Terron Armstead Indicators with Miami Dolphins
NFL Offseason – Offensive deal with Terron Armstead, previously of the New Orleans Saints, was in all probability the most effective remaining free agent in the marketplace… till tonight. Armstead has agreed to a five-year contract with the Miami Dolphins price $75 million plus incentives, that includes $43.4 million in assured cash.
This was the proper marriage of crew want and participant. It is arduous to overstate how dangerous the Miami Dolphins offensive line was final 12 months. The Dolphins ranked thirtieth in adjusted line yards and twenty second in adjusted sack price… they usually solely ranked that prime in adjusted sack price as a result of the RPO-heavy offense had Tua Tagovailoa eliminating the ball so quick, so typically. The Dolphins have been final in ESPN’s move rush win price stat.
Liam Eichenberg, final 12 months’s left deal with for a lot of the 12 months, was tied for the NFL lead with 49 blown blocks based on Sports activities Data Options. Armstead had solely 10 in half a season in New Orleans. Eichenberg was virtually on the backside of the league with a move block win price of 77.9%. Yikes. Armstead was at 89.8% in his half season. Austin Jackson, who began the season as left deal with after which moved to left guard, was at 82.8% when he performed deal with. He had 29 blown blocks, principally at left guard.
The Dolphins have now improved their offensive line with Armstead and left guard Connor Williams, previously of Dallas. We’ll need to see how they transfer issues round in any other case. They’ve numerous current excessive picks on the offensive line who simply have not lived as much as their draft standing. Jackson was a 2020 first-rounder. Eichenberg was a 2021 second-rounder. Proper guard Robert Hunt was a 2020 second-rounder. You can chalk these horrible blocking numbers as much as Eichenberg being a rookie, however the Dolphins is likely to be higher off with Jackson on the precise facet as an alternative of Eichenberg.
Do you wish to see if Tua Tagovailoa can thrive in a traditional offense as an alternative of final 12 months’s RPO pageant? I do know the Dolphins wish to see. They’re actually working to provide him the instruments to succeed, bringing again Mike Gesicki and shoring up the offensive line with this actually massive addition. If Tagovailoa can get the ball downfield, Armstead ought to assist him keep upright lengthy sufficient to do it. If Tagovailoa cannot show he is an NFL starter now that he has a greater offensive line to work with, properly, Teddy Bridgewater is on the town as properly and had a profession excessive for common depth of goal in Denver final season.
In the meantime, for New Orleans, that is the beginning of paying the piper for all of the years of pushing cap cash into the long run time and again. Armstead was reportedly contemplating re-signing with the Saints however ultimately, the Saints could not match the cash that the Dolphins may give him. James Hurst is now penciled in because the left deal with for New Orleans subsequent 12 months, though the Saints may actually draft somebody to check out in that spot.
Terron Armstead Total Influence: That is the Miami Dolphins coping with the largest weak point on the roster. Armstead completely makes the Dolphins higher for subsequent 12 months. It will likely be fascinating to see if the Dolphins or the New England Patriots can compete for the AFC wild-card spots out of the East, given the ridiculous arms race happening within the AFC West and (to a smaller extent) the AFC North.
Terron Armstead Fantasy Influence: He makes issues higher for Tagovailoa, however so did the arrival of Mike McDaniel and the Shanahan offensive scheme. Armstead additionally makes issues higher for the Miami Dolphins working backs, however good luck guessing who’s getting extra carries between Chase Edmonds and Raheem Mostert.