Analyzing the terms of new Dolphins DL Jonathan Harris’ contract

The Miami Dolphins lost two key players on their defensive line this offseason in Christian Wilkins and Raekwon Davis, who signed with the Las Vegas Raiders and Indianapolis Colts, respectively.

With that knowledge, Dolphins general manager Chris Grier signed a number of free agents to play the interior, including Jonathan Harris.

Harris, 27, signed a one-year deal worth $1.79 million to join the Dolphins after stints with the Chicago Bears and Denver Broncos.

According to Over the Cap, Harris will receive a $1.2 million base salary ($325,000 guaranteed) along with a $300,000 signing bonus and $290,000 in per-game roster bonuses. His cap hit for the 2024 season is set to be $1.79 million.

The contract doesn’t guarantee Harris a spot on the roster in September, as Miami could save $1.17 million while incurring a dead-cap hit of just $625,000 (the signing bonus and guaranteed salary) by releasing him.

If he wants to make the 53-man and earn playing time, Harris will have to beat out the other veterans who were signed in free agency as well as Da’Shawn Hand and Brandon Pili who returned from last year’s team.

Story originally appeared on Dolphins Wire