Dolphins pre-free agency position analysis: Secondary


The Miami Dolphins face a similar situation in their secondary that they do at linebacker and defensive end. They have the potential to need more than one at the position and possibly need two starters. Free agency will not be the end all to find secondary help that will improve in 2016.

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Like Cam Wake, the Dolphins face a decision with Brent Grimes. Scheduled to make $9.5 million in 2016 and potential savings of $6.5 to $8 million if released, Grimes is a veteran player that the Dolphins can almost ill afford to keep and ill afford to let go. At the heart of this issue is the fact that despite being on the wrong side of 30 and his play diminishing a bit in 2015, the Dolphins have no viable options to start in his place. Let alone on the other side of the field.

Cornerback is a huge need this off-season and Miami’s inability to find talent and develop talent over the years has finally caught up with them. The issue isn’t near as bad at safety but finding a suitable option to play next to Reshad Jones would help.

Miami needs to find starting caliber corners and this years free agency group is not bad. The Dolphins could turn to former Dolphins corner Sean Smith who left via free agency three years ago and is now himself finding his name on the market. Two starting corners for the Rams will hit free agency, Janoris Jenkins and Trumain Johnson. The Rams are expected to re-sign or tag one of them. The Dolphins don’t need to overpay here. They need to find young up and coming players who have not reached their full potential and still are playing above where they should be. Then coach them.

This off-season will be very interesting for the Dolphins in the secondary.

Team Need – Yes

Free agency need – High

Target in free agency or draft – Both, without question