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Dolphins will need a strong offseason to get back in playoff mix

Ari Russell

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(USA Today - Jasen Vinlove)

To say that the Miami Dolphins‘ 2017 campaign was a disappointment would be a major understatement. Ending the off season 6-10, losers of seven of their last nine games is not a great way to follow up a wild card appearance the previous year. Anyways, they can spend months looking back at what went wrong until they are blue in the face, the time is to look forward to what the Dolphins can do to improve in 2018.

One of the most important things they can do is clear as much cap space as they possibly can. That will start with restructuring Ndamukong Suh’s contract. Their are several options some that will hit their cap in following years and others that can lessen that blow. The wants to keep Suh, but they will have to change the terms of his contract.

As it stands right now, the Dolphins have $17 million in cap space to play with in 2018, however they want to see that number grow significantly. 

Cutting Julius Thomas could save the team $6.6 million. If they break ties with Lawrence Timmons who had kind of a roller coaster type year with the team, that would save them $5.5 million. In addition they could restructure other deals such as Cameron Wake, Ja’Wuan James, Mike Pouncey and Ryan Tannehill to find extra room. All cap numbers coming via Miami Herald. 

With that said even if they do end up making these moves to open space, they are going to have to find ways to make the right choices about who they would sign this offseason.

Not only that but they have to have a solid 2018 draft to also compete. The Dolphins have the 11th overall pick. Which direction will they go in? Will they go with a QB such as Heisman trophy winner Baker Mayfield? Or will they look to strengthen their offensive line or just go with best available.

There are just so many question marks surrounding this team heading into 2018, we really are going to need to see this real cap number to get the sense of what this team plans to do moving forward. What we do know is that status quo isn’t going to be an option. They are going to have to make tough choices and be bold.

Let’s not forget that Jacksonville had a major turnaround because they had one of the best offseason’s in recent memories. Now the Dolphins aren’t coming from the depths of where the Jags were coming from, but if they can take a page out the Jags book, or at least a paragraph from it, they will certainly be more competitive in 2018 than they were this season We shall see.

Born in the Nation’s Capital, Washington D.C., Ari Russell watched the rise of the 1980’s Miami Hurricanes and knew that he had to be part of the “U” someday. After graduating from Coral Gables, Ari rose through the ranks of the former XM Satellite Radio and then Sirius/XM as college football executive producer. He later spent 2 seasons as the publisher of the website “Beyond U Sports” focusing on major college football/basketball. Ari brings a great perspective on everything Miami, including the Dolphins to F.F.I.

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