Miami Dolphins 2022 rollercoaster off-season is only starting

Mike McDaniel(Photo by Eric Espada/Getty Images)
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The Miami Dolphins had a new head coach, a new offensive staff was coming together but Chris Grier still had a job and that wasn’t very pleasing at the time.

While McDaniel’s hire stiffled the drama that was in place thanks to Brian Flores, Chris Grier remained a target of the Dolphins faithful. Fans had enough and the talk of Grier being shown the door was still a thought that most fans wanted to see and with free agency looming, the fan base patience was short.

Grier said the Dolphins would be aggressive and early on, it seemed they might be. Miami re-signed Emmanuel Ogbah, put the franchise tag on Mike Gesicki, and as the market began to open, they spent on keeping many of their own impending free agents.

Miami’s start in free agency was slow and that didn’t change the minds of the Chris Grier haters. March came in like a lamb. Quiet, methodical, slow, it left like a lion unleashed on a trapped pack of gazelles but outrun by a cheetah.

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As the month began closing in on completion, the Dolphins lost a half-hearted attempt to get La’el Collins in Miami who chose instead to join the Bengals. On the 22nd, the Dolphins signed the best free agent left tackle in this year’s market. Terron Armstead changed everything. He was the balance that made the Connor Williams addition more understandable. He was the icing on the cake, or so we thought.

Within 24 hours of adding Armstead, the Dolphins surprised their fans and the NFL by swinging a blockbuster trade for Tyreek Hill. Two weeks later, fans are still shocked by the move that may have put the Dolphins into real contention for a playoff spot in 2022.

With the Armstead deal and the Hill trade, Chris Grier smiled, winked, and nodded giving Dolphins fans something to pin hope on once again.