Through a day of free agency, many big names have changed teams.
The team that has garnered the most attention for signing away other team’s free agents have been the Denver Broncos. Through one day of free agency, they’ve already signed three of the biggest names on the free market when it pertains to defensive players in defensive end Demarcus Ware, safety T.J. Ward and cornerback Aqib Talib.
Though the Broncos have received most of the media attention for their signings, there’s been one team in the AFC that has made several key signings that have gone under the radar — that would be none other than the Miami Dolphins.
The Dolphins may not have signed three of the best defensive players on the free agent market, but they’ve addressed key positions of need by filling voids with solid players without breaking the bank. Since the start of free agency, the Dolphins have signed safety Louis Delmas, left tackle Branden Albert and defensive tackle Earl Mitchell.
Delmas will replace free agent safety Chris Clemons in the starting lineup, Albert will replace the recently-traded Jonathan Martin at blindside tackle and Mitchell will make a run at replacing the departed Paul Soliai.
To make matters even better, the Dolphins were able to re-sign defensive tackle Randy Starks.
These signings won’t make the Dolphins Super Bowl contenders. Obviously, the acquisitions pale in comparison to a team such as the Denver Broncos, who are obviously going all-in for a Lombardi Trophy this season.
However, unlike last season, the Dolphins are making smart signings without overpaying said players. Albert is a proven player in the NFL, having been elected to the Pro Bowl in 2013. He was the best option at left tackle for the team this offseason. Mitchell will be paid just $4 million a year over the next four years.
In Jeff Ireland‘s final offseason as team general manager in 2013, he overspent for players such as Mike Wallace, Philip Wheeler and Dannell Ellerbe. The Dolphins received the most media attention of any NFL team for their free agency signings, and it got them an 8-8 season in 2013.
With the Dolphins flyer under the radar in free agency this offseason, the franchise should have better results in 2014 compared to what they had in 2013.