The Miami Dolphins finished 6-10 this season and have a lot of key decisions to make in an effort to improve in 2016. Hiring new head coach Adam Gase and promoting a new general manager in Chris Grier provides a fresh set of eyes on an overpaid roster that underachieved last year.
With that said, ESPN.com’s Dolphins page created a series called “Stay, go or restructure.”
Next up is Miami’s starting outside linebacker:
Stay, go or restructure: LB Koa Misi
Experience: Six seasons
2015 stats: 78 tackles
2016 salary/cap charge: $4.3 million, $4.878 million cap
Analysis: The Dolphins have a curious case with Misi. They need significant upgrades at linebacker and can save more than $4 million by cutting Misi. But the Dolphins won’t be able to get three new linebackers in the offseason, and Misi’s contract isn’t a bad value for a starter. Misi fought through injuries this past season and didn’t make many significant plays, as evident by his zero sacks and zero interceptions. Miami was ranked 28th against the run and all of its linebackers struggled consistently defending tight ends and slot receivers.