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Author: Jon Kuzma
You’re asking yourself if the Dolphins can afford all of these players and the answer is yes. It would take some some cuts but Miami could clear enough cap space to pay Nick Foles, Antonio Brown, and Le’Veon Bell $16M dollars apiece. The first step is releasing Ryan Tannehill, Robert Quinn, Andre Branch, and DaVante Parker in order to free up some funds. Obviously losing those players will hurt to some degree particularly on the defensive line. Although the guys that the Dolphins are getting in return would give their organization a chance to to really make a splash. The hard sell will be getting everyone to play for $16M but Tom Brady has an annual salary of $15M per year. So if Foles, Brown, and Bell want to compete that’s what they’ll have to sign on for but you have to believe they would. Forming a super team will be compelling to everyone and remember Brown grew up in South Florida and Bell currently lives there. So Miami should call up the Pittsburgh Steelers and offer a 2nd, 3rd, and 4th round pick in this draft for the 30 year old Brown. And then ink Foles and Bell in free agency. Look this is an all in move but it’s definitely going to give their roster a boost. Nothing else has worked and it’s time that Chris Grier and the front office takes some bold risks. The good news about all of these acquisitions is the Dolphins would still have a 1st round pick in 2019 and then they would have all their picks next year. Ultimately they’d have a 3 or 4 year window to at least make run at a AFC East title. We know one thing and that’s how dynamic that trio of offensive players can be. It’ll also raise their profiles a little bit too.
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If Miami landed Nick Foles, Antonio Brown, and Le’Veon Bell it would be a dream come true.