According to Jackson, Miller returning to Miami could come down to whether the Dolphins are willing to offer him move than $5 million per season or whether he’s even willing to accept a salary close to this figure.
New Dolphins GM Chris Grier said previously that he would “love” to have Miller back next year along with DE Olivier Vernon.
“We drafted them. We know them. We’d love to have them back,” Grier said. “But the discussion is once the coaching staff evaluates and see how they fit, but they’re certainly players that we have great affection for and have done a great job for us, so we’ll see what happens.”
The expectation has been that Miller will command a contract that pays roughly $5 million a year, which would leave him atop the second tier of running backs in terms of salary.
However, testing the open market when there’s so much available cap space could prove to be too tempting to pass up at this point in time.
Miller, 24, played out the final year of his four-year, $2.58 million rookie contract that included a $486,000 signing bonus and is now in position to be one of the best available running backs in this year’s free agent class.
In 2015, Miller appeared in all 16 games for the Dolphins and ran for 872 yards on 194 carries (4.5 YPC) to go along with 47 receptions for 397 yards receiving and 10 total touchdowns. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 5 running back out of 68 qualifying players.
We have him featured in our Top 100 – 2016 Free Agents list.