Even more reason for the Dolphins to do a better job of drafting. With the way salaries are getting and the hard cap (which I am in favor of), you cannot keep every star on your team. You need to have players that you drafted able to step up to start when you lose a free agent. I am not against going out and getting a free agent to help your team, but teams that do this consistently as we have shows an ability to waste draft picks. I am hopeful that this year's draft class makes a big difference down the road for us.
Saints make Graham league's highest-paid TE
Saints signed TE Jimmy Graham to a four-year, $40 million contract that contains $21 million guaranteed.Deadlines spur action. The two sides agreed to the deal hours before the 4 PM ET deadline on Tuesday afternoon. Graham is now the league's highest-paid tight end at $10 million per year, besting Rob Gronkowski's $9 million annual rate. His $21 million guaranteed is $5 million more than Jared Cook and Dennis Pitta recently received from the Rams and Ravens, respectively. Graham is now locked up through his age-31 season and remains fantasy's top tight end. Jul 15 - 9:05 AM
Dolphins signed LT Branden Albert, formerly of the Chiefs, to a five-year, $46 million contract.
The deal includes a whopping $25 million guaranteed. It's a huge price to pay for a player who's always been short of elite, but the Dolphins had essentially no choice considering the beating Ryan Tannehill took in 2013. Albert has missed seven games with injury over the past two seasons, but will stabilize the Dolphins' blindside when he's on the field. He turns 30 in November.
Mike Wallace's five-year, $60 million contract includes an $11 million signing bonus and $37.85 million over the first three seasons.Wallace has $27 million fully guaranteed -- the signing bonus, a $1 million base salary in 2013, and all of his $15 million base salary in 2014. Per the Palm Beach Post's Ben Volin, Wallace's $9.85 million base salary for 2015 becomes fully guaranteed if he's on the Dolphins' roster as of the fifth day of the new league year in 2014, so it's essentially guaranteed as well. Wallace has non-guaranteed base salaries of $11.45 million in 2016 and 2017.