The Miami Dolphins remained fairly quiet as the NFL’s new year began Wednesday, after two blockbuster trades and a flurry of new free-agent deals created national headlines surrounding the league this week.
The Dolphins were not in play for traded receivers like Odell Beckham Jr., shipped Tuesday from the New York Giants to the Cleveland Browns, or Antonio Brown, sent cross country from the Pittsburgh Steelers to the Oakland Raiders a few days ago.
Miami was also not seeking to add game-changing free agents like running back LeVeon Bell (New York Jets), safety Landon Collins (Washington Redskins), safety Earl Thomas (Baltimore Ravens) or even former Super Bowl MVP quarterback Nick Foles (Jacksonville Jaguars).
The Dolphins restructured receiver DeVante Parker to a two-year deal that could amount to $13 million this week. They also added former New England Patriots players in tight end Dwayne Allen and cornerback Eric Rowe to rejoin new coach Brian Flores in Miami. And former University of Miami tight end Clive Walford was also signed on Wednesday.
As the Dolphins’ hope to rebuild and transform into a competitive NFL contender takes shape, their offseason moves this week showed an intention to find cheap or young talent (or sometimes both) with one specific goal in mind. The Dolphins want to be in position to land a future standout quarterback in the 2019 or 2020 NFL drafts.
The Dolphins saw their most talented free agent, former starting offensive lineman Ja’Wuan James, become the highest-paid right tackle in the NFL. James agreed Monday to a four-year, $52 million deal ($32 million guaranteed) with the Denver Broncos.
Miami has parted ways with or lost James; longtime defensive end Cameron Wake (Tennessee Titans); starting running back Frank Gore (Buffalo Bills); leading receiver Danny Amendola (Detroit Lions); starting left guard Ted Larsen (Chicago Bears); and backup running back Brandon Bolden (New England Patriots) during free agency.
Left guard Josh Sitton was released on Wednesday. Receiver Leonte Carroo, linebacker Mike Hull, and lineman Jake Brendel — who were all restricted free agents — were not tendered offers for new deals. And defensive end Andre Branch was also released last week.
Quarterbacks Brock Osweiler and David Fales; running back Senorise Perry; offensive linemen Sam Young, Travis Swanson and Wesley Johnson; tight ends A.J. Derby and MarQueis Gray; linebacker Stephone Anthony; and defensive linemen William Hayes, Ziggy Hood, and Sylvester Williams are also former Dolphins who became unrestricted free agents this offseason.
Miami had a late meeting Wednesday night with free agent quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, who turned down a two-year, $10 million deal from Miami on on Tuesday, according to a league source.
Miami’s visit with Bridgewater came on the same day quarterback Tyrod Taylor turned down a similar deal from the Dolphins. Miami’s offer to Taylor did not exceed what the Los Angeles Chargers offered him to be Phillip Rivers’ backup, according to a league source.
The Dolphins have not yet traded or released seven-year quarterback Ryan Tannehill, but are expected to do so this offseason. He could be released as a June 1 designation in order to save $18.75 million in salary-cap space, or become an attractive trade chip as the offseason lingers.