Report: Miami Dolphins not expected to use franchise tag on any player this offseason

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The Miami Dolphins will have some big decisions this offseason as they try to upgrade a roster that went 10-6 last season but missed the playoffs.

The Dolphins have several unrestricted free agents, but according to the Miami Herald’s Armando Salguero, Miami doesn’t plan to use its franchise tag this offseason.

“Let me burst a couple of bubbles of joy for you to start off,” Salguero wrote.

“The Dolphins have no player they’re going to employ a franchise tag on. The team’s unrestricted free agents are Ryan Fitzpatrick, Matt Breida, DeAndre Washington, Julien Davenport, Ted Karras, Davon Godchaux, Vince Biegel, Kamu Grugier-Hill, Elandon Roberts, Kavon Frazier, and Matt Haack.

“And the club has not indicated to any agent representing those players they have designs on using the franchise tag on their clients.”

Miami could still bring back any of these players, but it likely won’t deploy a costly franchise tag to do so.

Tuesday was the first day that teams could use their franchise tags on players, but they still have time to work out long-term deals before tags are needed.

Miami is looking to improve its offense around quarterback Tua Tagovailoa to make a playoff run next season.

While the Dolphins roster is close after a surprise 10-6 season, the No. 3 overall pick and free agency will go a long way in making the Dolphins true contenders next season.

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Peter is a graduate of Quinnipiac University where he covered the MAAC and college basketball for three years. He has worked for NBC Sports, the Connecticut Sun and the Meriden Record-Journal covering basketball and other major sports. Follow him on Twitter @peterdewey2.