Tom Brady for 6-7 more years? ‘Great’ says Miami Dolphins’ Adam Gase

New England Patriots QB Tom Brady plays in the Super Bowl often. (AP Photo/Gregory Payan)

PHOENIX — The owner of the New England Patriots, a man named Robert Kraft, said this week that his quarterback, a man named Tom Brady, may play another six or seven years.

Perhaps you’ve heard of these two.

They win a lot. And Miami hasn’t won nearly enough since Brady’s arrival in Boston.

The Dolphins must spend a lot of time thinking about what the Patriots have done and how they can close the gap, and likely, when that darn Brady will finally retire.

So to hear this week that Brady, a man about to turn 40, may play forever – OK, maybe not forever – must have been frustrating for the good folks from South Florida.

Not so fast, my friend.

Dolphins coach Adam Gase doesn’t back down from a challenge. Even the best-looking, best-passing man on the planet. OK, so, the NFL.

“If he can play that long, that’s great,” Gase said, after an uncharacteristically long pause at a breakfast gathering with reporters Tuesday morning. “I mean, he’s great for the league.”

What Gase said next is the best part.

“And I think that our organization, we can’t be an organization to run and hide,” he said.

We won’t run and hide from Robert Kraft, or Bill Belichick, or Tom Brady, or anyone, Gase may have well implied. This man has moxie. This man understands that as Tony Robbins might say, “You gotta believe, with all your heart and soul, that you can and will beat the Patriots, before you beat the Patriots.”

Or, something like that.

Back to Gase.

“We should want to go against the best team, every year,” he said. “And the fact that they’re in our division, we should look at that as a great challenge. And that’s what we’re trying to do. We know that our goal has to be to win the division. Because we know if we do that then that means we’re probably pretty good.”

For the record, the man nicknamed Tom Terrific or Touchdown Tom or The Pharoah (really, The Pharoah?) is 20-9 against the Miami Dolphins in his career, with 52 touchdowns and 21 interceptions.

He’ll retire. Eventually. We think.

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Adam Gase says Miami Dolphins ‘played like crap’ against New England, Pittsburgh

Miami Dolphins head coach Adam Gase speaks during a news conference at the NFL football scouting combine Thursday, March 2, 2017, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

INDIANAPOLIS — While most coaches and executives in the NFL try at all costs to avoid comparisons to New England, Miami Dolphins coach Adam Gase candidly admits a late-season, home blowout loss to the Patriots delivered a clear message.

(Photo credit: Miami Dolphins coach Adam Gase speaks at the NFL Scouting Combine. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

“New England showed us exactly how far away we were,” Gase said at the NFL Scouting Combine.

Gase declined multiple opportunities to assess the 2016 Dolphins season as an overall success, despite having had some time to process the way a 10-5 season ended at 10-6, following bad losses to New England and Pittsburgh.

“I’d love to be able to say that, 100 percent, but those last two are who we are,” Gase said. “We played like crap in those two games.”

Gase’s honesty is one of his best attributes. Among his goals are to shoot it straight with players, coaches and the media. And so yes, the way Miami’s season ended still bothers Gase.

As if extra motivation was needed.

“It still stings a little bit,” Gase said. “It’s hard to get over the last game. Every time you’re watching cut-ups and something comes up and you see the chances you had here and there, it still bothers you. I thought the guys fought … we had guys that battled.”

Gase knows the Dolphins must improve in run defense, must add more skill and depth at defensive end and linebacker and add a starting-caliber safety, all through free agency and the draft.

“We’ve got a long ways to go and we’ve got to make sure that we develop this offseason and put ourselves in position the next season if we are able to get to the playoffs and we get another opportunity like that that we’re ready to go,” Gase said.

Gase believes having veterans like safety Reshad Jones return from injury will have a positive impact.

But Gase isn’t fooled by the unexpected 10-win season and playoff berth. The Dolphins are not yet within striking distance of championship conversation.

And Gase, candidly, refused to conclude the 2016 season was a satisfying.

“No,” he said.

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Ndamukong Suh at defensive end? “That’s too bad for the QB”

Ndamukong Suh is scary enough at his usual position, but he can cause a real headache when the Dolphins move him around. (Getty Images)
Ndamukong Suh is scary enough at his usual position, but he can cause a real headache when the Dolphins move him around. (Getty Images)

DAVIE–If there’s anything that’ll stick with you from last week’s Dolphins-Jets game, it’s probably the epic sack by Cameron Wake and Ndamukong Suh that knocked Bryce Petty out of the game.

