On March 16th, 2020, former Patriots LB Kyle Van Noy agreed to a 4-year 51 million dollar deal (30 million guaranteed) with the Miami Dolphins, and because contracts in the NFL are written on toilet paper with disappearing ink, he was released today.
Kyle signed with Miami just one day before Tom Brady announced he was leaving the Patriots. I wrote this in my goodbye KVN blog last year on that day. Oops!
I thought KVN was a big part of what the Dolphins are building; dude was a captain, and obviously, there's the Flores connection. While Van Noy did battle injuries last year, he put up solid numbers during his only season in Miami. Just a shocking NFL transaction IMHO.
Via, Mike Garafolo, Kyle Van Noy had this to say about getting released after just one season with the Dolphins.
By releasing Van Noy, the Dolphins freed up nearly $10 million in cap space. Could they be trying to clear the books for a DeShaun Watson trade? (I hope not!)
Any time a "high-profile" former Patriot is back on the market, there's gonna be people pondering a potential return. We saw Patrick Chung sign a three-year deal with the Eagles in 2013, get cut after just one season, then return to the Pats. More recently, in 2019, they brought back Jamie Collins after spending two and a half seasons in Cleveland. I'm just saying there's a precedent! At least two Patriots have already campaigned for a KVN return to Foxboro. Hopefully, Josh Uche isn't too attached to the #53.
I am 100% down with bringing 2/3 of the Boogeymen back for 2021 (Hightower has already confirmed he's coming returning) in addition to the young pieces the Patriots have on a defense that sneaky finished 7th in points allowed last season. Don't give up on Bill just yet!