The Miami Dolphins are following the same formula they did last year…at least to start the official free agent season. They are turning their attention to the Dallas Cowboys. The only scheduled visit thus far is OG/C Joe Berger and some think that barring a serious glitch, Berger will be the first FA acquisition of this period.
If the name sounds familiar, it is. In the 2005/06 season, Berger played for the Dolphins. He was released by then HC Nick Saban. Berger caught on with Dallas where he played in only 3 games last season for the Cowboys starting none. He is 6′ 5″ and 312 pounds. Still for fans who want to see something exciting, Berger falls short of that by quite a bit. He does however, or at least should, come cheap.
The Dolphins are not “officially” out of the Jason Brown sweepstakes but Brown is visiting the Rams today along with LB Bart Scott and it is assumed that Brown will not leave STL without a contract. The Phins balked at the pricetag that Brown was requesting. Brown is seeking guard money and his 7-8 million dollar a year request is more than what the Phins are paying Vernon Carey to start at RT. The news is good for incumbent starting center Samson Satele.
The Dolphins will likely turn their attention to the draft to address their need at center and if that fails to net the team a blue-chip starter, they will go into the season with Satele, Berger, or Al Johnson if he resigns.
For now the Phins are playing things close to the hip with their intentions and with roughly 10-12 million left in cap room, the team will likely play it safe instead. Come back often today as more FA news becomes availble.