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Dolphins have many millions to spend, many decisions to make

March 14, 2022 GMT
Miami Dolphins coach Mike McDaniel speaks to reporters Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2022, in Miami Gardens, Fla. The Dolphins announced the hiring of three former players as part of McDaniel's first coaching staff with the NFL football team. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
Miami Dolphins coach Mike McDaniel speaks to reporters Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2022, in Miami Gardens, Fla. The Dolphins announced the hiring of three former players as part of McDaniel's first coaching staff with the NFL football team. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
Miami Dolphins coach Mike McDaniel speaks to reporters Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2022, in Miami Gardens, Fla. The Dolphins announced the hiring of three former players as part of McDaniel's first coaching staff with the NFL football team. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
Miami Dolphins coach Mike McDaniel speaks to reporters Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2022, in Miami Gardens, Fla. The Dolphins announced the hiring of three former players as part of McDaniel's first coaching staff with the NFL football team. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
Miami Dolphins coach Mike McDaniel speaks to reporters Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2022, in Miami Gardens, Fla. The Dolphins announced the hiring of three former players as part of McDaniel's first coaching staff with the NFL football team. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

MIAMI DOLPHINS (9-8)

UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: WR Will Fuller, QB Jacoby Brissett, RB Phillip Lindsay, WR Albert Wilson, CB Justin Coleman, LB Elandon Roberts, P Michael Palardy, S Jason McCourty, RB Malcolm Brown, DL John Jenkins, WR Mack Hollins, LB Duke Riley, LB Brennan Scarlett, RB Duke Johnson, C Greg Mancz, LB Vince Biegel, WR Isaiah Ford.

RESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: CB Jamal Perry, S Sheldrick Redwine, RB Patrick Laird, TE Durham Smythe, WR Preston Williams, LB Sam Eguavoen.

NEEDS: Many, starting with skill positions on offense and the offensive line, which was maligned at times for good reason last season. Fuller was brought in to stretch defenses with speed at the wideout spot in 2021; he barely played. Running back must be a priority. The Dolphins have made their decision on TE Mike Gesicki and given him the franchise tag. And keeping DE Emmanuel Ogbah — who also earned a significant raise — was a big move as well. More competition will likely be added to the QB room as well. The defense is a strength, and with new coach Mike McDaniel, it’s a relatively safe bet that offense will be the spending priority over the coming weeks.

AVAILABLE SALARY CAP SPACE (approximately): $28 million.

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