In approximately six days, the landscape of the NFL will change. Players will break away from current teams and return in new uniforms. Unfathomable sums of money will be exchanged, contracts will be inked and the excitement for next season will burn even brighter.
In approximately six days, the Miami Dolphins will finally have to make good on all the talk that's led up to this point. With roughly $37 million left to play with after tagging Randy Starks this week, Miami has plenty of pennies to pay out for top talent.
Nailing free agency is Miami's first step toward not only playoff contention, but also toward challenging New England at the top of the division in 2013. It is imperative that Jeff Ireland hits on the guys Miami needs.
The Dolphins have missed too many times in the past. They cannot miss this time.
But who should Miami target? It's been the center of discussion for a couple of months, so you likely know most of the people who should be on this list. However, I've taken this opportunity to project the free agents Miami should target in descending order.
In other words, the first slide will contain the player who best fits one of Miami's primary needs, and so on and so forth. The higher the slide number, the less important that player should be to Miami. These slides are also ranked by player, not necessarily by position.
Without further buildup, let's get to it. The Dolphins' top priority in free agency should be...