The Miami Dolphins’ next wave of free agency in two weeks
The Miami Dolphins likely won’t make any significant signings by the draft, but once the draft is over, things will change.
Miami will enter the 2022 draft without a first- or second-round selection and that suits them. Chris Grier and Brandon Shore handed out mega contracts to Tyreek Hill, Terron Armstead and Xavien Howard, no early picks lessen the financial blow for incoming recruits.
Despite that, don’t think Miami doesn’t have the money to spend. They do, and if they need to, they can always create more space by terminating some contracts, restructuring some deals, or even trading players. While I don’t see much coming during the draft, I do believe that a surge of interest in available free agents will occur after draft weekend.
Is there a timeline? Probably not strict. Miami will draft what they have and then add undrafted players to their roster. This year, I expect the number of players to be lower than in past years. It is after this Sunday when the UDFAs are added that Miami should return to the market.
Miami will have a better idea of what still needs to be met and salary demands tend to start to come down post-draft when players start accepting one-year contracts. This is where a JC Tretter type could be added to the roster.
For the Dolphins, the biggest window will come from mid-May to mid-June when OTAs and mini-camps take place. Then the long month without football starts from mid-June to the end of July when training camp begins. In the days leading up to camp, any lingering free agents who are still in the market will receive more interest, possibly from Miami.
For those watching or following, here’s the timeline we should expect to see potential additions ahead of training camp.
- Post-draft after adding UDFAs
- Before the start of the May camps
- In the week before the start of the camp