One of the several changes made by the Miami Dolphins this offseason was the signing of veteran punter Thomas Morstead from the New Orleans Saints.
While Miami’s 2021 punter Michael Palardy was still available, general manager Chris Grier and head coach Mike McDaniel elected to sign Morstead. Given Palardy’s lack of consistency during his lone season with the Dolphins, it’s easy to see why they would make such a choice.
When compared to Morstead, who is constantly changing things up, consistency is a new word.
Although he was productive in both the worst teams in 2021 (the New York Jets and the Atlanta Falcons) and after leaving New Orleans after 12 years, he spent time with both of them. In terms of net average, he was ninth best in the league (42 yards per attempt).
The Dolphins signed Morstead to a one-year contract worth about $1.27 million with $550,000 guaranteed. The signing bonus of $50,000 and $500,000 of his annual base pay of $1.12 million are the sources of these assurances. Roster bonuses for Morstead totaled $102,500.
Getting rid of him before the season starts would save Miami $497,500 but cost them $550,000 in dead cap space. That means it’s possible, but highly unlikely unless he actually loses a cap competition.
The 36-year-old, who has been in the league since 2009, appears to be riding into the season with the same responsibilities he has had in the past.
How Much Does Thomas Morstead Make?
The annual salary for Thomas Morstead is $1,272,500. With a cap hit of $1,254,406 in 2022, Morstead’s total compensation will include a base salary of $1,120,000, a signing bonus of $50,000, and a roster bonus of $102,500.