The Miami Dolphins have been quiet since the opening bell of Free Agency when they made a big splash. Bringing in former Pittsburgh Steelers Wide Receiver, Mike Wallace, in on a huge contract was pretty much anticipated for a good week or two prior to FA starting. The big surprise was the signing of former Baltimore Ravens Linebacker, Dannelle Ellerbe, and Oakland Raiders Linebacker, Philip Wheeler. Shortly after they were signed Miami released Linebackers, Karlos Dansby and Kevin Burnett.
Also Miami made a couple other moves that were a little “under the radar”. They signed division rival New York Jets Tight End, Dustin Keller, St. Louis Rams WR, Brandon Gibson, then last week they signed Atlanta Falcons Cornerback, Brent Grimes. Plus they resigned WR Brian Hartline to a multi-year contract.
With the Draft less than a month away Dolphins General Manager, Jeff Ireland, has said he plans on waiting until the draft to make anymore deals, but the door is never closed. Even though I believe Ireland will wait until after the draft to make decisions on where else they need some depth, I want to look at a couple players I would like to see the Dolphins work a deal with.
1. Eric Winston(Offensive Tackle)- With the departure of LT Jake Long, the Dolphins are a little thin on the O-Line. Winston’s name has been mentioned several times with Miami being a potential landing spot. Even though this is a deal that should be made I don’t think it will happen.
2. Michael Turner(Running Back)- Yes I know he’s 31, he had a rough season last year, has fought injuries, etc. But let’s look at the Dolphins current RB core. They have second year RB, Lamar Miller, and third year RB, Daniel Thomas. Even though I believe both of these guys have the potential to be a good pair in the future, they’re still young and have no Reggie Bush for leadership now. In 2010 and 2011 Turner ran for over 1,300 yards in each season. He’s been on great Falcons teams and has the experience and leadership these two young Miami RB’s need. I’m not saying sign him to a huge contract, just a one or two year deal similar to Keller’s contract to help work with these young guys.
I don’t think either one of these deals will get done. The Dolphins will be looking at the draft to get some depth at these two positions and a couple more. But there is no doubt that finding another OT should be a big priority for the Dolphins, and finding a veteran RB like Turner should be quite a bit lower on the priority list, but still should be something Ireland needs to consider.
With the remaining Free Agents available, which two players do you think the Dolphins should sign? Or who you would like to see them to sign?