The Miami Dolphins are entering into the most important offseason since Dan Marino retired. They have a number of key pieces that give them a solid foundation but don't have the firepower to push them over the top.
GM Jeff Ireland has a ton of cap space to work with this offseason. He also has five draft picks in the first three rounds. This is the offseason where big moves need to be made.
There are also a number of solid players who could walk in free agency. Jake Long, Reggie Bush and Sean Smith will all get overpaid, and hopefully it's not Miami doing the paying. Matt Moore will go elsewhere to compete for a starting spot.
Randy Starks was given the franchise tag and could still get locked up long term. Chris Clemons and Anthony Fasano are not outstanding talents but should be re-signed at reasonable prices.
This leaves the roster in a state of flux heading into the start of free agency, when we will get a clearer picture of how the Dolphins will attack the draft. But for now, it's time to look at exactly what needs the Dolphins have to fulfill and what their best options are between free agency and then the draft.