The details of the possible new CBA have been leaked.
One key detail of them is the new free agency rule that brings the unrestricted free agent rule back to four years instead of the six years the NFL played under last season.
For those who are confused, an example would be Ronnie Brown. He would have been an unrestricted free agent last year under these new rules, meaning he could sign anywhere he wanted. Instead, he was a restricted free agent and the Dolphins were able to match any offer to him or get compensation in return.
The new free agency rule would do more good than harm for the Dolphins. It opens up new free agents who would have cost a lot to sign as restricted free agents (and the Fins would have had to give up draft picks to sign them).
On the other side, the Dolphins are freeing up roster spots and cap space by not having to keep their restricted free agents.
The Dolphins new unrestricted free agents are going to be Tyler Thigpen, Tony McDaniel and Quentin Moses.
I would not be sad if none of those guys come back. McDaniel was a nice versatile player, but nothing to get too excited about.
Instead, the Dolphins can focus on the following new free agents who could fill needs or provide depth.