In the NFL, the offseason can be as tumultuous as the regular season. With free agency, the draft, training camp and plenty of other unseen factors, the offseason can shipwreck a team that isn't prepared.
The Miami Dolphins could very well be playoff contenders if they can successfully navigate the 2013 offseason. Miami has a handful of needs to fulfill and should have the money to fill most of them.
But the Dolphins would be very wise to have a plan to follow. Of course, the folks who run the team aren't fools; they surely have a strategy laid out on how to attack the vicious offseason.
Let's assume, however, that general manager Jeff Ireland is heading into the offseason with a cavalier attitude and has ditched anything even resembling plans. That would be bad.
To give Ireland a hand, here are a list of five priorities Miami should adhere to in the upcoming offseason.