The Miami Dolphins were busy during the first week of free agency. But they also have been careful not to overspend.
Miami had plenty of player movement recently by adding Pro Bowl left tackle Branden Albert, defensive tackle Earl Mitchell, safety Louis Delmas and cornerback Cortland Finnegan. The Dolphins also cut cornerback Dimitri Patterson, traded right tackle Jonathan Martin and let defensive tackle Paul Soliai and cornerback Nolan Carroll walk in free agency.
The end result is Miami still has plenty of flexibility remaining this offseason. As of Wednesday morning, the Dolphins have $19.186 million in cap room left, according to updated NFLPA records. That’s enough money to make several solid signings to fill the Dolphins' remaining holes. Miami is still searching for a starting guard, right tackle and running back.
Here is a look at the salary-cap situation throughout the AFC East:
New York Jets: $27.899 million
Dolphins: $19.186 million
Buffalo Bills: $15.590 million
New England Patriots: $8.804 million
The Jets have the most cap room in the AFC East. It is somewhat surprising that they haven’t made many major moves thus far. But one could be coming soon at the quarterback position.
New England has the least cap room remaining after signing Pro Bowl cornerback Darrelle Revis to a one-year, $12 million contract. That ate up much of New England’s cap this offseason. The Dolphins and Bills still have flexibility to get some quality players in free agency if they choose.