The NFL offseason officially begins on Tuesday afternoon at 4 p.m., but in the last week, Dolphins fans have already been hit by free-agent fever.
Of course, that fever is called the Manning-watch, and already, the Dolphins seem to find themselves behind both the Denver Broncos and Arizona Cardinals in their pursuit of the four-time NFL MVP, who was released by the Indianapolis Colts last Wednesday.
However there are other needs to be addressed by the Miami Dolphins this free agency, and while we'll discuss their attempt at signing Peyton Manning, we will also look at everything else the Miami Dolphins will attempt to do this free-agency period in order to compete for the AFC East title next season.
The NFL's salary cap for 2012 has been set at $120.6 million. Of that $120.6 million, the Miami Dolphins have about $13 million to spend. Even if they fail in the pursuit of Manning, odds are the Dolphins are going to be very frugal in free agency this season, although thankfully, not as frugal as the typically cheap Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
This means Miami will have to use its money wisely, targeting positions of need as opposed to any luxury items. The Dolphins have many needs other than quarterback, and while the draft is expected to be used to fill any of those needs, they will also have to augment that by spending money in free agency.
Here's a look at some of the storylines facing the Dolphins this offseason, and yes, we will look at their pursuit of their next quarterback.