The Miami Dolphins elected to move on from head coach Brian Flores this offseason. It was a shocking decision, as Flores looked like a rising star all throughout his three-year stint with the team.
From a purely football perspective, hiring the offensive-minded Mike McDaniel represents a philosophical shift for Miami; the Dolphins are going all-in on Tua Tagovailoa and the offense. With the most projected cap space in the NFL, and five picks in the first four rounds of the draft, the Dolphins have more than enough ammunition to make sweeping changes on offense this Spring.
Dolphins Offseason Predictions 2022
Here are three bold predictions about Miami's 2022 offseason.
3. The Dolphins Re-Sign Mike Gesicki & Add a Starting Rookie WR
For better or worse, the Dolphins emphasized improvements at the skill-position group instead of OL last offseason. It's hard to envision them undoing all that work by letting both Mike Gesicki and Will Fuller walk in free agency. Of the two, Gesicki is much more likely to stay. He's still just 26 years old and should be a dynamic pass-catching TE for years to come. But Fuller is probably gone; the one-year rental just didn't work for either side. Replacing him with a younger free-agent wideout is a possibility, but Miami doesn't have unlimited money. Finding a replacement in the first or second round while beefing up the OL in free agency feels like the way to go. Having Jaylen Waddle, Gesicki, DeVante Parker and a good rookie WR would quietly give Miami one of the best young pass-catching groups in the league.
2. Miami Splurges for Terron Armstead
As mentioned above, the Dolphins have the most projected cap space in the league at $62.0 million. But that number could get a lot higher before free agency opens, as this roster features plenty of veterans who can be cut with little-to-no penalty. This team should have no trouble finding the space to sign the best offensive lineman available: Terron Armstead. Prior to 2021 he had graded out as a top-nine tackle three years in a row, including a No. 1 overall finish in 2018, per PFF. But it's not like he fell off in 2021. He still finished as PFF's fourth-highest-graded tackle as a pass-blocker. Signing a stud like Armstead is exactly the kind of move the Dolphins need to make on the OL, as they've shown a complete inability to build this unit via the NFL Draft recently.
1. Miami Replaces At Least 3 Starters on the Offensive Line
The Dolphins have to completely blow up this offensive line, which graded out as the worst pass-blocking unit in the league, per PFF. It's not just the folks at PFF, though. That unit also finished dead last in ESPN's pass-block win rate. Honestly, this prediction might be a little too conservative; Robert Hunt is the only member of this OL that feels guaranteed to retain his starting gig next year. The other four might not be so lucky. Cutting center Michael Deiter and RT Jesse Davis would save about $6.1 million. It's a no-brainer, as that's just about the going rate for a year of an actually decent interior lineman. Handling the youngsters in Liam Eichenberg and Austin Jackson is a bit trickier. Neither player has lived up to their pre-draft pedigree, but it's still way too early to cut bait. Miami will bring in at least three potential OL starters through free agency and the NFL Draft, likely leaving Eichenberg and Jackson, who are both versatile enough to play guard and tackle, to fight for the final starting spot in the trenches.
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