The Miami Dolphins have a lot of work to do to create cap space this offseason. The roster is overpaid and underachieved last year, producing just six wins and leading to a change at head coach and general manager.
However, there are several Dolphins who are major bargains this upcoming season. Let’s continue our series this week with a starting outside linebacker.
No. 3: LB Jelani Jenkins
2015 stats: 71 tackles, one forced fumble
2016 salary: $675,000
Analysis: Jenkins had a career year in 2014 with 110 tackles and 3.5 sacks, which made him an even bigger bargain. However, he was plagued by injuries and inconsistency and had a down year with 71 tackles last year. Jenkins remains one of Miami’s best bargains as a two-year starter. He’s also a former fourth-round pick entering the final year of his rookie contract, which means Jenkins will be motivated to have a big season. The issue with Jenkins is he didn’t make enough game-breaking plays last season. He didn’t record a single sack or interception. Jenkins will need to change that in 2016 if he wants to be part of Miami’s long-term plans.