The Miami Dolphins got a little better yesterday. On paper. How much better will be known when the season rolls around later this year. Both signings fill holes for the team but still leave work to do.
Taking over for Dimitri Patterson and Nolan Carroll will be Cortland Finnegan. A tough physical player who handles well off the line. When he is healthy. Finnegan signed a lucrative deal two seasons ago with the St. Louis Rams after having his most productive seasons with the Titans under Jeff Fisher. His play the last two seasons was not seen as valuable to the Rams who released him. Finnegan will come in and compete for the starting job with Will Davis and Jamar Taylor. Finnegan expects to start. His contract is two years 11 million.
On the offensive side of the ball the Dolphins got better on the interior when they signed Shelley Smith. Teammates with Finnegan in 2013 Smith is considered to be an up and coming offensive guard according to GM Dennis Hickey. He can’t be worse that John Jerry was most of last season. He will play either right or left guard. The move will shore up one spot on the line while leaving two holes remaining. In addition the Dolphins are not very deep along the offensive line where Sam Brenner, Dallas Thomas, Nate Garner, and David Arkin are the returning veterans. The Dolphins had added two rookies to their team earlier.
Regardless the Dolphins still have work to do in free agency. Adding another guard and right tackle will allow them to enter May’s draft looking at best player available. They could also add a RB, TE, and another defensive lineman.