3 Dolphins Veterans That Could Be Cap Casualty Cuts This Offseason

Max Staley
Three Dolphins veterans that could be cap casualty cuts in the 2022 offseason.
Three Dolphins veterans that could be cap casualty cuts in the 2022 offseason. / Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports

The Miami Dolphins appear to be entering into a soft rebuild after replacing defensive guru Brian Flores with the offensive-minded Mike McDaniel. McDaniel excels at designing the run game, and Miami might need to reshape this roster to take advantage of its new coach's strengths.

The Dolphins should have no trouble doing just that. Miami enters the offseason with the most projected cap space in the league ($61.2 million), per Spotrac. And that number could climb even higher if general manager Chris Grier cuts ties with the right players.

Here are three Dolphins veterans that could be cap casualty cuts this offseason.

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3. Allen Hurns, WR

Cutting Eric Rowe is a possibility here too, as that would give Miami another $4.5 million to play with. But the Dolphins already have a ton of cap space; they don't need to be cutting productive players just to create a bit more. Parting ways with Allen Hurns feels a lot more realistic. Moving on would save about $2.6 million, and Grier could use that to address more pressing needs.

2. Adam Butler, DT

Adam Butler wasn't all that special last year, grading out as ProFootballFocus' 72nd-best interior defender among 110 qualified players. It could be hard to justify bringing him back with his $4.1 million cap hit, especially since he's got no dead money left on his deal. This is a really easy way for Grier and the Dolphins to clear space.

1. Jesse Davis, RT & Michael Dieter, C

Right guard Robert Hunt is the only offensive lineman who should be guaranteed a starting spot next year. This unit needs a complete overhaul, and cutting ties with two starters in Jesse Davis and Michael Dieter is a great way to get that process started. Moving on from both would save Miami just about $6.1 million. That alone would pay for a solid interior lineman in free agency. Dieter received a bottom-12 grade among the NFL's 39 qualified centers, while Davis finished No. 79 out of 83 qualified tackles, per PFF. It's hard to see either player returning at their current salary.

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