After pursuing either of the top three receivers, the Dolphins must then focus on re-signing some of their pending free agents. These include Reggie Bush, Brian Hartline, Sean Smith, Randy Starks and Chris Clemons.
Reggie Bush has been an integral part of the Dolphins offense and I find it hard to believe they will let him walk without putting up a fight. Miami began utilizing him better toward the end of the season and were able to realize his full potential not only as a runner, but as a receiver as well.
Given that Bush is a big-name free agent but not necessarily a super productive one (like Arian Foster or Ray Rice), he might be looking at a contract anywhere around $4 to $6 million a year.
If Miami is able to lure in one of the big-name wide receivers, Brian Hartline would be used as a No. 2 receiver, allowing him to work away from the opposing team's best cornerback. Hartline has built a rapport with Tannehill and has become his favorite receiver. After the productive season he had, I doubt Miami lets him walk.
He will be looking for a bigger contract and can attract something in the range of $4 to $7 million a year.
With their second most glaring need being at cornerback, the Dolphins can't afford to lose Sean Smith. He is too inconsistent to be a No. 1 cornerback, but his ability is useful as a No. 2 cornerback. By adding a shutdown corner through the draft or free agency, Smith becomes much more valuable for Miami.
A contract in the ballpark of $5 to $7 million a year would be a viable contract for both Miami and Smith.
If Miami wants to keep their top-notch defense intact, they must bring Randy Starks back. The duo of Starks and Soliai has been one of the best in the NFL and it would be a mistake to put an end to it. Jared Odrick will most likely slide to the inside at some time, but while Miami has Starks and Soliai under contract, the duo should be left intact.
Starks will most likely get a look from a lot of teams, so Miami must make him a good offer. Anything from $5 to $8 million a year would be ideal.
The last player the Dolphins should attempt to re-sign is Chris Clemons. He hasn't been a great safety in his time in Miami, but with Reshad Jones' breakout year, it would be ideal that Miami keep the duo intact. They have learned to play together, and keeping Clemons allows for stability in Miami's secondary.
Clemons will not be looking for a huge payday, but will be looking for a raise. If Miami offers him anything between $2 to $3 million a year, it's hard to imagine he would turn it down.