DeVante Parker is among the players whose cap number increased after hitting incentives. Allen Eyestone via Imagn Content Services, LLC

Although the Dolphins have not signed a single player to a standard 2021 contract this month, the club has still lost about $8M in cap space, as Barry Jackson and Adam Beasley of the Miami Herald report. That’s because a few players hit incentives in their contracts that increased their 2021 cap charges.

For instance, wideout DeVante Parker‘s 2021 cap number increased from $11M to $12M, while safety Eric Rowe‘s number grew from $5.05M to $6.05M. As such, Miami now has $25.4M of cap space, assuming the cap floor of $180M does not increase.

That’s not an insignificant amount of wiggle room, but the Dolphins do have a number of high-value draft picks, including the Nos. 3 and 18 overall selections and two second-round choices. If they keep all of those picks, Miami would need to allocate about $11.9M for its draft class, per Jackson and Beasley. That doesn’t leave a ton of space for the team to conduct the rest of its offseason business.

After all, the ‘Fins will need to sign a wide receiver, a backup QB and several linebackers, and they will also need to re-sign C Ted Karras or acquire a new center. (Although Jackson and Beasley say the club is high on Wisconsin-Whitewater OL Quinn Meinerz, Miami is not going to deploy a D-III rookie as its starting pivot.)

The Dolphins do have plenty of options to create additional room, including cutting safety Bobby McCain or restructuring the contract of linebacker Kyle Van Noy. And the situation would be completely altered if the club were to trade for Texans QB Deshaun Watson, which appears to be a legitimate possibility.

This article first appeared on Pro Football Rumors and was syndicated with permission.

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