Coaches change, schemes change, and players are expected to join along in that change. The Miami Dolphins switched to a 4-3 front after building their defense in the vision of a 3-4 alignment.
Defensive end Jared Odrick was drafted in the first round in 2010 to fill a need for a five-technique defensive end in the 3-4 alignment, but now that they're running a 4-3, he's a fish out of water.
There are a few options here. At 6'5" and 301 pounds, Odrick could move inside to defensive tackle. His skill set could be a fit there, as well; he's a solid run-stopper and flashes some pass-rush potential from time to time.
There's also this: Armando Salguero of The Miami Herald thinks the Dolphins would be better off moving on from Odrick.
He's not a fit for the scheme. He was an investment for the last scheme and the last scheme is long gone. He's still got value around the NFL because a lot of NFL teams run 3-4 defenses. But his value is greater to those teams than the Dolphins. Remember that the St. Louis Rams paid $6 million per season to Kendall Langford to sign as a free agent 3-4 DE. If [Dolphins defensive tackle] Randy Starks hits free agency, he'll be asking upwards of $8 million per season.
Odrick is going to cost $700,000 next year and only $765,000 in 2014. That's a long way from $6-$8 million.
This is certainly the more logical step with regards to building a more complete team for 2013. The Dolphins already made an investment in defensive tackle Paul Soliai (potentially Starks, too, if the Dolphins try to keep him), and Tony McDaniel proved more than capable in 2012 of being a reliable third wheel in that rotation.
That being said, Starks is due for free agency and Soliai has one year left on his contract. The Dolphins will need to start developing their talent at defensive tackle sooner than later.
Thus, the Dolphins have two options: they could move Odrick for a high draft pick—perhaps a late first-round or early second-round pick—or they could move him to defensive tackle and see what he can contribute.
From this perspective, their best play is to move him inside. A lot will become uncertain for the Dolphins at defensive tackle in the next few years, and Odrick isn't exactly a fit at 4-3 defensive end. His skill set is a match for defensive tackle, so it's worth a shot if nothing else. If all else fails, the Dolphins will have at least learned firsthand that he isn't a fit in their new scheme after all.
Here's some more news from around the AFC East.
Bleacher Report Jets featured columnist John Shea lists five players the Jets must re-sign this offseason.
Rich Cimini of ESPN New York reports on the firing of Jets offensive line coach Dave DeGuglielmo.
Mike Reiss of ESPN Boston shares some thoughts on the Patriots' secondary as it pertains to whether they should be targeting cornerbacks or safeties in the 2013 NFL draft.
B/R Patriots featured columnist Oliver Thomas lists six players in the draft that were born to play for the Patriots.
Chris Brown of BuffaloBills.com talks about the Bills' options at quarterback in the draft.
B/R Bills featured columnist Ryan Talbot sets the expectations for the Bills' 2012 draft class headed into 2013.
Ben Volin of The Palm Beach Post delivers a roster snapshot, including salaries, free agents, salary cap space and more.
Andy Kent of MiamiDolphins.com explains how quarterback Ryan Tannehill is drawing inspiration from his rookie quarterback compatriots.
Erik Frenz is the AFC East lead blogger for Bleacher Report. Be sure to follow Erik on Twitter and "like" the AFC East blog on Facebook to keep up with all the updates. Unless otherwise specified, all quotes are obtained firsthand or via team press releases.
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