The Dolphins made a move today that makes it highly likely they’ll keep one of their most electric offensive players.
They placed an original-round tender on running back Damien Williams, a restricted free agent, meaning he’ll get a raise to $1.8 million for next season unless another team comes in with a bigger offer. Even if that happens, Miami would have the right to match.
Because Williams went undrafted in 2014, the Dolphins would not receive draft pick compensation if he leaves.
Dolphins coach Adam Gase was intrigued by Williams last season and found a variety of ways to use him at running back and receiver, and he was third on the team with six touchdowns. Williams had 35 carries for 115 yards, plus 23 catches for 249. Miami also used him as a kick returner.
Williams and Kenyan Drake are both in line to compete for the secondary load of carries behind starter Jay Ajayi this season. Given the risk of injury that goes with Ajayi’s rugged running style, that could be a vital role.
The minimum $1.8 million salary for Williams this year will exceed the $1.5 million he made over his first three years with Miami.
The Dolphins also placed a first-round tender on linebacker Kiko Alonso as they continue negotiating a long-term deal with him, placed an original-round tender on safety Michael Thomas and announced an undisclosed restructuring of backup defensive lineman Nick Williams.
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