The Miami Dolphins are making a free agency list and checking it twice.
With as much as $50 million in cap space slated to be available entering the 2013 free agency season, Jeff Ireland—or his replacement...please let there be a replacement—can quite literally compile a wish list and pursue every single player on it.
In all likelihood, Ireland will still be calling the shots come March, and he'll have insurmountable pressure on his shoulders to capitalize on this unique and enviable opportunity. His team won seven games, yet it will have somewhere between $40 million and 50 million in cap space to spend and five draft picks in the first three rounds of the 2013 draft.
This is a pivotal offseason for the Dolphins, one that will dictate whether this team is mired in mediocrity for another five years or finally re-emerges as a Super Bowl contender.
Because Miami has so much cap space no player is too expensive; however, it probably won't break the bank for more than one or two big-name players. And, because it's still so early, there's a good chance most of these players re-sign with their current teams.
(NOTE: Just for clarity's sake, I'm not suggest the Dolphins sign all of the players in this slideshow. Rather, these are just potential and likely targets for the team come free agency.)