AFC East news: Dolphins moving on from LB Kyle Van Noy

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Linebacker Kyle Van Noy, formerly of the New England Patriots, skipped town to Miami last offseason.

Now he’s soon going to be a former Dolphins player as well in a bit of a shocker.

According to Dolphins Wire on Tuesday, Miami will move on from the 29-year-old only one year into a four-year deal worth $51 million. Unless the Dolphins find a trade partner, Van Noy will be released per the report.

Playing in 14 games last season, Van Noy had solid numbers, including 69 tackles, 10 for loss, six passes defended and two forced fumbles. Coming off of the edge, Pro Football Focus also graded him a 61.6 overall mark in 2020, the 26th best player at his position.

In his contract, Van Noy was essentially paid $15M in guarantees for last year, but will now save the Dolphins near $10M against the salary cap in 2021. Due to COVID-19 last season, the upcoming salary cap is projected to drop to somewhere between $180-185M.

Touch decisions such as this might be en route for other NFL clubs as well in order for them to get into a more comfortable spot in terms of the salary cap. The Bills won’t be a stranger to such things as well.

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