One of the Miami Dolphins’ top performers has signed with his hometown team.
Kirk Merritt, who spent two successful years with the Dolphins development unit, signed a future with the New Orleans Saints, joining the NFL franchise he grew up with as a Louisiana native.
The Dolphins, who are looking for a new head coach after sacking Brian Flores last week, are in the process of re-signing several players on the team’s training team.
Winger Gerrid Doaks, receiver of Cody Core, full-back Javaris Davis, blocks Adam Pankey and Kion Smith. and defensive back Quincy Wilson have signed the Dolphins future with the Dolphins.
Merritt was one of the best performing players in Miami during training camp, and he featured in three games in his first two seasons.
Players on the training team become unrestricted free agents at the end of the season and sign futures contracts, which are deals based on minimum wages, virtually allowing them to train with an organization. position during the season. However, it does not guarantee a training camp location.
Regardless of who is appointed as Miami’s next coach, it’s likely the team will use a new arsenal of weapons.
Jaylen Waddle, the Dolphins’ first-round 2021 pick, who led the team with 104 contacts from 1,015 yards and seven touchdowns, DeVante Parker, a seven-year starter, Allen Hurns, Lynn Bowden Jr., who spent all of 2021 on the bench injured, and Core is the sole recipient under contract in 2022.
And considering Parker and Hurns’ contracts are void, it’s likely that they will be released to create more cap space. Parker is expected to earn $5.75 million and another $500,000 in prize money for each game played. Hurns, who spent last season on the bench with a hand injury in training camp, could earn $2,575,000 if he joins the 53-man squad, with another $600,000 in prize money per game. fight.
If the Dolphins release Parker, who has started 64 of the 93 games, it has the potential to gross $3.55 million in cap space. Hurns release will generate nearly $3.2 million in cap space.
The Dolphins already have $74 million in the league’s top cap space to work with this season, but the franchise has multiple avenues available to generate an additional $20 million in cap space to spend. for freelancers and re-sign their own free agents.
Will Fuller, a free agent added last season who played in just two games, Albert Wilson, who started five games last season, Isaiah Ford, Mack Hollins and Preston Williams among the expected. will become an unrestricted free agent.
Williams is a limited free agent, but whether the Dolphins will put the right of first refusal on him, worth nearly $2.5 million, because of his struggles last season.
Fuller, who played 17 games in three seasons in Miami, caught six 71-yard passes in eight games.
Close-ended Mike Gesicki, who primarily acted as gambling collector last season, and Durham Smythe, who started 41 games in his four-year career with the Dolphins, will also become free agents on March 16th.
It’s possible the Dolphins could use a franchise or transition card to keep Gesicki, second on the team with 73 touchdowns for 780 yards and two touchdowns. The last day to use the franchise card or convert is March 8.
https://www.mercurynews.com/2022/01/21/dolphins-lose-receiver-kirk-merritt-to-new-orleans-saints-3/ Dolphins lose recipient Kirk Merritt to New Orleans Saints – The Mercury News