Miami Dolphins impending free agents: Who to keep and who to let go

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Several impending Miami Dolphins free agents could go either way but it would be smart to at least discuss a return.

Thomas Morstead – I have him as a must-re-sign but the Dolphins could look for a younger punter who will cost less money. Last year, Morstead played on the veteran minimum. I would hope he gets a better deal this year and I would also hope Miami gives it to him.

River Cracraft – The Dolphins drafted Erik Ezukanma last year and he was actually on the field in the final weeks of the season. The Dolphins will need to add some WR depth to the roster and if I were betting on this, I would bet on a Cracraft return but it could go either way.

Greg Little – Little showed he can play but while he was inconsistent at times, he did provide valuable depth and he could return to compete for one of what will likely be nine spots.

Clayton Fejedelem – A safety by position, his value is on special teams and he has been good at that but the Dolphins need to be better. Is he part of the solution that can help younger guys or is he a casualty of numbers? I think he comes back.

Melvin Ingram – I think the Dolphins should bring Ingram back but will they? Last year Ingram was a nice addition and helped with the growth of Jaelan Phillips but the addition of Bradley Chubb may have changed his future and it is unclear if he is part of the team’s plans.

Elandon Roberts – Roberts led the team in tackles last year with 107 of them and you would think that would be enough to bring him back. He won’t be expensive and Miami can definitely afford him but this again goes back to how he fits with what Vic Fangio wants to bring to the defense.

Duke Riley – Riley is one of those players that can make a big play and then completely miss on the next one but he can cover and add run support. Still, the Dolphins could go either way with him so this too is a wait-and-see.

John Jenkins – Jenkins played a good role with Miami, especially with Raekwon Davis missing time. Miami has a solid defensive tackle unit and if the price is right, the Dolphins can keep their front four together another year and not miss a beat.