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Power Ranking Miami Dolphins’ Offseason Signings Thus Far

Power Ranking Miami Dolphins' Offseason Signings Thus Far

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The free agency market is beginning to quiet down after an initial frenzy. Teams like the Miami Dolphins aren't expected to make any more major moves between now and May's draft. GM Dennis Hickey is still bargain shopping for offensive linemen and potentially a running back, but it's as good of time as ever to rank the club's additions thus far.

7. Cortland Finnegan

Cortland Finnegan
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7. Cortland Finnegan

Cortland Finnegan
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Cortland Finnegan was once one of the NFL's top cover corners. He's no longer that player. Although injuries have slowed him down, Pro Football Focus graded Finnegan as one of the game's least efficient cornerbacks over the past two seasons. If he can stay healthy, there's a chance he might return to form. If not, though, the Dolphins likely overpaid Finnegan given his .45 million cap hit in 2014.

6. Shelley Smith

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6. Shelley Smith

Shelley Smith
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Signing Shelley Smith to play left guard was all about upside for the Dolphins. Smith has the potential to develop into one of the league's better run blockers and fits the team's zone blocking scheme like a glove. With only eight career starts under his belt and some considerable struggles in pass protection on tape, Smith becoming a quality starting guard is no sure thing, though.

5. Earl Mitchell

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5. Earl Mitchell

Earl Mitchell
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The Dolphins may miss Paul Soliai on early downs in 2014, but Earl Mitchell projects as more of an every-down player for Kevin Coyle's defense. After starting as an undersized nose tackle with the Houston Texans, Mitchell will be a much better fit in Miami's 4-3 scheme where he has the skill-set to effectively stuff the run and rush the passer. He just hasn't proven he can do either on a consistent basis yet.

4. Louis Delmas

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4. Louis Delmas

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Louis Delmas is younger, harder hitter, more capable playmaker and most importantly, a more vocal leader than former starting free safety Chris Clemons. There's just no assurance he can stay healthy considering a degenerative knee condition. With that said, committing to Delmas for only one season was a coup for the Dolphins.

3. Randy Starks

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3. Randy Starks

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It appeared the Dolphins were set to move on from Soliai and Randy Starks entering free agency. However, the market wasn't kind to Starks, who returned to Miami on a discount deal worth million over two years. The former Pro Bowler graded as a top 10 pass rusher and run defender among qualifying defensive tackles last season, according to Pro Football Focus. The Dolphins are fortunate to have him back.

2. Branden Albert

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2. Branden Albert

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Fans could see the Dolphins signing one of the market's top left tackles a mile away. As many advocated for Eugene Monroe, the Dolphins set their sights on Branden Albert. The latter may be older, but he's a more proven commodity in pass protection, which was exactly what Miami was desperate for. Quarterback Ryan Tannehill should finally have reliable blindside protection in 2014. That makes Albert worth every penny.

1. Brent Grimes

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1. Brent Grimes

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Cornerback Brent Grimes was the Dolphins' best player in 2013 -- there's really no disputing that. He blanketed opposing receivers in coverage and was often able to get his hands on the football when tested. Not only did the Dolphins retain Grimes, but they did so at a decent price. Only million guaranteed for a top five cornerback is a steal. Yes, even if he's a soon-to-be 31-year-old.