Dolphins GM Chris Grier has some serious shuffling to do to get his team within the salary cap limit by March 14 or else Miami won't have the flexibility to acquire players to fix the broken roster this offseason. It's that simple.
The elephant in the room is 2017's receptions leader Jarvis Landry, who is currently set to make $15.982 million in 2018 if the Dolphins can't find a suitable trade partner to take that cap burden off of them.
Dolphins WR Jarvis Landry signed his franchise tender this morning, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 8, 2018
Per Spotrac.com, the Dolphins are currently a whopping $18.5 million over the salary cap limit, and this comes after the threshold was raised to $177.2 million for 2018. Considering they're still in need of a quarterback with Jay Cutler an unrestricted free agent, line help on both sides of the ball, and another wide receiver, it's essential they unload Landry if a long-term deal can't be reached.
According to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald, finding that suitable trade partner might not be as easy as initially thought.
Can confirm, as Adam Schefter just reported, that Landry signed Dolphins franchise tag this AM. But trade not imminent.— Barry Jackson (@flasportsbuzz) March 8, 2018
Certainly not the ideal situation.
Keep in mind, Grier has some tough decisions to make with current free agents William Hayes, Nate Allen, Anthony Fasano and Michael Thomas all set to hit the market March 14. They also have seven selections in the upcoming draft.
But in order for the Dolphins to take the next step to try to rebuild a squad coming off an abysmal 6-10 season, they'll need to deal with the Landry situation first and foremost considering he doesn't seem to be in their future plans and is greatly affecting that blueprint as we speak.