AFC East Roundup: 1 player Bills, Dolphins, Jets & Patriots must re-sign in 2024 NFL Free agency

A look at each AFC East team's top priority to re-sign during NFL Free agency.
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Miami Dolphins: Andrew Van Ginkel, LB

As injuries were the fate of the Miami Dolphins to end the 2023 NFL season, it lead to the rise of linebacker Andrew Van Ginkel who stepped in as an effective player on defense for the Dolphins with both Jaelan Phillips and Bradley Chubb.  With those players healthy in 2024, Van Ginkel could be expendable, but the Dolphins defense will be much better with him.

Miami Dolphins  Andrew Van Ginkel NFL Free Agency
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With 69 total tackles and 6.0 sacks, the outside linebacker morphed into one of the team’s most reliable players on the defensive side when it came to making big plays, which has him in line for a big pay day.  Will that come with the Dolphins with some of their major needs being along the offensive line?

Dolphins linebacker Andrew Van Ginkel wants to stay in Miami

If something can be worked out, Van Ginkel would love to stay in South Beach.

"If everything works out, I love it here, our family loves it here and spent the past five years and I'd love to be a Miami Dolphins for a long time," Van Ginkel said. "But at the end of the day, it's a business and if it doesn't work out and we've got to go our separate ways .... but that's the goal (to stay in Miami)."

With the offense the Dolphins have, building a strong defense will make this team seriously dangerous in 2024.  Even with defensive coordinator Vic Fangio moving over the Philadelphia Eagles, Miami have some elite talent defensively.  That’s where the versatility of Van Ginkel can continue to flourish.