5 Veteran Free Agents the Miami Dolphins Should Bring in for Training Camp
As it stands with training camp less than three weeks away, the Miami Dolphins have a number of players on their roster.
Based on the sheer number of players, you would think that it wouldn't be wise to add more to it. This is especially true when you consider the fact that the roster must get down to 53 players by the start of the season.
However, some positions (unlike running back) are too thin. The secondary and the right side of the offensive line are positions where more depth—and further training-camp competition—would be a major help and asset to the 'Phins.
Miami should look toward some of the veteran free agents still available on the market. These are players that could not only push some of the younger players in training camp, but could also wind up making the team better going forward in 2012.
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After signing with the Colts as an undrafted free agent prior to the 2007 season, Bullitt amassed 193 tackles and seven interceptions while playing both safety positions and cornerback at times in Indianapolis' version of the Tampa-2 defense.
Injuries slowed Bullitt down in 2010 and 2011. He would only play six games in his last two seasons with the Colts, but still managed to be productive with 24 tackles, two interceptions and two pass deflections.
Bullitt is still a young player at 27 years old and will look to prove that he can still go in the NFL. It would be imperative for the Dolphins, who have holes at secondary, to give the former Texas A&M Aggie a look during training camp.
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Another veteran option for the secondary would be cornerback Brandon McDonald.
His best season came in 2008 with Cleveland when he recorded 64 tackles to go with five interceptions.
McDonald would be best used in Miami as a nickle corner similar to how Will Allen has been used in the past.
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Despite his age (33) and the challenges in adapting to a new system, Kareem McKenzie would provide great depth on the offensive line.
A very good run-blocker in his 12 seasons combined with the Jets and Giants, McKenzie would be a tremendous place-holder at right tackle if Lydon Murtha is ineffective and the Dolphins don't feel ready to thrust second-round pick Johnathan Martin into that position.
McKenzie's experience would also bring leadership to a line that will likely be one of the youngest in the NFL next season.
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Former Titans and Colts guard Jake Scott would be a fine addition to Miami's offensive line (and he already shares a name with a Dolphins' Super Bowl MVP).
While he never played in a West Coast scheme, he is clearly versatile, having protected four very different quarterbacks. He was also one of the better run-blockers while with the Titans and Colts.
Scott was released by the Titans to make room for the older Steve Hutchinson, which on paper right now seems like a mistake. However, it wouldn't be a mistake for the Miami Dolphins to make a run at signing the 31-year-old right tackle.
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I find it quite interesting that with training camp only weeks away, nobody has signed former Dolphins tackle Vernon Carey.
Here you have a versatile player who, with the Dolphins, started at left tackle (before the drafting of Jake Long). He then made a successful switch to right tackle before moving to right guard prior to last season (a mistake only because he made the move so that the Dolphins could bring in Marc Colombo).
Part of the reason that Carey wasn't retained by Miami had to do with money issues. Carey felt he deserved more money than Miami was willing to pay him.
But now that the season is about to begin, Miami might want to consider bringing Carey back for his ninth season in Miami.
In Carey they will get someone better suited to play alongside Lydon Murtha or Jonathan Martin on the right side of the line.
Carey is also a very durable player who started 103 out of 117 games played. Like Olivier Vernon and Lamar Miller, he is a product of South Florida from his prep career up to his pro career.