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Did I mention that I like what Dennis Hickey has done so far?
Yes, it's only one move, but he's shown intent when it comes to other moves.
Showing the intent in terms of signing another linebacker probably made me smile more than the Grimes deal considering how I feel about Philip Wheeler and Dannell Ellerbe. As Chris Wesseling of NFL.com reported, the Dolphins had former Browns linebacker D'Qwell Jackson in for a visit on Monday.
Now, in case you need the cribs notes of my opinion on Wheeler and Ellerbe, here it is as short as I can make it: Ellerbe is best as an outside linebacker, while Wheeler just drives me crazy. Jackson is an inside linebacker, which if signed could lead to the Dolphins moving Ellerbe to the outside, and Wheeler to the bench.
(Why not cut Wheeler you ask? The answer is $10.6 million in dead money if he's cut this year, which would be only $4.2 million in 2015.)
Jackson is getting up there in age as he turns 31 this season but if the Dolphins draft a linebacker to eventually replace him this year (why hello there, Chris Borland, Christian Jones and Telvin Smith) they should be in pretty good shape at the position.
At safety, Miami would be fine with re-signing Chris Clemons, but that doesn't mean they can't upgrade. Omar Kelly of The Sun-Sentinel reported that the Dolphins hosted Louis Delmas for a visit on Friday, and Delmas would be a good upgrade over Clemons if he's signed for a one-year deal to prove he can stay healthy.
If that's not the direction the Dolphins want to go in, they could go towards younger guys like Carolina's Mike Mitchell, Kansas City's Kendrick Lewis, New Orleans' Malcom Jenkins or if they choose they want a veteran like Delmas, San Francisco's Donte Whitner would be a great option as well.
Despite the problems of last season that seemed to have lasted into February, Miami still has a great opportunity to drastically improve the team thanks in part to the money they have to spend in free agency. The start so far has been good, now let's see if they can finish it better than they did the 2013 season.
Salary cap figures provided by Spotrac.com unless otherwise specified.