The Miami Dolphins entered the offseason knowing they would need to create salary cap space. There are two ways NFL teams can create salary cap space. They are releasing players and restructuring the way players get paid. Teams can take salaries and roster bonuses and change them to signing bonus dollars. This takes the value being paid to the player in one lump sum. That’s obviously good news for the player. And it allows the team to stretch those dollars over the length of the contract. When the new league year opens next Wednesday every team needs to have their top 51 paid players under the cap. This week the Dolphins have created the cap space necessary to comply with NFL rules. The Miami Dolphins moves this week put the $28 million under the cap for 2023.
General Manager Chris Grier is not afraid to make splashy moves. Last offseason the Dolphins shocked the NFL world by trading for Chiefs reciever Tyreek Hill. And at the trade deadline Grier brought in Bradley Chubb to complement Jalen Phillips. In doing so, the Dolphins have an elite pass rushing duo that other teams would kill for. Chris Grier and his entire team have done a spectacular job bringing in proven talent, paying said talent, and keeping enough in the kitty for the young players. The first young player due to get a massive payday this offseason is Christian Wilkins. His partner in the interior of the defensive line could also get some money coming his way this offseason; Zach Seiler. Here are the Miami Dolphins moves that put the $28 million under the cap.