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The cost and savings of cutting some players

On Dec. 29 I shared with you a rundown of the Dolphins 2013 cap situation.. That post explained how the Dolphins have tons of cap room this year by showing you the cap number for every Dolphins player under contract plus some dead money and other machinations.

When all was said and done, we came to the conclusion the Dolphins could have as much as $46 million in cap space in 2013 if they carry over $5 million that went unused this year, which most teams do anyway. The updated number now is $46,066,759, again assuming the Dolphins carry over their space from this season. The number will vary but you can give or take $2 million to be safe.

It was a highly popular post but it also opened the flood gates to more questions on other cap issues, and the most frequently asked of those was, "What players are likely to get cut to save cap room?"

My answer is I do not know. Look, when I know, I tell you. When I know, I write it hard.

When I don't know, I tell you that also. I have no hard information which player, if any, the Dolphins might cut for cap purposes this year. But I can show you the candidates and the ramifications.

That means I can tell you the potential cap savings and dead money whacking certain players would create.

I'm not picking these names out of a hat. I'm telling you the guys that are even remote candidates for this exercise. Doesn't mean they will get cut. But obviously, the team studies this situation. Now, you can also:

Player                   Cap cost    Cap savings     Dead money

Karlos Dansby       $8.575M      $3.925M         $4.65M

Paul Soliai             $7.875M     $6.3M             $1.575M

Richard Marshall    $5.766M     $5.35M           $2.33M

Kevin Burnett       $5.7M         $3.2M              $2.5M

Richie Incognito    $5.38M       $4.3M              $1.08M

Dimitri Patterson  $4.6M          $4.6M             $0

Davone Bess          $3.43M        $2.68M           $750K

Dan Carpenter       $3.012M      $2.7M             $312,500

Michael Egnew      $652,239      $210,522        $441,717

Nolan Carroll        $622,939      $575,000         $47,939

Remember that dead money is a cost that remains on the team's books after a player to which the team was invested is cut or traded. The Dolphins, for exampled, don't have Vontae Davis on the roster anymore. But he's still costing them $1.1 million in dead money on their salary cap.

If cutting or trading a player leaves a lot of dead money on the books, the move is less likely.

Obviously the list above does not include every player under contact. But let's face it, every player should not be here because some simply do not make any sense whatever to consider for cutting or salary cuts.

Cameron Wake is not here, for example.

Even some of the players on the list above are a stretch to even look at. Let's face it, the Dolphins will not cut Karlos Dansby and Kevin Burnett and neither is going to take a paycut because they could find work elsewhere pretty quickly.

But some players on here should be wary of what's going to happen this offseason and even into training camp.

Patterson, for example, will never see $4.6 million in cap cost from the Dolphins next year. He played well in exactly one game before getting injured. That doesn't earn you that kind of money the following year. And the fact cutting his pay or simply whacking him would cost the team zero in dead money means this is glowing in neon to happen.

Richard Marshall should be worried, too. He's coming off back surgery. The club will probably take him to training camp as long as he heals as scheduled and shows that he can return to being a contributor in 2013. But if he doesn't show bigtime in training camp and the Dolphins have other options, Marshall should be looking around corners. In fact, he should be monitoring what Miami does in the draft in free agency at the cornerback spot because he's not guaranteed anything at this point. Yes, that would be a lot of dead money spent on him. But the savings might be worth it to the team.

Same with Dan Carpenter. He's in the final year of his contract. He is coming off a season in which he missed pressure kicks that might have won two games. And then he couldn't finish out the season.

The Dolphins have not brought a kicker to camp to compete with Carpenter in years. I believe they will do that next training camp. Just in case. 

And if Carpenter loses the battle, the club saves $2.7 million.




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My master plan in steps.

1. Keep our best younger players
2. Discard our worst older players
3. Replace our average players with better players
4. Require all players to have a high fiber diet

Donnie, I think its cathartic releasing the intense hatred for Irescum. He is an inompetentent, classless jackass, but I put more blame on Ross for allowing him to destroy the team and Ross doing nothing about it.

