Kyle Van Noy remains on Dolphins for now as Miami pursues trading linebacker, per report

Kyle Van Noy was recently informed by the Dolphins of their plans to release him. But instead of releasing him, the Dolphins are trying to trade him, according to ESPN’s Field Yates. The Dolphins would clear $9.775 million in cap space if they release Van Noy, who is just one year into a four-year, $51 million contract. 

The Dolphins did not discuss a possible restructure of Van Noy’s contract, according to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald. Assuming his time with the Dolphins is over, Van Noy was paid $15 million for one season of work. 

“I am surprised and disappointed in their decision,” Van Noy said of his breakup with the Dolphins on Tuesday. “As a captain, I gave my all to the team. I fought through a painful hip injury during the season, including spending a night in the hospital after a game. I was brought there to be a leader and I know my teammates looked up to and respected me. 

“I am looking forward to making an impact on my next team.”

As Yates alluded to in his report, trading Van Noy will be a challenging task for the Dolphins given the NFL‘s reduced 2021 salary cap. While it has not been finalized, the salary cap is expected to be somewhere between $180 million and $185 million. Before the pandemic, the 2021 salary cap projection would have likely been around $210 million, according to CBS NFL writer and former agent Joel Corry. Given the condensed salary cap, teams are being forced to make difficult personnel decisions when it comes to their in-house free agents. 

Whoever gets Van Noy will get a productive player who should still have plenty of quality football ahead of him. Van Noy, who will turn 30 on March 26, tallied 69 tackles, six sacks, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries during his lone season with the Dolphins. A two-time Super Bowl champion with the Patriots, Van Noy is also hailed as a high-character individual who brings veteran leadership to the locker room. 

Possible teams that may be interested in Van Noy include the Panthers, Lions (Van Noy’s first NFL team), Packers, Chiefs, Rams, Eagles, and Buccaneers. The Panthers have the most cap space among these teams. 

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