The Miami Dolphins made their first pair of significant roster cuts Friday with the release of former defensive end Quinton Coples and veteran defensive back Brice McCain. The moves saved Miami approximately $10 million in salary for 2016.
However, this is just the beginning in what is expected to be a busy offseason of roster transactions for Miami. The team has an overpaid roster for next season and must make cuts to create the cap room necessary to make improvements after an abysmal 6-10 season.
Here are several Dolphins players in danger of being next on the chopping block due to high salary, under production or both:
No. 1: WR Greg Jennings
2015 stats: 19 receptions, 208 yards, one touchdown
2016 salary: $4 million
Analysis: The writing has been on the wall for quite some time with Jennings. He signed with the Dolphins last year because he was a favorite of former head coach Joe Philbin. But Philbin was fired four games into last season and the team has since hired a new head coach (Adam Gase) and offensive coordinator (Clyde Christensen). In addition, Jennings isn't offering much production at this point in his career, and Miami is set with younger receivers such as Jarvis Landry and 2015 first-round pick DeVante Parker.
No. 2: TE Jordan Cameron
2015 stats: 35 receptions, 386 yards, three touchdowns
2016 salary: $7.5 million
Analysis: The former Pro Bowler stayed healthy for the most part and was a good fit in the locker room. However, he never seemed to get on the same page on the field with quarterback Ryan Tannehill. His 35 receptions certainly do not warrant Miami bringing him back at a $7.5 million salary. The team is expected to opt for cap relief instead.
No. 3: DT Earl Mitchell
2015 stats: 22 tackles
2016 salary: $3 million
Analysis: Mitchell struggled in Miami for the second season in a row and battled through back and calf injuries in 2015. The Dolphins' run defense was ranked 28th last season and Mitchell failed to improve his game, despite playing next to dominant defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh.