Miami Dolphins: Free Agent Eric Weddle a Perfect Fit for Dolphins

Michael Heck Correspondent IIJuly 11, 2011

NASHVILLE, TN - DECEMBER 25: Eric Weddle #32 of the San Diego Chargers returns this interception intended for Kenny Britt #18 of the Tennessee Titans on December 25, 2009 at LP Field in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Rex Brown/Getty Images)
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The Dolphins have invested relatively little when addressing the safety position through the draft. Both Chris Clemens and Rashad Jones are intriguing prospects but haven't shown that they can command the defensive backfield for the Dolphins. 

Wouldn't it be nice to fill that spot with someone who is athletic, and can cover the field and wide receivers alike? Wouldn't it be awesome to fill that spot with somebody who is on the upswing? Wouldn't be great to fill that spot with someone who is just approaching the height of his NFL career? Yes, of course, we all know the Dolphins crave a safety who can keep up with the competitive passing game of the AFC East. 

I loved Eric Weddle coming out of Utah. The Dolphins are in a good spot to pick up a versatile, fast, and smart playmaker at safety. His tackling numbers are absolutely incredible and he is becoming more and more know for his ability to make plays. 

Mr. Weddle would fit perfectly into the Miami Dolphin 3-4 defense. He played in the 3-4 at Utah and a very creative 3-4 at San Diego. Pairing Yeremiah Bell and Eric Weddle in the defensive backfield would be exceptional, especially providing leadership and support to the young corners Vontae Davis and Sean Smith. 

Chris Clemons and Rashad Jones have done an admirable job of learning the position and attempting to play at a high level. However, Eric Weddle has proved that he can play a hybrid free safety/strong safety position. Yeremiah Bell wouldn't need to make 100-plus tackles because both Weddle and Bell and tackling machines. What a great pair this would be. 

Over the past week I have lobbied that Mr. Ireland and Coach Sparano take their opportunity to sign Kevin Burnett and Eric Weddle. I deeply believe in signing these two free agents. I believe it would give Coach Mike Nolan the arsenal he needs for his attack-oriented 3-4 defense. Both can cover, blitz and play the zone. 

I don't believe Kevin Burnett and Eric Weddle are highly-priced free agents. I do believe that they are two of the missing pieces which are important for the growth of the 2012 Miami Dolphins