Breaking down the terms of Dolphins DB Nik Needham’s new contract


Before this year’s free agency period even began, the Miami Dolphins kept defensive back Nik Needham from reaching the market himself.

Needham, 27, agreed to a one-year deal worth $1.29 million to return to South Florida for a fifth season with the team.

According to Over the Cap, he will receive a $1.13 million base salary ($400,000). The contract also comes with a $100,000 signing bonus and $67,500 in per-game roster bonuses. He’ll count for $1.13 million against the cap.


This deal is not a guarantee that Needham will be on the team when the season starts. Miami could release the defensive back and save roughly $625,000 while incurring a dead-cap hit of just $500,000.


The Dolphins could use the depth at both cornerback and safety, and Needham can play both, but he’ll have to show that he’s back to his old self more than a year removed from his torn Achilles to earn opportunities in 2024.


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