During the offseason the Dolphins opened their wallet to fill plenty of holes on the roster. Some of those contracts were one year contracts, where players could prove how valuable they can be.
Two examples of this would be Dustin Keller and Brent Grimes, both were injured early on last season and did not get much playing time. The dolphins decided to take a chance with both of them, signing them to 1 year contracts, not sure on if they could recover fully from their injuries. So far this offseason there have been no setbacks with either Grimes or Keller, if they could return to their old form (Grimes a probowler for the falcons in 2011) the dolphins may have found two gems this offseason.
A few others including Reshad Jones, Randy Starks, Paul Solia, and Tyson Clabo all will be fighting to cash in next year.
Reshad Jones is young and hungry, by the end of last was easily a top 5 safety. He should continue to grow as a player and leader of the Dolphins this season. I expect that if he continues to make plays he will get an extension if not during the season, during the offseason.
With Starks and Solia it isn’t so simple. Both of these guys are great defensive talks who were key in Miami’s top 5 run defense last year. But With both of them fighting for one more big contract and Jared Odrick moving to tackle its very unlikely Jeff Ireland will want to spend so much money to lock up two defensive linemen. Starks and Solia are basically fighting for one job this year, whoever brings the most to the table in 2013 will most likely get a contract offer from the dolphins at season end.
Clabo is at the point of his career where he will most likely be playing out 1-2 year contracts. Depending on how well Clabo does and how deep next years draft is at tackle, he could be back next year.
It will be interesting to see how these players preform in 2013, fighting for a contract heading into next season.