Dolphins free agent signings were ‘eager’ to join Miami
The Miami Dolphins had a ton of cap room entering free agency. And they certainly made the most of it, splurging across the board to bolster their roster heading into 2020.
And you know what? Players actually wanted to sign there.
According to Travis Wingfield of the Dolphins’ team website, each free agent that Miami signed referenced the performance of the team under head coach Brian Flores this past season as a major selling point.
Remember: the Dolphins were expected by many to be one of the worst clubs in NFL history entering 2019. Early on, Miami played that part well, losing its first seven games. However, the Dolphins rebounded well after that rough start, going 5-4 over their last nine contests to finish with a record of 5-11.
That apparently opened the door for Miami to represent an attractive option for free agents. Which led to the Dolphins landing big names such as cornerback Byron Jones and linebacker Kyle Van Noy, among others.
Of course, whether or not Miami can parlay those free-agent signings into success next season and beyond is another story. But the fact that the Dolphins were able to catch the interest of some of the top players on the open market is an indication that Flores has this franchise headed in a positive direction.
Miami hired Flores as its head coach going into 2019. He had previously spent time with the New England Patriots learning under Bill Belichick, and it certainly showed in Year 1.
The Dolphins have made just a pair of playoff appearances since 2002.