The Miami Dolphins are expected to be busy when the free agency period open on the afternoon of March 9th. How busy is anyone’s guess but the Dolphins have money to spend and holes to fill.
Miami is expected to try to fill holes at guard, defensive tackle, defensive end, and linebacker as well as adding depth in the secondary. To say nothing of the 21 potential free agents that the team has yet to address.
While the Dolphins have money to spend it’s important to note that buying high won’t fill all the holes and buying low won’t add quality. It’s a few days too early to figure out what the Dolphins realistically might do but there are five players who could be chased by the Dolphins that will not be seeking an average contract.
Kevin Zeitler – Considered the best free agent guard in this years class by many, Zeitler will more than likely be the ceiling of free agency for the guard position. Using the market value (for all of these players) by Spotrac.com, Zeitler is penciled in around $11 million a season. That’s a lot of money for a guard. Considering that Dallas’ Ron Leary is estimated to be around $9.1 and T.J. Lang is around $8.4. If the Dolphins were smart they would skip Zeitler and target one of the other guards early before teams start driving up the prices.
Calais Campbell – Miami needs to replace Andre Branch and they really have no options at DE opposite Cameron Wake. At an estimated $8.3 million annual market value, the Dolphins may want to take a look at an aging but still productive player. In 2016 Campbell registered 8 sacks and 34 tackles with 19 assists. He may not be a young option but he could be a bridge option for a player Miami drafts.
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Dont’a Hightower – The Dolphins are a rumored destination, or possible destination for the Patriot linebacker. Hightower will look to bring in around $10 to $11 million per season and definitely fills a need for the Dolphins but is he worth the price?
Dontari Poe – At the time of this writing Poe is an impending free agent but one who may be tagged by days end. If he hits the market he will be one of the best DT’s on the market and Miami desperately needs to fix the defensive line which in turn would fix the run defense which was horrible for most of last season. Poe however will not be cheap. His market value currently sits around $12.1 million per season.
Brandon Williams – If Poe isn’t the best defensive tackle in this market then Brandon Williams is and many believe that to be true. Williams is a beast of a defensive lineman and there are some that believe Miami will pursue the soon to be former Raven. Williams too will be expensive to a tune of almost $13 million per season