Who doesn’t like a good bargain?
The Dolphins were clearly active in free agency both with their acquisitions and with their deletions. And now the picture is coming clearer on how shrewd they were to acquire backup quarterback Brock Osweiler and bring running back Frank Gore back home to Miami.
First, we wondered (and really still are) whether the Dolphins have a coherent plan at QB for 2018, and signing Osweiler on the surface only seemed to confuse it. This is also because, Miami is in prime position to possibly grab a top QB with the #11 pick in April’s draft.
Well, now the financial truth is out on Osweiler’s deal and also the 34 year old Gore’s contract. From Tom Pelissero of the NFL Network:
Osweiler does have $720K guaranteed on his 1-year, $880K deal. Gore’s deal is 1-year, $1.105M.
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) March 28, 2018
It’s quite drop from both player’s 2017 salaries, as Osweiler made $16 million that was mostly paid by the Browns, who released him in September. And, Gore took a pay cut from the $3.5 million he made in the last year of his deal with the Colts.
And, now that we know that both got minimal money with only one year deals, they are both much more expendable down the road. That would especially be Osweiler, who while he was with Gase in Denver four years ago, could be “the odd man out,” if the Fins get a QB early in the draft.
As for Gore, it’s easy to understand that he was willing to take a “home town discount” to return to where he starred at Coral Gables High and with the Miami Hurricanes.
Also, Miami had been negotiating with Titans free agent DeMarco Murray earlier in the process, and that was clearly leverage for VP of Football Mike Tannebaum and GM Chris Grier to get a deal done with either him or with Gore.
Further, because Miami already lost RB Damien Williams to Kansas City in free agency and has only Kenyan Drake in the backfield currently, Gore has a chance to be a veteran influence/contributor that coach Adam Gase needs.
So, the two sides are now happy with that.
Will Osweiler and Gore be on the roster and contributing this fall? That remains to be seen.
What is clear is the Dolphins didn’t risk much, at all, on either.
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