Dolphins, Lamar Miller talking about the $5 million a year range

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With running back Lamar Miller slated to become a free agent on Wednesday, the Dolphins are trying to keep him.

The Miami Herald reports that the Dolphins are continuing to work on re-signing Miller, but he wants more than $5 million a season and the team would prefer he settle for $5 million or slightly less.

Only five running backs in the NFL have contracts that average more than $5 million a year: Adrian Peterson, Jamaal Charles, LeSean McCoy, DeMarco Murray and Jonathan Stewart. So Miller is looking for a deal that would put him among the half-dozen highest-paid running backs in the league.

Last year Miller started all 16 games and carried 194 times for 872 yards and eight touchdowns. He also had career-high numbers as a receiver, catching 47 passes for 397 yards and two touchdowns.

Miller comes in at No. 27 in our Free Agent Hot 100.

48 responses to “Dolphins, Lamar Miller talking about the $5 million a year range

  1. Pay the man. Vernon is overrated, but will be a substantial loss for a team already lacking in talent. How can losing three talented, young guys (Vernon, Matthews, Miller) possibly be justified?

  2. He deserves more. Most under used back in football. Get out of there Lamar.

  3. That’s a lot of money for a finess back with speed who doesn’t run with power or aggression and can’t pick up 3rd and short. Not feeling great about this.

  4. Good player but not proven as great. Certainly his numbers don’t justify that kind of money. Would love to see him stay but let’s be honest, he’s gotta ways to go before he contends for any rushing title and the Dolphins need a runner, especially with Tannehill at QB. How can you disagree with that?

  5. Perhaps the new coaching staff will actually use him. Philtard and his clown posse could never figure it out.

  6. 5 mil a year is a lot of scratch for a RB. OTOH there’s not that much out there in terms of young FAs this year and the draft class after Elliott and maybe Derrick Henry is very questionable too. I can see both sides on this.

  7. If they can give Suh $25M,why not. Miller is the Dolphin O. The QB gets $17M,to throw 2 yd outs and pick 6’s. But,i guess because RBs are thought to be unnecessary teams don’t realize they have a good one until he’s gone. Then it’s to late,that’s what happened w/Cowboys and Murray

  8. He was only under used because when he got the ball half the time he was ineffective. 5 Million per year is more than fair.

  9. If Miami improves their line this guy can be a game changer. Just think what he can accomplish with decent blocking and a coaching staff that doesn’t give up on the run in the first quarter. Miller averages well over 4 yards a carry with a mediocre line and he hasn’t even hit his prime yet.

  10. Lamar- jump in the car and drive 350 miles north to Jacksonville. We’ll give you $6 mill and pair you up with TJ Yeldon in the backfield behind Blake Bortles.

    You’ll enjoy our palm trees and swimming pools in the stadium and the 5000 seat amphitheatre being built on the South side of the stadium.

    We have new, state of the art locker rooms and training facilities, the largest video boards in the world and a raucous, sold-out stadium. You also get an all-expense paid trip to London where a hundred thousand of our joint fans are waiting to rock out Wembley Stadium too.

    Come on up!!

  11. It seems funny, but 5 million doesn’t sound like a whole lot because a running back gets hit a lot more than others. A running back doesn’t usually last 10 years in the league, so they should get paid. That even sounds like chump change compared to what basketball and baseball players make.

  12. Listen here the bottom line.. he don’t deserve to be getting paid Peterson,Charles, and Stewart kind of money he not even getting 1000yrds come on you wanna get paid ELITE RB MONEY!!!! But your not produceing the yards the tds are good but 190 some carries and not even a 1000 yard rusher…Lamar you can’t be foreal take the 5 million nobody else is gonna pay you more then that.. I will put everything on it..

  13. The Dlophins need to find 8 starters and 5 back ups in FA and the draft. All this while in cap hell with a poor roster and a green head coach. I’m thinking playoffs

  14. $5M? Let him go. Not even in the class o he folks referenced in the article. A soft finesse runner isn’t worth it, when you can draft a RB in the 4th or later who would be hungry

  15. Hes nearly had 3 1,000 yd seasons fins held him from getting the 3rd by not calling his number. That was rigged! So factor in the fact hes fast and a good pass blocker and catcher playing behind 3 years of scrap guards… Pay the ransom

  16. Figure should be in the $3.5-$4 M range.
    He’s too high on himself based on the tape. He’s basically a change of pace back…. that’s all.

  17. If he got his carries, he probably be a top 5 back. I don’t think Miami would be offering him 5 mil a year if they did not know that. I also believe the league will be back to a RB driven league in the near future with the NFL struggling to find elite QBs and the recent success of running teams.

  18. Hope he makes it to free agency and the Bucs sign him and let Doug Martin walk. He is worth about 5 mil a year for his youth and consistency. Miller is still only 24 and has little wear and tear. The new HC is going to want to throw more and open things up. Miller had almost 1300 all purpose yards last year as he had almost 500 yes receiving. He would fit in well with the way successful NFL teams win with now.

  19. Anything over $5MM I’d let him leave. I’d feel confident handing the backfield over to Ajayi and spending that money elsewhere. Lets face it – Miami is in CAP hell with Suh eating large for the next 3 yrs. We need to save $$ where we don’t NEED it. Miller is more of a want at this point than a need. Miami will survive without him. Sign another cheap back to split carries with Ajayi. How many times a yr do guys breakout that you’ve never heard of before? Charkandrik, Ware, Dion Lewis, David Johnson, – the list goes on and on.

