The Dolphins surprised many when they released linebacker Kyle Van Noy on Tuesday just one year into a four-year deal that was set to pay him $51 million. Alas, the deal only came with $15 million guaranteed which allowed Miami to make an early exit from the contract without hurting their 2021 cap space all that much.
At 29 years old, I don’t think Van Noy will be able to command the nearly $13 million per year that he got initially with Miami with whomever he lands with next, which means he’s potentially a decent value pickup for a team that needs an extremely versatile linebacker still within the prime of his career.
In 2020, Van Noy recorded 69 tackles with 6.5 sacks and a career-high 10 tackles-for-loss. Among non-defensive line players, Van Noy finished tied for third in total pressures with 28.
While he would mainly play in an off-ball backer spot, Van Noy would be able to come down on the line of scrimmage to help rush the passer or set the edge in the run game with equal efficiency. If the defense plans to stay roughly the same under new defensive coordinator Raheem Morris, the aggressive tendencies aren’t going anywhere which means a player like Van Noy will have plenty to do in and around the front seven.
What do you all think of this possible signing? Yay or nay? Why or why not?
Now for today’s links.
McVay says Austin Blythe is a player the team values (TheRams.com)
Should the Rams consider Jadeveon Clowney? (Ramblin’ Fan)
Could Kyle Van Noy help the Rams? (The Rams Wire)
J.J. Watt says everything kept pointing to the Cardinals (ESPN)
The Vikings released Kyle Rudolph after 10 seasons in Minnesota (NFL.com)
The talks between Dak Prescott and the Cowboys have been progressing (Pro Football Talk)
The Packers may throw the franchise tag on Aaron Jones (NFL.com)
Top landing spots for Alex Smith (CBS Sports)