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Brandon Olsen
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Team Needs:

OG, QB, EDGE, C, CB, DT, WR, OT

Available Draft Picks:

1(13), 2(48), 3(79), 4(117), 5(152), 6(190), 7(236)

Starting Cap Space:

$18,520,305

Trades:

WR DeVante Parker to CLE for pick 6(191)

Rumors have been swirling for a few weeks now about the potential departure of DeVante Parker from Miami and with Cleveland in need of some receiving help, Parker could look for a fresh start and surely won’t warrant much in return.

Restructures:

None

Cuts:

QB Ryan Tannehill to save $13,188,332

DE Robert Quinn to save $12,932,332

Ryan Tannehill has been eternally average and the constant “he’s due for a breakout year” needs to stop. He’s a soon-to-be 31 year old QB that hasn’t improved a ton since he entered the league so it’s time for the Dolphins to move on. Robert Quinn just doesn’t bring enough to the table to justify his price tag any longer.

Re-signings:

RT Ja’Wuan James for 4 years, $34,000,000

RB Frank Gore for 1 year, $1,500,000

QB David Fales for 2 years, $1,150,000

Ja’Wuan James is a top-10 right tackle in the league and he’ll get paid like a top-5 RT this offseason, the Dolphins pay here to keep him around. Frank Gore should be brought back if he has the intention of playing another season, he’d be the best early-down back in the league and I think he still has some left in the tank. David Fales could be given a shot to compete for the starting job next season now that Ryan Tannehill is out of Miami, unless they find a more worthy starter this offseason.

Free Agent Signings:

QB Teddy Bridgewater for 3 years, $18,000,000

C Matt Paradis for 4 years, $44,000,000

G Ben Garland for 2 years, $10,400,000

DL Malik Jackson for 1 year, $8,000,000

LB Jamie Collins for 1 year, $6,000,000

Teddy Bridgewater is one of the top two free agent QBs available this offseason and Foles is expected to land in Jacksonville. Foles will be significantly more expensive since he’s actually played a bit over the last two years. Matt Paradis is a top center in the league and with him hitting the open market, the Dolphins will likely have to overpay a bit to sign him. In this case, they do. Ben Garland had a very strong last season and signing him is more security for a Josh Sitton injury/regression instead of signing him to be a full-time starter. Malik Jackson and Jamie Collins were both recently released from their respective teams and the Dolphins would be wise to bring them in for deals where they could try to prove their still worth top-dollar at their positions.

Draft Results:

1.13 – Cody Ford, OL, Oklahoma

Cody Ford would be able to step in and immediately be a started for this Dolphins offensive line. If Brian Flores is going to be running a system similar to the Patriots, the Dolphins will need a strong offensive line.

2.48 – Chase Winovich, EDGE, Michigan

Chase Winovich really opened some eyes last week at the NFL Combine by proving he’s more than just a “technique guy with a high motor.” Brian Flores will more likely than not be substituting in front seven players often so stocking up in this draft would be a wise decision.

3.79 – Gerald Willis III, DL, Miami

Signing Malik Jackson and drafting Gerald Willis III would be a big win for the defensive line this offseason. GW3 is a solid pass-rushing tackle that should also be able to play end in a front with 3 down linemen.

4.117 – Christian Miller, EDGE, Alabama

If Christian Miller can stay healthy then he’ll be one of the biggest steals of the 2019 NFL Draft. With how often I expect Miami to rotate in their front seven, he won’t be required to play as much so it would hopefully minimize his risk of injury.

5.152 – Tyree Jackson, QB, Buffalo

Tyree Jackson has a very low floor but a very high ceiling, he’s still very raw and taught himself how to play QB by watching Youtube videos. He’s got arguably the strongest arm in the class and a ton of untapped potential, he’s the perfect late-round QB to draft with high potential and hope he develops.

6.190 – Preston Williams, WR, Colorado State

Preston Williams has first-round talent but off-field issues have him plummeting down boards. If he interviews well and can keep his head on straight, he’ll be Pro Bowler at some point.

6.191 – Drue Tranquill, LB, Notre Dame

The former safety proved at the combine that he doesn’t lack athleticism like many thought. Brian Flores should be able to utilize Tranquill in a way that he’ll be a steal of the draft and that the Dolphins will have one of the more athletic linebacker corps in the NFL.

7.236 – Keegan Render, IOL, Iowa

Keegan Render would be a solid late-round pick for the Dolphins to shore up interior line depth and possibly fill in if there were injuries.

Cap Space Spent on Re-signings:

$11,150,000

Cap Space Spent on Free Agents:

$36,200,000

Cap Space Spent on Draft Picks:

$6,935,727

Total Cap Remaining:

$5,247,242

Backfield Starters

QB: Teddy Bridgewater

RB:  Frank Gore/Kenyan Drake

Receiver Starters

WR: Kenny Stills

WR: Preston Williams

Slot: Albert Wilson

TE: Nick O’Leary

TE: Mike Gesicki

Offensive Line Starters

LT: Laremy Tunsil

LG: Cody Ford

C: Matt Paradis

RG: Josh Sitton

RT: Ja’Wuan James

Defensive Line Starters

WDE: Chase Winovich

NT: Malik Jackson

SDE: Gerald Willis III

Linebacker Starters

WLB: Jerome Baker

ILB: Raekwon McMillan

ILB: Kiko Alonso

SLB: Jamie Collins

Secondary Starters

CB: Xavien Howard

CB: Minkah Fitzpatrick

Nickel: Bobby McCain

FS: TJ McDonald

SS: Reshad Jones

Special Teamers

K: Jason Sanders

P: Matt Haack

KOS: Jason Sanders

LS: John Denney

KR: Jakeem Grant

PR: Jakeem Grant

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