September 30, 2012; Tampa, FL, USA; Washington Redskins tight end Fred Davis (83) runs with the ball against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. Washington Redskins defeated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 24-22. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Miami Dolphins 2013 Free Agency: Two Players You Hadn't Considered

The big free agent names being thrown around Miami are Wallace, Bowe, Jennings, and our own Jake Long. However, I’d like to focus on two possible free agents that I would not mind seeing Miami bring in for the 2013 season. While there are numerous players in free agency that I think could immediately improve this Dolphins team, a lot of them come with baggage (like Bowe), or demanding a lot of money (like Jennings). My two free agent possibilities are rare for three reasons: they are cheap, they fly under the radar, and they address areas other than wide receiver (yes we badly need one of those too).

Free Agent #1: RB Jonathan Dwyer, restricted free agent Pittsburgh Steelers. I am completely thinking outside the box on both of these free agents, and I know not everyone will agree (with this pick especially). One thing I noticed the Dolphins lacking this year was the ability to convert on 3rd and short and 4th and short, especially around the goal line. Dwyer is an absolute tank  (5′ 11″, 235 lbs) and is surprisingly fast (4.59 forty yard dash). Javorski Lane had fumbling problems this year, and was mainly used in the flats and as a blocker for Thomas and Bush. I think Dwyer would give the Dolphins a nice power back to come in on those short yardage situations and pickup much needed first downs (like Lousaka Polite, who was automatic short yardage situations). By adding Dwyer, the Dolphins would have a very versatile backfield consisting of Thomas, Miller, and Dwyer (assuming Bush is not kept). Right now, Dwyer is an restricted free agent. There is a decent possibility that the Steelers may keep him, but with Mendenhall returning, they may be willing to let Dwyer go and save the money. Speaking of money, Dwyer would not cost much (probably in the 1-1.5 million a year range). It could be worth a shot.

Free Agent #2: Fred Davis, unrestricted free agent Washington Redskins. Unless the Fins get lucky and grab TE Tyler Eifert or Zach Ertz in the second round, I don’t think they should waste a draft pick on any other TE in the draft. There are many to choose from in free agency. I like Fred Davis. No, thus far he has not had huge numbers or statistically proven himself during his short NFL career. Yes he has had some injuries. But a lot of why he has not had huge numbers is because until drafting RGIII, the Redskins did not have the firepower at quarterback to complete a pass, much less incorporate a big-bodied tight end into the offense. Especially if the Dolphins don’t resign Fasano, I’d like to see them use their 40 million dollar cap space (after signing rookies) and find a big athletic tight end in FA. Davis fits that mold. He’s 6′ 4″, 247 lbs, and extremely strong. He is as athletic as a wide receiver, yet can block too. He would give defenses all sorts of match up problems since he is too big for a corner to cover him, yet too fast and athletic to put a linebacker on him. Most importantly, Davis would come cheap. He did not play much in 2012, and the Redskins would not be able to compete with the Dolphins for Davis, seeing that they have no where near the cap space as the Fins.

One thing we have seen over and over in the NFL is a player come from under the radar and turn into a superstar. While the Dolphins definitely need a wide receiver and a corner back, it couldn’t hurt for them to strengthen other areas on the team, and to give pure athletic freaks like Davis and Dwyer the opportunity to start over fresh in a new system. I think the Dolphins should use their massive cap space to explore different options in free agency, then use their higher draft picks to fill their most urgent and gaping holes. What’s the worst thing that could happen? They spend a little dough and players like Davis and Dwyer don’t work out in Miami. Not much harm done there. On the flip side, Dwyer and Davis could give this team the extra spark it needs to get back to its winning days. All we can do is hope for the best. FINS UP! ^

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  • Jcartwright67

    Nice, I like the info on TE’s. RB’s don’t interest me much as I think we have a capable if not impressive core of RB’s already under contract. I recently read an interesting article on the four teams heading into the AFC/NFC Championship games. Interestingly; they all had very good to great production out of their TE position. This shouldn’t surprise anyone that’s paid attention to the NFL over the last three-decades. Yes, its true, the TE position was important to high scoring offenses in the 80′s, 90′s, 00′s and today. We’ve simply ignored it while playoff caliber teams expecting to play in January have taken note and followed this blueprint three or four decades old. Shula knew it and gave Danny (Crash)Jensen, Rose, and Jackson to name a few. All things considered; we didn’t score enough points, we didn’t have enough weapons, our TE and WR position didn’t present enough mis-matches, and we didn’t scheme well enough (coaching). As I am not an expert by any stretch of the imagination; I offer my far fetched solution. Acquire Jennings (short/medium routes), and Wallace (medium/long routes)…yes, both WR’s in FA, to agree with the author…FA signing of Davis at TE, re-sign Bush and utilize him better (scheme), re-sign Hartline, draft a LT or RT in the second round, draft a WR to groom in the first or second. The remaining draft picks to fill in where we lost in FA or cut players to make the new FA contracts work. Notice I didn’t re-sign Long or Fasano (two vets not producing to their salaries). My solution has flaws….I just want to score more points!

  • gofins60

    Re: Needing another big RB to replace Polite in 3rd or 4th and short situations.

    I think that Miami’s problem with converting 3rd or 4th and short had more to do with the o-line’s blocking than the play of the RBs. Philbin and Sherman inherited a power-blocking o-line and wanted them to zone block… no wonder their running game suffered for most of the year! Yes, they do need some better o-linemen, but the coaching staff is at fault for not playing to the strengths of the linemen they had.

    Reggie just missed gaining 1000 yards rushing this year, and what he did get was mostly by talent alone. Both Reggie and Daniel Thomas looked better last year behind a power-blocking line.

    • Glenn Foster

      grow up , we now use the zone and if you cant play it your replaced and thats what happening,as far as reggie he cant see open lanes, every came last year he ran past open lanes trying to get to the outside,reggie is ig when he gets to the secondary just hve a hard time getting there

      • gofins60

        What’s with the “grow up” comment? I’m entitled to my opinion, as are you. My post was not meant to make excuses for Bush or Thomas; just to say that they did better behind a power-blocking o-line. I agree with you that Reggie dances around too much and misses holes.

        • Eric Roddy

          i think you’re both right. One thing I like about Miller is he is fearless, the second a hole opens up he is trying to plow through it. One of the problems with the running game this year is it was predictable. We rarely ran a sweep or a counter or a pitch play. It seemed every run was straight up the middle or a stretch play off tackle. Whether the blocking was bad or not, the run play selection could have been more diverse.

          • gofins60

            I agree! I’m not a fan of Mike Sherman, and really didn’t like his playcalling.