Super Bowl is over, and we are just one month away from the new league year.
(March 14). It feels like a long month, and to be honest, the next couple of
months feel like the longest months of the season.
Agency is not where teams should build their rosters for future success,
however, teams can get quality players at a cap friendly price to fill voids on
the roster. If this done correctly, teams can draft based on BPA, well that at
least what the Dolphins General Manager Chris Grier want to do. With that said,
let’s look at the team “needs” heading into free agency.
Linebacker, Safety, Tight End, Cornerback (Depth), Running back (depth), Wide
Receiver (if Landry is gone)
I’m going to give you names that are upcoming free agents that are under 30 and
fit this team’s systems on offense and defense. I Will always start with the
Dolphins’ own free agents that I think should be brought back or considered.
Carlos Hyde (SF), Jeremy Hill (CIN)
Travis Swanson (DET)
Ansah (DET), Kony Ealy (NYJ)
Nigel Bradham (PHI), Emmanuel Lamur (MIN)
Fuller (CHI), Justin Bethel (ARI)
(NO), Tavon Wilson (DET), Eric Reid (SF)
went through the list of every free agent in 2018, and these are the names that
I feel are good fits and value for the Dolphins. Now I am not saying all of
these players should be signed, but these are names that will not cost a huge
contract, and they all fit what the team wants to do. With that said, here is a
scenario I would like to see:
restructure or to be cut. This is just hypothetical
He doesn’t fit the mold of what they are looking for at RT.
diminished with that back injury. I don’t expect him back
has shown that he wants to be back in Pitt. I do not see him coming back for
the final year of his contract.
think his price from his agent is getting to high for the team. They can fill
some voids on the roster by not resigning Landry.
season and he hasn’t quite lived up to it. He deserves to stay as a quality
player/leader, but he should be restructured.
showed struggles this season after signing a big contract last off season.
Expect Kiko to face a reduction this off season before free agency begins.
Players Resigned signed:
two years he played under Gase. He had some looks from NE last year, but I
think Gase will make sure he stays in Miami, unless his contract offers get to
year and is a true leader. He won’t cost much and is an important part of
growing on defense.
versatile defender. I fully expect him and his leadership to play a key role in
his return to Miami.
inconsistent. I can see him coming to Miami on a one year prove deal and
becoming a solid rotation with Kenyan Drake. Hill has the ability to play both
inside and outside zone.
Wright has had a couple of good years, mainly when he was in Tennessee. Wright
would be a great replacement for Jarvis Landry and a much cheaper option,
without taking away from Grant’s snaps.
really done much other than show some flashes. I can see Green coming to Miami
to get a chance to rotate with Derby and Gray.
TE in Baltimore. Gillmore has the versatility to play as an inline TE and an
off TE. He can move around and is a solid blocker. Gillmore is coming off of a
and has moved to RT. Hurst is a big/athletic T that can replace James and fits
perfectly in the system that Gase wants to run. With Baltimore losing so many
OL to FA, I see Hurst slipping through the cracks.
has the versatility to play both G and T but he likely will play OG opposite of
Washburn in Detroit last season. Swanson fits exactly what Miami wants to do
and at a much cheaper price than what Pouncey will cost the team.
Ziggy Ansah, but with the hiring of the Lions DL coach and Suh, I see Ziggy
Ansah having an inside track to the Dolphins. Ansah can play both sides as well
as Harris. Both Harris and Ansah can help rotate with Wake and Branch. Can’t
have too many pass rushers. Ansah is an upgrade over Fede
Timmons. Whitehead is an athletic LB that offers quality coverage ability and
is a solid blitzing LB. He leads the Lions in tackles this season with 110
Dolphins are truly lacking. Joyner has experience in the wide 9 and has quality
coverage ability. He can even step in and fill the nickel role.
free agency may or may not be farfetched. One thing to note, all the players
listed are under 30 years old and most of them will not cost a large contract.
By dumping off large contracts of Pouncey, Thomas, Timmons, and James. By
signing Hurst and Swanson, Miami replaces both the C and RT with young options
that cost much less.
I addressed the OL with three different signings, allowing competition between
Asiata, Mewhort, Davis and Larsen at G. There will also be competition at C
with Swanson, Asiata and Brendel.
defense, I replaced Timmons with Whitehead, who is younger with more upside.
That gives Miami new look LBs next year with Kiko, McMIllan, Whitehead and
adds a safety that can add versatility on defense as a nickel and a FS. That
kind of versatility allows the defense to change without having to constantly
is all just an idea.