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The Miami Dolphins Salary Cap Situation As It Stands Heading To Training Camp

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The Miami Dolphins Salary Cap Situation As It Stands Heading To Training Camp

Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Normally, with these posts, I just give you the cap as it stands at present but now as we enter this season we also need to start looking to the future. What we do this season cap wise of course affects future years caps/cap space. While always keeping an eye to the future you can also not look too far in to the future as the nature of the NFL is that rosters have constant turn over. Normally you will not see turnover to the level that we saw this off season unless you are in a total rebuild mode but you will always see some turnover.

In the off season only the top 51 salaries are counted against a teams cap number. Once the season begins all 53 players on the roster, all players on the practice squad, all dead monies and any player placed on reserve will be counted against the leagues mandated salary cap. For example, the Dolphins have Dion Jordan, who was suspended by the league for the season on suspended/reserve status so while he will not be paid for the 2015 season he will still count against the total cap space. Additionally the Dolphins have $25,107,546 in dead money. All of which will impact this seasons cap number.

2015 Dead Money
Mike Wallace $6,600,000.00
Dannell Ellerbe $6,400,000.00
Brian Hartline $4,200,000.00
Philip Wheeler $1,400,000.00
Brandon Gibson $1,000,000.00
Randy Starks $1,000,000.00
Cortland Finnegan $1,000,000.00
Shelley Smith $250,000.00
Nate Garner $166,668.00
Michael Egnew $147,239.00
Matt Hazel $79,350.00
Don Jones $22,948.00
Brock Jensen $7,334.00
Davonte Wallace $6,667.00
Derrell Johnson $6,000.00
Tyler Larsen $4,667.00
Marcus Thompson $3,334.00
Tevin Mims $3,334.00
Steven Clarke $1,667.00
Demetrius Wright $1,334.00
Rantavious Wooten $1,334.00
Andrew Wilson $1,334.00
Tariq Edwards $1,334.00
Garrison Smith $667.00
Evan Finkenberg $667.00
Kamal Johnson $666.00
Harold Hoskins $334.00

The NFL set the 2015 salary cap at $143,280,000. The Dolphins had $9,085,337 in space left over in 2014 which they were able to roll over in to 2015, giving them a total of $152,365,337 in cap space for this season. Once you subtract the dead monies and the $117,253,039 which includes Jordan's $4,682,276 and the salaries of the other top 51 contracts Miami has a total of $10,004,752 in space left as we head towards training camp next week. While this sounds like a lot of cap space remember the team will need a few million going in to the season to sign players to replace any players that go out for the year with injury. Additionally, any remaining money left under the cap can, if the team chooses, be rolled over in to the 2016 cap number.

The 2016 season has a cap number projected to be $150 million dollars but could, as it has in the last few season, very well creep up a few million over that number. At present the Dolphins have 61 players under contract for the 2016 season. The top 51 account for $157,910,317 in salary. This of course, based on a cap of $150 million, puts the team at $7,910,317 over the cap. Of course some of those players that account for the top 51 might not make it out of the 2015 camp with a job but this will in many cases also create dead monies in 2016. This will lower their cap hit for 2016 but not eliminate it completely. In addition it's prudent to think that the team will be looking to make additional cap space for any moves they would like to make in free agency as well as resigning some of their own players that will be free agents in 2016. They will also need to reserve space under the cap to accommodate the signings of the 2016 crop of draft picks.

2016 FREE AGENTS

CJ Mosley, Tyler McDonald, Matt Moore, Shamiel Gary, Zach Bowman, Emmanuel Dieke, Louis Delmas, Deandre Coleman, Josh Freeman, Matt Hazel, J.D. Walton, Tommy Streeter, Jeff Linkenbach, Gerell Robinson, Spencer Paysinger, A.J. Francis, Jacques McClendon, Michael Thomas, Kelvin Sheppard, Jordan Kovacs, LaMichael James, Jake Stoneburner, Michael Preston, Derrick Shelby, Sam Brenner, Lamar Miller, Laron Byrd, Olivier Vernon, Richard Matthews, McLeond Bethel -Thompson

All salaries in italics are negatives. * by any name represents part of the top 51 salaries for 2016. Please note the slash through the names of Mickey Baucus who announced his retirement from the NFL yesterday and Josh Freeman who the team released this afternoon.

