July 27 2012; Davie, FL, USA; Miami Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin (right) talks with Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland (left) and owner Stephen Ross (center) during practice at the Dolphins training facility. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

3 Bold Predictions for the Dolphins Off-season


As you may have heard, the 2013 off-season is shaping up to be one of the most important in the history of the Miami Dolphins franchise. With around 48 million dollars in cap space and five picks in the first three rounds of the draft, the Dolphins are in a prime position to add impact players that can transform this mediocre group into a playoff contender. GM Jeff Ireland has one last chance to get it right and secure his job. With a good draft and sound free agent decisions, Ireland can make a new name for himself. If he fails in all likelihood he will be finished as an NFL GM. Until the off season plays out all we can do, as fans, is speculate what this off-season will bring. So, without further ado, here are three bold predictions that may be plausible for the 2013 off-season.

  #1: The Dolphins will only bring back one of their KEY unrestricted free agents- Part of the reason the Dolphins have so much space under the salary cap is because they have so many key players hitting free agency. Among the most important free agents are players like Jake Long, Reggie Bush, Sean Smith, Brian Hartline, Anthony Fasano, and Randy Starks. While all of these players have been big contributors to the limited success the team has seen in recent seasons, bringing too many back would impede the team’s ability to make significant improvements. My bold first prediction is that only Randy Starks will rejoin the Dolphins next season. By re-signing Starks and shoring the defensive line the Dolphins can focus most of their off-season resources on their three main holes receivers, defensive backs, and offensive line.

#2: There will be AT LEAST 3 new receivers added to the roster- There were many complaints about the Dolphins offense during the 2012 season, but the most prevalent was the glaring lack of play making wide receivers on the roster. Brian Hartline had a great year surpassing 1000 receiving yards and Devon Bess is still a top slot receiver, but beyond that the Dolphins struggled to find consistent threats in the passing game. It would not be surprising to see the Dolphins bring a handful of new pass catchers in next season. They need size and speed in the receiving core, whether it’s through the draft or free agency, I expect no less than three new wide receivers and at least one new tight end.

#3: The Dolphins will draft a QB in the first 3 rounds- With backup QB Matt Moore bound to leave during free agency; the Dolphins will need to add someone to play behind Ryan Tannehill. With Tannehill assured start next season, the Dolphins don’t need to bring in someone to compete for the job. They do need someone who can play if Tannehill goes down with an injury. If a QB like Ryan Nassib out of Syracuse is available when the Dolphins pick in the second or third round I see them taking him and letting him sit for insurance purposes.

Bonus Prediction: The Miami Dolphins will make the playoffs- Since this isn’t an “off-season” prediction consider it a bonus prediction. Call me naive, call me hopeless, call me crazy, but this isn’t that far out there. The Dolphins were in the discussion all year. The Patriots will control the AFC East until Tom Brady finally retires, but the Dolphins are just some big offensive plays away from being a real contender in this league. I don’t know exactly what will happen this off-season and I don’t know what Jeff Ireland and Joe Philbin have planned, but until Tannehill is given the weapons we will never know just how good he can be. Imagine if the Dolphins had beaten the Cards and Jets in over time this season. Our outlook on the team’s success would be very different. Next season, if the team improves, they can be a favorite for a wild card spot.

The Dolphins have a bright future, let’s just hope the front office doesn’t blow it again. Regardless FINS UP!

Tags: Free Agency Jeff Ireland Randy Starks Salary Cap

  • Miami Jules (Julian)

