Dec 24, 2011; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez (81) runs the ball in the third quarter against Miami Dolphins cornerback Will Allen (25) at Gillette Stadium. The Patriots defeated the Miami Dolphins 27-24. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-US PRESSWIRE

Will Allen Joins Patriots Bills Bolster Defense...Again

The Miami Dolphins appear to be content with what they have done in free agency this year.  They saved cap money, 4.5 million of cap space by releasing SS Yeremiah Bell.  Why the team needed the extra space is anyone’s guess unless they felt they needed it for David Garrard.  The Dolphins tell the local media they are not done but there is nothing left to make a splash over either.

Today the let CB Will Allen leave.  Allen was a free agent who the Dolphins made no effort to re-sign.  That’s o.k. it’s really a non-issue except that he now plays for the New England Patriots.  The Patriots love to sign ex-Dolphins for some reason.

The bigger new however is the signing of Mark Anderson by the Buffalo Bills.  The 10 sack ex-Patriot DE was a visitor to the Dolphins facility last week but Jeff Ireland apparently didn’t see enough in him to warrant a reasonable contract.  Instead, he will get to watch his still unsolved right side offensive line play against Anderson twice a year.  The Bills for their part have added to pass rushing players, Mario Williams and now Anderson.

Good news for the Dolphins is they have David Garrard who can at least take a hit.

For Ireland, the task of making everyone guess at his intentions is coming to fruition.  With the draft a month away, Ireland has everyone trying to figure out who he might draft with the 8th overall pick.  A WR to replace Brandon Marshall?  A franchise QB in Ryan Tannehill?  A right tackle because he hasn’t solved that issue yet in Reilly Reiff?  Perhaps maybe a defensive lineman like Dontari Poe?  Or maybe a DE in Quinton Coples?  Or maybe a LB like Courtney Upshaw?

In other words, the Dolphins have a lot of holes to fill but still continue to watch the top of whatever is left in free agency leave.

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