10 players the Dolphins must address this off-season
By Brian Miller
Nov 8, 2015; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills cornerback Ronald Darby (28) tackles Miami Dolphins running back Lamar Miller (26) short of the end zone during the first half at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports
Impending free agent
Miller enters this off-season as a potential free agent. In his four years with the Dolphins, Miller has rushed for 1,000 yards one time. This season he has run the ball 139 times for 680 yards putting him in position to eclipse 1,000 for the season. What’s impressive about Miller’s production is the fact that Miami has abandoned the run almost every game this season. Still when given the chance, Miller has performed well enough to earn serious re-sign consideration.
The Dolphins starter has only rushed for 100 yards three times in 2015, again that can be handed to Bill Lazor. More impressive than having 680 yards is the fact Miami has a poor blocking offensive line. Where Miller truly excels is as a pass catcher. An area of the game he was weak in coming into the NFL.
Miller has worked on his ability to assist the passing game as more than a blocker. He has caught 109 for 836 yards for a 7.7 yards per catch average. Miller is getting better as well.
Re-sign or let go?
That is a big question to ask. In this day and age of the NFL the running back position is considered to be interchangeable. Very few teams have single featured franchise running backs. For the Dolphins, the question will be Miller’s potential and production vs. his salary demands.
When it comes to Miller I am on the re-sign side of the debate. Miller can be explosive at times and with a better offensive line and a committment to run the ball, Miller will only get better. He stays healthy, can take hits, and rarely turns the ball over. While I believe Miller is a player Miami should sign, I do also believe that salary demands will dictate his future. If I’m the Dolphins I’m offering a base of around $2 to $3 million with a lot of incentives to drive that up for Miller. A nice signing bonus should also keep the base down as well. The average base salary for a running back according to OvertheCap.com is in this neighborhood.
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