The long waiting game could come to an end this week. And the best case scenario is the Miami Dolphins landing this highly rated LB.
The guy (Jamal Womble) who first alerted everyone on twitter that Zack Brown was interested in playing for the Miami Dolphins has also made his best guess as to when Brown will be deciding when he will be signing.
And that would be this week.
Among the three teams vying for his services; Miami Dolphins, Buffalo Bills and the Oakland Raiders no team is offering near enough to pique his interest.
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So why is a highly rated LB still looking for a deal this late in free agency? That answer would be baggage. I won’t go into details because I have none to offer. And possibly because those details are not readily available there is not much to them. At least that is the hope.
But what if there is some resemblance of truth to the rumors? Are these teams just using a buried rumor as a bargaining chip? Are the Miami Dolphins OK bringing on troubled players?
Looking at today’s signing of T.J. McDonald who is facing a charge of DUI (drugs possibly medication) and crashing his car the answer is yes. If it is medication then the half season suspension could be reduced maybe to four games for the former Rams starting safety.
Just like the potential signing of Zach Brown. Any projected starting player brought in during free agency could play into the Miami Dolphins ability to lower the need for that prospective position. And this factors into the draft; having less needs increases the ability to choose the best player available.
This has been Executive Vice President of Football Operations Mike Tannenbaum method of operation concerning the off-season free agency period. And it could prove beneficial should all the draft cards line up.
Landing Brown would help toward having fewer needs but this draft is said to be defensive heavy regardless. One more big piece at the linebacker position could round out the unit. Along with not worrying so much about a prominent one still being on the board when it is the Miami Dolphins turn to pick in the draft.
From past reports and players mentioned and looked at this draft will be filled out on the defensive side. And with good measure as former DC Vance Joseph and soon to be Broncos HC had held the unit together with band aids. As the season drew closer to the end the more the hemorrhaging occurred. Allowing players to gain over 100 yards games running or receiving.
The soft white under belly that was picked apart at the seams needs to be a harden six-pack abs. Short passes were the Miami Dolphins undoing and needs to be transformed into a strength. Make opposing players pay for trying to go over the middle. Old fashion smash mouth football will be making its return.