The defense is currently the crown jewel of the franchise, and there shouldn’t be more than a couple of tweaks done to the unit this off season. But if there is one question mark that the defense may have, it is their linebackers.
They’re set at middle linebacker, having signed Jerome Baker to a long-term deal last year. He started out the season a bit slow, but came on with such force in the second half that he earned AFC Defensive Player of the Month honors for December. But the players flanking him on either side may not be around when the 2022 season begins. Elandon Roberts is an unrestricted free agent, with Calvin Munson and Andrew Van Ginkel being the only other linebackers under contract. The latter had a productive second half of the season in 2021, but his future as a starter is certainly not guaranteed.
While the Dolphins have plenty of money to spend in free agency, the crop of linebackers is average. But there is some serious talent to be had via the draft, and Miami could explore options for moving up in the first round if they covet certain guys. Nakobe Dean led the Georgia defense to the National Championship this last year, and could be worth the extra capital should the Dolphins want to grab him.