Edge: Emmanuel Ogbah
The Dolphins seem to have found one of their pass rushers of the future in last year’s rookie Jaelan Phillips, but they’ll need a complimentary player on the other side that is able to take some of the pressure off.
Miami shouldn’t have to look any further than re-signing one of their own, as Emmanuel Ogbah has been one of the most impactful players of the defense’s front seven over the last couple of years. His contract was a talking point throughout the season, as fans wanted to see both he and Gesicki re-upped during the year. A deal never got done, but the new coaching regime should do what they can to keep Ogbah in Miami.
DL: Quinton Jefferson
The defensive line is one of the units that will need the least work during the off season, but a couple of depth signings could help in case of injury. One of the players that Miami could consider is former Raiders defensive tackle Quinton Jefferson. He will be heading in to his 7th NFL season, and is reliable and productive as well as affordable.
LB: Haason Reddick
Miami signed who they believe is their middle linebacker of the future last year when they inked Jerome Baker to a big deal, but the outside line backing corp may need some addressing. Andrew Van Ginkel came on late last season, but didn’t show us enough in 2021 to consider him a bona fide option going forward. Former Panther and Cardinal Hasson Reddick should be available this spring, and he could be an affordable option for the Dolphins. He has put up 11+ sacks in each of the last two years, and was on an affordable $6 million one year deal in Carolina last season.