Picking One Free Agent to Fill Each of the Miami Dolphins' Holes

Devin NoonanCorrespondent IIIJune 26, 2016

Picking One Free Agent to Fill Each of the Miami Dolphins' Holes

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    The Miami Dolphins have quietly and calmly approached the free-agent signing period with an exuberant amount of cap space—currently hovering just over $31 million.

    Once 4 p.m. strikes tomorrow afternoon, however, it'll be full steam ahead as the bidding begins for this year's pool of top-talent free agents.

    With numerous holes still remaining within the depths of the Dolphins' roster, it's time to take a look at the players available who are best suited to fill in the gaps.

Offensive Line: Eric Winston

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    With the Kansas City Chiefs' recent release of right tackle Eric Winston, you can add him to the list of the Miami Dolphins' potential targets.

    It has been confirmed that the Dolphins' organization has contacted Winston, looking to fill the gap that Jake Long will leave if he ultimately departs in free agency.

    That would mean a shift to left tackle for second-year lineman Jonathan Martin, who started on the left side at Stanford for the majority of his collegiate career and finished up there last season for the injured Long.

    The addition of Winston would instantly help solidify the O-line, while eliminating the dire need to take an offensive lineman early in the draft.

Tight End: Jared Cook

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    Anthony Fasano's time as the Miami Dolphins' top tight end has hopefully come to an end.

    With no contract offer on the table yet, it looks as though the 'Phins are ready to head in a different direction and find Ryan Tannehill a big red-zone target.

    The Sun Sentinel reports that Jared Cook ranks high on the Dolphins' free agent wish list. He would emerge as a much needed seam threat that the team so desperately desires.

    At 6'5" and 246 pounds, Cook has the perfect combination of size and speed to be an elite pass-catching tight end in the NFL.

Wide Receiver: Mike Wallace

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    Recent reports claim that the acquisition of Mike Wallace by the Miami Dolphins is close to being a done deal.

    After re-signing Brian Hartline last week, the team has been able to turn their focus to adding the top free agent receiver on the market.

    Wallace is a 26-year-old long-ball threat, boasting a 4.33-forty-time that forces opposing defenses to completely alter their game plan.

    It will be interesting to see if the recent trade of Percy Harvin to the Seattle Seahawks will inflate Wallace's price tag, but it seems like a safe bet that Miami will cough up the cash for the speedy free agent without hesitation.

Running Back: Michael Turner

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    All signs point to Reggie Bush leaving South Beach for the 2013 NFL season, meaning that Lamar Miller will likely take on the role as the team's feature back.

    Despite recent speculation that Rashard Mendenhall may be of interest to the Dolphins in free agency, there are better options available.

    Miller is more than capable of replacing Bush's speed and big-play ability out of the backfield, but Daniel Thomas is far from reliable as a change-of-pace back.

    That's where someone like the recently released Michael Turner comes into play.

    Turner is a power-back who has been a key component to the Atlanta Falcons' success over the past five years.

    Although the Falcons listed a failed physical as the reason for dropping Michael Turner this offseason, the 31-year-old running back still believes he has a lot left in the tank.

    As the Dolphins' look to add a bruiser to their backfield to compliment Miller, they may very well turn to Turner to fill their void.

Defensive End: Michael Bennett

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    The Miami Dolphins need to add another pass rusher opposite their sack-artist, Cameron Wake.

    There are a lot of promising prospects in the mix for their top pick of this year's draft, but that doesn't mean the 'Phins should disregard the talent pool that's out there in free agency.

    With reports that Michael Bennett has decided to test the free agent waters, he immediately becomes the most coveted defensive end on the market.

    Bennett led the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with nine sacks last season and would be an exellent compliment to the always dangerous Wake on the Dolphins' front line.

    His brother Martellus Bennett has mentioned that the pair would love to play together for a few years in the NFL as well.

    If Martellus is brought in to take over the tight end duties for the 'Phins, then perhaps his brother won't be too far behind him.

Safety: Chris Clemons

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    Although Dashon Goldson is considered the top free-agent safety on the market, that doesn't necessarily make him the best fit for the Miami Dolphins.

    Chris Clemons and Reshad Jones played extremely well together last season, and the duo can only be expected to improve with the team well-positioned to add some talent and depth at cornerback this offseason.

    Clemons recorded two interceptions and 99 tackles last season, more than doubling his career total for tackles in his first season as a full-time starter.

    If the price is right, I don't see any reason why the Dolphins wouldn't want the safety to return in 2013.

Cornerback: Brent Grimes

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    Sean Smith has drawn interest from numerous teams during the new free-agent tampering period, according to The Phinsider.

    This is great news for most Dolphins' fans, who have undoubtedly been waiting to replace Smith and upgrade at the position altogether.

    For the $8-10 million a year that Smith is pursuing on the open market, 'Phinatics can't help but laugh as they wave goodbye to their former top corner.

    His departure leaves the Dolphins with a glaring hole in their secondary, a hole that should be filled by none other than Brent Grimes.

    Grimes went down early last season with an Achilles injury, sidelining him for the entire year.

    Despite this, recent reports from Atlanta Falcon's coach Mike Smith claim that the free agent cornerback is making excellent progress in his recovery.

    Grimes is coming off of two injury-plagued seasons, but combined for 11 interceptions the two years prior while earning a Pro Bowl bid in 2010.

    For the value that he brings when healthy and the diminished price tag he'll command in free agency, this makes Grimes a very intriguing player to consider come the start of free agent signing.