By Cody Strahm @CodyJStrahm on May 14, 2014
Now that the draft is over and the undrafted free agency frenzy has died down, the Miami Dolphins likely won't be making any drastic tweaks to the roster before training camp opens in July. Still, there are several moves that GM Dennis Hickey should strongly consider making to further complement the additions from free agency and the draft. Here are five of those moves.
The Dolphins finished reconstructing their offensive line by snagging Ja'Wuan James and Billy Turner during the draft. As promising as the two are, starting both Week 1, while arguably necessary, would be a a bit of a gamble. Signing a veteran free agent would be a solid move for insurance purposes. Options like Wade Smith and Davin Joseph remain on the market.
Montana linebacker Jordan Tripp, who can play inside but is probably a better fit outside in Miami's 4-3 front, was added in the fifth round of the draft. Tripp has been tabbed a steal, but he likely won't be ready to start on the weakside come Week 1. If the Dolphins covet true competition for Philip Wheeler and/or Dannell Ellerbe in training camp, signing a free agent linebacker like Erin Henderson or Jonathan Vilma would be prudent.
The Dolphins will consider extending Charles Clay and Mike Pouncey before the season. Clay must prove 2013 was no fluke and Pouncey must prove he can stay out of the trouble, though. Those situations can wait. Extending Jared Odrick, on the other hand, is something that should happen before camp. Odrick was quietly one of the league's best interior pass rushers in 2013. His price will only go up if more of his pressures result in sacks this fall.
There is a very good chance free agent tight end Jermichael Finley returns to Green Bay, but if he checks out medically (recently had examinations on injured neck), he would make a lot of sense in Miami. The Dolphins nabbed a tight end in Arthur Lynch during the fifth round, but the offensive is still missing a big, athletic pass catcher for Ryan Tannehill to target in the red zone. A healthy Finely would fit the bill.
Former second-round pick Daniel Thomas has overstayed his welcome in Miami -- at least that should be the case. Too often trying to run around defenders as opposed to through them at 235 pounds, Thomas has averaged a measly 3.7 yards per carry in three years with the club. The Dolphins should cut ties now in order to provide the roster-fringe backs, like Mike Gillislee and Damien Williams, more opportunities in camp and the preseason.
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