Young talent is the new wave in Miami, leaving others without a life jacket.
The Miami Dolphins are undoubtedly one of the NFL’s most intriguing teams heading into 2020. Few teams would consider a 5-11 record a success, but that was exactly the case for Miami in 2019. Brian Flores overhauled a struggling franchise and looks to have steered the ship back to success down South. Key signings, draft picks, smart trades and a change in culture, along with a wide-open AFC East, present new opportunities for Miami.
The first test comes in 2020, as numerous players look to cement a role with Miami deep into the future. That will leave three players without a roster spot this offseason.
3 players who won’t be on the Dolphins roster after 2020 season:
3. WR — Allen Hurns
Hurns signed a two-year extension with the Dolphins to lock him up through 2021, but he is likely to make his way out of Miami that offseason. A breakout star in Jacksonville, Hurns delivered a 1,000-yard season in his sophomore campaign but has been unable to replicate that magic since. A short stint in Dallas never found its legs and his first year in Miami was largely forgettable, starting in just 7 games with 417 receiving yards.
Place that beside the rise of DaVante Parker, who has emerged as a star receiver after his dominance in 2019. Add in a budding Preston Williams, return specialist Jakeem Grant and wideout Isaiah Ford, and Hurns will not find enough time on the field.
Albert Wilson looked to be the first receiver out of Miami due to his massive salary, but a restructured contract puts him in a place to carve out a role as a third option at an affordable price. His production toward the latter half of 2019 means he is trending upward as well, which is not so much the case for Hurns.