Perhaps the only recognizable name in the Dolphins’ current secondary to most, Eric Rowe is finishing out a one-year contract. But the Dolphins would like him to return.
The former New England cornerback is discussing an extension to stay in Miami, Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald notes. Rowe signed a one-year, $3.5MM deal to join former Patriots assistant Brian Flores‘ first Dolphins team. And he’s been a key part of the secondary, one that has seen most of its notable talent either traded or land on IR.
Rowe has played both corner and safety this season, moving to the back line midway through the year. Pro Football Focus categorizes Rowe as a safety but has graded him as one of the league’s worst this season. After part-time roles in Philadelphia and New England, Rowe has played 95% of Miami’s snaps this season. The Dolphins traded Minkah Fitzpatrick to the Steelers and placed both Reshad Jones and Bobby McCain on IR last week.
The Eagles traded Rowe to the Patriots after his first season. The 2015 second-round pick started two playoff games for the Pats, including Super Bowl LII against his former team, and was a seven-game starter during their 2016 championship season.
The Pats let Rowe walk in free agency this year, but the Dolphins look to view him as part of their rebuild. Despite the Dolphins’ 2019 veteran purge, they have extended Jakeem Grant, Allen Hurns and Jesse Davis over the past three-plus months. The team is projected to hold north of $100MM in 2020 cap space.
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