The Miami Dolphins are in a much better position heading into the 2023 NFL season after a busy first wave of free agency. The team has made a number of impactful moves that will certainly help them compete. The Dolphins have added depth and talent at various positions including linebacker, quarterback, safety, and tight end.
Miami has been particularly active in the free agent market, signing eight players from other teams. Notable signings include quarterback Mike White, linebackers David Long and Malik Reed, and safety DeShon Elliott. These signings will provide the team with elite talent and add depth to the Miami defense.
Perhaps equally impressive, the Dolphins have managed to retain 12 of their own free agents. The team has secured key players at multiple positions including running backs Raheem Mostert, Jeff Wilson, Myles Gaskin, and Salvon Ahmed. The Dolphins also brought back important defensive pieces like linebacker Andrew Van Ginkel, cornerback Nik Needham, and safety Justin Bethel.
Before these signings, Miami had just $3.96 million in cap space, according to Spotrac. However, the terms of Van Ginkel and Bethel’s contracts are still unknown. These two contracts could take up most of the remaining cap space, but the Dolphins may still have options. Miami could extend contract talks with players like Christian Wilkins or Connor Williams, or consider trading Cedrick Wilson.
One big event that could provide even more cap relief is the June 1st cap relief from Byron Jones’ release. This will give the team even more flexibility heading into the season.
Overall, the Miami Dolphins have positioned themselves well in the first wave of free agency. These additions will help build the foundation for the franchise, and help Miami compete against some of the toughest opponents in the league.