    I like this article… it’s gutsy. I almost totally disagree with the free agents we should resign. This was a 7-9 team, and I can’t help to remember what someone said to me last year… all of of Miami’s players are what the team’s record shows they are. I would only consider bringing back Bush, but only after having a serious conversation with him about his often unnecessary back field dances, and limiting his involvement to certain plays (if he demands to be an all-purpose back, he can go do that somewhere else), and Heartline. There’s only 1 (one) Dolphin player in the probowl and none from our offence.
    Look folks, take Andy Reid for example, one of the best reputed QB developing guy. .. Aha… Get my point? Now, on the other hand, take Luck, RGIII, and even little Russel Wilson. The first 2 are admitedly freaks of nature, but what about RW then? Maybe it is a new NFL after all. We have be giving draftees time to develope they say…? Where’s Henne? Where Ginn? (read the previous post for info on the latter). I called to comment on the BIg-O show a couple of years ago and ranted for like a minute about how Ted Ginn should only be used as a punt/ kick-off returner. Where are they now? I am sick and tired of “developing” players, we have been doing that for 5 years.
    I want to see PLAY MAKERS on the field right now. I read comments on other sites over analyzing players… speed… height, blah, blah… Yeah, like Welker is tall and fast. Most of these LOVE Ireland, who did not want to “give up” on Gates because of his speed. Football players are football players and play makers are play makers. Keep BESS, before Bella Chick turns him into another Welker. Enjoy the play off my brothers and sisters.

    • Shawn

      You did say last year T.Y. Hilton was a player The Dolphins should draft.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/AW4PHS6NPZESI4IWLSQGE4AYKY JOHNL

    We need to

    Sign Bowe, Wallace or Jennings, add a #1 WR

    Trade or sign RFA Chris Ivory (Thomas?) Physical quick back

    Sign a Db Dashon Goldson, Jarius Byrd, Derek Cox, Brent Grimes, Resign Patterson, Smith only at our price

    Sign Jared Cook or Dustin Keller, Stay away from Finley

    Draft

    1- the best monster DE- Moore, Werner, Jordan or Ansah. A beast oppostite Wake makes DB’s look a lot better!

    2a best sub 4.5 proven WR (No Ginn/Gates projets) – Allen, Hunter, Williams, Austin

    2b- best Avail OL- Warmack, Lewan, Cooper Fisher, Dallas Thomas, barrett Jones, Warford

    3a- best Avail DB- Amerson, McDonaled, Vacarro, Elam, Xavier Rhodes, Logan Ryan, Jordan Poyer

    3b – Best avail change of pace RB- Stepfan taylor, Jonathan Franklin, Gillislee. Find this years Alfred Morris! Need at least 2 backs along with Miller

    4- Best avail OL You win it in the trenches. Manase Fokiti? Lucas Marquadt 6’10″ 340, coached by Jackie Slater

    5-7 best avail or flyers. Brandon Williams DT So Miss, Kevin Minter, Lattimore? Denard Robinson? Margus Hunt?

  • Ian

    I agree with everything but I think Hartline comes back too. Landry Jones is a possibility at qb too in the mid rounds.

  • http://www.facebook.com/christian.paige Christian Paige

    We will not being drafting a QB and I can almost promise that. I have seen a few videos and also read some articles about how Philbin likes what he has in Pat Devlin. After watching him this past preseason (I know against the 3rds) I liked what I seen! I thought he moved the offense at a tempo the WCO is supposed to be run. Just saying we could use that draft in other areas. PS Philbin calls Devlin the teacher’s pet. Enough said.

  • Ripp

    I don’t think we should resign Starks. He is a solid player but thats the problem. Miami’s front seven has 6 solid players and one play maker. We would get the same production moving Odrick from DE to DT and be better off seeking another DE that can add pressure from the other end much like in the days of JT and Armstrong or JT and Ogunleye. Back then they did not have to use CBs or Safeties to put pressure on the QB because of the talent we had at DE The player to me that is the only must resign is Hartline. He is a clear number 2 WR and he has the kind of attitude that this team needs. I would also resign Bush as long he is a back up. He simply does hit the hole hard enough to gain the tough yards. He instead feels his way through the line and once in a while he will break one open for a big gain but he does have the big play ability to justify bringing him for another year.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1647336924 Robert Hall

    I agree for the most part, and agree with Christian P. …. We do not need to draft a QB in the early rounds due to having Pat Devlin… We can draft a QB in the 6th or 7th round if Moore decides to go elsewhere… I hope we resign Hartline for sure, and Bush, Starks and Smith if the price is right. Smith could be a valuable back up or dime package CB if we can draft two good shut down corners in this draft. We definitely need at least one speedy WR with great hands and route running ability, either in the draft of FA. I would also like to see us address the TE,DE and LB positions as well.