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Benardick McKinney reworks contract, set for 2022 free agency

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Details of the contract changes linebacker Benardrick McKinney and the Dolphins have agreed to ahead of the 2021 season have come to light.

The Dolphins announced they restructured McKinney’s contract a couple of days ago without delving into any specifics. Field Yates of ESPN reports Wednesday that they have cut McKinney’s salary from $7.75 million to $3 million this year with $200,000 available in incentives.

McKinney also had the two remaining years on his contract lopped off, which sets him up to become a free agent after the 2021 season.

The Dolphins traded Shaq Lawson and a sixth-round pick to Houston for McKinney and a seventh-rounder this offseason. He was limited to four games by a shoulder injury last season.