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Miami Dolphins Extend Bobby McCain

Jason Hrina

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According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, cornerback Bobby McCain has signed a 4-year, $27m ($13m guaranteed) extension with the Miami Dolphins.

Prior to signing this extension, McCain was set to earn $1.9m on the final year of his rookie contract.

Originally drafted by the Dolphins in the 5th round (145th overall) of the 2015 NFL draft, McCain is the first player drafted under Mike Tannenbaum to receive an extension – unless you count DeVante Parker‘s 5th year option.

Outside of his ejection last season for throwing a punch at former New England Patriots receiver Danny Amendola, McCain has, by all accounts, grown to be a stellar leader in the Dolphins locker room.

His charismatic personality is a friendly compliment to the tough grind players go through every season, but he didn’t earn a $27m contract because he’s a fun guy to be around.

McCain has evolved into one of the top nickel cornerbacks around the league.

Playing in all 48 games since he’s been drafted, McCain has accumulated 84 tackles and 17 passes defended to go along with 3 interceptions.

McCain experienced a few rough patches during his first two years in the league, receiving plenty of scorn from Dolphins fans for being a ‘moderate’ player, but he performed exceptionally this past season.

Just how good was he? Check out Travis’ offseason breakdown of McCain; you won’t believe some of the numbers you’ll see.

To say he is ‘restricted’ to being an inside corner is selling him short. There will be plenty of snaps where there are 4-5 cornerbacks on the field at one time, and only so many of them can play the boundary.

But that’s where the Dolphins are rich with young talent.

While it may not seem like it, Bobby McCain and Tony Lippett are the most-tenured cornerbacks on the Dolphins. Both were drafted in the same round of the 2015 NFL draft and are set to enter their 4th seasons.

Xavien Howard (entering his 3rd season) and Cordrea Tankersley (entering his 2nd season) have shown they can handle NFL receivers one-on-one. Unless they unforeseeably regress, Miami has drafted and built a young nucleus at one of the most expensive positions around the league.

Give the Dolphins credit for this one. While some may nitpick the contract based on his overall performance, it’s nice to see Miami learn from their past mistakes and sign a player that they see potential in early rather than letting them become too expensive and walk later in free agency.

Growing up a passionate Dolphins fan in Jets territory, Jason learned from an early age that life as a Dolphins fan wasn’t going to be easy. Previously the Sports Editor for his university newspaper, Jason has experience writing columns, creating game recaps and conducting interviews with Hall of Fame athletes (Harry Carson and Yogi Berra are two of his proudest interviews). When he’s not dissecting the latest sports news, you can find him perplexed over the Dolphins offensive line woes or involuntarily introducing music to his neighbors.

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