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I didn't think Jarius Byrd would be on Miami's shopping list this offseason.
I figured that Byrd's price tag, plus the multitude of needs along the offensive line and the need to re-sign Brent Grimes and either of their defensive tackles would've made Byrd too pricey for Miami's budget.
This is, however, the same team that has been trying to upgrade at safety (more on that later) from free agent Chris Clemons, as well as the same team that surprised everyone last year by signing Dannell Ellerbe and Philip Wheeler (which I didn't see happening until it did).
According to Ian Rapoport, Miami is in the Jarius Byrd sweepstakes:
I buy this, and by this I mean the fact that Miami will make a run at Byrd.
What I'm not sure of is if Byrd is attempting to use the Dolphins to leverage more money from other teams. He is the best of the safeties available on the market and is due a big payday. Stephen Ross is known for being willing to pay money, and at times it has been used against him with other teams.
Despite how unsure I am of Byrd's real interest in Miami, I don't doubt Miami's interest in Byrd. He and Reshad Jones would be one of the best safety tandems in the NFL, and alongside the already re-signed Brent Grimes would give Miami an elite secondary.
Time will tell, as Byrd has plenty of other suitors, and Miami has plenty of other holes to fill. If Byrd doesn't choose Miami, we do know that there is a backup plan in place.