5 Free Agents The Miami Dolphins Should Re-Sign This Offseason
5 Free Agents the Miami Dolphins Should Re-Sign This Offseason
The Miami Dolphins had a roller coaster season that led to Jeff Ireland and Mike Sherman getting fired. After starting the season 3-0, they lost four straight and then won 5-of-7.They went in Week 16 at 8-6 and in control of their playoff destiny. Having to win just one of their last two games against sub .500 teams, Miami lost by a combined 39-7 and were left out of the playoffs.
They signed a lot of high impact free agents going into the season in hopes of making the playoffs for the first time since 2008. They brought in Mike Wallace, Brandon Gibson, Dustin Keller, Brent Grimes, Philip Wheeler, Dannell Ellerbe and Tyson Clabo. Other than Grimes, the rest of the guys had disappointing seasons and, in some cases, lost their jobs.
The Dolphins also received almost nothing from their draft in 2013. First round pick Dion Jordan spent most of the season on the sidelines, while second and third round picks Jamar Taylor and Will Davis were rarely active. The only rookie that made an impact was kicker Caleb Sturgis, who was very inconsistent.
They have multiple issues they need to address going into 2014. They need to replace their general manager before they can begin to assess their current roster. Other than Mike Pouncey, they could be looking at four new offensive linemen. Their top three corners and starting free safety are free agents, as are their top two defensive tackles.
While Miami will look to improve through the draft and free agency, they need to working on re-signing multiple players before free agency starts. These five players are the most important of the group and should be part of the team in 2014.
5. Nolan Carroll
Going into his fourth season, Nolan Carroll was on the bubble of even making the Miami Dolphins roster. They signed pro-bowl cornerback Brent Grimes and spent second and third round picks on young cornerbacks. After injuries to the rookies and stellar play throughout camp, Carroll not only made the team, but was a starter for most of the season. He finished with the second most tackles in his career (47) and the most interception (three) and sacks (two).
4. Bryant McKinnie
Bryant McKinnie is not the player he used to be, but he is still better than anything else the Dolphins had at tackle last year. He isn't the best choice for left tackle, but re-signing him would buy the Dolphins one more season to find that left tackle and address the other offensive line issues.
3. Chris Clemons
Last offseason, both Miami Dolphins safeties were free agents. Coming off a career year, Reshad Jones received a four-year deal, while Chris Clemons was signed for just one season. Clemons outplayed Jones this year and the Dolphins are forced to either give him a long-term deal or lose him. It is unlikely that he will accept another one year deal, so Miami should lock him and secure the back end of their defense.
2. Paul Soliai
Both starting defensive tackles for the Miami Dolphins are free agents. Randy Starks may be the more talented player, but Paul Soliai is the most irreplaceable. He is their big run stopper and the team struggled stopping the run when he was hurt or out of the game. With Jared Odrick on the roster, he can step in for Starks, but their is no player that can step in for Soliai.
1. Brent Grimes
Brent Grimes was a former pro bowler who was coming off of Achilles surgery in 2012. The Miami Dolphins got lucky when they got him for a one-year deal and he was without a doubt their best signing. He is going back to the pro bowl after recording four interceptions and not allowing a passing touchdown in all 16 games. He will cost the most money out of all the free agents this year, but he is the guy they need to focus on the most. A shutdown corner is almost impossible to find and they have one in Grimes.