Dolphins All Smiley After First FA Signing

Justin Smiley - 49ersThe Miami Dolphins wasted zero time of the free agent period by signing Justin Smiley to a 5 year 25 million dollar contract with 9 million in guarantees.  Smiley was plucked off the market within 1 hour of the midnight start to the market opening.

Smiley a 26 year old guard from SF is considered a roadgrader type of ball player who plays with a nast streak.  Drafted in 2004 in round 2, Smiley is coming off his first rookie contract.  He is exactly the type of player that the Dolphins will be targeting this free agency.

Smiley started 9 games in his rookie campaign and played in all 16 games.  In 2005 he started in all 16 games at RG.  In 2006 he started all 16 games but was moved to LG.  Smiely started the first 8 games last year but seperated his shoulder in week 9 and was place on IR after suregery.

This is the first offseason signing for the new Bill Parcells, Jeff Ireland, and Tony Sparano regime.

Ernest Wilford is expected to sign later today per a Jacksonville radio station.

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  • Matt

    Not a bad move at all..They opened some pretty good holes for Gore the last 2 seasons…I like the fact that he is still young…I wish we would get more players like this so we can actually build a team…Not try to instantly reload and fail miserably…Ernest Wilford is a good gamble to take…He has great size and maybe with consistent QB play and hopefully Ginn making strides by taking some double coverage with his speed…One can hope, right?

  • Brian Miller

    Matt: Couldn’t agree more with you.  I really like the Smiley signing.  I think it will improve the line tremendously.  Maurice Williams is another lineman I am hearing talk about as well for the other guard spot.

    Wilford would be a good addition.  He will be the slot guy which means we still need a number 1 or 2 wr.

  • Spooneman

    Good move with Smiley. There is no point in signing an ageing probowl OL if you don’t have a QB that merrit’s that kind of investment. I have also heard some rumblings about us going after Kwame Harris out of SF as well. Wilford has done some good thing’s among inconsistant WR core in Jacksonville. We need a vet WR in our unit.

  • MisterX

    Sound player and financial moves.  Hopefully, this is a glimpse of the type of team we are building: neither guy is going to win any races but both are big, blue collar guys that like to get after it,  Smiley will assuredly help the run game and buy the QB a little time too, Wilford has good hands and likes to block down field.  In my estimation this was as much a move for Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams as it was for what I personally hope to be John Beck.

  • Deof Movestofca

    Besides Maurice Williams, the other OL I would be happy with is Jacob Bell, from what I’ve heard about him.

  • Brian Miller

    Jason Fabini is on the fins radar right now.