The Miami Dolphins will rollover $8,363,708, the NFLPA announced on Wednesday. The union listed the rollover amounts, which will be added into the salary cap availability for the 2017 season, for each team. The Cleveland Browns will rollover an enormous $50,123,269, while the Jacksonville Jaguars will add $39,314,310 to their cap, the San Francisco 49ers will add $38,708,916 of their own, the Tennessee Titans will rollover $24,046,522, and the Washington Redskins finish out the top five with $15,055,131 in rollover.
The Carolina Panthers are sixth at $13,208,020, before reaching the Dolphins at seventh.
The salary cap for 2017 is not yet set, but it has been estimated to be as high as $170 million this year. The Dolphins currently have 52 players under contract for the 2017 season, counting the recently signed futures contracts players. They have approximately $145.6 million in those contracts, plus another $500,000 in dead money, giving them a cap number of $146.1 million as of right now. Assuming the salary cap does jump as high as $170 million, Miami will have around $32 million in cap space, prior to re-signing any of their own free agents and making roster cuts to create salary cap space.
Defensive end Mario Williams is expected to be cut, which would give Miami back $8.5 million in cap space. Speculation has also focused on the possibility that Miami could release linebacker Koa Misi, which would provide $4.2 million in cap relief, as well defensive end Dion Jordan, who could add another $3 million. Those three moves would add another $15.7 million to the cap space for Miami. There are also restructuring and extensions that could be done to add even more space.
Miami can plan to use the majority of their available cap space during free agency, which will begin in March. The team will likely need around $6 million to sign their picks following April’s NFL Draft. They will also need to keep some money available for in-season signings and for the practice squad.