Player News - Dolphins

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The Dolphins believe they have a starting-caliber running back in Jay Ajayi.

Beat writer Barry Jackson believes Miami will try to retain Lamar Miller, but Olivier Vernon remains the team's top priority in free agency. Part of the Dolphins' willingness to move on from Miller stems from the potential they see in Ajayi, who flashed explosiveness as both a runner and receiver as a rookie. If Miller leaves, Ajayi could be close to an every-down back if the Dolphins don't pursue serious competition.
Feb 7 - 10:42 AM

No quarterback has been sacked more than Ryan Tannehill since 2012.

Between Miami's coaching instability and underachieving offensive line, it's easy to see why Tannehill took a 2015 step back. Billy Turner and Dallas Thomas were two of the worst guards in football, while Jason Fox was a nightmare filling in for injured RT Ja’Wuan James. Only Blake Bortles (52) and Aaron Rodgers (46) were sacked more than Tannehill (45) in 2015.
Feb 5 - 1:25 PM

The Palm Beach Post believes the Dolphins may ask Jordan Cameron to take a pay cut.

Cameron was signed to replace Charles Clay's production, but he managed just 35 catches on 70 targets for 386 yards and three scores. There is almost no way Miami keeps Cameron at his scheduled $9.5 million cap hit. Releasing Cameron would save Miami all of his $7.5 million base salary against the cap.
Feb 4 - 10:47 AM

The Palm Beach Post does not expect Greg Jennings back with the Dolphins next season.

Jennings recorded just 19 catches for 208 yards and one score in the first season of a two-year, $8 million deal. Miami can save $4 million against the cap by releasing the veteran this offseason. It is a no-brainer for the cap-strapped Dolphins.
Feb 4 - 10:39 AM

The Palm Beach Post believes impending free agent WR Rishard Matthews will not be back with the Dolphins next season.

After clamoring for more snaps his entire stay in Miami, Matthews finally got them in 2015, and he made the most of the work. Matthews posted career-highs in catches (43), yards (662) and touchdowns (4) while only playing in 11 games. Despite the nice year, Miami already has their future at the position with Jarvis Landry and DeVante Parker, and the Dolphins have big needs to fill all over the depth chart. Matthews should have no trouble finding a new home in free agency.
Feb 4 - 10:34 AM

The Palm Beach Post believes there's "no doubt" that re-signing impending free agent RE Olivier Vernon is the Dolphins' "No. 1 priority."

With good reason. Although Lamar Miller is also a free agent, pass rushers are much harder to find than running backs. Vernon, 25, has started 46 games the past three seasons and appeared in all 64 since being drafted in the third round in 2012. He has 29 sacks over that span and just graded out as Pro Football Focus' No. 1-ranked 4-3 end, leading the position in quarterback hits and finishing second in combined pressures. Vernon is going to break the bank.
Feb 3 - 9:31 AM

The Dolphins plan to give second-year UDFA Zach Vigil first-team snaps at middle linebacker this offseason.

The 'Fins are moving on from Kelvin Sheppard, and liked what they saw from Vigil in 145 snaps this season. However, reporter Barry Jackson expects a "veteran pickup or high draft pick" to eventually get the starting job in the middle. Either way, Vigil's spot on the 53-man roster looks like it will be secure for 2016.
Feb 2 - 5:58 PM

ESPN Dolphins reporter James Walker said there is a "40 percent" chance impending free agent Lamar Miller returns to Miami.

That might be generous. The Dolphins may be able to convince Miller the new coaching staff will better utilize him after being woefully underused the last four seasons, but they would still need to come up with the money. With Doug Martin likely staying with the Bucs, Miller will be the hottest young running back on the open market, and Miami is currently projected to be over the cap. They can save around $18 million by restructuring Ndamukong Suh's deal, but they also need to re-sign DE Olivier Vernon. With those cap limitations, spending a lot of money on a running back might not make sense.
Source: ESPN
Feb 2 - 9:31 AM

Dolphins SLB Koa Misi is a potential salary cap casualty.

The Dolphins can save $3.72 million in cap space by releasing Misi in March, or $4.3 million if they designate him a post-June 1 cut. Misi is a strong run defender with some sneaky pass-rush ability, but he's a liability in pass coverage and has missed eight games the past two seasons. Misi simply isn't worth his scheduled $4.375 million in salary and bonuses.
Jan 31 - 4:53 PM

The Dolphins aren't expected to draft a quarterback to compete with Ryan Tannehill for the starting job.

Despite underperforming in 2015, the Dolphins appear to be all-in on Tannehill. Head coach Adam Gase is excited to work with him while new OC Clyde Christensen recently said his job is to be Tannehill's "ally." Tannehill didn't receive that kind of support under Miami's last coaching staff. Joe Philbin campaigned for the Dolphins to replace Tannehill with Derek Carr leading up to the 2014 draft while former OC Bill Lazor didn't trust Tannehill enough to allow him to audible at the line of scrimmage. With the Dolphins' new coaching staff in place, Tannehill is in much better hands than he was a year ago at this time.
Jan 31 - 11:41 AM

New Dolphins OC Clyde Christensen said his "No. 1 job" is to be Ryan Tannehill's "ally."

"From every level of coaching that I’ve ever been at and especially this level, I think that’s a lonely position," Christensen said. "I’ve always felt like the No. 1 job that I have is to be an ally, to be a safe place where a guy can talk and communicate and have a relationship where you can bounce things off and generate ideas." It is clear the Dolphins hired new coach Adam Gase and Christensen with their young quarterback in mind. This could be a make-or-break season for Tannehill.
Source: ESPN
Jan 30 - 10:10 AM

The Miami Herald reports the Dolphins are "open" to giving suspended DE Dion Jordan another chance if he's reinstated when first eligible in April.

That's provided he's "clean and has a good attitude" after being suspended for all of 2015. Jordan was shaping up as a mega bust even before his mega ban, but with Olivier Vernon headed to the open market and Cameron Wake recovering from a torn Achilles', the Dolphins are in no position to turn away potential pass rush help.
Jan 28 - 10:23 PM

New Dolphins DC Vance Joseph believes he knows how to get Ndamukong Suh more 1-on-1 opportunities in 2016.

"We've got some ways. but I can't share those," Joseph said, unhelpfully. "We've got some ways to get him more single blocks, one-on-ones, and more opportunities." Suh spent the majority of his 2015 occupying blockers, but was still a dominant force in the middle of the Dolphins' defense. One of the league's best defensive players turned 29 three weeks ago.
Jan 28 - 2:55 PM

New Dolphins DC Vance Joseph said he hopes CB Brent Grimes will be back in 2016.

"I hope," Joseph said. "He's still a corner who can compete with the best receivers in the league." Set to count $9.5 million against the cap, Grimes has been a rumored cut for the cap-strapped Dolphins. Miami lacks talent in the secondary, however, and Grimes remains clearly the team's best corner despite his inconsistent play.
Jan 28 - 12:50 PM

The Dolphins have the option to restructure Ndamukong Suh's contract this offseason.

Suh signed a gargantuan six-year, $114 million contract last offseason which carries a 2016 cap hit of $28.6 million. The Dolphins have the option to convert his $23.485 million salary into a bonus, spreading the cap hit over the rest of the contract and creating roughly $18 million in immediate space. That decision would have ramifications down the road, but the cap-strapped Dolphins may not have a choice. Miami is one of three teams currently projected to be over the cap.
Jan 27 - 7:59 PM


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