- Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald writes that beyond releasing TE Julius Thomas and LB Lawrence Timmons (NFLTR), the Dolphins could restructure the contracts of QB Ryan Tannehill, S Reshad Jones, WR Kenny Stills, LB Kiko Alonso and DE Andre Branch and pick up another $31 million of cap space to work with if they wanted.
- If the Dolphins end up trading WR Jarvis Landry, who was franchised a few days ago, they would gain another $16.2 million of cap room.
- Salguero says that the Dolphins aren’t dismissing the possibility of trading DT Ndamukong Suh or designating him as a post-June 1 cut, which would be the more likely of the two moves if they decide to move on from him.
- Manish Mehta reports that the Jets would “absolutely” love to sign QB Kirk Cousins in free agency.
- However, sources have told him that the Jets “are not going to try to bring him aboard by any means necessary” and won’t hand him a blank check to sign.
- Team sources have told Mehta that the speculation they could offer Cousins $60 million in year one of an agreement isn’t accurate.
- Mehta expects Cousins to get a similarly structured deal to the ones signed by Jimmy Garoppolo and Matthew Stafford.
- The Jets reportedly expect there to be three other strong suitors for Cousins.
“No. I said to him: ‘I need Marshawn Lynch. I don’t need this part-time Lynch. I need full-time Lynch,’” Gruden said.
“We need the real deal,” Gruden continued. “If you’re going to put those letters on the back of your jersey, man, you’ve got to back it up, Marshawn — right? We don’t need another back, we need a feature back.”