December 30, 2012; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Mike Wallace (17) looks on from the sidelines against the Cleveland Browns during the first quarter at Heinz Field. The Pittsburgh Steelers won 24-10. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
The football season is never over. Teams are now allowed to use their franchise tag, and in about 3 weeks free agency will start. This is the most excited I have ever been for a free agency period. The dolphins have a chance to land many free agent super stars.
I can’t see Miami using the franchise this year. Sean Smith, is not a $10 million corner. He is asking crazy money, I have no idea who would give him that kind of money. The other reasonable option for the Dolphins is to tag Jake Long. Is it a possibility? Yes. Will it happen? I’m not too sure. Over the last four years the Dolphins have realized that they need to spend the big money on play makers, not lineman. Yes Long is a great player, but when healthy. The Dolphins will most likely use the draft to rebuild the line.
I am starting to hear a great deal of chatter about the possibility of Mike Wallace being the Phins number one target. He’s young, and a very good receiver. He would help Tannehill grow into a good quarterback. But they need more then one receiver. Brian Hartline or Greg Jennings would be the top two choices for the Dolphins to look at. Jennings was a great receiver for the packers, but has a problem with injuries. He may be 29, but still producing. At 29 Jennings could still have atleast 3 more very good years.
Hartline, on the other hand, is the better choice. He had a great season, even being double teamed almost every down. With Wallace drawing more double teams Hartline will only get better. He is cheaper then Jennings and is already on the Same page as Tannehill. The receiving core of Bess, Hartline and Wallace would be very scary for years to come. All being very young.
If Both Hartline and Wallace get the deals they want it would cost about 17 million against the cap. That would leave about 30 million left. With 30 million Miami could fill many more needs this offseason.