I think Jason's wife, La Cobra, was pissed last night.

Donnie, I think its cathartic releasing the intense hatred for Irescum. He is an inompetentent, classless jackass, but I put more blame on Ross for allowing him to destroy the team and Ross doing nothing about it.

Posted by: Voice of Reason | January 20, 2013 at 11:22 AM

Intense hatred? Over a silly game of fat men fighting over a ball and falling on their rumps?

Dude, get a life.

Donnie, its a lot more then "a silly game" to Dolfans.

Fin4life you weren't talking to someone new last night while talking to Jason. It was oscar you were speaking with. That's why he said he wasn't coming back, he's just not going to use that name anymore and will use his normal Oscar name as well as his other calvacade of stars. Hope this helps.

So, I'll be rooting for the Falcons(my second favorite team)today and they are 3 pt underdogs despite a great home record.

fin4life I would like to meet you, just to show you some discipline. You messed with Jason and you are the disease and I am the cure......

Cobra | January 20, 2013 at 08:36 AM

Saw the Movie and get the pun, very funny and if I thought you were at all serious given the topic of conversation I would take you up on that all B.S. aside regarding handing out lessons in manners.

The Truth | January 20, 2013 at 12:05 PM

Thank you and I dropped it last night after initially taking it personal while coming to my senses and realizing I was dealing with our 1001 personality blogger whose obviously a shut in with little else to nothing to do with his time but waste ours in an endless attempt at taxing everybodies patience.

Given the Dolphins are not involved or relevant to these games I will base my picks with my heart.

In the AFC

I like the Ravens given I'm also a UM Lifer and would love to see Ray Lewis and Ed Reed (hinted he's hanging it up as well) go out in story book fashion.

In the NFC

I'm going 49ers because while I like Tony Gonzalez I've just NEVER been a fan of that franchise at any time ever not even in the Primetime Yrs. and happen to like the idea of the Harbaugh Bowl which would make for an interesting S.B.


If you think its a silly game why are u wasting your life on here, dude? Seems you follow the blog pretty closely if you are aware of lots of Ireland bashing.

Do you make reference to players that are looking for starting roles but are of the acorn variety?

But ultimately it really IS a silly game, is it not? I mean, is there some deep meaning--some grave importance to the outcome of these games? The answer is no. It's simply a diversion, an amusement for people.

I enjoy the game, don't misunderstand, but also agree with the other poster that the amount of obsessive anger and creepy fixations exhibited by some on this board are weird and pointless.

49ers by 5 now.

It's cavalcade, YG, cavalcade.

A $100 BILLION/ YR business is silly? Really?

TNfinfan what happened to your fin website???? No too many viewers!!! what a fcking piece of garbage you put out there..

TNfinfan, not sure I understand your question@12:26. In my posts this AM I did identify a few that have publicly stated that they were looking to be starters somewhere. However, I am of the opinion that most young backups would rather have a starting role elsewhere than remain in the cozy comforts of a reserve, even if in the domain of their choice.

As usual, a hyper-boring story by you, Salguero. Why don't you tells us something exciting, creepy if you want, but that keeps us awake at least.

Salguero, concerning interesting stories, I propose you the following. It's very well known that football payers consume steroids, anabolics, etc. in order to create muscles, gain power etc., and nobody complains. I understand you cover football and basketball.
But it would be interesting if you could do an investigative report on tennis players, now that the abuse of substances are so popular, and in particular with Armstrong's "the lie strong" statements.
I saw Djokovic-Wawrinka match this evening. Last years semis and final, where Novak spent more that 11 hrs on court in a span of 3 days. I play tennis at high-amateur level, and I can tell you this, it's almost impossible to recover and to play at that level without using something. I love to watch those guys. They're amazing, but come on they're maybe cheating too.
Tomorrow we'll see a Novak as fresh as if the tournament had just started. He maybe spend another 5 hours on court. This is not possible ! I'm sure that many players use something and that substance control in tennis is not as strict as they pretend. There is a lot of hypocresy in sports. A lot of money is in stake.

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