Dolphins looking to trade Kyle Van Noy before releasing him
Kyle Van Noy is on his way out of the Miami Dolphins. Earlier in the week, the front office formally informed the linebacker that they no longer required his services for the upcoming campaign and that the team would be releasing him. The Dolphins have since double-backed on their initial decision, as they are now reportedly trying to trade Van Noy.
According to NFL insider Field Yates of ESPN, the Dolphins have yet to push through with their plans to release Van Noy because “the team is trying to trade him.”
This makes a lot of sense. Trading the two-time Super Bowl champ would provide much more value for Miami as opposed to letting him walk for free. Whatever they acquire in a potential trade would be a bonus for them at this point. Something or anything would be better than nothing, obviously.
Nevertheless, it is worth noting that Van Noy is set to pocket $12.5 million in salary this coming season. This fact makes it much more difficult for the Dolphins to try and find a trade partner for the 29-year-old especially once you factor in this year’s salary cap.
Another issue here is that the Dolphins’ willingness to release Van Noy has already been made public. If I were an opposing team looking to bring in the tenured LB to my town, then I’d much rather snag him up via free agency than give up a few assets to acquire him via trade. There is a risk involved, of course, but at this point, it does not appear that teams are jumping at the opportunity to trade for Van Noy anyway.