5 Player Contracts for Miami Dolphins that Make Your Blood Boil
Miami Dolphins: 5 Player Contracts That Make Your Blood Boil
You have them on every team -- players who are simply overpaid and not worth their contracts. The value of said players isn't as large as their contracts would indicate. The Miami Dolphins are just like every other franchise in the NFL.
The Dolphins have those types of players on their team. The organization embarked on a major free agent spending binge in 2013 led by former Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland in his final offseason with the organization. This led to contracts handed to star players that were backloaded, meaning a large sum of the the long-term deals are due in the last couple of years of these contracts. Unfortunately for the Dolphins, it's 2014, and the team won't be able to escape most of these contracts until at least 2015 when the salaries are no longer guaranteed.
Fortunately for the franchise, the team has over $39 million in cap space heading into free agency this month. That is the fifth-highest amount of cap space of any franchise in the league. However, there are a few players under contract the Dolphins would like to get rid of. In fact, some of these players on this list are being shopped around the league at the current moment.
All of the players on this list performed below expectations and certainly performed below their contract values. They either had very little impact on the Dolphins' 2013 season or simply did not provide enough of an impact in making the Dolphins a better team last season.
Here are five contracts that make your blood boil as a Dolphins fan.
5. DE Dion Jordan
Dion Jordan was the team's No. 3 overall pick in 2013. The Dolphins traded away their second-round draft pick so they could move up to the No. 3 spot to draft the defensive end. It's an understatement to say that Jordan did not have the impact the Dolphins were hoping for.
The University of Oregon product registered two sacks during his rookie season. The organization is already looking for a trade suitor to ship Jordan out of Miami. Jordan has a signing bonus of $3.3 million each of the next three years and has a cap hit of $4.7 million in 2014.
4. QB Matt Moore
Matt Moore is a beloved figure by Dolphins fans for his efforts in leading the Dolphins to a respectable 6-10 record following a 0-7 start to the 2011 season. The problem is, quarterback Ryan Tannehill is now a veteran and is entrenched as the starting quarterback. The need for a high-paid veteran backup quarterback is no longer there.
Moore has a cap hit of $5.5 million in 2014. This makes Moore the sixth-highest paid player on the Dolphins and the 21st-highest paid quarterback in the league.
3. CB Dimitri Patterson
Though Dimitri Patterson was productive in the six games he played in, notching four interceptions, he struggled through a groin injury for most of 2013. Patterson was the starting cornerback opposite of Brent Grimes before Nolan Carroll replaced him in the starting lineup.
Patterson is in the last year of his contract, but he has a cap hit of $5.4 million in 2014, the seventh-highest figure on the team.
2. LB Philip Wheeler/Dannell Ellerbe
These two linebackers are interchangeable. Both are veterans who signed with the team during the 2013 offseason. The organization hoped that by bringing in these two players it would raise the Dolphins from a good defense into an elite one. It didn't improve the defense one bit.
Dannell Ellerbe is the second-highest paid player on the team while Philip Wheeler is the fourth-highest paid. Both have contracts that last until 2017, with Ellerbe earning an average of $7 million a year and Wheeler earning an average of $5.2 million a year.
1. WR Mike Wallace
Mike Wallace is arguably the most overpaid player in the NFL entering 2014. He has a cap hit of $17.25 million this upcoming season with a guaranteed salary of $15 million. This essentially means the Dolphins are stuck with Wallace for at least one more season. The good news is the Dolphins can get rid of Wallace following 2014 without too much of a negative effect on their salary cap.
Wallace had just 930 yards receiving and five touchdowns in 2013. The veteran receiver is the 13th-highest paid player entering 2014 and the highest-paid Dolphin and wide receiver in the NFL.