Koa Misi, Miami Dolphins agree to restructured contract

Miami Dolphins outside linebacker Koa Misi  is introduced. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)

Miami Dolphins linebacker Koa Misi has agreed to a restructured contract, a league source confirmed.

Misi was scheduled to count about $4.8 million against the salary cap in 2017. The Dolphins could have saved more than $4 million if they had cut Misi (in all likelyhood after being fully medically cleared).

Instead, Misi will count about $2.8 million against the cap next season, according to a source.

The Dolphins are hoping Misi is fully cleared to return from a neck injury in May, as he has been led to believe is likely.

Miami has given linebacker Kiko Alonso a new four-year contract for $29 million, with $18.5 million guaranteed. The Dolphins also signed free-agent linebacker Lawrence Timmons to a two-year, $12 million contract.

If Misi can return, he gives Miami a solid option in their efforts to improve against the run. Misi played only three games last season due to the injury.

But Misi had averaged 13.5 games in the first five seasons of his NFL career. And Misi had a career-high with 78 tackles in 2015, after setting a career high with 64 tackles in 2014.

Perhaps Misi, 30, cannot be counted on as a starter at this point. But Miami does have ascending linebacker Neville Hewitt under contract and Mike Hull and Trevor Reilly provide some depth.

The point is, Miami might not be under pressure to offer free agent Zach Brown, for example, a contract above what they have budgeted, or to be locked into drafting a first-round linebacker. If he can play, this could be a strong value move.

Now, Misi has a more cap-friendly deal which keeps open the door for a possible positive contribution.

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