By Matthew Cannata @PhinManiacs on March 12, 2014
The Miami Dolphins have a storied history and have seen many great players over the years. While every team signs free agents who never pan out the way they anticipated, some find ones that make a huge impact on their organization.
In this slideshow, I take a look at their five biggest free agent signings over the years.
Several weeks before the 2008 season began, Chad Pennington fell from the sky and landed right in the Dolphins' lap. Pennington was the savior to Miami's quarterback problems and was signed almost as soon as he was released from the New York Jets. Pennington led the Dolphins to a division title one year after they finished 1-15.
In 1998, the Dolphins signed Brock Marion and joined Sam Madison and Patrick Surtain in the secondary. During his five years in Miami, they had one of the best secondaries in the league. Marion had three Pro Bowl appearances as a Miami Dolphin and intercepted 20 passes with the team.
Bob Kuechenberg was drafted by the Eagles, but then quit a year later and played in a semi-pro league. In 1970, Don Shula signed him to a deal and during his 14 years with the Dolphins, he earned six Pro Bowl appearances. Although he was never voted into the Hall of Fame after being in the mix for years, Kuechenberg will go down as one of the best offensive lineman in Dolphins history.
In 2009, Bill Parcells and Jeff Ireland signed Cameron Wake from the Canadian Football League. Since then, he's had 51.5 sacks and three Pro Bowl appearances. Wake is 32 years old, but has shown no signs of slowing down.
Earl Morall was a journeyman quarterback who had played for more than 15 years before coming to the Dolphins. Don Shula had brought him in to back up Bob Griese, and it's a good thing he did. Without Morrall, the perfect season probably never happens. Griese got injured that year for nine weeks and Morrall jumped right in and led the team to a 9-0 record while he was under center.
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