Offensive Cap Crap

NFL free agency begins March 9. The Dolphins will be able to resign their own free agents after the Super Bowl.

In 2015, the Dolphins spent 38.78% of their cap on the offensive side of the ball.

8.31% was spent on four quarterbacks. Ryan Tannehill got 7.24%, Logan Thomas(0.41%), Zac Dysert(0.37%) and Tyler Murphy(0.28%).

With seven wide receivers, the Dolphins spent 6.94%. Greg Jennings gets the lion's share with 3.42%, followed by DeVante Parker with 1.54%. Jarvis Landry(0.59%), Kenny Stills(0.42%), Tony Lippett
(0.36%), Robert Herron(0.33%) and Damarr Aultman(0.28%).

On two centers, the Dolphins expended 6.64% of the cap. Mike Pouncey got 6.24% and Jamil Douglas got 0.41%.

The Dolphins' cap hit for two tight ends was 6.40%. To Jordan Cameron went 6.40% and to Dion Sims went 0.49%.

One left tackle, Brandon Albert, gets 6.31%.

Right tackle numbers two players knocking down 1.76%. Ja'Wuan James picked up 1.43% and Vinston Painter 0.33%.

Three guards cost the Dolphins 1.40%. Billy Turner(0.54%), Dallas Thomas(0.53%) and Anthony Steen(0.33%).

The Dolphins allot 1.02% to three running backs. Damien Williams(0.37%), Jay Ajayi(0.36%) and Jahwan Edwards(0.28%).

Pouncey is the fourth highest-paid center. For the guards, dead last in the NFL. Not far ahead are the running backs at third from the bottom. Even the highest-paid, Tannehill, is 21st.

Cap Crap

Free agency begins at the conclusion of the Super Bowl. Considering that's less than a week away, let's look at how the Dolphins have spent their cap. We'll focus first on defense.

The Dolphins spent 57.13% of their cap on defense.

Four defensive tackles take up a league high 20.96% of the cap. As you fans all know, Ndamukong Suh accounts for 17.79% of that. The other three are Earl Mitchell(2.18%), Jordan Phillips(0.62%) and DeAndre Coleman(0.37%).

At defensive end, the Dolphins spent 10.77% on four players. The bulk of that belongs to Cameron Wake(6.10%) and Dion Jordan(3.86%). The other two are Damontre Moore(0.44%) and Terence Fede(0.38%).

The five Cornerbacks costs the Dolphins 9.45% of the cap. Brent Grimes accounts for 5.91% of it. The others, Brice McCain(2.18%), Jamar Taylor(0.72%), Bobby McCain(0.36%) and Tyler Davis(0.28%).

The Dolphins spent  9.05% on their five outside linebackers. Quinton Coples leads the way with 4.82%, followed by Koa Misi at 3.03%. The others, Jelani Jenkins(0.49%), Chris McCain(0.37%) and Neville Hewitt(0.33%).

At strong safety, the Dolphins spent 5.38%. Reshad Jones has 5.10% of that and the rest goes to Dax Swanson(0.28%).

Three inside linebackers take up 1.08% of the cap with Terrell Manning, Zach Vigil and Mike Hull.

Walt Aikens is the only free safety and he counts 0.44% against the cap.

Suh, Wake, Jordan, Grimes, Coples and Jones are the most expensive players. These six account for 71.33% of the Dolphins defensive cap space. Suh and Jones are keepers, but questions abound about the Dolphins futures of the other four.

Should Olivier Vernon Remain in Miami

Interesting Von Miller's 93.3 rating on the free agent value scale is only one point higher than Olivier Vernon's at 92.5.

There is a game being played out by the players side of the NFL, meaning the players association and agents. As employees, collusion is not a term typically used on the players side of the table. Yet, by driving the price up, players influence the salary cap to the benefit of the union. Only one team needs to pony up and Vernon becomes a casualty for the Dolphins. This is why Miami tends to lose players like Olivier Vernon.

Is Vernon considered good enough to franchise? Is Vernon good enough to be one percent less valuable than Von Miller? According to the rankings above, the answer would be yes to both of those questions, but in reality Vernon may not be worth being paid equitable to the best DEs in the game. His numbers and game changing plays are not quite there.

His agent is going to sell him as a game changer and Miami is left in the awkward position of having to "Low Ball" Vernon even though what they offer is probably in-line with his true value.

So Vernon most likely will be designated a transition player, which gives the club a
right of first-refusal to match any contract offer from another team. Since defenses are based around coverage and pass rushing, another team may see him as a proven DE commodity. Miami may have to pay more than he is worth to keep him if another team offers a big number.

I think the Dolphins should pay the price... Too often Miami allows their own players to move on and than has to resort to bringing in outsiders.

Free Agents here because they got a payday, have no affiliation to the team. Often the other players in the locker room that have fought under the Miami banner are uninspired by money players. It's a slap in the face.

When a team keeps its own players, the home grown talent has a team affiliation and has earned respect in the locker room. They will play for more than just a payday. They will play because of the bonds they have formed.

Those bonds are the building blocks that help teams achieve greatness. This is the reason most teams built from the draft have a better chance of achieving long term success in my opinion...

In Miami, this ingredient has been the missing link...

What say you?