3 Players Who Won't Be on the Dolphins Roster Next Season

Three Dolphins who won't be on the roster in 2021, including Matt Breida.
Three Dolphins who won't be on the roster in 2021, including Matt Breida. / Mark Brown/Getty Images

The Miami Dolphins are one of the most intriguing teams in the league heading into the 2021 offseason. Armed with a war chest of draft capital, over $35 million in projected cap space and an already-elite defense, the Dolphins could be legit Super Bowl contenders if they play their cards right.

Right now, the biggest question with the team is obviously quarterback. Tua Tagovailoa did not do enough to cement his status as the franchise QB – especially with Deshaun Watson potentially available in a trade this offseason.

Regardless of what happens at QB, this is shaping up to be one of the most important offseasons in recent Dolphins' history. But if they're hoping to make a splash, GM Chris Grier is going to have to make some tough roster decisions. Here are three Dolphins that won't be on the roster in 2021.

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3. Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB

Let's start with the most-obvious name on this list, Ryan Fitzpatrick. FitzMagic obviously wants a chance to start somewhere, and there's no way he's getting that opportunity in Miami next year. If they don't make a move for a guy like Watson, Miami absolutely needs to figure out what it has in Tua. Fitzpatrick should be a hot commodity for any QB-needy teams looking for a veteran stopgap option in 2021.

2. Jakeem Grant, WR

If the Dolphins need to open up cap space, they don't have too many players that jump out as logical cut candidates. That's a pretty solid testament to how Grier has assembled this roster. Jakeem Grant is probably the closest option they have, though. Carrying a cap hit of $4.6 million, releasing Grant would save the Dolphins a little under $3 million in 2021. Nothing against Grant, who has been an explosive receiver and returner at times, but that extra space could be really valuable depending on how the offseason shakes out.

1. Matt Breida, RB

Matt Breida is an impending free agent who had a $3.2 million cap hit in 2020. The Dolphins have virtually no incentive to bring him back at that price, and he can probably get that money elsewhere in free agency. Myles Gaskin was clearly the superior back just about any way you look at it, and he'll have a cap hit under $1 million in each of the next two seasons. In all likelihood, Miami is letting Breida walk this offseason.

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