The Miami Dolphins are satisfied with their current list of starters but they still need depth at several positions.
Free agency has long been over but plenty of street veterans are still available and it’s only a matter of time or injury before their phones start ringing. For the Dolphins, depth concerns at each offensive line position, defensive line, and even cornerback are concerns.
While the Dolphins are not actively searching for players at this point, they should keep an eye on several players who could be options if the current inexperienced depth doesn’t work out.
Cyrus Kouandjio: Drafted in round two by the Buffalo Bills in 2014, Kouandjio flamed out fast after only two seasons. To be fair the Bills offensive line was not well coached under Rex Ryan and the entire offense struggled as a result. Kouandjio had issues with getting on the field and simply didn’t live up to his pre-draft hype but he could find a change of scenery a benefit and the Dolphins could sign him with no guarantees allowing him to compete with a rather slim group of OT’s.
Ryan Clady: The Dolphins are not looking for a starting tackle and it’s unclear of Clady would accept a back-up role at this point in his career. Of course if were still starting caliber he would have a job already.
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Sam Brenner: Brenner is familiar with the Dolphins but he hasn’t made strides in his development since leaving Miami. While he could provide depth at center he would need to compete for a roster spot.
Orlando Franklin: Perhaps the best option and an option to start, Franklin has drawn no interest from the Dolphins even after his agent called the team. Time could drop his asking price and his attempt to be named a starter day one if that is what he is looking for.
Nick Mangold: The former Pro-Bowl center could be a valuable starting guard but the Dolphins thus far have shown no interest.
Paul Soliai: Soliai has a lot of value and could be a late off-season addition to bolster a defensive front that lacks depth. His best years were with the Dolphins as he never really found his role in Atlanta after leaving Miami.
Jared Odrick: Like Soliai, Odrick’s post Dolphins career was not what his free agent contract was supposed to buy. Odrick spent a lot of time banged up in Jacksonville.
Vince Wilfork: The writing on the wall says his career is over but there is never a never until the papers are filed and even then it’s not entirely over. Wilfork doesn’t have much left to give but the former Miami U standout could return home to finish his career where it started in college.
Sen”Derrick Marks: Yet another high profile draft prospect that didn’t work out quite the way it was expected. Of course a lot of misdirection and bad leadership in Jacksonville could have played a role.
Sean Weatherspoon: A 4-3 LB with a trip to the Super Bowl can’t find a job? It means there are problems. In this case, he simply isn’t playing at a starters level but he could provide veteran depth.
Spencer Paysinger: Paysinger isn’t a starting linebacker, never really was but he is very good on special teams and could be used at linebacker in a pinch.
Rey Maualuga: Once a top draft prospect, Maualuga fell out of favor with the Bengals. He doesn’t have the starting chops to come in and compete for the interior linebacker job but he would be insurance in case of injury or added depth at the very least. Released for salary cap savings, Maualuga has been very good at stopping the run.
Brandon Flowers: His days being showcased in New England are long gone but he could provide veteran depth during camp to push some of the younger players.
Darrelle Revis: No one wants the man who finally saw his island succumb to the aging seas. Revis still wants to be paid like a starter but is no longer an edge option. Perhaps nickel would be more fitting as Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald aluded to.