With a new coaching staff, roster churning is inevitable. However, there are some players who have played out their contracts and have become free agents. Here's the list of Dolphins free agents with their last contract:
DE Olivier Vernon 4-yrs. $2,848,080
RB Lamar Miller 4-yrs. $2,586,000
DE Derrick Shelby 1-yr. $2,356,000
WR Rishard Matthews 4-yrs. $2,153,612
QB Matt Moore 1-yr. $3,600,000
DB Louis Delmas 1-yr. $2,250,000
LB Kelvin Sheppard 1-yr. $2,000,000
LB Spencer Paysinger 1-yr. $745,000
G Shelley Smith 1-yr. $745,000
LB James-Michael Johnson 1-yr. $660,000
C Jacques McClendon 1-yr. $745,000
TE Brandon Williams 1-yr. $585,000
GM Canamdolphin keeps Vernon, Miller and Shelby and lets the rest go. The Dolphins bean counters have to find a way to keep the talent they have and to make cap space for other needs, like offensive linemen. Fortunately, the free agent talent pool for offensive linemen is stacked.
There's also the matter of DE Dion Jordan, 4-yrs. $20,572,309, one year remaining at $5,143,077. Maybe the Dolphins new coaching staff will figure out how to best use Jordan, IF they keep him. Jordan is one strike away from early retirement. Maybe a switch to linebacker, a Dolphins weakness, can salvage his talents. There aren't many linebacker options in free agency.
Cam Wake, IR, signed a 5-yrs. $33,200,000 contract and has one year remaining at $8,275,000. The combination of age, 33, and injury will force a tough decision on the Dolphins. The cap hit for Wake is $9,800,000. Surely, the Dolphins are monitoring his rehab to get an early read on his chances to pick up where he left off.
Hopefully, the Dolphins keep their talent and find ways to add to it.