The Miami Dolphins invested heavily in their linebacker group, but those investments were for back-ups and impending free agents.
Miami’s big additions on defense have been re-signing their own. Duke Riley, Sam Eguavoen, Brennan Scarlett, and Elandon Roberts. Outside linebacker is still a need and remains untouched.
Many believed that the Dolphins would try to improve this part of the defense but we were wrong about how they viewed the need. While Miami shouldn’t have invested the money that Buffalo did on Von Miller, $120 million over 6 years, or the $70 million over 5 for Randy Gregory, Miami still hasn’t improved the unit.
Za’Darious Smith could be an option after he agreed to sign with the Ravens and then changed his mind, Anthony Barr has done that before but could be someone to look at as well. Smith is 29 and Barr is 30 so there is still some life left.
Other options for the position include a 32 year-old Jamie Colliins who would add leadership and veteran stability but his career is trending down as is 32 year old Melvin Ingram.
There isn’t a lot left and the Dolphins should look to the draft to add to this unit that needs to be reinforced with an injection of physicality and consistency. Linebacker is probably the weakest position on the Dolphins defense.