Christian Wilkins

Six Miami Dolphins projected to cash in next week in Free Agency

The Miami Dolphins have a laundry list of free agents – and some tough salary cap decisions in 2024.

But six players – some of them ranking among the team’s best – will likely cash in this spring when NFL’s free agency period begins March 13.

Whether they’ll end up staying in South Florida or heading for better deals elsewhere remains to be seen.

But Pro Football Focus’ latest Top 150 list includes up-to-date projections on what it will cost to keep them in Miami.

1. Christian Wilkins

Wilkins is unquestionably the Dolphins top Free Agent price in 2024 and the franchise may be regretting they couldn’t get a contract inked with the 28-year-old lineman in the preseason.

Wilkins recorded a career high 23 hits and 9 sacks in 2023.

His pass rush win rate, a vital metric for measuring the quality of QB pressures, was also his best yet.

Wilkins’ Pro Football Focus Grade has also averaged an impressive 75 over the past three years. If he’s able to test the market, Wilkins will likely land a deal well north of $22 million a season.

The Dolphins could lock him in on the franchise tag at $19.7 million in 2024 – a no-brainer for most.  But the Dolphins are projected to be more than $40 million over the cap, meaning they’ll likely have to cut elsewhere to keep their star,

2.  Robert Hunt, Guard

Hunt is hitting free agency with a bit of luck and a lot of talent on his side.

This year’s free agent crop for offensive linemen is thin and the demand is expected to be high at a time line quality and depth seem to be annual talking points league-wide.

Hunt too is coming off his best season as a pro. 

His 2023 PFF grade was the 6th highest among NFL guards.

And it’s worth mentioning that his zone blocking scheme is en vogue, with the Jets, 49ers, Packers and others all leaning on athletic linemen to open open holes for running backs.

On the pass protection front, Hunt allowed just one sack on 550 snaps.

He’s projected to receive $17.5 million a year and a guaranteed $42 million in free agency.

3. Connor Williams

See Hunt above on the demand for OL and production.

Williams too had his best year as a pro last season, ranking second among all NFL centers.

Luck, however, wasn’t on Williams’ side.  And that could have a major impact on his 2024 contract.

Williams tore his ACL in week 14, meaning he’ll likely miss the season opener.

It’s likely he’ll end up with a one-year deal somewhere – and Miami may be his best shot to rebound  to prime himself for a real payday in 2025.

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4. Andrew Van Ginkel 

Van Ginkel was a jack of all trades for the Dolphins defense in 2023.

The undersized edge rusher had a 91 PFF grade, 48 solo tackles and a pick-six along with 6 sacks in just over 500 defensive snaps.

He’s projected to receive $8 million in guaranteed money and a 2 year deal that would average $6.5 million a season in 2024.

5. Raekwon Davis

David didn’t have a stellar year but the 26 year old is a solid rotational player and space eater who had career highs in hits (5) and pressures (9) last season.  He’s expected to get a deal north of $3 million a year this offseason.

6.DeShon Elliott

Elliott excelled in run defense as a safety (87 grade) in 2023 over 348 snaps. 

That ranked him 8th among all NFL safeties.  He also had one interception and at age 26 is still an improving player. He’ll likely receive $4 million per season in  free agency, PFF projects.