The Miami Dolphins have needs on both sides of the ball and a 2nd sudo-free-agency period is about to begin. The Dolphins could look at this pool to fix some problems.
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Every year more than 1800 players are released between August 20th and September 7th. Dashed hopes and dreams of NFL prospects are tightly packed up as those players return to their hometowns hoping to get one more chance.
Then there are the veterans. The players who have been there and done that and succeeded and they too are hoping for just one more chance to make a team.
By Tuesday at 4:00 p.m. ET teams will need to carry no more than 75 players on their roster and most teams have already begun to trim those rosters. By September 3rd, teams will need to release another 20 players from their roster sending 640 players to the free agent market.
Some players are hitting now. The Giants have released veteran guard Geoff Shwartz and Cleveland released veteran linebacker/defensive end Paul Kruger.
They are simply two of the earlier veterans that will hit free agency in the next week as teams turn to younger and cheaper options or try and gain salary cap control.
For teams like the Miami Dolphins, this could be an opportunity.
The Dolphins can’t simply believe that they are set at every position. General manager Chris Grier and VP Mike Tannenbaum should be paying attention to veteran corner backs, linebackers, and yes offensive lineman. Miami lacks quality experienced depth at all three positions.
Currently the Dolphins have around $12 million in cap space and that is before making their own cuts. The Dolphins are not expected to make any surprise veteran cuts but if a better option becomes available, eh, who knows what happens.
On Sunday this week, Miami will start adding players to their practice squad but it’s the veterans that need attention as well. Especially for a team that has holes to fill and could use an injection of veteran leadership.