Name/Position 2015 Cap Hit 2016 Cap Hit 2016 dead $ 2016 cap +/- Post June 1 Dead $ Post June 1 +/-
Branden Albert/LT $10,725,000.00 $10,150,000.00 $5,100,000.00 $5,050,000.00 $1,700,000.00 $8,450,000.00
Cameron Wake/DE $10,450,000.00 $9,800,000.00 $1,400,000.00 $8,400,000.00 N/A N/A
Brent Grimes/CB $10,000,000.00 $9,500,000.00 $3,000,000.00 $6,500,000.00 $1,500,000.00 $8,000,000.00
Reshad Jones/S $7,712,942.00 $8,202,942.00 $1,905,880.00 $6,297,062.00 $952,942.00 $7,250,000.00
Mike Pouncey/C/G $7,000,000.00 $10,025,000.00 $4,000,000.00 $6,025,000.00 $1,000,000.00 $9,025,000.00
Ndamukong Suh/DT $6,100,000.00 $28,600,000.00 $53,870,000.00 -$25,270,000.00 $28,585,000.00 $15,000.00
Ryan Tannehill/QB $4,873,364.00 $11,640,000.00 $18,540,000.00 -$6,900,000.00 $11,640,000.00 $0.00
Dion Jordan/DE $4,682,276.00 $6,202,377.00 $2,992,064.00 $3,210,313.00 N/A N/A
Jordan Cameron/TE $4,562,276.00 $9,500,000.00 $2,000,000.00 $7,500,000.00 N/A N/A
Earl Mitchell/DT $4,500,000.00 $3,500,000.00 $1,000,000.00 $2,500,000.00 $500,000.00 $3,000,000.00
Koa Misi/OLB $4,438,000.00 $4,878,000.00 $1,156,000.00 $3,722,000.00 $578,000.00 $4,300,000.00
Louis Delmas/S $3,359,375.00 F/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Matt Moore/QB $2,600,000.00 F/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Brandon Fields/P $2,520,000.00 $4,320,000.00 $770,000.00 $3,550,000.00 N/A N/A
Greg Jennings $2,500,000.00 $5,500,000.00 $1,500,000.00 $4,000,000.00 N/A N/A
Derrick Shelby/DE $2,356,000.00 F/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Brice McCain/CB $2,000,000.00 $3,500,000.00 $1,000,000.00 $2,500,000.00 N/A N/A
Kelvin Sheppard/ILB $2,000,000.00 F/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
DeVante Parker/WR $1,977,553.00 $2,471,941.00 $8,898,987.00 -$6,427,046.00 $2,471,941.00 $0.00
Ja'Wuan James/LT $1,915,545.00 $2,298,654.00 $4,980,417.00 -$2,681,763.00 $2,681,763.00 $0.00
Olivier Vernon/DE $1,701,520.00 F/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Lamar Miller/RB $1,663,500.00 F/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
John Denney/LS $1,180,000.00 $1,215,000.00 $100,000.00 $1,115,000.00 N/A N/A
J.D. Walton/C $1,025,000.00 F/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Jamar Taylor/CB $988,950.00 $1,153,775.00 $254,300.00 $899,475.00 N/A N/A
Jason Fox/LT $957,500.00 $1,542,500.00 $162,500.00 $1,380,000.00 N/A N/A
Jordan Philips/DT $793,256.00 $991,570.00 $1,708,082.00 -$716,512.00 $991,570.00 $0.00
Jarvis Landry/WR $789,752.00 $947,702.00 $423,604.00 $524,098.00 $211,802.00 $735,900.00
Dallas Thomas/G $761,594.00 $856,594.00 $151,594.00 $705,000.00 N/A N/A
Billy Turner/T $723,000.00 $861,000.00 $348,500.00 $512,500.00 $174,250.00 $686,750.00
Will Davis/CB $722,800.00 $812,800.00 $130,300.00 $682,500.00 N/A N/A
Jelani Jenkins/OLB $703,172.00 $793,172.00 $118,172.00 $675,000.00 N/A N/A
Dion Sims/TE $701,888.00 $791,888.00 $166,888.00 $675,000.00 N/A N/A
LaMichael James/RB $680,000.00 F/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Rishard Matthews/WR $673,403.00 F/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Zach Bowman/CB $673,403.00 F/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
CJ Mosley/DT $665,000.00 F/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Jeff Linkenbach/LG $665,000.00 F/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Mike Gillislee/RB $625,700.00 $715,700.00 $40,700.00 $675,000.00 N/A N/A
Caleb Sturgis/K $621,140.00 $711,140.00 $36,140.00 $675,000.00 N/A N/A
Walt Aikens/CB $613,977.00 $703,977.00 $207,954.00 $496,023.00 $103,977.00 $600,000.00
Josh Freeman/QB $605,000.00 F/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Jordan Kovacs/S $605,000.00 F/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Michael Preston/WR $585,000.00 F/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Michael Thomas/S $585,000.00 F/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Spencer Paysinger/OLB $585,000.00 F/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Jacques McCleandon/LG $585,000.00 F/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Kenny Stills/WR $585,000.00 $675,000.00 $0.00 $675,000.00 N/A N/A
Laron Byrd/WR $585,000.00 F/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
McLeod Bethel-Thompson/QB $585,000.00 F/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Don Jones/S $585,000.00 $675,000.00 $0.00 $675,000.00 N/A N/A
2015 CUT OFF





