The Miami Dolphins thought that this would be the year their defense came together and helped their offense win some games, but that however was far from the case.
Of Course the Dolphins looked better but when you invest $100 million into a defensive player and you still cannot stop the run or get pressure on an opposing quarterback, something is wrong. The Dolphins offensive line was absolutely abhorrent for most of the season allowing Ryan Tannehill to get hit multiple times a game.
The defensive line was not any better as they struggled to stop offenses throughout the season. The Dolphins have $2 million in cap space currently if not less, and resigning Vernon is going to take a lot of cash.
For the Dolphins to actually be a competitive football team they need to cut ties with some of the older and unproductive guys on this roster. Put it this way, you are already going to have a hard time bringing free agents to the Dolphins because of their reputation, so why not have as much cap space necessary in order to rebuild this franchise?
Cameron Wake is easily the most talented defender in this defensive unit however at 34 he is not going to grow a lot more and with a $9,800,000 cap hit he could be a target for release as he may want to sign on with a contender just for a season to grab a shot at the Super Bowl.
The same goes for Brent Grimes, who is 32. Grimes has a $9,500,000 cap hit which makes him pretty expendable too, think about it how much worse could this secondary unit get? Dion Jordan (Cap Hit: $6,202,377), Jordan Cameron (Cap Hit: $9,500,000) and players like them are draining the Dolphins of all of their cap room and flexibility. The Dolphins must correct this before they will be taken seriously as a contender.