By DJ Siddiqi @DJSiddiqi on April 14, 2014
The Miami Dolphins are more than a month into the offseason period and less than a month away from the NFL draft. Most of the big free agent signings and departures are out of the way as the Dolphins await the month of May for the draft. Here are the Dolphins' five biggest offseason mistakes so far.
The Dolphins signed 30-year-old cornerback Cortland Finnegan to a two-year deal worth .5 million guaranteed. Finnegan is past his prime and struggled through injuries in 2013 as he played in only a total of seven games. Finnegan has a 2014 salary cap hit of $ 4.5 million and will be the eighth-highest paid Dolphins player in 2014. It's way too much money spent for a marginal player at best.
As much as the Dolphins value the services of backup quarterback Matt Moore, the fact of the matter is that he's still a backup quarterback. Moore has a salary cap hit of $ 5.5 million in 2014, which means he is the sixth-highest paid player on the roster and earns million more than starting QB Ryan Tannehill.
Though the Dolphins did shore up the offensive line by signing tackle Branden Albert and guard Shelley Smith, the franchise still has holes at the other guard spot and the other tackle spot. The franchise will look towards the draft to filling these two holes, but possibly depending upon two rookies to start along the offensive line in 2014 is just asking for trouble.
The Dolphins did sign Louis Delmas to replace free agent Chris Clemons, and Reshad Jones will return to handle the starting free safety spot for the team in 2013, but the franchise should have made an effort to re-sign Chris Clemons. Delmas is an injury-prone safety who missed 13 of 32 possible games during the 2011 and 2012 seasons. Re-signing Clemons would have come at a cheap cost and would have provided insurance for the team.
The Dolphins allowed defensive tackle Paul Soliai to walk in free agency when he signed a five-year deal with the Atlanta Falcons. Soliai will earn an average of .4 million per year and will count for .4 million against the salary cap in 2014. With the Dolphins holding over million in cap space and considering the fact they'll pay DT Earl Mitchell .5 million in 2014, the Dolphins could have forked over the cash to re-sign Soliai.
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