Miami Dolphins Signings Still Not Enough


The Dolphins have been active in free agency thus far, but nothing like the big contracts signed in years past. The slower approach this year could go either way for the Dolphins since they still have a few holes to fill.

It’s great the organization has gone away from free spending back in the Jeff Ireland and recent Dennis Hickey days. They have become more calculated when it comes to signing, but we are still not strong enough to compare with the champs, the New England Patriots.

With the strong additions of Kony Ealy, Stephen Gillmore, Brandin Cooks, and Dwayne Allen the Dolphins have only been able to match ground with the Patriots rather than gain ground.

Kenny Stills signing and Reshad Jones extension was a big deal, they make key plays in the game that is needed. The addition of Andre Branch was eyebrow-raising to some. He’s a great rotational defensive end, which was also needed.

Ted Larson is a good guard to have for 3 years, but not someone the Dolphins can rely on for long term. The trade of a 6th-round pick for William Hayes was a questionable decision since the trade amounted to a one year rental of Hayes. These are called short term fixes. Dolphins need to seek the long term benefits of signing players. Lawrence Timmons was a great sign, but we caught him at 32 years of age so you have to wonder if he’ll continue playing for another 5 years.

It appears the Miami Dolphins have found veteran players to hold down the fort while they seek rookies to be the next potential starters in the next few seasons to come. This is the typical image of a “rebuild,” which can be both nerve-wracking and exciting to witness. The Miami Dolphins are trying to move forward on a positive term.

Miami still has holes at guard, Larson is not a long term decision. The signing of Nate Allen isn’t that exciting since he does not compliment Reshad Jones too well. That is only a band-aid to a bigger problem. Linebacker is still lacking at outside and if Timmons goes down we need someone who can fill his shoes. Defensive end and defensive tackle is still a big question that might be answered in the 2017 draft.

The remaining cap is $10 million dollars, but the rookies will take up about $6 million of that cap space so we will see what it leaves management to decide. Overall, the Dolphins have made some good adjustments and are finally not free spending as they have in the past seasons. This is a positive step in growth with the Miami Dolphins.

Miami Dolphins Off-Season Update


The 2016 Dolphins season was presumed doomed when there record struck 1-4. They would come back to win 6 straight games and finish their season 10-6. This allowed them to make their first postseason appearance in 8 years. Adam Gase was a nominee for Coach of the Year as well. Miami fans are now looking for the Dolphins to have a strong year in 2017. What will be the necessary adjustments to make that happen? 

What moves have the Dolphins already made this off-season?

To begin the Dolphins cut Mario Williams who turned out to be a waste this past season, who averaged 1.5 sacks for the season. Earl Mitchell was also cut due to his rare contribution with injuries the entire season.

Vance Joseph, the Dolphins defensive coordinator has been hired by the Broncos to be head coach starting the 2017 season. With his departure, Dolphins replaced Joseph with Matt Burke, the Dolphins linebacker coach. 

The biggest move this off-season actually surrounds Brandon Albert and the trade with Julius Thomas.

Brandon Albert had signed a 5 year, $47 million deal with the Dolphins back in 2014. Unfortunately, Albert has missed 13 games in the last three seasons with the Dolphins. Back in February, the Dolphins had discussions with the Jaguars organization on potential deals.

The Dolphins first traded a seventh-round pick for tight end Julius Thomas. Miami had planned on cutting Albert, but did not submit the required paperwork once the Jaguars indicated enthusiasm for Albert. Assuming it was simpler to sign two separate deals since an agreement had already been put in place for Thomas, the Dolphins sent Albert up to Jacksonville in trade for a 2018 seventh-round pick. It will not become official until the open market starting on March 9th at 4 p.m. ET

What are the Dolphins top three needs this coming season?

Linebacker: 

It would seem Miami needs to rebuild their entire defense due to their poor rankings in the 2016 season. They finished 29th in total defense, 15th in passing, and most the dreadful — they finished 30th in rushing. Although they need work in multiple positions, their biggest hole is in the linebacker position. Most important would be re-signing Kiko, which I’ve discussed in my previous article. Another important return would be Jenkins. It’s important the Dolphins go shopping for linebackers this off-season.

Defensive Tackle:

Ndamukong Suh can’t do the job on his own. He’s in need of another defensive tackle on the line with him. There seems to be lack of depth in defensive end. Jared Odrick hasn’t done much in his time with the Jacksonville Jaguars. Perhaps we can see a renunion at one point if Dolphins decide to give him a chance. A free agent signing, which would “wow” fans in a great way would be Brandon Williams. Time will tell.

Guard:

As seen in my previous posting of the top free agent guards, this is a very good time to be shopping for guards. Dolphins already have a great guard, Laramy Tunsil, but we’re in need of more. Veterans T.J Lang and Kevin Zeitler are apparently the best two guards hitting the market. Not to mention we have the draft coming up. Dolphins are keeping their eye on a top prospect, Forrest Lamp. He played as a tackle in Western Kentucky and the Dolphins apparently have high hopes for him. They intend to fill both spots this off-season we’ll have to see what they do with the options they possess.

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