Not only do the Miami Dolphins still reek coming off a 6-10 season, but they also currently have the worst cap situation in the NFL with the most money committed to players for the 2016 season.
According to ESPN, the Dolphins have $166.9 million in cap commitments for next season, which is especially troubling because this is a broken roster that appears nowhere close to contending even for a playoff berth. It’s not a hard feat to accomplish when your highest paid player in Ndamukong Suh counts a whopping $28.6 million against the cap next season, via Spotrac.
The good news? This isn’t the NBA where contracts are overwhelmingly fully guaranteed. Division foes don’t fare much better, with the Buffalo Bills and New England Patriots holding the second and third highest cap numbers for 2016, respectively.
NFL teams can also get creative after the fact, restructuring deals and cutting players loose to manipulate cap space. The bad news is they have Olivier Vernon hitting free agency. Besides being one of the team’s best young players, his edge-rushing role attracts premium dollars in today’s NFL. Re-signing him won’t come cheap.
Miami’s cap situation proves to be the latest thorn, irritating a franchise that has tasted the postseason just once in the last 14 years. Enjoy the offseason, Mike Tannebaum.