Alec Ingold

Dolphins Restructures: Ramsey, Armstead, Sieler, Ingold, Smythe

The Dolphins were in a dangerous situation working with quite a precarious cap number. In an effort to get within compliance, Miami reworked the deals of several players in order to lessen their respective salary cap impacts.

One of the biggest deals to get done was the restructure of star cornerback Jalen Ramsey. According to Tom Pelissero of NFL Network, the team converted $13.89MM of Ramsey’s 2024 base salary (now only $1.21MM) and an $11MM roster bonus into a signing bonus while adding an additional void year to the two already in existence at the end of his contract.

The work put in by both sides resulted in a cap clearance of $19.91MM.

Here are a few other restructured deals the Dolphins utilized to increase their available cap space:

  • We mentioned after the re-signing of offensive guard Robert Jones that an adjusted contract was on the way for left tackle Terron Armstead. Lo and behold, per Daniel Oyefusi of the Miami Herald, Armstead will accept a $4.25MM pay cut in 2024 while bringing in $10MM of guaranteed salary. His new deal includes a $7.29MM signing bonus, as well. The adjustments cleared another $10.29MM of cap space for the Dolphins.
  • It was Michael Ginnitti at who informed us of the remaining adjustments. Defensive lineman Zach Sieler contributed by agreeing to convert $7.01MM of his 2024 base salary (now only $1.13MM) into a signing bonus while adding two void years to the end of his deal, resulting in the clearance of $5.6MM of cap space. Fullback Alec Ingold chipped in by agreeing to convert $2.08MM of his 2024 salary (now also $1.13MM) into a signing bonus while adding two void years to the end of his contract, as well, resulting in $1.66MM of cap space clearance. Finally, tight end Durham Smythe agreed to convert $2MM of his 2024 base salary (now also $1.13MM) into a signing bonus while adding three void years to the end of his current deal, resulting in $1.6MM of new cap space. Oyefusi points out that the addition of all those void years speaks to the dire nature of the team’s salary cap position. They ended up finding cap compliance in time for the new league year, but the cap hits of those void years will find them eventually.

Notable 2024 Pro Bowl Incentives

The NFL released the AFC and NFC Pro Bowl rosters last night. While the annual All-Star event has lost some of its luster (and is eyeing a significant revamping in 2024), a Pro Bowl selection is still a significant accomplishment for many players…especially from a financial standpoint.

There were a number of Pro Bowlers whose selections were tied to contract incentives. We’ve collected some of the notable Pro Bowl incentives below:

Eagles linebacker Haason Reddick didn’t have a traditional Pro Bowl incentive, but his selection will still result in more money. Per Corry, Reddick’s 2024 base salary will increase by $500K (from $13.75MM to $14.25MM) thanks to the Pro Bowl selection.

A handful of former first-round picks also boosted the value of their fifth-year options by earning their first Pro Bowl nod (via Brad Spielberger of Pro Football Focus): Ravens safety Kyle Hamilton, Lions defensive end Aidan Hutchinson, Ravens offensive lineman Tyler Linderbaum, Lions offensive lineman Penei Sewell, and Seahawks cornerback Devon Witherspoon. Jets cornerback Sauce Gardner and Broncos cornerback Patrick Surtain boosted the value of their fifth-round option to the maximum amount with a second Pro Bowl selection.

Beyond incentives, players also get some cash for just participating in the Pro Bowl event. As Jonathan Jones of CBS Sports writes, players on the winning team will earn $88K, while players on the losing team will get $44K. This even applies to Pro Bowl players who can’t participate since they’re playing in the Super Bowl.

Dolphins To Extend FB Alec Ingold

SEPTEMBER 2: Taking away incentives, ESPN’s Marcel Louis-Jacques notes the deal is believed to be worth $12.2MM. This would average $4.1MM per season. This bumps Ingold ahead of the Ravens’ Patrick Ricard as the league’s second-highest-paid fullback. As expected when this pact was announced, Juszczyk remains the NFL’s highest-paid player at the position.

AUGUST 31: Dolphins running back rumors have circulated for most of the year, but no splash transaction has occurred. However, the team will make a notable payment to its fullback. Alec Ingold is now locked down through the 2026 season.

Miami is extending Ingold on a three-year deal worth up to $17.2MM, Tom Pelissero of tweets. This makes Ingold the league’s second-highest-paid fullback — behind only San Francisco’s Kyle Juszczyk. Mike McDaniel having coached both Juszczyk and Ingold represents the relevant tie here, with this offensive scheme valuing the long-downward-trending position.

This represents a nice turnaround for Ingold, whom the Raiders nontendered as a restricted free agent last year. In McDaniel’s first months on the job, the Dolphins scooped up the Wisconsin alum on a two-year, $6.5MM deal. The fifth-year fullback is no longer going into a contract year.

Ingold is now making more money than every Dolphins running back. Neither Raheem Mostert nor Jeff Wilson signed for more than $3MM per year this offseason. Illustrating the state of the running back, Ingold was already making more than the recently re-signed Miami backs. But the system Mike McDaniel uses has continued to use fullbacks regularly.

The Dolphins had already illustrated their commitment to this position last year; Ingold was previously the league’s third-highest-paid fullback. It should be expected Juszczyk’s $5.4MM-per-year deal will remain the NFL standard, with incentives likely part of Ingold’s pact. But the 26-year-old will be tied to top-end fullback money for the foreseeable future.

