3 middle linebackers I’d love the Miami Dolphins to do their homework on
By Matt Serniak
How was that weekend without football? I feel like it might have been rough for a few of you. I mean, you did have the XFL making its debut with The Rock letting everyone know that football is here. And me being a lifelong Seattle Dragons fan(cool kids don’t call them the Sea Dragons) featuring Josh Gordon 8.0, fought admirably against those gross Defenders from the nation’s capital. Maybe next week.
But though the NFL has only been dormant for a week, it’s only been idle on the surface. Beneath the surface all types of wheeling and dealing, I’m sure is happening.
Chris Grier isn’t just sitting there sipping on drinks with umbrellas in them. He’s looking for ways to bolster the Miami Dolphins roster without breaking the bank too much.
A position of need is the middle linebacker position and I think it’s a position where different types of splashes may be in play. I think it’s possible that the Miami Dolphins could spend very little, spend a little bit of money or they might go ahead and make a cannonball type of splash with how much cash they’re willing to upgrade the position.
Currently, the Miami Dolphins have Jerome Baker, Channing Tindall, and………. that’s it. Those are the only two players the Dolphins have at middle backer that will definitely be on the team next season unless they get really funky and release Baker but I 100% do not expect that to happen.
A solidish linebacker on a team-friendly contract and a soon to be 2nd-year linebacker who played like 10 snaps once it was discovered that he couldn’t keep up with Justin Fields are who the Miami Dolphins currently employ. This isn’t to say that Elandon Roberts, Duke Riley, Sam Eguavoen, and Trey Flowers(remember that guy was here for 7 minutes?) can’t be brought back. I imagine at least one of them will be back.
But the fact remains, Grier, McDaniel and now Vic Fangio need to being in new talent to help a position group that was often overmatched. There were too many times, and not just this year, where the middle backers were out of position, trailing backs and tight ends flat-out missing tackles.
I realize that the middle backer position is sort of like the running back of the defense where teams aren’t necessarily always looking to put a lot of money in it because you can find very good players in the middle rounds of the draft or in the bargain bin in free agency.
I think when it comes to the middle linebacker position, Grier morphs into Billy Beane from Money Ball and searches for players that he can bring in who command cheap contracts with the best chance of exceeding expectations and that cheap contract.
But maybe Fangio really gets in his ear and convinces him to spend big money on the position. It’s possible especially if everyone there thinks that this team is really close to making a run in the playoffs. Scared money don’t make money and that approach could happen. This article will touch on 3 linebackers in 3 different tax brackets.