Miami Dolphins Updates Today
The NFL season kicks off tonight (09/07/2023) in Kansas City but my mind is on the Miami Dolphins. The Week 1 matchup against the Los Angeles Chargers is no easy task. But, I feel like the Fins can compete with and beat any team on their schedule.
Updates on the Miami Dolphins
Just like every team is striving to do, the Dolphins must get off to a positive start. No Week 1 game is a must win for any team. But, Miami needs to show that last season’s poor performance against the Chargers was merely a blip on the map. Heading into the west coast games last year it looked like Miami was in control of earning a playoff spot earlier than normal. However, we all know that Miami had to win and get help in the final week to garner the final playoff spot.
The Dolphins were one and done in the playoffs with QB Skylar Thompson starting and others out as well. But, Miami was competitive in the game by losing by three points. That was a step up from the recent one and done appearances of Miami in the playoffs.
Win and Win Now
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For better or worse, GM Chris Grier has built this team to win and win now. There is no more building as far the 2023 team goes. Grier has traded away draft picks an all out effort to win now.
There will be no excuses from this Dolphins team if things do not go as planned. The plan was put into fast forward when Grier and crew traded multiple draft picks for Tyreek Hill including a first round pick. Grier doubled down by trading another first round pick for Bradley Chubb.
Cap Space Flexibility?
Omar Kelly believes the recent contract extensions and trading of some veteran talent may have given the Dolphins a bit more flexibility when dealing with the salary cap restraints. Kelly reasons that Miami could free up an additional $6 to $8 million in cap space by turning some of the recent deals into a roster bonus. Both Zach Sieler and Alec Ingold recently signed contracts extensions to stay in Miami. They are both listed by Kelly as candidates to have their 2024 salary turned into a roster bonus.
Grier on Salary Cap
When Grier spoke with the media last week, he stated, “Where we are today and where we are in March is always dramatically different. As you watch every team around the league, there’s some teams $100 million over and all of a sudden, they find a way to get under.” He went on to say he is not worried about potential cap issues.