- James Walker, ESPN Staff Writer
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The Miami Dolphins are sixth in the NFL thus far with 10 new players in free agency. First-year general manager Dennis Hickey continues to make over the roster following last year’s disappointing 8-8 season.
The Dolphins still have flexibility to make a move in free agency. Miami is currently $16.46 million under the salary cap, according to NFLPA records. The Dolphins have 62 players under contract.
Only six teams have more cap space than Miami. The Cleveland Browns ($30.8 million) and New York Jets ($26.2 million) lead the way in salary-cap room. The Dolphins are second in the AFC East with money left available to spend.
What does this mean for Miami? Don’t expect the team to go on another spending spree. The Dolphins made their choice to spend big on players this offseason such as left tackle Branden Albert ($47 million) and defensive tackle Earl Mitchell ($18 million). The remainder of free agency will be spent bargain hunting.
Miami still has several well-defined needs, such as guard and right tackle. The Dolphins also could use depth at several positions such as safety and linebacker.
They also need to keep space available for this year’s rookie class. Miami has seven selections in next month’s NFL draft, including the No. 19 overall pick.