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    Dolphins who under-performed their salary level in 2012

    Every team in the NFL plays under the salary cap. The existence of the salary cap makes it impossible for a team to have a great player who is paid what he is worth at every single position. It is the job of a general manager to optimize the overall performance of the team by signing a mix of players at different ability levels that win and also fit under the salary cap. Good general managers do this well and their teams win. Bad general managers are unable to succeed at this balancing act.


    One of the frustrating things about being a Dolphins fan is that we have lived for over a decade with general managers who been unable to master the balancing act. In particular, we appear to constantly have players who are overpaid for their performance level. On average (and I do mean average - there are obviously individual exceptions) the Dolphins roster has under-performed their salaries as compared to other teams in the league.


    I would like to hear the board's opinion about who on the 2012 roster under-performed their salary level and what realistically be can be done to address the under-performance problem. This is not intended to be a bash Ireland thread, so don't go down that path. Let's take the wisdom of the members to identify problems and realistic solutions. So, if you make a suggestion, make it real. We can't cut everyone and replace them in free agency.


    I'll start with the easy one: Jake Long in 2012 ate up a huge percentage of the team's salary cap. His actual performance this year under-performed his salary level. Since he is at the end of his contract, there are only two real options. First, you can choose to let him move to free agency and draft a tackle in round 2, 3 or 4 or choose a less expensive replacement in free agency. Second, you can sign him, but only if he agrees to take a contract that is in line with his last two years of on the field performance.

    So who else is under-performing their contract?
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    Incognito, Long, Marshall
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    You also have to take into account the difficulty in replacing a player in free agency. Left tackles of Long's caliber don't grow on trees.
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    Long, Fasano and marshall for me.
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    Long, Fasano and marshall for me.
    gtfo with fasano talk. dude had 5 touchdowns.
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    1. Karlos Dansby - he is a solid linebacker and leader, but he is not the playmaker or game changer that his contract suggests.

    2. Richard Marshall - I don't think he was worth the money we threw at him, he didn't play well and then got hurt...

    3. Tony McDaniel - are we really paying a backup DT this much?

    4. Nate Garner - see above

    5. Jake Long - Ugh I hate to put him on here, he isn't playing up to his money but at the same time he's the one guy worth overpaying. I still trust him any given sunday. There is something about Long/Incognito/Pouncey that you have to know other teams are stressing that matchup. These guys live and die as a unit, I don't see how you can break that up.




    Here is my follow up question: As much as all teams have players who underplay their contracts... who on the Dolphins is outplaying their contract?

    Reshad Jones, Kevin Burnett, Brian Hartline, Mike Pouncey.
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    Quote Originally Posted by spydertl79 View Post
    You also have to take into account the difficulty in replacing a player in free agency. Left tackles of Long's caliber don't grow on trees.
    I agree that left tackles of Long's caliber don't grow on trees. The issue with Long is that he is taking up a huge amount of salary cap. An absolutely freaking huge amount of salary cap, around 20% if I remember correctly. Given his injury and his slight regression in skills in the last two seasons, can we really afford to be spending that much money on him alone? Would it not be possible and better to bring in a serviceable tackle who takes up much less salary cap and use the remaining part of that salary cap space to upgrade other positions? That is exactly the approach used by many franchises with a better recent history than the Dolphins.
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    Idk the more I think about it, I think we need to give Long a big contract, I know he's had injury issues and all and that is all very unfortunate. But truth of the matter is that Jake Long has the stench of a hall of famer, a player of his caliber will eventually overcome his injury issues. I have this feeling that if he does come back which he should, that he will have a career year, and we'll finish in the top 5 in rushing. I know its a bold statement but it's just what I believe.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kvado16 View Post
    Idk the more I think about it, I think we need to give Long a big contract, I know he's had injury issues and all and that is all very unfortunate. But truth of the matter is that Jake Long has the stench of a hall of famer, a player of his caliber will eventually overcome his injury issues. I have this feeling that if he does come back which he should, that he will have a career year, and we'll finish in the top 5 in rushing. I know its a bold statement but it's just what I believe.
    OK, you decide to bring him back. What percentage of the entire team's salary cap are you willing to spend to bring him back? Every dollar that goes to Jake Long is a dollar that can't be used to improve a different position on the team.
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