There will be at least one Super Bowl ring in Miami this year.
The Dolphins' front office has wasted no time bolstering a defensive line whose cohesion will make or break the success of DC Mike Nolan's plans for a newly remodeled defensive schematic.
After adding DE Marques Douglas and DT Montavious Stanley in the last week, the Fins have now moved to sign former Saints DE Charles Grant to a two-year, $4.5 Million dollar contract to ensure their ability to fill a desperate need for depth on the line.
Altogether, the three new signings bring more than twenty years of NFL experience to the Fins' defensive front.
The 25th overall selection in the 2002 Draft, Grant has had quite the prolific career up to this point. He recorded 332 solo tackles, 47 sacks, 31 passes defensed, and 16 forced fumbles in eight seasons with New Orleans.
What those figures suggest, is that he is a rather well-rounded defensive end, and could very well be in line for a starting job, or at the very least, a pronounced support role. Chances are, he will be battling Marques Douglas for a spot on the final roster.
One would assume that a player with 118 games of NFL experience who averaged more than five sacks and two forced fumbles a season will see some serious playing time in Miami. It would be surprising if he didn't make the first-team defense, as he is walking in the most game-proven lineman on the squad.
Perhaps the only drawback to this signing is Grant's limbo-status with the NFL. He, like Minnesota's more widely-publicized Kevin and Pat Williams, is one of the players facing a legally-delayed four-game suspension for use of a prohibited diuretic.
All in all, Grant should be a definite positive for the Dolphins. His experience will only serve to benefit the young group of guys who will be expected to shoulder quite a bit of the team's defensive burden in the upcoming season. He seems to be a playmaker, and that is exactly what the Fins' new talents are going to have to become. Hopefully Grant can lead by example.
There can be no debate on one point; this move certainly increases Miami's chances of improving upon an abysmal defensive effort in 2009.
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