Here are thoughts on what Misi's extension means for the Dolphins:
Miami general manager Jeff Ireland is heavily committed to his starting linebacking corp. Ireland signed Dannell Ellerbe and Philip Wheeler to big contracts in free agency. Now Misi, a former second-round draft pick of Ireland's, is extended through 2017.
This signing also impacts Miami’s No. 3 overall pick, Dion Jordan. There was some speculation whether the Dolphins would try to convert Jordan at some point to outside linebacker. This signing of Misi all but assures the Dolphins view Jordan as a full-time defensive end, which is the right call. Jordan has a lot of natural ability to rush the passer. He will be more effective over the course of his career as a pure defensive end as opposed to learning a new position.
This is another example of Ireland putting his full stamp on this season. He spent more than $200 million in total value of contracts, and Misi's numbers will add to that. Ireland also is committed to his draft picks, evident in the recent extensions for Misi and starting safety Reshad Jones. The Dolphins are expected to win this year and make a playoff push. In order to do that, Ireland's free-agent signings and key draft picks, such as Misi, must pan out.
Miami visits the Cleveland Browns on Sunday at 1 p.m. ET.