Terron Armstead Signs with Miami Dolphins

Dolphins OT Terron Armstead
Dolphins OT Terron Armstead
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NFL Offseason - Offensive tackle Terron Armstead, formerly of the New Orleans Saints, was probably the best remaining free agent on the market... until tonight. Armstead has agreed to a five-year contract with the Miami Dolphins worth $75 million plus incentives, featuring $43.4 million in guaranteed money.

This was the perfect marriage of team need and player. It's hard to overstate how bad the Miami Dolphins offensive line was last year. The Dolphins ranked 30th in adjusted line yards and 22nd in adjusted sack rate... and they only ranked that high in adjusted sack rate because the RPO-heavy offense had Tua Tagovailoa getting rid of the ball so fast, so often. The Dolphins were last in ESPN's pass rush win rate stat.

Liam Eichenberg, last year's left tackle for most of the year, was tied for the NFL lead with 49 blown blocks according to Sports Info Solutions. Armstead had only 10 in half a season in New Orleans. Eichenberg was almost at the bottom of the league with a pass block win rate of 77.9%. Yikes. Armstead was at 89.8% in his half season. Austin Jackson, who started the season as left tackle and then moved to left guard, was at 82.8% when he played tackle. He had 29 blown blocks, mostly at left guard.

The Dolphins have now improved their offensive line with Armstead and left guard Connor Williams, formerly of Dallas. We'll have to see how they move things around otherwise. They have a lot of recent high picks on the offensive line who just haven't lived up to their draft status. Jackson was a 2020 first-rounder. Eichenberg was a 2021 second-rounder. Right guard Robert Hunt was a 2020 second-rounder. You could chalk those horrible blocking numbers up to Eichenberg being a rookie, but the Dolphins might be better off with Jackson on the right side instead of Eichenberg.

Do you want to see if Tua Tagovailoa can thrive in a normal offense instead of last year's RPO festival? I know the Dolphins want to see. They're certainly working to give him the tools to succeed, bringing back Mike Gesicki and shoring up the offensive line with this really big addition. If Tagovailoa can get the ball downfield, Armstead should help him stay upright long enough to do it. If Tagovailoa can't prove he's an NFL starter now that he has a better offensive line to work with, well, Teddy Bridgewater is in town as well and had a career high for average depth of target in Denver last season.

Meanwhile, for New Orleans, this is the start of paying the piper for all the years of pushing cap money into the future over and over again. Armstead was reportedly considering re-signing with the Saints but in the end, the Saints couldn't match the money that the Dolphins could give him. James Hurst is now penciled in as the left tackle for New Orleans next year, although the Saints could certainly draft someone to try out in that spot.

Terron Armstead Overall Impact: This is the Miami Dolphins dealing with the biggest weakness on the roster. Armstead absolutely makes the Dolphins better for next year. It will be interesting 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 going on in the AFC West and (to a smaller extent) the AFC North.

Terron Armstead Fantasy Impact: He makes things better for Tagovailoa, but so did the arrival of Mike McDaniel and the Shanahan offensive scheme. Armstead also makes things better for the Miami Dolphins running backs, but good luck guessing who is getting more carries between Chase Edmonds and Raheem Mostert.


24 comments, Last at 23 Mar 2022, 6:13pm

#1 by ImNewAroundThe… // Mar 22, 2022 - 9:09pm

For reference, spotrac had him for 4 yrs, $95,820,796. So they're getting him for longer and overall cheaper even if he gets up to the max of $87.5m.

I feel like this should've been Chicagos (1) splash play. Lane Johnson and Trent Williams are still kickin so I wouldn't let age stop from protecting my new QBs blindside. And he would've be a hometown hero. Don't understand what they're clearing cap space for. I can tell them right now ESB and Lucas Patrick aren't worth it lol at least make the rivalry interesting. 

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#2 by Noahrk // Mar 22, 2022 - 10:49pm

I didn't know that, but I was bracing for about $20m a year. It will be interesting to see how the contract is structured, maybe it will be the rare case where it is actually better for the player than it sounds initially.

On the field, great signing. Absolutely essential for the Fins to get a veteran tackle, and one of this caliber even better. Now to see what they can salvage of the young guys. I don't doubt the zone-blocking scheme will work well for some of them, but pass pro is a different issue and the most pressing one.

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#4 by James-London // Mar 23, 2022 - 3:37am

This season will be a regerendum on whether Miami hopelessly mis-evaluated all.those lineman they drafted, or whether coaching was the problem. You'd like to think at least one of them shows "average starter", but it's been bad.

Like the Armstead sigining, especially at the price, but Miami are still on track to start Jessie Davis at RT. That would be bad in any circumstances, but with a left-handed QB, it's horrifying, so there's still some work to do here.

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#8 by ImNewAroundThe… // Mar 23, 2022 - 10:01am

5th most practically guaranteed among just LT.

