OmarKelly Old Dolphins LBer Karlos Dansby was rated the NFL's 13th best ILBer and new Dolphins ILBer Dannell Ellerbe is rated No. 14 by @PFF
OmarKelly New Dolphins OLBer Phillip Wheeler is ranked by @PFF as the NFL's 6th best 4-3 OLBer, 2 spots behind Mr. Kevin Burnett.
Releasing Dansby cleared up $3.9 million in cap space, releasing Burnett, if that is the plan, would clear up another $3.2 million.
But the more important number is the cap space cleared up for 2014.
Dansby was going to be an 8 figure cap hit in 2014, Burnett is going to cost $7 million. Almost $20 million in cap space!
Adding Wheeler and Ellerbe makes the linebacker position younger and you don't lose much in performance. You also get rid of some considerable future expense.
One other thing to point out. For 2014, the Dolphins have 35 players under contract (including Burnett for now) and a total cap expense of $66 million. So they have a ton of cap room (right now) for 2014.
Granted, I am not including Mike Wallace, Ellerbe, Wheeler and Clemons resigning to that figure. They'll definitely drive it up. Hartline and Moore's new deals are included though.
The Dolphins have set themselves up with a solid cap situation not only this year, but next year as well. And if they have some room leftover this season, they can roll that over.
Thinking ahead to 2014?? Sounds like a guy who is terrified about his job!
Ireland is showing today that he is a step ahead of the curve, thinking long term AND short term at the same time. Today by itself has been nearly a perfect performance in free agency. A good draft and maybe he can finally shut the naysayers up