Forbes Magazine released its annual NFL franchise value rankings today, slotting the Miami Dolphins as the league’s 16th most valuable team. The Dolphins’ estimated $1.07 billion value is up about $60 million from last year’s figure.
Stephen Ross’ club is behind AFC East foes of larger markets in the New York Jets, who rank 6th at $1.38 billion, and the New England Patriots, who finished second to only the Dallas Cowboys at $1.8 billion, but well ahead of the small-market Buffalo Bills, who come in at No. 30 with a $870 million value.
For a team who has been entrenched in mediocrity for much of the new millennium, the Dolphins finishing right in the middle of the pack on Forbes’ list comes as no surprise.
Surely there is room for improvement, though, if the Dolphins can return to the winning ways that made the franchise one of the NFL’s most storied from the early 1970s through the 1990s.