Dec 16, 2012; Chicago, IL, USA; Green Bay Packers wide receiver Greg Jennings (85) makes a catch against Chicago Bears cornerback Kelvin Hayden (24) during the second half at Soldier Field. The Green Bay Packers defeat the Chicago Bears 21-13. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports
Now that the Superbowl is over, and the Draft is coming up quick, it’s time to look at some potential free agent targets for the Miami Dolphins. With Miami expecting to lose some key players like Reggie Bush, they will be looking to make a big splash in the Free Agency pool this year.
There’s been a lot of speculation and high hopes that the Dolphins will bring in some big names like Ed Reed or Darrell Revis, sorry but I don’t see either one happening. I’m going to give my top 3 Free agents that I feel Miami has a realistic shot at getting and that could instantly help out this franchise.
1. Greg Jennings-Wide Receiver(Green Bay Packers)
I’ve seen a lot of people say he’s too old, he is always injured, he want’s more than he’s worth, etc. Well even though there is some truth to it, he would fit into the team easily. He already knows Head Coach Joe Philbin from his days in Green Bay, he’s a veteran WR with tons of experience, and he’s not a diva.
With having a young Quarterback, Ryan Tannehill doesn’t need someone like a Dwayne Bowe giving him a constant headache. Miami already tried Brandon Marshall, what make’s you think that Bowe will be any different?
Now the Mike Wallace option I understand. He’s a top WR who’s still got a good amount of miles left to keep playing. My only concern is, how much will he really be trying to get out of the Dolphins knowing they are in a desperate need of a top WR? Wallace is the type of guy who would try to use that to his advantage and abuse the situation. However, if he can be picked up for the right price then it’s not a question. Pick him up!
Another reason I like the Jennings pick up is his experience in the NFL is outstanding. He’s played with two of the best QB’s the NFL has seen. Who would be a better option then Jennings to work with a young group of WR’s? Not to mention if Miami can use a 2nd round pick on a good WR like Justin Hunter from Tennessee, Jennings could work with him and train him similar to what he’s done with the young WR core in Green Bay.
2. Delanie Walker- Tight End(San Fransisco 49ers)
Delanie Walker is expected to hit the Free Agency market this off season. Truthfully the 49ers don’t need him since they have arguably the best TE in the NFL in Vernon Davis. With Miami most likely not bringing back Anthony Fasano, he’s a top option in the upcoming FA pool.
Walker had a very good season considering he’s a backup. With Ryan Tannehill entering his sophomore season, having a good receiving TE would help him out tremendously. Look at what he did his rookie season. Fasano was a big target for Tannehill. Walker is young and experienced, plus he’s a better duel TE unlike Fasano. Delanie Walker makes a lot of sense for the Dolphins.
3. Derek Cox-Cornerback(Jacksonville Jaguars)
We all know other than the WR’s, the CB’s is the other must need position to address. There are a couple good options in the draft but Miami will need to look for a pair of CB’s this off season.
Derek Cox is a solid CB, but only when he’s healthy. This past season he had some problems staying healthy and was only able to play about half the season. When he’s healthy he is a good corner allowing less than 50% completion of passes thrown to his coverage assignments. If he does come up available, which he’s expected too, he would be a good pick up for Miami and should be able to get him for a reasonable price.