The Miami Dolphins have a need at CB. They have yet to address the position in free agency outside of bringing in Arizona 3rd team CB Eric Green for a visit. Now, according to Profootballtalk.com, the Phins may be looking at Bryant McFadden to solve their CB needs. The report says that McFadden has four teams interested in his services. The Cardinals, Steelers, Eagles, and Dolphins.
McFadden was supposed to be one of the highly targeted free agents but interest waned from the start of free agency. No overnight signing or visits. He headed to Arizona to talk with the Cardinals and was rumored to be heading out to Green Bay and one other team. Nothing came of either one. With the FA period ready to enter it’s 3rd week, McFadden’s price may start coming down…and that may be the reason that the Phins are interested.
The Dolphins are expected to look at CB on day 1 of the draft this year and signing McFadden or any other CB likely won’t change that. Will Allen will need to be replaced in the coming year/s and it makes sense to bring in a rookie now to give some extra time to develop.
McFadden was one of the keys in the Pittsburgh Super Bowl run last season but some feel that his solid play was more indicative of the front 7 play. A bull rush defensive front that left little time for opposing QB’s to pick apart the secondary. True or not, McFadden’s name is still mentioned as one of the top CB’s on the FA market this season. He still will likely command a 5 mill per year deal if not more. That was what Andre Goodman got in basic terms from Denver and McFadden is supposed to be a lot better.
While the news can be met with some skepticism due to it’s rumor nature, one fact is that PFT is often on target with what they report. At time over the top but more often than not there is a foundation to what they hear. Over the years Mike Florio has developed a solid reputation with many in the NFL’s world from agents, players, and even some front office executives.