Finally the football stars have aligned. NFL owners and players have come to terms on a new collective bargaining agreement.
The Miami Dolphins are a team with many needs. While they won’t make quite the same splash as they did last summer when they acquired Brandon Marshall and Karlos Dansby, this free agency is critical for this regime.
Which positions should they target first?
Chad Henne may become a decent quarterback. Then again, this coaching staff may have already ruined his psyche. That’s what happens when someone is coached into fearing mistakes. They fail. Still, we don’t know with Henne and surrounding him with a backup plan would be wise. Look for one of three names to land with Miami. Vince Young. Kyle Orton. Donovan McNabb. And I like them in that order.
2. Right Guard
Miami should be very good on the left side. Jake Long is among the NFL’s most dominant tackles and Richie Incognito is certainly an above average guard. Rookie Mike Pouncey gives Miami an impact center who can pull and diversify Miami’s ground game. Where they need help is on the right side, especially at right guard.
3. Running Back
Daniel Thomas will have a great chance at being Miami’s feature back from the start of his rookie season. With Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams most likely headed elsewhere, it’s time this team adds a back with some explosiveness. They need as many dynamic skill-position players as possible. I’m a big believer in not overpaying for running backs because their careers taper off after 30. For the right price I really like Ahmad Bradshaw, a 25-year-old speed rusher who may not return with the Giants.
Chris Clemons had his chance to be a playmaker in Mike Nolan’s defense last year. He failed. If Miami opts to stay put at this position look for second-year safety Rashad Jones to have every opportunity of taking Clemons’ job. Don’t be surprised if they bring someone in from the outside, however.
5. Outside Linebacker
While Cameron Wake just may be the league’s best pure pass rusher, they could use more depth on the outside. Koa Misi had a solid rookie year, especially against the run. They still could use another linebacker who gets after the quarterback because teams are going to double Wake on every passing down next year.
6. Tight End
Anthony Fasano is a sure-handed, well-rounded tight end. What he isn’t is explosive and that should be Miami’s theme offensively this offseason. They could really use a a big fella with some speed to compliment Fasano.