The Miami Dolphins have a lot of decisions to make in February as they plan to slash payroll to free up cap room in advance of the draft and free agency. But the team also has several in-house free agents to address.
With that in mind, ESPN.com’s Dolphins page is highlighting key players whose contracts have expired and weighing their chances to return to South Florida. First up is Miami’s leading rusher:
Pending free agent: RB Lamar Miller
2015 stats: 872 rushing yards, eight touchdowns
Analysis: Miller should get plenty of interest on the open market. He’s 24 and just entering his prime. Miller also has plenty of starting experience and rushed for 1,971 yards and 19 total touchdowns the past two seasons. Miller made it clear after the season that he is looking for the best fit in free agency. That was a subtle hint that he’s aware Miami’s coaching staff didn’t always use Miller to his full potential. Miller is a Miami native who played every level of football in South Florida. Staying home could play a factor. But the Dolphins have a lot to figure out offensively, and Miller probably could have more long-term success playing elsewhere. For example, a very good fit for Miller in free agency would be the Dallas Cowboys.
Chances of returning: 40 percent