Jeff Ireland currently has a little over $4 million with which to play this offseason. [Credit: Steve Mitchell - US Presswire]
Recently, Pro Football Talk released a look at the available salary cap space for all 32 NFL teams. The Miami Dolphins are currently ranked in twentieth position with $4.45 million under the 2012 salary cap, as of June 22.
The bottom of the list find the Baltimore Ravens with the least available space, with just $606,000. The Oakland Raiders ($1.34 million), New Orleans Saints ($2.27 million), Atlanta Falcons ($2.83 million), and San Diego Chargers ($2.86 million) make up the rest of the bottom five.
For the Dolphins, $4.45 million is not a lot of room with which to make personnel moves, but with the roster the way it currently is, they don't need a lot of space either. The Miami main concern, right now (unless a big name gets released by a team during training camp), should be on getting contract extensions in place with some of their soon-to-be free agents. The list of 2013 free agents is a star-studded list for Miami, including Reggie Bush, Jake Long, Chad Ochocinco (assuming he makes the team), and Randy Starks. The team also has Sean Smith, Brian Hartline, Anthony Fasano, Chris Clemons, Matt Moore, David Garrard, Brandon Fields, Marlon Moore, Roberto Wallace, Steve Slaton, Nate Garner, Lydon Murtha, Tony McDaniel, and Gary Guyton, among others, that will be free agents after 2013.
The good news is, the Dolphins are projected to be more than $50 million under the salary cap next season, and with all those free agents, that is not all that surprising. Miami has enough room this year to possibly work a few more contract extensions, especially if they are able to work them like defensive end Cameron Wake's extension, which add on years after this season, thereby not affecting the salary cap this year.
While the Dolphins may not be completely done signing free agents (like guard Jake Scott, who recently made his second visit with the team), they should soon be changing focus to locking up some key free agents after this year. Besides, any unused cap space from this season will be able to be rolled into next years' cap number.
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