Should still probably draft one just in case but that's still a solid deal for them

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#12 by Tutenkharnage // Mar 23, 2022 - 10:33am

Or maybe it's just the players I've been looking at. Two things stood out lately: they were saying since last season that Levi Wallace would get $9.6M a year, and they had Crowder getting $12.3M. I can't really blame them, given the comparables they're using, and they've certain hit on some (McKissic at $3.5M, for example), but their track record on market value seems a bit spotty lately, no pun intended. I haven't seen anything suggesting that their market values are any better than anyone else's approximations, but I'd love to read an analysis about it.

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#13 by ImNewAroundThe… // Mar 23, 2022 - 10:47am

But calculated numbers based on what others got. If a player wants to accept more or less then they can.

They're going rates but you can still find deals at the lots. 

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#3 by BobbyDazzler // Mar 23, 2022 - 3:33am

The rumours in New Orleans are that Ramczyk will slide over to LT with Hurst starting on the right side, pending the draft and any other signings of course.

Hurst was ok last year and the big knock on Armstead is that he always gets injured, so will be interesting to see how things pan out.

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#5 by IlluminatusUIUC // Mar 23, 2022 - 8:21am

As a Bills fan, I don't like this signing. I preferred when we could just hit Tua whenever we wanted and I don't appreciate Miami making that more difficult. 

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#6 by BlueStarDude // Mar 23, 2022 - 8:22am

Back up 10 yards and write a new article. Williams was holding.

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#7 by AFCNFCBowl // Mar 23, 2022 - 9:52am

At this point I'm thinking Patriots may be 13th best team in the conference.

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#9 by KnotMe // Mar 23, 2022 - 10:03am

Probably worse would be...Jets, Jags, Pitt...them and Miami may be a toss up. I think they days of NE being a perennial contender are done. They need a true rebuild but don't seem to want to go in that direction. Well, lots of teams make that mistake. 

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#10 by Tutenkharnage // Mar 23, 2022 - 10:19am

And arguably the Dolphins. (I think Pittsburgh's defense might be too good to put them below New England.) They're done as a contender for the immediate future, if not the foreseeable future. They lost Jackson, they have no OL, they misappropriated a lot of money last year, and they are much more likely to have the next Andy Dalton than the next Tom Brady. They can't attract any free agents, they seem to be getting used as leverage, and they can't seem to understand why. Oh, and they haven't drafted well overall for the last ten years or so. Nice draft last year, but they're worse now than they were at the end of last season, and they seemed rather overrated then.

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#11 by IlluminatusUIUC // Mar 23, 2022 - 10:27am

Probably worse would be...Jets, Jags, Pitt...them and Miami may be a toss up

Jets, Jags, Texans, and Steelers are probably behind them right now. And at least this year I'd take them over Miami, Vegas, and Denver because of rookie head coaches. I'm in the Patriots Hater Platinum Club and I still can easily see them taking a Wild Card spot.

Edit: Maybe not Miami any more. Yikes

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#14 by AFCNFCBowl // Mar 23, 2022 - 11:07am

Denver with Russell Wilson is worse than NE?!

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#15 by BigRichie // Mar 23, 2022 - 11:30am

A fool is one who, after being slapped upside the head 20 times in a row, still doesn't get it. You guys are fools.

Y'all should be just slamming the under for the '22 Pats.

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#19 by IlluminatusUIUC // Mar 23, 2022 - 12:10pm

Denver has guys at HC and both coordinators who are in that position for the first time, I count that as a mark against.

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#16 by BigRichie // Mar 23, 2022 - 11:33am

Not one mention of Terron's (non)health history? How often are high-$$$ free agents healthier from that point of their career going forward?

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#17 by BigRichie // Mar 23, 2022 - 11:36am

Sean Payton always struck me as the one coach who really protected his tackles, with his quick rhythm passing game and lots of 5-step sets.

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#20 by James-London // Mar 23, 2022 - 1:20pm

And now Tyreek Hill traded to Miami...


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#21 by serutan // Mar 23, 2022 - 1:50pm

From CBS:

The Dolphins, in addition to giving Hill a four-year, $120 million extension that averages $30 million per year, with $72.2M guaranteed -- a new record for wide receivers, have dealt a 2022 first-round pick, 2022 second-rounder, 2022 fourth-rounder, 2023 fourth-rounder and 2023 sixth-rounder to Kansas City in exchange for the wideout. 

  That's QB level draft picks!  

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#22 by ImNewAroundThe… // Mar 23, 2022 - 1:55pm

Is it though? Broncos and Browns got top half 1st rounders and much more.

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#23 by serutan // Mar 23, 2022 - 2:06pm

Note elite level QB, but if memory serves that's a bit more than the Eagles got for Wentz.

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#24 by LondonMonarch // Mar 23, 2022 - 6:13pm

For a left-handed QB?

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