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3 Best Offseason Moves From the Miami Dolphins

David Kaestle
Shaq Lawson's contract includes three years and $30 million.
Shaq Lawson's contract includes three years and $30 million. / Wesley Hitt/Getty Images
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The Miami Dolphins entered NFL free agency with more money to spend than any other team, and spend they did. With a 5-11 record in 2019 and almost no star players to hang their future on, Miami had plenty of holes on the roster that needed to be filled, but they did a pretty good job of addressing many of them.

With that in mind, let's take a look at the three best offseason moves the Dolphins made.

1. Sign Shaq Lawson

Shaq Lawson would have lead the Dolphins in sacks last season.
Shaq Lawson would have lead the Dolphins in sacks last season. / Justin Berl/Getty Images

The Dolphins finished dead last in sacks and QB pressures in 2019. Shaq Lawson comes in and instantly upgrades their entire defense at edge rusher. Lawson had 6.5 sacks last season, which isn't a huge total, but it would have lead the Dolphins in 2019. With Lawson Miami gets a complete player that is effective at stopping the run and rushing the passer, and they get him at a fair price of three years and $30 million.

2. Sign Byron Jones

Byron Jones will team up with Xavien Howard as a dynamic cornerback duo in Miami.
Byron Jones will team up with Xavien Howard as a dynamic cornerback duo in Miami. / Wesley Hitt/Getty Images

The Dolphins already had one great cornerback in Xavien Howard. He was really the only star player Miami held onto last season. With the signing of Byron Jones, Miami creates one of the best cornerback duos in football. They had to make Jones the highest paid corner in football to do so, but with their investment on the defensive line and in the secondary, it's going to be tough to get the passing game going against the Dolphins next season.

3. Sign Kyle Van Noy

Kyle Van Noy will head up the Dolphins linebacker group.
Kyle Van Noy will head up the Dolphins linebacker group. / Jim McIsaac/Getty Images

With the Kyle Van Noy signing, the Dolphins addressed the middle of the field on the defensive side of the ball, checking off each box. Van Noy is a Patriots' guy that was coached by Dolphins head coach Brian Flores in New England. He brings leadership and talent to a linebacking core that was lacking both. He has the versatility to drop back in coverage as a linebacker while also being able to be an effective pass rusher when called upon. He had 6.5 sacks in 2019 as well and comes into Miami as a potential captain of the defense type-guy.


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David Kaestle is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, David also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username davekaestle. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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