NFL Free Agent Signings 2011: Kevin Burnett Set to Sign with the Miami Dolphins

Michael Heck Correspondent IIJuly 30, 2011

SAN DIEGO - OCTOBER 24:  Kevin Burnett #99 of the San Diego Chargers waits for the snap against the New England Patriots at Qualcomm Stadium on October 24, 2010 in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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Ahhh! It's about time! While I wish the best to Channing Crowder, it's been time for the Miami Dolphins to move on for a while now. In fact, after the Kyle Orton trade fell through, I wondered if Crowder was supposed to be a part of the that transaction. 

Meanwhile, I'm very excited about Kevin Burnett. He's perfect fit next to Karlos Dansby. He's peaking at the right time and he can stay on the field in all situations for the defense.

He is what Channing Crowder is not: a playmaker. 

With a contract at five years and $10 million of it guaranteed, this Dolphins' 3-4 defense is set at linebacker.

Actually, the front seven is set, and they look really good. While I'm disappointed that Eric Weddle is not a Dolphin, I don't think anyone but the Chargers were ready to make Eric Weddle the top-paid safety in the NFL

Now, with Koa Misi, Kevin Burnett, Karlos Dansby and Cameron Wake, the Miami Dolphins can come hard and fast with all kinds of creativity to disrupt an offense. There is enough firepower to run the defense Mike Nolan wants (enough to get him another NFL head coaching job). 

This starting four will allow A.J. Edds to develop. He'll also be asked to play special teams. The Dolphins are all of a sudden deep at inside and outside linebacker. 

Kevin Burnett was an ex-Cowboy. Finally and ex-Cowboy who is worth pursuing. Finally, signing a player who simply makes a lot of sense for the Dolphins.

Reggie Bush was fun, but he has a history of injury.

I live in Los Angeles. I've seen the rise of Reggie Bush. But the NFL has been hard on him and I like the signing of Kevin Burnett more.

I wonder if he'll be allowed to wear No. 99?

Now if only a quarterback of the present and future could be found. I sincerely hope I'm wrong about Chad Henne.