The Patriots and Van Noy agreed to terms on a two-year contract Wednesday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. A significant free-agent addition for the Dolphins just last offseason, Van Noy found himself without a job last week as the team attempted to become cap compliant. He'll now return to New England, where he averaged 73.7 tackles and 5.2 sacks per season between 2017 and 2019. Van Noy likely will work in tandem with offseason addition Matthew Judon at outside linebacker.
Miami released Van Noy on Wednesday. The Dolphins had already decided to part ways with Van Noy in early March, but he was left on the roster for a couple weeks while Miami gauged trade interest. With no other team willing to surrender meaningful draft capital to acquire Van Noy at his salary level, Miami will now let the linebacker hit the open market. The versatile veteran still brings upside as a do-it-all linebacker, and now that he doesn't carry a $12.5 million salary for next season, he should draw plenty of interest in free agency.
The Dolphins have yet to release Van Noy because the team hopes to trade him, Field Yates of ESPN reports. Van Noy was both productive and versatile last season, with 69 tackles, six sacks, six defended passes, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries, and he managed to suit up for 14 games despite battling numerous injuries. However, the soon-to-be 30-year-old is also due a $12.5 million salary next season, which could severely dampen trade interest.
The Dolphins plan to release Van Noy, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports. Van Noy signed a four-year, $51 million contract with the Dolphins last March, but his tenure with the team will last just one season. The linebacker logged 69 tackles, six sacks, six defended passes, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries in 14 games in 2020, but he'll be on the move once again. Per Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald, letting Van Noy go will create $9.7 million in salary cap savings (and as much at $12.5M if he's deemed a post June 1 cut) for Miami.
Van Noy managed 69 tackles (46 solo), six sacks, six defended passes, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries across 14 games in 2020. Van Noy was a consistent playmaker for the Dolphins during his inaugural season with the team, despite dealing with a multitude of lingering injuries and being forced to miss two games. The 29-year-old's versatility, which allows Miami to utilize him in coverage and as a pass rusher in addition to defending the run, provide him a considerable fantasy ceiling in IDP formats. After taking the offseason to get back to full health, Van Noy will return as an integral part of Miami's linebacker corps again come 2021.
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