The Miami Dolphins roster is hardly bulging at the sides with superstar talent, but there is enough quality to make life difficult for general manager Dennis Hickey when it comes to deciding who will go and who will stay. Let’s take a look at the names we think are on the bubble of the Dolphins roster.
Branden Albert, LT
If they designate Albert as a Post June 1st cut then the Dolphins stand to save a shade under $3 million by releasing the big left tackle. It would be a bold strategy – after all Laremy Tunsil is entirely untested at this level of football. However Branden Albert is yet to play a full season for Miami since signing as a free agent and his $10 million cap figure for 2016 only increases over the next two years. Tunsil was a consensus top 5 talent in this draft and mostly feel because of poor timing rather than the actual indiscretion that got leaked. That fall was Miami’s gain and they have a ready replacement for Albert – It’s just a question of if they go to him immediately or wait a while.
Kenny Stills, WR
Whenever a team drafts 3 players at one position it’s kind of obvious they are desperate for an upgrade there. While Miami didn’t go quite as wide receiver wild as Cleveland did they still selected 3 new possible targets for Ryan Tannehill in Leonte Carroo (3rd round), Jakeem Grant (6th round) and Thomas Duarte (7th round). With Kenny Stills in the final year of his contract and the Dolphins able to cut him and free up $1.6 million in cap space immediately.
Dion Jordan, DE
Jordan is one of the biggest busts in draft history. The 3rd overall pick in 2013 has been just plain awful for Miami and spent all of last season suspended. Currently awaiting reinstatement, Miami can save over $2 million on their cap if they drop the former Oregon defensive end once he is reinstated. After bringing in Mario Williams and Andre Branch in free agency it looks like the Dolphins are more than ready for life without Jordan.