A once exalted signing of free agent has turned into a surprising cap loss for the Dolphins.
NFL Networks Mike Garafolo reported Tuesday that Miami has informed linebacker Kyle Van Noy that he will be released after one season.
“I am surprised and disappointed with their decision. As captain, I gave everything to the team,” Van Noy said in a statement obtained by Garafolo. “I struggled through a painful 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 look forward to to influence my next team, on and off the field. “
Van Noy, 29, had a $ 51
A previous selection from the second round from BYU, Van Noy began his career with the Lions before joining the Patriots via trade in October 2016. While in New England, Van Noy put together an impressive three-and-a-half-year stretch that led to that he was considered a first-class free agent who came into last offseason.
He played under Brian Flores, his former position coach at New England, and Van Noy recorded 69 tackles, six sacks and six passes defended in 14 games played (13 starts) in 2020. A three-sack, eight tackles shown against the Bengals in week 13 received the veteran’s AFC Defensive Player of the Week awards.
Even if it did not go in Miami, Van Noy, a respected guy in the locker room, is likely to have several freebies hoping to add the two-time Super Bowl champion at a cheaper price. As for the dolphins, grouping with a younger, cheaper LB corps led by Jerome Baker, Shaq Lawson and Andrew Van Ginkel figures to be the new focus going forward.