5 million fifth-year option,Jordan Matthews Jersey which would have become fully guaranteed if he were on the roster in March.
All of Coples' base salary comes off Miami's books,Richard Sherman Jersey and there will be no cap hit for his departure because the New York Jets paid his signing bonus back when they selected him in the first round of the 2012 draft. His fifth-year option would have only been guaranteed if he was injured last season.Thomas Davis Jersey
Brice McCain's release clears $2.5 million from Miami's salary cap,DeSean Jackson Jersey but the Dolphins will carry $1 million in dead money because they voided the final year of his two-year, $5.Vincent Jackson Jersey5 million deal. The Dolphins are already over the projected salary cap for 2016,Aldon Smith Jersey which is expected to be between $150-155 million.
The release of McCain and Coples gives Miami $10.Geno Smith Jersey25 million in cap relief.
The Dolphins some tough decisions to make this offseason because a number of the team's young talents defensive ends Olivier Vernon and Derrick Shelby,Aaron Rodgers Jersey tailback Lamar Miller and receiver Rishard Matthews to name a few are impending free agents whose asking price might exceed what Miami can afford.
The Dolphins also have a few veterans,Mike Wallace Jersey like receiver Greg Jennings, starting strong side linebacker Koa Misi,Carlos Hyde Jersey and starting tight end Jordan Cameron whose salaries will have to be trimmed or they'll likely be released like Coples and McCain.