Before the Miami Dolphins can officially sign free agents at 4 p.m. today, safety Reshad Jones helped the team clear salary cap space, according to a league source.
In fact, Jones has helped clear $6.6 million in cap space, as first reported by ESPN’s Field Yates.
Jones will drop his base salary from $9.375 million to $970,000, while also getting a $4.05 million signing bonus. Jones will collect the same money, it’s just that the Dolphins are able to now spread out the cap hit.
Miami is planning to sign wide receivers Albert Wilson and Danny Amendola to help fill the void of Jarvis Landry, whose trade to the Browns will also become official today.
If Miami does not renege on Ja’Wuan James’ contract today, he will remain under contract for 2018. It is now expected Miami will keep James on the roster and it is one less starting lineup hole Miami will need to worry about.
The Dolphins could be in the market for a guard, linebacker, tight end, running back, defensive tackle and kicker.
The Dolphins could go with Jesse Davis and Ted Larsen at guard, or could be looking to upgrade.
Miami could go with Stephone Anthony as a replacement for Lawrence Timmons, but is probably looking to add to the roster.
And the Dolphins will need to replace Julius Thomas, expected to be officially cut today, and kicker Cody Parkey of Jupiter, who plans to sign with the Chicago Bears today.
Miami could look to add a depth defensive tackle to take on some of the reps from the soon-to-be-cut Ndamukong Suh. They might also want to add a running back who can complement Kenyan Drake.
Last week, the Dolphins had the least cap space of any team in the NFL. But by trading Landry, cutting Timmons, Thomas and Ndamukong Suh and restructuring Jones, executive vice president Mike Tannenbaum has room to wheel-and-deal.