Defensive coordinator Vance Joseph actually didn’t see that play live. He was paying attention to Miami’s pass coverage.

“I didn’t see it,” he said. “I kinda heard it.”

It’s too bad he missed it, because he was the one who sketched it out. Joseph has devised some creative schemes with his defensive front this year, and one of those ideas was on display in the Petty sack. He moved Suh to defensive end, coming from Petty’s blind side, to free him up from the usual double- and triple-teams he faces.

“Suh was playing defensive end, so it kind of freaked the offensive line out because we were now split with our double-A (gap) look and Suh is usually our three-technique to the offense’s right, but he was the end to their left,” Joseph said. “So I think he freaked them out and they kind of squeezed it all. And they turned Cam and Suh loose. That’s too bad for the quarterback.”

Joseph estimates the Dolphins have used that ploy about 20 times in 14 games, so it shouldn’t have shocked New York. After the hit Suh and Wake put on Petty, that move probably won’t catch anyone off-guard again. But even if teams prepare for it, it’s tough to stop a player who’s brawny enough to play defensive tackle and athletic enough to rush from the edge.

“As we go forward, we have to do more of that stuff to kind of give him a chance to get one-on-ones and to avoid getting our two best rushers blocked with four guys,” Joseph said. “So going forward, we’re going to do more of that.”

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Adam Gase’s post-practice report: Offensive line undetermined

Adam Gase will work with a reconfigured offensive line starting this week. (Allen Eyestone/The Post)
Adam Gase will work with a reconfigured offensive line starting this week. (Allen Eyestone/The Post)

CARLSBAD, Calif.–The Dolphins have wrapped up their first practice of the week in advance of Sunday’s game at Los Angeles, and they were missing a few key pieces in this afternoon’s session.

Here are coach Adam Gase’s thoughts after practice:
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Practice report: Dolphins missing Jenkins, Williams, Jones

Mario Williams is in question for the Rams game because of a sprained ankle. (Getty Images)
Mario Williams is in question for the Rams game because of a sprained ankle. (Getty Images)

CARLSBAD, Calif.—The Dolphins were down several key defenders for today, their first practice of the week as they prepare for Sunday’s game at Los Angeles.
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Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross all smiles, raves about Adam Gase

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - OCTOBER 16: Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross looks on during a game against the Pittsburgh Steelers on October 16, 2016 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross looks on during a game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Hard Rock Stadium. Ross is excited about Adam Gase’s leadership. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

CARLSBAD, Calif. — Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross was casually chatting with a small group of a reporters at an upscale resort outside of San Diego that is the team’s home base this week.

The Dolphins have won four consecutive games. The sun was shining bright. And on this Monday afternoon, Ross had a smile on his face that indicated he couldn’t be more pleased with how the season is going.

Ross raved about his first-year head coach Adam Gase.

He spoke about the cohesiveness between Gase and the rest of the football operation, namely executives Mike Tannenbaum and Chris Grier.

It hasn’t always been that way for the Dolphins.

It hasn’t always seemed as hopeful for the organization under Ross’ leadership as it does this moment.

Ross joked about how he’s through making predictions, particularly any involving the Super Bowl.

But Ross spoke seriously about how the culture being set by Gase is the right one.

Gase connects to his players, veterans and rookies alike. Heck, Gase connects on a positive level with the media, offering respect and a sincere interest in anyone he interacts with.

Dolphins football? It’s now about a culture of accountability and responsibility.

And Tannenbaum and Grier are on board. They are lockstep. In unison.

Gase’s opinion on players is weighed heavily by Tannenbaum and Grier, who understand the importance of adding, not deleting, players Gase and his staff want in South Florida. And not adding players Gase and his staff want no part of.

There is three-way respect.

Players are constantly talking about how they owe it to themselves and their teammates to give great effort. And as we have seen in Gase’s first season, those who don’t will be benched, see their playing time reduced, or, ultimately, be cut.

Gase is winning. How big Gase can win remains to be seen.

But Gase is winning with personnel that doesn’t necessarily fit with what he and defensive coordinator Vance Joseph would ideally operate.

Gase and his coaches are meshing the strengths of his players with their concepts, even listening intently to ideas and suggestions from the players themselves.

