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George GipsonThe dark ages of the Tannebaum era are now officially over, but not without consequence. For the next two seasons the Dolphins will be dealing with either dead cap or overpaid players taking up cap. That does not mean the Dolphins can’t be competitive the next two seasons, but by 2021 they should be in playoff contention. Here’s why.

1. Minkah Fitzpatrick, Xavien Howard, Bobby McCain, Raekwon McMillan, Jerome Baker, Davon Godchaux, Laremy Tunsil, Albert Wilson, Mike Gesicki, Cordrea Tankersley, Charles Harris, and Kalen Ballage, give the Phins something to build on. They have the beginnings of what could be a very good defense, and their needs for the future are obvious. Offensive Line, Pass Rushers, Quarterback, Alonso replacement, young depth at Defensive Tackle, Wide Receiver, and Running Back.

2. About 44 million in cap is coming off the books after the 2019 season just between, Quinn, Parker, Branch, Sitton, and Amendola. Another 8 million for Alonso, and 25 million for Tannehill, after 2020. That’s 77 million in cap room between 7 players.

3. The 2020 draft class is set to see Tua Tagovailoa, Jake Fromm, Justin Herbert, and Jacob Eason. The Dolphins will get their franchise Quarterback that year. Offensive Line is the Phins biggest need and the 2019 class will see no less than 12 offensive lineman go in the first two rounds. If they can’t get Jonah Williams or Greg Little in the first round they could fill their second biggest need, Pass Rusher, with Clelin Ferrell, Jachai Polite, Zach Allen, or Brian Burns.

Keep Calm Phins Up PhinfeverThe Dolphins aren’t any less of a team than they have been the last 2 seasons when they were talking “win now.” The only difference is that they are being honest about their situation. We all knew that we were in the middle of a Tannebaum franchise trashing and we all knew that any success was predicated on Tannehill being healthy. The Phins are through that now and there is reason to be happy about it. Phins Up!

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