A friend of mine who is saddled with the horror of being a Miami Dolphins fan living in the Boston area pointed out something yesterday that many of us were thinking. Where is the Secondary visits? That question alone draws some wonder and speculation from a fan based that were very pleased with what transpired yesterday. It is however a very good question. Where is the secondary help?
There is no need for us to rehash the lack of skill last year in the Phins defensive backfield. That would mean we would live through a tumultuous 1-15 season again and that is a lot more unfair than say…reminding Patriot fans that their only loss came in week 19. Our DB’s were not very good.
On a day that saw 8 new players join Miami…maybe 9 if someone gets their facts straight about Calvin Pace, abscent were the FA prospects who line up behind the linebackers. So what gives? Surely Jeff Ireland and Tony Sparano didn’t look at this group and think they were fine. Did they watch the same games we did if they do think that?
So as that question begins to make you wonder, often out loud, your imagination can easily turn to speculation. Perhaps, as Dave put it, the Phins have something lined up that may include one De’Angelo Hall.
On the surface you almost want to laugh, but when you read it again, it makes sense. Since the Falcons turned down the Giants for their first rounder in exchange for the CB, Hall has become an afterthought. On a day that saw many free agent moves, Hall was not mentioned in any trades. Yet everyone knows he wants out of Atlanta.
To add more fuel to that fire, Atlanta played host to free agent RB Michael Turner. Turner was rumored to be heading to Oakland, but the Falcons jumped in and whisked him away. A signing of Turner would leave no need for the Falcons to draft RB Darren McFadden in the draft. It would almost become a certainty that they want QB Matt Ryan. Miami could take him…or more likely bluff that they will. The Falcons would be a target for a trade up. Given the nature of circumstances surrounding Hall, would it be a surprise if he were packaged? Not at all.
The obvious answer to it all is that at the top of the DB food chain in this years crop is grossly overpaid. Assante Samuel at 11 million a year, Drayton Florence possibly getting around 5 a year, Gibril Wilson gets 6 a year. Makes sense to not overpay.
Perhaps the Phins will wait and see what is released or go after the 2nd and 3rd tier guys, or maybe they will just address it in the draft. Or, maybe it is in fact a matter of time before the trigger is pulled and De’Angelo Hall come to Miami.
The cerebral side of me says that it is not the latter. The emotional side prays that it might be. At least it would give us something else to dance about.