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Dolphins free agency 2016 re-sign, tag, or leave: Spencer Paysinger

The Miami Dolphins have decisions to make on their soon-to-be free agents. We take a look at each player and decide if the team should re-sign, franchise tag, or allow the player to leave.

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We return to our look at the Miami Dolphins' soon-to-be-free agents this afternoon. We are working our way through the 18 potential free agents the Dolphins have when the new league year starts in March, trying to decide whether the team should re-sign the player, franchise tag him, or allow him to leave in free agency. Thus far, we have completed looks at quarterback Matt Moore (71% leave), running back Lamar Miller (80% re-sign), guard Shelley Smith (82% leave), safety Louis Delmas, and linebacker Kelvin Sheppard. You can still vote in the polls for Delmas and Sheppard using the links below/to the right.

Spencer Paysinger, linebacker
2015 Salary Cap Number: $585,000 (prorated)
Expiring Contract: 1 year, $745,000 million

Paysinger began his NFL career with the New York Giants as an undrafted free agent out of Oregon in 2011. After four years with the Giants, he signed a one-year contract with the Dolphins. He appeared in 14 games for the Dolphins, primarily as a special teams player, recording 24 tackles.

The Case for Re-Signing

Paysinger provides depth at linebacker, plays special teams well, and is fairly cheap. All three of those add up to a solid case for re-signing. He started 14 games over four years with the Giants, including 10 starts in 2013, so he has the experience to step in and contribute on defense when needed. Teams are always looking for the key special teams players to round out the bottom half of the roster, and Paysinger is that.

The Case for Tagging

There is none.

The Case for Allowing Paysinger to Leave

Paysinger is depth in a linebacker corps that needs upgrading. He did not see much defensive playing time despite injuries to the position, which is not a great sign for his future with the team. Miami could decide that they can get a younger player with more potential to fill the same role that Paysinger played in 2015.


Re-sign. The Dolphins need special teams players, and they need veterans who understand their role as special team contributors. Paysinger does that perfectly well. He is not an expensive player, and he provides emergency support for the linebackers corps.