The Miami Dolphins have signed LB Tim Dobbins to a 2 year contract extension. The so-called “throw in” from the Dolphins trade with San Diego during the draft is expected to be anything but.
Dobbins fell out of favors in San Diego and as the old adage goes, “one mans trash is another man’s treasure”. Just ask my 6 year old son who pilfered a perfectly good hula-hoop for the neighbors trash two days ago.
Dobbins is a special teams ace. Someone that HC Tony Sparano calls a 4 point player because he plays on all 4 special teams units. Still, that hardly makes Dobbins a throw in. Consider this from last season.
Last year Dobbins had 55 tackles, 1 interception, 1 sack, and 1 fumble.
Channing Crowder had 52 tackles, 1 sack, and 1 interception.
On the surface, both players played almost identically. So to read that would make one assume that Dobbins is no better than Channing Crowder. Except for one thing. While both players only saw action in 14 games, Dobbins was not a starter and most of his playing time came on the special teams unit.
In that regard, Dobbins outplayed the Dolphins veteran last year. The two will battle in training camp to start next to Karlos Dansby. Shortly after the draft I predicted that by week 4, Dobbins would own the starting linebacking spot over Crowder. I still stand by that today.
Dobbins’ new deal won’t be for anything fantastic but it gives the Dolphins better depth than what they have had the last few years, whether that depth is Dobbins or Crowder will be debated until a clear cut winner is found.
Good move by the Phins.