Monday, March 4, 2013

Dolphins' youth 'by design' mapped for coming years


Miami Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland said his team will continue to get younger this year "by design."

And because of that 'design,' adding young talent over the next few offseasons will be not only a pressing need, but it'll be a necessity in order for Miami to field a team. (photo: photo-gator, Flickr)

As Ben Volin of the Palm Beach Post points out, the Dolphins have an NFL-low nine players under contract for the 2015 season, and just one -- punter Brandon Fields -- signed for 2016.

Ireland has made a concerted effort to reduce his team's cap liabilities and get return on tradable assets in preparation for this offseason. As a result, Miami has approximately $45 million in available cap space and nine total draft picks.

With those resources, Ireland must begin to re-stock the Dolphins' roster with younger and/or more talented replacements for expiring contracts.

This provides the obvious opportunity to give the team a more dynamic identity on the field than it has had in recent seasons. The hope is that Ireland can rebuild this team into the explosive, playmaking contender that South Florida has lacked for many years.

And it appears as if very few members of the 2015 Dolphins are on the roster right now.

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