Miami Dolphins: Should They Make a Run At DeAngelo Williams?
The Miami Dolphins have their hands full this offseason as they attempt to revamp an offense that struggled heavily during much of last season.
The team weren't horrible in the running game. They were 21st in the league with 102.7 yards per game, but with Ricky Williams likely on his way out of Miami and Ronnie Brown looking like he wont be far behind, the Dolphins definitely need to add another running back in free agency or in the draft.
While there are several quality options available, DeAngelo Williams might be one of the most attractive targets for the Dolphins to consider in free agency.
After the Carolina Panthers used their franchise tag on center Ryan Kalil, Williams became free to sign with any team as he became an unrestricted free agent.
The Panthers are in the midst of a rebuilding stage and still likely to be a couple of years away from being serious playoff contenders again in the NFC. Bearing this in mind, I expect DeAngelo will be playing for a new franchise this coming season.
Williams only played in six games last year before he was placed on injured reserve after suffering an injury to his foot against the San Francisco 49ers on October 24.
The injury wasn't that serious and reported as only a sprain. Considering Williams is just 27 years old, I highly doubt the injury will have any lingering effects on him moving forward.
Who would you rather see at RB for the Miami Dolphins next season?
While it's almost a guarantee that Ricky Williams will not be returning to the Dolphins this season, there is still a chance that the Dolphins will decide to retain the services of Ronnie Brown.
DeAngelo excelled with the Panthers when they split the backfield duties between he and Jonathan Stewart. I don't think it's too much of a reach to assume he'd be fairly successful splitting the running duties with Brown or another back in Miami if needed.
While I expect DeAngelo wouldn't have a problem sharing carries and extending his career, I do think he wants to be the featured back for whichever team he decides to sign with. This, of course, means Brown would have to accept a role as the back-up or second-string guy if he returned.
Many NFL mock drafts since the end of the season have shown Miami using their first round pick in this April's draft on former Heisman trophy winner Mark Ingram, a running back from the University of Alabama.
While I like Ingram and think he would be a great fit with the Dolphins, the signing of DeAngelo Williams would allow Miami to use that pick on another position that needs upgrading as well—more specifically, the quarterback position.
The Dolphins clearly struggled last season with Chad Henne under center and while some within the franchise still believe he is the team's quarterback of the future, I remain unconvinced. Miami would benefit by grabbing a quarterback with the 15th pick in the draft.
Would the addition of DeAngelo Williams make the Miami Dolphins playoff contenders?
One potential scenario could see the Dolphins move up in an attempt to land quarterback Cam Newton.
While opinions on Newton's NFL potential vary among most scouts, I think he will be one of the top quarterbacks to come out of this draft and would be an excellent fit in Miami.
If the Dolphins could somehow land Williams in free agency and then select one of the top quarterbacks in the draft, they would easily have a massive improvement on offense over last season.
A potential combination of Newton, Williams and wide receiver Brandon Marshall would give the Dolphins their most entertaining and crowd-pleasing offense since Dan Marino retired.
It would also give them a much better chance of competing this season in one of the toughest divisions in the NFL.
DeAngelo has the potential to be a 1,500 yard, 12 touchdown running back with the right quarterback under center, and is easily the best option to fill the void in the backfield in Miami for the foreseeable future.
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