Kyle Van Noy might not be getting released after all.
After the surprising news that the Dolphins were planning to release the veteran linebacker, ESPN.com reports that the team is now trying to trade Van Noy.
Miami signed Van Noy off the rival Patriots to a four-year, $51 million deal last offseason. Despite a respectable season, the Dolphins are determined to move on from Van Noy and save $9.7 million in cap space.
Van Noy said he was “surprised and disappointed” by the decision in a statement, and now he may not get to decide his next team.
“As a captain, I gave my all to the team,” Van Noy said. “I fought through a painful hip injury during the season, including spending a night in the hospital after a game. I was brought there to be a leader and I know my teammates looked up to and respected me. I am looking forward to making an impact on my next team.”
Van Noy could be the start of an NFL trend with veterans in danger with the COVID-19-influenced salary cap currently expected to be at not less than $180 million.
The Post’s Paul Schwartz reported that the Giants could be a potential landing spot for Van Noy, due to his familiarity with head coach Joe Judge from their New England days.
That is, of course, if the Dolphins end up releasing Van Noy at all.