The long list of draft failure for the Dolphins is noticeable. Mainly because the Dolphins don’t tend to draft TE’s early. The Dolphins invested a 7th rounder in Thomas Duarte last year. In 2014 it was a 5th on Arthur Lynch, 2013 was a 4th on Dion Sims, and 2012 was Michael Egnew.
Dion Sims is now an impending free agent and shouldn’t find much on the open market. Adam Gase has used the tight-end well in his previous stops with Denver and Chicago but Miami hasn’t had that go-to player for Gase to incorporate. Although he has tried.
Gase has tried to get the ball to Dion Sims but Sims lacks breakaway route running skills and his routes have to be disguised. Still Gase tried to get the TE’s more involved as the season moved into the later months. The question is will Miami spend in free agency? Should they?
If the Dolphins opt to spend on the position in free agency, which they should seriously consider, there are options but not the top end options that some would like. Miami is going to have to develop anyone they bring in unless they want to overspend for players who are at or over the age of 30.
There are some who point to Martellus Bennett of New England. A former Bear under Gase last season. But Bennett is 30 years old and will not come cheap. As the free agency list drops in age the price tags drop as well but the amount of development increases as well.
Players like Jacke Doyle, 26, of Indianapolis, 25-year-old Gavin Escobar who got lost in the Dallas depth, Atlanta’s Levine Toilolo who has shown signs but not terrific production. Of course the Dolphins could also keep the continuity moving and simply sign 25-year-old Dion Sims and continue to mold him into Adam Gase’s style and then supplementing the position in the draft.
The Dolphins do however need to do something about this position. The teams attempt to make Jordan Cameron the go-to receiver simply didn’t work.