The NFL's free agency period is always a crazy time filled with rumors, near signings, releases, and, finally, additions to a roster. The first day includes the top names on the markets finding new homes while other players start scheduling visits with potential new clubs. The start of free agency also marks the beginning of the new league year, meaning teams can officially make trades and release players, with owed money counting against the 2016 salary cap.
The Miami Dolphins had a busy day - and really, it was a busy couple of days. This morning, as we prepare for Day 2 of free agency, we ask you for your grades on how the Dolphins did in their first day of the 2016 free agency period. We will include the signing of defensive end Mario Williams, which happened on Tuesday, a day before the free agency period officially opened, due to Williams being cut by the Buffalo Bills, rather than being a player with an expiring contract.
Here is a summary of what the Dolphins did on (Tuesday and) Wednesday:
- Signed: Mario Williams, defensive end - 2-years, $17 million
- Signed: Isa Abdul-Quddus, safety - 3-years, $12.75 million
- Signed: Sam Young, tackle - 1-year, $910,000
- Trade: Byron Maxwell, cornerback, Kiko Alonso, linebacker, and the 13th overall pick from the Philadelphia Eagles for Miami's 8th overall pick.
- Cut: Brent Grimes, cornerback - $6.5 million cap savings
- Lost: Olivier Vernon, defensive end - Giants (5-yrs, $85 million, $52.5 million guaranteed)
- Lost: Lamar Miller, running back - Texans (4-yrs, $26 million, $14 million guaranteed)
- Lost: Rishard Matthews, wide receiver - Titans
- Lost: Derrick Shelby, defensive end - Falcons (4-yrs, $18 million)
Now, we ask you to vote in the poll below, giving the team a grade for their first day of the 2016 free agency period.