3 Contract Extensions the Dolphins Need to Prioritize
By Jerry Trotta
Under the tutelage of head coach Brian Flores and general manager Chris Grier, the Miami Dolphins have quickly remodeled their brand from an NFL laughingstock to one of the league's most exciting young teams. They're probably a year (or two) away from competing for the playoffs, but the future is undoubtedly bright in South Beach.
What would help further bolster the Dolphins' timely turnaround is agreeing to contract extensions with these three players.
3. Raekwon McMillan
McMillan is a fairly obvious choice to receive and extension from the Dolphins as his rookie deal will expire after the upcoming campaign. The fourth-year linebacker has started 28 games across the last two seasons, during which he's logged a respectable 177 tackles. He certainly needs to improve his efficiency in coverage but his ability to make open field tackles is incredibly valuable. The former second-round pick in 2017 is deserving of a new contract. Better still, it won't force Miami to break the bank.
2. Davon Godchaux
The Dolphins clearly made it a priority to upgrade their defensive line this offseason as they inked agreements with free agents Shaq Lawson and Emmanuel Ogbah. However, those shouldn't prevent the franchise from offering an extension to defensive tackle Davon Godchaux, who started 16 games and played 64% of the snaps in 2019. The 25-year-old is locked in as a starter and with his rookie contract set to expire after the upcoming season, Miami would be wise to keep him in town beyond 2020.
1. Eric Rowe
Eric Rowe, a second-round pick back in 2015, really enjoyed a breakout season in his first year with the Dolphins. The 27-year-old defensive back started 15 games, in which he logged 88 tackles, eight passes defensed, one interception and one forced fumble. With Minkah Fitzpatrick no longer around, Rowe will likely be forced into a bigger role as Miami's starting safety. As a result, the Dolphins should reward him with a fresh contract extension to keep that stacked secondary intact.