Koa Misi will be a member of the Miami Dolphins in 2016. That has been decided.
The only question that remains: How much will he cost them?
Misi and the Dolphins on Thursday were closing in on a reworked contract that will keep the linebacker in town through at least this year, the Miami Herald has confirmed. Fox Sports first reported the development. It is not considered a contract extension, however; as before, Misi will remain under contract through 2017.
It is unclear if Misi will agree to a pay cut or simply restructure his contract. He was due $4.3 million in base salary this year, but the revised contract will, if nothing else, lower his $4.9 million cap figure.
The Dolphins would save $3.7 million by cutting Misi outright, but all indications are they have decided they’re better off keeping him. They entered the day roughly $3 million over this year’s $155 million salary cap, but are expected to clear tens of millions in space in the coming days.
Misi, 29, has spent his entire career with team that drafted him in 2010. He has 70 starts and 336 tackles as a pro. The Dolphins will presumably use him at either middle or strong-side linebacker in 2016.