert Wilson that could save them over $9 million in cap space. If Miami is done in FA for the time being let's look at the updated depth chart after these signings and heading into the 2020 NFL Draft where Miami has 14 draft picks.
OLB- A.VAN GINKEL/T.CHARLTON/S.EGUAVOEN
OLB- K.VAN NOY(FA)/V.BIEGEL/T.HARRIS
Now there could be an argument made that Miami has OG Michael Dieter slotted to move to RG and keep Jesse Davis at RT but in the NFL there are a lot of injuries and Jesse Davis played a lot better as a RG then RT so in my opinion Miami needs (2) starting-caliber offensive tackles so they have better depth at the interior linemen positions.
Miami has done a fantastic job in free agency creating flexibility on defense and now doesn't have too many holes on that side of the ball or in general and Miami is packed with 14 draft picks, it appears Miami is in store for a very quick rebuild. Now we will get prepared for the final step in this off-season (Draft) and it does appear head coach Brian Flores and General Manager Chris Grier are well prepared to complete this off-season on a high note.