Veteran Free-Agents Who Could Fit With Miami Dolphins

By Craig Ballard
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The Miami Dolphins made a splash as soon as free-agency opened by inking Mike Wallace to improve their pass offense. Recently, they added Brent Grimes to try to improve their pass defense (plus several moves in between … my M-Wall article is HERE and my Grimes article is HERE). It does seem that they are done for now in free-agency, as they are seemingly shifting their focus to the 2013 NFL draft. Depending how the draft plays out, we may see the ‘Phins revisit the market to address any holes that can be filled with one of the many veterans still left available. This article is a look at a half-dozen remaining free-agent veterans who, for one reason or another, would fit on this roster.

Former University of Miami star Bryant McKinnie is a veteran left tackle who played for the Super Bowl champs in 2012. He showed if you can limit or monitor his playing time, then the 33 year old can still contribute (The 6’8″ 360 big fella will turn 34 during the 2013 season). Another veteran, Eric Winston, is an option to add depth to the offensive line. The 29 year old will turn 30 during the season, and it seems that if Miami was willing to up their offer even slightly, they could add him (the fact that they haven’t done that contributes to why I feel like the team is going to wait until the draft plays itself out before making further moves). I would think it is highly likely that the ‘Phins will add an OL in the draft, but even so either one of these vets could be available at a price the team is comfortable with by the time the draft dust settles.

The team looked at a few free-agent options to play opposite Cameron Wake on the defensive-line, and vets like Dwight Freeney and John Abraham are still available. Freeney is a 33 year old seven-time Pro Bowl player, and 35 year old Abraham has been honored as a Pro Bowl pass rusher four times. This is one position where I could see Miami revisiting the FA pool as they may not land the sort of 4-3 defensive end in the draft they are seeking (plus worth noting that the team feels better about Jared Odrick than most Dolfans do so they may not feel the need to improve the position).

In the secondary, I would welcome veteran Charles Woodson. The 36 year old will turn 37 during the season. Even though he is coming off an injury year where he managed just one interception, I still feel he could help this secondary that is desperate to figure out ways to create turnovers. The eight time Pro Bowl vet would either create turnovers with his know-how, or at least be able to share tips and strategies to the other members of the secondary to increase their play.

If you are like me and are underwhelmed at the idea of giving Daniel Thomas a third chance to be the “thunder” running back, then how about adding veteran RB Michael Turner. The two-time Pro Bowl vet is 31 and his play is declining, but on this team, he would have his carries monitored (Lamar Miller is going to be the main ‘lightning” RB in 2013 for Miami … article on Miller’s upcoming season is HERE) and he is still a legit red-zone threat to punch it in to the end-zone. Turner has had five straight seasons of double-digit touchdowns (last Dolphins RB to score double-digit TDs was Ricky Williams back in 2009).

These players will be on several radars, especially once the draft dust settles, but Miami is a rare team with playing time plus cash money for any of these vets, so we will watch all of these guys (and others of course) closely.

Craig Ballard is a NFL/NBA/MLB writer for Follow him on Twitter @craigballard77, and you can find all of his articles HERE

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