The Miami Dolphins are falling very much behind in the AFC East right now when it comes to free agency. New England is New England and will continue to be great as long as Tom Brady is there. The Jets just added Le’Veon Bell. The Bills even added wide receiver Cole Beasley and running back Frank Gore.
Miami hasn’t signed any big-name guys. In fact, they’re getting rid of their top guys more than they’re signing new ones. Outside linebacker Cameron Wake, who had six sacks in 2018, signed with the Tennessee Titans. They have also traded Robert Quinn, one of their top defensive linemen, to the Dallas Cowboys.
Out With the Good, In With the Bad
To make matters worse, they signed former first round pick Devante Parker to a two-year extension. Two is also the number of touchdowns he’s had the last two seasons. Miami must think he’s going to have a breakout season if they’re going to extend his contract.
Miami has also signed veteran quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick. He led the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to a hot start last season and switched starting positions with Jamies Winston over a disastrous 2018 season. He doesn’t have much to work with as of now. Things could change, but right now, this is a sign that they are ultimately tanking their 2019 season.
According to the Miami Herald, the Dolphins may not be done ridding of the talent they have remaining on their team. Per Armando Salguero, the Dolphins could cut Pro Bowl safety Reshad Jones. Cutting him between June 1 and the start of the 2019 NFL season would save the Dolphins $13.1 million in cap space.
Team owners have denied that they are tanking for the 2019 season. How can they possibly deny it? They have gotten rid of almost all talent they’ve had and signed a less than mediocre receiver and a career backup quarterback.
Unless they’re going to stock up in the draft, expect the Dolphins to be in position for the top overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.