With the start of the “new league year” on Friday, NFL teams had new salary cap flexibility. And, the Dolphins wasted no time taking advantage of it with new deals.
First, the Fins got full $17 million of cap relief with Ndamukong Suh’s March release becoming official.
Then, they were the latest come to terms with their #1 pick and signed Alabama safety Minkah Fitzpatrick. Similarly to other picks in drafted around him that have signed, Fitzpatrick got $16.5 million overall but $10 million of it to sign the deal. A key with that is Miami can spread that signing bonus over the length of the deal.
Fitzpatrick was the final piece to the Dolphins draft class, that includes TEs Mike Gesicki and Durham Smythe, LB Jerome Baker, etc., to sign his deal.
Then, late Friday afternoon, VP of football Mike Tannenbaum and the Dolphins rewarded another defensive back, Bobby McCain with a new contract, as well.
Dolphins sign Bobby McCain to four-year extension https://t.co/R3YG2v7QiC
— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) June 1, 2018
McCain just finished his third season, where he started seven games, had two INTs, and seven other passes defended. And under the CBA rules, Miami could give him an extension after his third season to not only reward him, but also help future years with the cap. So, the former fifth round pick got $13 million guaranteed out the four year deal, and again, the Dolphins were able to spread that money over the length of the deal.
The deal also makes McCain the highest paid “nickel” corner back, for now, in the NFL.
And, coupled with Fitzpartick, Miami has now secured a big portion of their secondary that they are counting on in the short term by doing these deals.
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