State of Dolphins RBs after Michel Signing

TOMMY GILLIGAN-USA TODAY SPORTS Former LA Rams and New England Patriots Running Back Sony Michel signed with the Miami Dolphins yesterday. What does his signing mean for a crowded backfield?

Dolphins RB Options With Michel Signing

Miami’s new RB Sony Michel joins free agent signings Chase Edmonds and Raheem Mostert in the Dolphins backfield. The former Arizona Cardinals and San Francisco 49ers RBs expected to split time and carries for Miami. How Head Coach Mike McDaniel divides up carries and snaps will be intriguing.

Michel’s one year, $2.1 million dollar deal represents little risk for the Miami. Dolphins RBs received a complete offseason makeover. The signing of the former LA Rams and New England Patriots veteran ensures this. It represents an insurance policy with Mostert still recovering from a knee injury. Michel may well be a first and second down back with Edmonds coming in on third down passing situations. That may buy McDaniel time if Mostert is slowed at the start of the season.

McDaniel and GM Grier’s Decisions with Dolphins Backs

The Dolphins RBs in addition to Michel, Edmonds, and Mostert include Myles Gaskin, Salvon Ahmed, and Gerrid Doaks. NFL teams normally carry four running backs which means two of thos three backs would be gone when the season starts. Gaskin produced the most for a Dolphins team that finished 30th in rushing yards last season. Edmonds, Mostert, and Michel count about $9 million against the cap next season. Ahmed and Gaskin’s contracts expire after the 22-2023 season. Miami’s GM Chris Grier and McDaniel decision: to keep one of them for this year or completely makeover the backfield with four new players?

Who remains for Miami to find that fits McDaniel’s offense? With the Dolphins $20 million dollars under the cap still Grier may not be done dealing. How much of a priority will they see in finding another RB, given that McDaniel’s offense uses the run to set up the pass? Adding another edge rusher and continuing to find LB help benefits the defense that has not received the attention or signings of the offense this offseason. Finding a way to sign to bolster that side of the ball may make the difference in Miami making or missing the playoffs in the AFC this year.

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