In the future, how Gase, Tannenbaum and Grier build upon this roster will ultimately determine if the Dolphins can actually compete with the New England Patriots, or, at least, seriously compete for a wild card spot.

Ross isn’t making any predictions. But what is clear at this moment, the midpoint of the 2016 season, is that Ross has complete confidence that he’s finally found the right coach.

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Mike Pouncey in Dolphins throwback uniform
Mike Pouncey in a Miami Dolphins throwback uniform. Pouncey makes his 2016 debut Sunday. 

Mike Pouncey — Pouncey is on track to make the first appearance of his sixth season. Pouncey has missed 2, 4, 2 and 4 games in each of the past four seasons. The Dolphins need Pouncey’s leadership as much as they need his ability to help create running lanes. The Dolphins run game has an opportunity to gain traction on Sunday against Tennessee. Pouncey has openly wondered if he’ll be the same player after his most recent hip injury, so here is the first chance to see if he is.

Byron Maxwell — So, we meet again. Maxwell stepped in for injured rookie Xavien Howard in practice this week so the much-maligned, much-scorned, well-paid veteran will have an early opportunity at redemption, likely opposite Tony Lippett. Coach Adam Gase flat-out mentioned tighter coverage as an objective for Maxwell and it’s easy to identify. When Maxwell was on the field, receivers were running away from him with relative ease. The Titans do not have a dominant receiver such as Julio Jones or A.J. Green, which should help.

Ryan Tannehill — This is the fourth consecutive season Tannehill’s performance has declined, according to Pro Football Focus. The lessons Adam Gase is imparting need to start to stick. Movement in the pocket. Awareness. Accuracy. Decision-making. Protecting the football. Taking calculated risks. Processing options quickly and anticipating throws. Tannehill’s opponent on Sunday, Marcus Mariota, ran a lightning-fast tempo offense at Oregon. What if Miami tried that this week?

Isa Abdul-Quddus — It went under the radar a bit last week, but Abdul-Quddus lost some snaps to Michael Thomas at safety against Cincinnati. The Dolphins like the way Bobby McCain has been playing in the slot and so that was an opportunity to get both McCain and Thomas on the field at the same time. It’s not like Abdul-Quddus is playing poorly. He’s been solid in coverage and run defense. He has missed on a few run plays, as almost all Dolphins have. But let’s see how Abdul-Quddus responds to a clear challenge from coaches.

Jay Ajayi — Perhaps it’s time to see what Ajayi can do with more than seven carries in a game. What if he were to have 15 carries. Would he get stronger, as he suggests, he does? Since being left behind on the trip to Seattle, Ajayi has seemed focused, committed and driven. Gase is going to trim down his rotation this week. A gameplan built around 30 touches for Ajayi and rookie Kenyan Drake makes great sense for this Sunday. Ajayi feels he can get downhill and makes players miss. And he has shown that in limited spurts this season.

Kiko Alonso — Alonso is playing much, much better than he did in Philadelphia last season. The matchup with former fellow Duck Marcus Mariota is intriguing. Will Alonso occassionally shadow Mariota. Will he track him down sideline to sideline? Will he take an opportunity to land a good shot on Mariota? How Alonso holds up against DeMarco Murray and Derrick Henry is critical. Alonso is tied for 7th in the NFL with 38 tackles. He is steadily regaining his rookie season Bills mojo.

DeVante Parker — Miami coaches feel Parker has been better paying attention to game plan installations, so he has a better understanding of what he’s supposed to be doing. Parker’s hamstrings are also feeling better, which allows Miami to create some deeper route options for their second-year receiver. The time is now. When DeVante Parker is open or about to be open or should be open or looks like he might be open or able to fight for a 50-50 ball, it’s on Tannehill to give Parker a chance to make a play. And it’s on Parker to do everything he can, during the week, before the route, during the route and during the fight for any ball, to seize the opportunity as if his career was staked on that one play. Then Parker will reach his potential.

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Quick hits: Five takeaways from Dolphins’ victory over Browns

Jamar Taylor of Cleveland Browns intercepts a Ryan Tannehill pass during the first quarter. (Getty Images)
Jamar Taylor of Cleveland Browns intercepts a Ryan Tannehill pass during the first quarter. (Getty Images)

MIAMI GARDENS—It took the Dolphins a long time to finally bury Cleveland today, but they got there. After trailing by three early in the third quarter, Miami came back for a 30-24 overtime win at Hard Rock Stadium.

