The Miami Dolphins need to help Ryan Tannehill team up with an alpha receiver in 2013. This is no secret. A top-tier receiver was Miami's biggest need in 2012, after the team traded Brandon Marshall, and, unfortunately, it will remain the Dolphins' greatest need in 2013. Fortunately, there are three free-agent wideouts who fit the bill.
Miami's best course of action would be to re-sign Brian Hartline and then try to ink a deal with Dwayne Bowe, Mike Wallace or Greg Jennings.
Who would you like to see catching touchdown passes from Tannehill?
Dwayne Bowe is from South Florida and played for Miami Norland High School. Earlier this year, there were rumors that he might join the Dolphins via trade.
Bowe was not able to reach the 1,000-yard receiving mark for the third year in a row, due to a rib injury which forced the Kansas City Chiefs to place him on injured reserve. Bowe finished the 2012 season with 59 receptions for 801 yards and a career-low three touchdowns.
In his six-year career, Bowe has amassed 5,728 receiving yards and 39 touchdowns.
While Bowe is a big (6'2", 220) playmaker, he will be turning 29 in September, making the length of his contract a potential issue.
Advantages: Size, Affinity for Big Plays
Mike Wallace is a burner that stretches defenses. He ran a 4.33 at the NFL Combine. Wallace is aiming for his third 1,000-yard receiving season in a row, even after his well-publicized holdout. In 2012, he has 63 receptions for 823 yards and eight touchdowns.
Wallace turns 27 this year and is primed to receive a huge contract. His demands may be too high for a Miami team that has many of its own free agents to re-sign.
Advantages: Speed, Age
Greg Jennings played for Joe Philbin, as Miami's head coach was the offensive coordinator for the Green Bay Packers. It is for this reason that many, like ESPN's James Walker, link Jennings to the Dolphins.
Jennings has compiled tremendous statistics in his career, which includes 6,372 yards and 50 touchdowns, but has played very little this year due to injury.
The fact that the Packers appear willing to let him go speaks volumes. Is it because his success was the product of the Packers' system? Or because he turns 30 in September?
Miami fans hope that Philbin has vital insight on that matter.
Advantages: Consistency, Unselfishness
If money is not an issue, I would prefer Mike Wallace because of his speed and the fact that he will only be 27 next fall. Dwayne Bowe would be my second choice.
In the end, it will come down to money, but the Dolphins have to sign one of them because the 2013 draft does not appear to have instant No.1 receivers.