  20. Who the hell believes that Jonathan Stewart is an elite back, with (1) 1000 yard season to his name and that was in 2009. He has been an injury prone back for 90% percent of his career. If he get $5 mil plus, Miller certainly should get what Stewart is making and then some.

  21. In a division owned by a QB, Miami won’t pay a 24yr old in his prime DE, but will over pay a RB who was outplayed in previous years.
    But hey, FH and its fanboys are all in because Tannehill is the truth.

  22. Good player because they have to pay attention or he could burn a defense for 50+. The problem is that when they pay attention he goes down rather easily. He has serious issues on short yardage. He can break an arm tackle or two but can’t power through a solid tackle and fall forward. He is worth some money due to his big play ability as a runner and catching passes out of the backfield but 5 is a bit high. 3.5 to 4 seems right. I thought he was underused but some of that was because he would get negative yardage a few plays in a row and kill drives. Over 5 is absurd. 5 might be doable if Gase plans on using him right but Ajayii will take carries away from him. That means 5 million + for a committee back. No thanks.

  23. What this kid can do on the field he deserves 5mil. Averages over 4.5 a carry and is straight dangerous with what he has to work with. He has 638 carries over 3 years!! That’s barely over 200 carries a season and he’s only 24 will be 25 when the season starts. He’s not even in his prime yet and he’s a 3 down back something rare in this league now a days I think the phins would regret letting him go.

  24. $3.5 -$4 mil tops!

    Yes he “almost” ran for 1,000 yards last year, but:

    288 of that was in 2 games
    against the worst teams in the NFL at that time.

    Meaning 584 in the other 14 games (11 carries. 41 yards per game)

    Only ONE 100 yard game against an AFC opponent in 4 years.

    He’s young, healthy, rarely fumbles and has great speed.
    Likable guy and not a locker room or off field problem.

    But he’s got issues breaking tackles, blocking and catching anything but a screen pass. Not great at short yardage, which is as much on him as it is on our crappy guard play every year.

  25. Miami has only resigned 5 players that they have drafted in 10 YEARS..John Denny, Misi, Rashed Jones,Pouncy, and Tannehill. Miami will never build a team if they keep letting their top draft picks leave after 4 years.

  26. If you don’t pay the man $5 million per year, some other team will.

    It all depends on what Miami feels Lamar Miller is worth. He has proven he is a very good RB, and this is a very weak FA RB market.

    Pay the man his money. He has earned it.

  27. I like Miller. I don’t think he has completely showed what he can do (and that is NOT his fault). There’s also the chance he has shown all he can do. You don’t pay an RB more than $5 mil/yr for what he might be able to do. Will Gase likely use him more…yep. Are they offering him $5 mil? Sounds like it. Take the five and show us we were right in taking you. If not, thanks for the memories! If everyone got paid what they “thought” they were worth you’d have to get rid of the cap.

  28. Like him alot but IMO no running back is worth north of 5mil a season. Jay Ajayi can handle the load if the greed of Miller makes him leave. We need the money for OL first and foremost !!!

  29. Miami is NOT in the cap hell that everyone thinks. Suh and many others will renegotiate their contracts and each year the cap goes up. There is nothing here to worry about. Besides, Ross has more money then all owners except Seattle. He can pay a l.ittle extra under the table like they all do anyway. ie Kraft and the cheater

  30. He has gotten better every year at receiving and blocking but he is going to price himself off the team.

    Which might be OK as there are a fair amount of other positions available. One with ties to Gase that might fit his plans better and at a lower cost.

  31. Peterson probably the last really huge contract a RB will see in the NFL. So I don’t blame Miller for wanting more than 5 million. RBs have a short NFL life so its likely the last big contract Miller will get. Pay the man he deserves it. It will also force the coaches to give him the ball more….and we know what happens when Miller gets the ball more than 13 times….Yes We Win!!!! 5 million is worth adding wins to the season!!!

  32. Not much to add here… I agree and any Dolphin Fan “in the know” will agree 100% with FinFan68 ‘s comment

    He is worth the $5M, but it really depends what offers Doug Martin gets. Forte would be included, but age and use will work against him. Miller could be Elite, but RB’s are not getting that kind of money. If Ajayi can learn Blocking schemes and more important if the OLine is fixed.. ANY rookie or $2M guy will be fine. Heck, we tossed Gillislee to the curb and he will be a #2 RB with the Bills. He was our 4th. The Dolphins are not in Cap Hell, but money is tight. The market will dictate if he stays or goes.

  33. Dynamic player with not a whole lot of tread on the tires, and wants to play. Many of the games Miami has won in the past few years, Miller had an impact in. Would gladly pay up for him.

  34. Give him 5 mil per year. All of Miami’s decisions lead to playoff wins,right?

  35. The truth is somewhere in the middle. Is he worth AP/Charles money? Of course not, but he is definitely worth more than his numbers. The fins didn’t know how to use him and don’t deserve to keep him. Heard he’s going to Dallas, but they run a power blocking scheme so I don’t know that he’d be the right fit there.

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