The Miami Dolphins have placed a one-year Restricted Free Agent tender on safety Michael Thomas this week, giving the team the right of first refusal if Thomas receives an offer from another team. For now, it ensures Thomas will make a minimum of $1.8 million on a one year deal in 2017.
Without a lot of projected room left room under the salary cap, the Dolphins are trying to retain their own talent. They’d very much like to keep Thomas in-house, and should he stay with Miami, the team would likely revisit his contract with either a mid-season extension or a free agent contract in 2018.
Thomas served as the special teams captain for the Dolphins last season, and is very well-respected as a leader in the locker room. He has also played safety and cornerback, but is considered one of the best special teams players in the league, finishing second in the NFL in special teams tackles in 2016.
This story was written by Eldon Jenson. Follow him on Twitter @EJFootball
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