Top 5 Remaining Free Agents The Miami Dolphins Should Consider

Top 5 Remaining Free Agents The Miami Dolphins Should Consider

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Two unpredictable days of NFL free agency are now in the books. For the Miami Dolphins and rookie GM Dennis Hickey, voids have been filled but needs remain. Although many of the market's top players are long gone, there are several potential upgrades still looking for work. Here are the top five free agents the Dolphins should still consider.

5. Dimitri Patterson - CB

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5. Dimitri Patterson - CB

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The Dolphins cut Dimitri Patterson earlier this week to save over million of cap space. But with the boundary spot opposite Brent Grimes unsettled at cornerback, re-signing Patterson for cheap could solidify the secondary. He would be a nice stopgap solution in case neither Jamar Taylor or Will Davis emerge as a quality starer.

4. Evan Dietrich-Smith - OG

Evan Dietrich-Smith
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4. Evan Dietrich-Smith - OG

Evan Dietrich-Smith
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The Dolphins, obviously in need of more offensive line help, could target former Green Pay Packers center Evan Dietrich-Smith. With Mike Pouncey in the fold and seemingly a part of Miami's long-term plans, the offensive line is set at center. However, Dietrich-Smith has played guard in the past and would be an excellent fit in the Dolphins' zone-blocking scheme. Dietrich-Smith was Pro Football Focus' eighth-overall center in 2013.

3. Brandon Spikes - MLB

Brandon Spikes

3. Brandon Spikes - MLB

Brandon Spikes

By pursuing D'Qwell Jackson, the Dolphins displayed interest in replacing Dannell Ellerbe at middle linebacker. It's clear that the team isn't happy with the performance of Ellerbe or Philip Wheeler and realize the need to find a more capable run stuffer on early downs. Brandon Spikes fits the bill if the Dolphins are willing to take a risk on his character concerns.

2. Ryan Harris - RT

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2. Ryan Harris - RT

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With a gaping hole still prevailing at right tackle, the Dolphins should take a look at free agent Ryan Harris. The former Houston Texan struggled in 2013, but has graded as a solid pass protector in the past and has only conceded seven sacks since 2010 (although he only logged 1,569 snaps during that span).

1. Shelley Smith - LG

Shelley Smith
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1. Shelley Smith - LG

Shelley Smith
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The Dolphins will reportedly meet with free agent guard Shelley Smith on Thursday. That is, if he doesn't sign with the New England Patriots, who he visited on Wednesday, first. Smith would be a high upside signing from a run blocking standpoint. He finished as Pro Football Focus' fourth most efficient run blocking guard in 2013, although he only played 370 snaps. Shelley would potentially be a liability in pass protection, though.


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