Miami Dolphins: What they’ll get paid in 2016

DAVIE — Life isn’t fair. Ask a Miami Dolphins fan. Sometimes, the most productive and hardest working people among us make far less than others who fail to produce and lollygag through life. So now that the Dolphins initial 53-man roster is in, let’s take a look at what each player is scheduled to make in 2016, via Spotrac. The numbers below, more specifically, reflect what each player will count against the league salary cap this season. According to the website, Miami is currently more than $20 million under the cap. Rest assured, players look at these numbers:

Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill (17) looks for a receiver during preseason game against the Atlanta Falcons at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida on August 25, 2016. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)

Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill looks for a receiver during preseason game against the Atlanta Falcons. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)

QUARTERBACKS

Ryan Tannehill $11,640,000

Matt Moore $1,400,000

Brandon Doughty $471,970

Quick Take: Tannehill was the 18th-rated quarterback by Pro Football Focus last season. He’s the 21st-highest paid signal-caller in 2016.

 

 

 

Miami Dolphins running back Jay Ajayi (23) finds a big hole opened up by Miami Dolphins offensive tackle Ulrick John (68) and Miami Dolphins tackle Kraig Urbik (60) at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida on September 1, 2016. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)

Miami Dolphins running back Jay Ajayi finds a big hole. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)

RUNNING BACKS

Arian Foster $1,338,750

Isaiah Pead $675,000

Kenyan Drake $655,315

Damien Williams $601,668

Jay Ajayi $580,203

Quick Take: The Dolphins kept five running backs and Ajayi, the current starter, is slated to earn the least.

 

Miami Dolphins wide receiver Jarvis Landry (14) at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida on August 25, 2016. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)

Miami Dolphins wide receiver Jarvis Landry (14) at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida on August 25, 2016. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)

WIDE RECEIVERS

DeVante Parker $2,471,942

Kenny Stills $1,671,000

Jarvis Landry $947,703

Griff Whalen $675,000

Leonte Carroo $625,097

Jakeem Grant $485,095

Quick Take: Wow, Landry is a bargain. And he is scheduled to be in 2017, at $1.1 million.

 

Dolphins tight end Jordan Cameron (84) makes a leaping catch against Washington last season. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)

Dolphins tight end Jordan Cameron makes a leaping catch against Washington last season. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)

TIGHT ENDS

Jordan Cameron  $8,000,000

Dion Sims $1,787,888

MarQuies Gray $675,000

Quick Take: Cameron took a pay reduction. It’s a contract year. He needs to catch more consistently.

 

 

 

Miami Dolphins offensive tackle Branden Albert (76) and Miami Dolphins offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil (67) practice a drill at Miami Dolphins training camp in Davie, Florida on August 1, 2016. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)

Miami Dolphins offensive linemen Branden Albert and Laremy Tunsil (67) practice a drill at Miami Dolphins training camp. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)

OFFENSIVE LINE

Branden Albert $10,150,000

Mike Pouncey $10,025,000

Ju’Wuan James $2,298,654

Laremy Tunsil $2,265,027

Dallas Thomas $1,822,594

Jermon Bushrod $1,437,500

Kraig Urbik $1,125,000

Billy Turner $861,000

Anthony Steen $525,000

Quick Take: Albert and Pouncey are paid for their Pro Bowl pedigree. James is a good value in his third season.

 

Miami Dolphins defensive end Mario Williams (94) with Miami Dolphins defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh (93) at Miami Dolphins training camp in Davie, Florida on July 31, 2016. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)

Miami Dolphins defensive ends Mario Williams and Ndamukong Suh. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)

DEFENSIVE LINE

Ndamukong Suh $12,600,000

Cameron Wake $8,525,000

Mario Williams $6,500,000

Dion Jordan $5,359,132

Earl Mitchell $3,500,000

Andre Branch $2,703,125

Jason Jones $1,502,188

Jordan Phillips $991,570

Terrence Fede $613,988

Julius Warmsley $450,000

Quick Take: Fascinating group. And the highest-paid ($42.7 million) in the NFL. Williams was the 106th-ranked edge defender by PFF in 2015. Suh’s six-year deal is worth $114,375,000, just behind Denver’s Von Miller.

 

Miami Dolphins linebacker Kiko Alonso (47) and Miami Dolphins defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh (93) tackle Atlanta Falcons running back Tevin Coleman (26) short of a first down on fourth down and one at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida on August 25, 2016. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)

Miami Dolphins linebacker Kiko Alonso and defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh tackle Atlanta Falcons running back Tevin Coleman. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)

LINEBACKERS 

Koa Misi $3,120,500

Jelani Jenkins $1,789,172

Kiko Alonso $991,418

Spencer Paysinger $680,000

Neville Hewitt $525,333

Mike Hull $525,000

Zach Vigil $351,333

Quick Take: The lowest-paid LB group ($7.9 million) in the NFL. It’s a critical contract season for Alonso.

 

Miami Dolphins strong safety Reshad Jones (20) and Miami Dolphins defensive back Byron Maxwell (41) celebrate an interception by Jones at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida on August 25, 2016. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)

Miami Dolphins strong safety Reshad Jones and cornerback Byron Maxwell (41) celebrate an interception by Jones. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)

DEFENSIVE BACKS

Byron Maxwell $8,500,000

Reshad Jones $8,202,942

Isa Abdul-Quddus $2,583,333

Chris Culliver $2,012,500

Xavien Howard $1,114,189

Walt Aikens $703,977

Michael Thomas $675,000

Bobby McCain $582,072

Tony Lippett $578,691

Jordan Lucas $479,990

Ifo Ekpre-Olumu $333,000

Quick Take: Maxwell is scheduled to count more than $25 million against the cap over the next three years. Miami needs him to be a legit #1 CB. Last year, PFF had Maxwell as the 77th-best CB in the NFL.

 

Miami Dolphins long snapper John Denney (92) at Dolphins training camp in Davie, Florida on August 6, 2016. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)

Miami Dolphins long snapper John Denney at Dolphins training camp. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)

SPECIALISTS

John Denney $1,215,000

Matt Darr $525,333

Andrew Franks $525,000

Quick Take: The Dolphins have the highest-paid long snapper in the NFL.

 

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