While every Dolphins fan dreams of the roster’s next iteration…in the words of the O’Jays, “money money money, monnnnneeeeyyy!” Regardless of the whom the new general manager may be, an integral component of the Miami Dolphins 2014 offseason direction will be dictated by the team’s salary cap.
Overthecap.com (OTC) was recently developed by founder Jason Fitzgerald with a hope of being, “the most comprehensive NFL contract and salary cap website on the web.” I cannot recommend this resource strongly enough; the wealth of information they provide for each and every NFL team’s salary cap situation is astounding to say the least. The salary cap calculator, alone, allows any given fan to play GM in a way that brings contractual realities to a sobering light. Ok, enough with my enthusiastic plug, what’s going on with Miami’s salary cap?
Before we get to the questions that Jason so graciously answered for us, let’s start some background information. The majority of this information can be found on OTC or via their Miami Dolphins 2014 Financial Scouting Report - http://overthecap.com/2014-miami-dolphins-offseason-salary-cap-financial-report/
The Dolphins have 13 unrestricted free agents from their 2013 roster including notable names Randy Starks, Paul Soliai, and Brent Grimes and 3 of this season’s starting offensive linemen in Jerry, Clabo, and McKinnie. On average, as compared to the rest of the NFL, the Dolphins have invested less money to both the offensive and defensive units entering the 2014 season. When broken down by position, on offense the largest cap spend is on WR (Mike Wallace 2014 cap charge is $17.25 M) and on defense the largest cap spend is on LB (Ellerbe/Wheeler 2014 cap charge totals $13.825 M). Onwards to the interview.no comments