Ok, so I guess I have to do this by timeline of what would go down.
First thing is cuts - I cut Julius Thomas, Lawrence Timmons and Ja'Wuan James. I then designate Andre Branch as a post June 1st cut. I just freed up $21 million to add to my $17 million in current cap space.
Now I look at who I have under contract or get back as cheap RFAs:
Ryan Tannehill, David Fales, Brandon Doughty, Kenyan Drake, Senorise Perry, Deveon Smith, Kenny Stills, Devante Parker, Jakeem Grant, Leonte Carroo, Isaiah Ford, Rashawn Scott, AJ Derby, Marquise Gray, Thomas Duarte, Laremy Tunsil, Ted Larsen, Mike Pouncey, Jesse Davis, Sam Young, Jake Brendel, Eric Smith, Isaac Asiata, Anthony Steen, John Denney, Matt Haack.
Ndomakung Suh, Jordan Phillips, Davon Godchaux, Vincent Taylor, Cameron Wake, Charles Harris, Cameron Malveaux, Kiko Alonso, Stephone Anthony, Raekwon McMillan, Chase Allen, Mike Hull, Neville Hewitt, Xavien Howard, Bobby McCain, Cordrea Tankersley, Tony Lippett, Tory McTyer, Reshad Jones, TJ McDonald, Maurice Smith, Tracy Howard.
Because you can have 90+ guys on the team going into camp we'll just leave most of these guys here for now.
First up I transition tag Jarvis Landry which eats up about $14 million but gets me draft picks if another team signs him. He's a good short term answer and without the commitment I can give his snaps to young guys if he goes off script. If another team signs him I split his snaps between Carroo and Grant while heavily looking at a good draft pick as well.
With $24 million in cap space I re-sign Damien Williams ($2 million), William Hayes ($4 million), Terence Fede ($1.5 million), and Michael Thomas ($3 million).
With $13.5 million left I know I need about $7 million for rookies so not much left to play with. Therefore I ask Tannehill and Pouncey to restructure knowing that it probably is a bit more expensive to cut them after 2018 (but at that point Miami can afford the extra hit). I've now added $9 million in space for about $15 million in post rookie cap space.
I'm okay with David Fales backing up Tannehill, but strongly want a capable rookie drafted knowing 3 QBs will be on the 53.
Starters on offense - Tannehill, Drake, Stills, Landry, Parker, Derby, Tunsil, Larsen, Pouncey, Davis, Young.
I look at that and immediately know I need quick upgrades at LG, RT and TE.
Starters in base 4-3 - Harris, Suh, Phillips, Hayes, Alonso, McMillan, Anthony, Howard, Tankersley, Jones, McDonald.
Definitely need LB upgrade and a true FS.
I need a TE who can block and will target a pass catching TE in the draft. I attempt to sign Troy Niklas from Arizona for $3 million to be what Fasano was supposed to be.
Laugh if you must, but that's it. No more free agent money or rebuilds. Win with this bunch or blow it up. I'm not overpaying any OL prospects and I know James isn't coming back cheaply. Teams are flush with cash and will give him $8 million to be an average starter. I don't like Sam Young for 16 games, but I'm willing to pair him with a rookie. LB unfortunately looks really weak free agent wise. Need to look at the draft.
So I have the 11th pick, 2nd rounder, 3rd rounder, a pair of 4th Rounders, 6th rounder and a pair of 7th rounders. Trying to be realistic on who will be available.
11th pick - Derwin James, S, FSU becomes my true FS
2nd Round - Jamarco Jones, OT, OSU becomes starting RT
3rd Round - Troy Fumagali, TE, WI can block and catch
4th Round - Kyle Lauletta, QB, Richmond Gase's new project and the Jimmy G of the draft
4th Round - Micah Kiser, LB, VA will get starter snaps
6th Round - Sean Welsh, C, IA future starter potential
7th Round - Kendall Joseph, LB, Clemson speedy LB
7th Round - Robert Foester, WR/KR, AL can take return duties from Drake and Grant
That's all I have now. Its hard because I can't shake the mentality of what I think the brass will do. I also would blow it up myself and get a Tannenbaum replacement. Give Gase, Grier and new GM a couple years to build what they want, not a "strings attached" deal that Tannenbaum offered.