Here’s a look at what went right and wrong for the Dolphins this afternoon:
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Kenny Stills dropped a TD pass, but did he score with anthem protest?

 

From left, Miami Dolphins' Jelani Jenkins, Arian Foster, Michael Thomas, and Kenny Stills, kneel during the singing of the national anthem before an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks, Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Stephen Brashear)
From left, Miami Dolphins’ Jelani Jenkins, Arian Foster, Michael Thomas, and Kenny Stills, kneel during the singing of the national anthem before an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks, Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Stephen Brashear)

SEATTLE – The ball was in Kenny Stills’ hands, and then it wasn’t.

The ball was in Stills’ hands and he had a clear path to the end zone and there wasn’t a defender within five yards and he was going to remember the moment forever.

It was going to be a culmination of all of Stills’ offseason work, on and off the field. Stills had arrived as a trusted Ryan Tannehill target, more than just a deep threat, yes, but there’s nothing wrong with a 71-yard touchdown at Seattle.

And then the ball wasn’t. The ball bounced away from Stills and the moment slipped away, too. The ball fell to the turf and Tannehill dropped his head and teammates on the sideline grimaced.

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It was only the second quarter, but it was clear this was a critical moment.

“No excuses. Just a drop,” Stills said afterwards, voice cracking at times, emotions still raw. “It was a good ball. I just dropped it.”

When the play was over, Stills raised an arm as if to say, “My bad.” And it was. By all accounts.

It would seem this moment would be the most difficult to speak about with media in a locker room after a defeat. Stills had dropped a clear touchdown in a game in which Miami should have pulled the league’s greatest Week 1 upset.

Yet, it wasn’t the most difficult moment to speak about at all.

It wasn’t even the first thing Stills was asked about.

No, what Stills was asked about was dropping to one knee, and covering his heart, during America’s national anthem, on 9-11, a few feet removed from servicemen and police officers holding up a 100-yard American flag.

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Stills kneeled alongside teammates Arian Foster, Michael Thomas and Jelani Jenkins. But in the postgame, he deferred a specific explanation of the protest to Foster, who led a Dolphins discussion in the days before the game.

“We talked as a team,” Stills said. “And a couple of individuals on the team felt like because of what’s going on in this country, we wanted to make a statement by taking a knee and putting our hands over our chest.”

What specifically are you upset about in this country?

Stills paused. He paused some more. He sighed.

“We have made our decision,” Stills said. “And we stand by how we feel. And, um, really the person you should speak to about it is Arian. He is the most clean-spoken and can send the message that we’re looking to send.”

In the moments after Stills’ drop, I tweeted, “I wonder if Kenny Stills’ long TD drop was at all related to distraction and anxiety of pregame anthem protest participation.”

No, this was not sarcasm, as some wondered.

No, this was not parody, as some ascertained.

I sincerely wondered, as I would say in a clarifying tweet, “My point was pass drops are mental and I wonder if there was a lot on Stills’ mind. It’s fine if you think no way.”

After the game, Stills was asked if there was any chance that the events of the pregame affected him on the field.

Predictably, Stills said, “No, we knew it was a big deal. But the game is the game.”

Foster had told his teammates to do what they felt was best, then to focus on the game once it began. Perhaps easier said than done.

After I sent those tweets, a mini fire-storm ensued. More than 400 people liked the initial tweet, more than 240 re-tweeted the tweet and what seemed like hundreds of people either accused me of being racist, a moron, or for suggesting I was implying that bad things would happen to black players who protested (no, not at all my point.)

My point was as stated. I wondered – without making any judgement at all as to the right of those players to make a personal statement – if it may have affected Stills’ focus, mindset or emotions in the game.

So, the Dolphins lost a game. And Stills dropped a pass.

I understand and believe, too, that social injustices should be addressed and that prominent figures driving conversations about those injustices are integral for our society. And that those conversations and actions of correction are far more important than the result of any play or any game.

In the wake of 9-11, it was said that Americans came together. It was also said that Americans were literally brought together at sporting events such as the World Series.

On this 15th anniversary of 9-11, the decision of some NFL athletes to sit or kneel during American national anthems has been remarkably polarizing. When I asked Stills what he was thinking about while he was kneeling during the national anthem, he said he was praying.

I’m praying, too.

I’m praying that the actions of these players create not further divisiveness on teams, in cities and in our country. But that they do what they are intended to do – draw attention to incidents and circumstances in our country that can be better.

 

 

 

 

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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