Debuting in McDaniel’s offense, Ingold caught a career-high 15 passes last season. He has scored a receiving touchdown in each of his four seasons. As the Raiders shifted to Josh McDaniels’ offense, they went in another direction — ex-McDaniels Patriots charge Jakob Johnson — at the position. The Dolphins used Ingold on 418 snaps last season, a mark that nearly doubled his previous career high. After authorizing this contract, it is safe to assume Ingold will be a regular part of McDaniel’s offense in the long run.

Dolphins, FB Alec Ingold Agree To Terms

Mike McDaniel‘s previous team reset the fullback market. His new one is adding a well-regarded blocking back as well.

The Dolphins and Alec Ingold agreed to a deal Wednesday, Tom Pelissero of tweets. It is a two-year pact worth up to $7.5MM. While precise terms are not yet available, this is a nice fullback contract.

Although Ingold’s deal does not threaten Kyle Juszczyk‘s place atop the fullback salary hierarchy, the latter’s usage in Kyle Shanahan‘s offense points to Ingold being valued well by McDaniel’s team. The Raiders did not tender Ingold as a restricted free agent, but this deal points to him earning more than the low-end RFA tender figures would pay.

Ingold, 25, played between 20% and 23% of the Raiders’ offensive plays during his three-year stay with the team. Juszczyk was on the field for 56% of the 49ers’ snaps last season, making it safe to assume Ingold’s usage rate will increase in Miami.

RFA/ERFA Tender Decisions: 3/10/22

The deadline for teams to extend tender offers to their restricted free agents and exclusive rights free agents looms next week. We’ll keep tabs on the latest here:



Minor NFL Transactions: 11/20/21

We’ll keep track of today’s stream of minor moves right here:

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Raiders’ Alec Ingold Done For Year

It’s official. Raiders fullback Alec Ingold has been diagnosed with a season-ending ACL tear (Twitter link via’s Tom Pelissero). The Raiders will place Ingold on injured reserve this week, opening up a new spot on the 53-man roster. 

On the plus side, Pelissero hears that it’s an isolated ACL tear. That means Ingold’s MCL and PCL are still in tact, which should make his recovery process at least a little bit easier. If everything goes according to plan, Ingold should be good to go for the 2022 season opener.

With that said, it’s not a given that he’ll return to the Raiders. Ingold — earning just under $900K this year — is on course for free agency in March.

So far, Ingold has spent his entire career with the Raiders, ever since signing as a UDFA in 2019. The Wisconsin product started in all 32 of the Raiders’ regular season games between ’19 and ’20. This year, he’s capped at nine total games and three starts. His season will end with nine catches for 80 yards and one touchdown.

The Raiders are 5-4 following yesterday’s one-sided loss to the Chiefs. They’ll look to rebound on Sunday when they host the Bengals in Las Vegas.

Raiders Fear Torn ACL For Alec Ingold

The Raiders believe that fullback Alec Ingold has a torn ACL (Twitter link via’s Tom Pelissero). They won’t know for sure until he gets scanned on Monday morning, but doctors rarely miss on this kind of diagnosis. 

Ingold had to be carted off to the locker room following the injury. And, in a sideline update, NBC’s Michele Tafoya said that he appeared to be crying after exiting the medical tent.

Ingold, a Wisconsin product, joined the Raiders as an undrafted free agent in 2019. After he defied the odds and made the team, he went on to start in all 32 of the Raiders’ regular season games between ’19 and ’20. Ingold was on the same course this year, playing a key role as a blocker and special teamer.

While he’s not targeted often, Ingold has made the most of his opportunities. Through eight games, Ingold has nine grabs for 80 yards and a touchdown — all off of just eleven targets.

As of this writing, the Raiders trail the Chiefs 17-7 at the half. Ingold, likely done for the year, will be out of contract in March.

Raiders Sign 10 UDFAs

Teams continue to announce their undrafted free agent hauls. Here is the Raiders’ 10-man contingent:

Going heavy on offensive linemen after a nine-player draft did not bring any blockers, the Raiders added some big-school talent with extensive starting experience. Cotton started 28 games for the Crimson Tide, at both left and right guard, helping Bo Scarbrough, Damien Harris and Raiders first-rounder Josh Jacobs to big per-carry numbers. McNeil has both guard and tackle experience and was a key presence (46 starts in a four-year career) in helping Lamar Jackson to two dominant seasons with the Cardinals.

The duo, along with James and Roemer, will battle to join 2018 second-round pick Brandon Parker among the Raiders’ backup linemen. With Brandon Marshall and Vontaze Burfict signed to one-year deals, the Raiders’ Las Vegas tenure may need some new blood at linebacker. The Raiders did not draft one, so Coney (two 100-plus-tackle seasons with the Fighting Irish) and Farmer (28 starts with the Nittany Lions) figure to be candidates to stick around via the 53-man roster or, more likely, the practice squad.

Doss said he received better offers than what the Raiders proposed, but UC Davis’ all-time receiving leader opted to play for his hometown team (before it relocates to Vegas next year). Jon Gruden mentioned pre-draft that he wanted to add at least one more cornerback to the roster, but the Raiders drafted both Trayvon Mullen (in Round 2) and Isaiah Johnson (in Round 4). That will make Mabin and Nixon’s paths to the active roster difficult.