Jamil Douglas/LG * $564,641.00 $654,641.00 $388,923.00 $265,718.00 $129,641.00 $525,000.00
Jordan Tripp/OLB * $550,700.00 $640,700.00 $81,400.00 $599,300.00 $40,700.00 $600,000.00
A.J. Francis/DT $530,000.00 F/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Terrence Fede/DT * $523,988.00 $613,988.00 $27,976.00 $586,012.00 $13,988.00 $600,000.00
Damien Williams/RB * $511,166.00 $601,168.00 $1,168.00 $600,000.00 N/A N/A
Anthony Johnson/DT * $510,666.00 $600,668.00 $668.00 $600,000.00 N/A N/A
Deandre Coleman/DT $510,000.00 F/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Gerell Robinson/WR $510,000.00 F/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Chris McCain/LB * $510,000.00 $600,000.00 $0.00 $600,000.00 N/A N/A
Sammy Seamster/CB * $510,000.00 $600,000.00 $0.00 $600,000.00 N/A N/A
Tommy Streeter/WR $510,000.00 F/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Donald Hawkins/G * $510,000.00 $600,000.00 $0.00 $600,000.00 N/A N/A
Sam Brenner/C $510,000.00 F/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Jake Stoneburner/TE $510,000.00 F/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Bobby McCain/CB * $492,072.00 $582,072.00 $171,216.00 $410,856.00 $57,072.00 $525,000.00
Jay Ajayi/RB * $490,203.00 $580,203.00 $165,609.00 $414,594.00 $55,203.00 $525,000.00
Cedric Thompson/S * $490,132.00 $580,123.00 $165,396.00 $414,736.00 $55,132.00 $525,000.00
Tony Lippett/CB * $488,691.00 $578,691.00 $161,073.00 $417,618.00 $53,691.00 $525,000.00
Arthur Lynch/TE * $482,825.00 $647,825.00 $95,650.00 $552,175.00 $47,825.00 $600,000.00
Mike Hull/OLB * $439,825.00 $529,166.00 $8,334.00 $520,832.00 $4,166.00 $525,000.00
Aundrey Walker/RG * $438,666.00 $528,666.00 $7,334.00 $521,332.00 $3,666.00 $525,000.00
Zach Vigil/OLB * $438,333.00 $528,333.00 $6,667.00 $521,666.00 $3,333.00 $525,000.00
Chistion Jones/WR * $437,166.00 $527,166.00 $4,334.00 $522,832.00 $2,166.00 $525,000.00
Jeff Luc/ILB * $437,166.00 $527,166.00 $4,334.00 $522,832.00 $2,166.00 $525,000.00
Ellis McCarthy/DT * $436,666.00 $526,666.00 $3,334.00 $523,332.00 $1,666.00 $525,000.00
Ray Drew/DE * $436,666.00 $526,666.00 $3,334.00 $523,332.00 $1,666.00 $525,000.00
Nigel King/WR $436,000.00 $526,000.00 $2,000.00 $524,000.00 $1,000.00 $525,000.00
Mickey Baucus/LT $435,666.00 $525,666.00 $1,334.00 $524,332.00 $666.00 $525,000.00
Damarr Aultman/WR $435,500.00 $525,500.00 $1,000.00 $524,500.00 $1,000.00 $524,500.00
Michael Liedtke/RG $435,333.00 $525,333.00 $667.00 $524,666.00 $333.00 $525,000.00
Matt Darr/P $435,333.00 $525,333.00 $667.00 $524,666.00 $333.00 $525,000.00
Neville Hewitt/OLB $435,333.00 $525,333.00 $667.00 $524,666.00 $333.00 $525,000.00
Dionte Savage/LG $435,000.00 $525,000.00 $0.00 $525,000.00 $0.00 $525,000.00
Kendall Montgomery/DE $435,000.00 $525,000.00 $0.00 $525,000.00 $0.00 $525,000.00
Tyler McDonald/WR $435,000.00 F/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Andrew Franks/K $435,000.00 $525,000.00 $0.00 $525,000.00 $0.00 $525,000.00
Tim Semisch/TE $435,000.00 $525,000.00 $0.00 $525,000.00 $0.00 $525,000.00
Matt Hazel/WR $435,000.00 F/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Emmanuel Dieke/DE $435,000.00 F/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Shamiel Gary/S $435,000.00 F/A N/A N/A N/A N/A