The list looks imposing only if you let it.
The Dolphins are one of only two teams, along with the Los Angeles Rams, who haven’t signed a single draft pick.
And with about three-fourths of all picks signed throughout the league, it’s natural to wonder why.
In the Dolphins’ case, it’s simple. Just as Ndamukong Suh could often occupy two blockers on some plays, he also occupies a massive amount of territory salary-cap wise, even as a former Dolphin.
Relief is in sight.
Come June 2, Suh’s $26.1 million cap hit will shrink to $22.2 million, which could go even lower if the Dolphins opt to spread it over two years.
Don’t be surprised if next weekend there’s a flood of transactions hailing the signing of any number of the eight picks, possibly even safety Minkah Fitzpatrick, the first-rounder.
That’s along the lines of what happened last year, when the Dolphins announced five signings on one day, although defensive end Charles Harris, the top pick, came a couple of weeks later.
Thanks to the NFL’s rookie salary structure, we no longer have to put up with prolonged holdouts of first-round picks demanding veterans’ money and second-rounders saying they deserve to be paid like the first-rounders they should have been. In Fitzpatrick’s case, we know he’ll receive a four-year deal worth $16.67 million. The only wiggle room involves details such as guarantees.
The Rams, Suh’s new team, haven’t written any checks because they prefer to delay signing draft picks until they can educate them on financial literacy.
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