Today is day five of free agency, and the team that has emerged as the biggest winner thus far is the Miami Dolphins. While it could have been predicted that this would have happened, it is still a great surprise. The Dolphins had the third most amount of money to play with before free agency, only behind the Cincinnati Bengals and the Cleveland Browns.
The Dolphins made their first splash into free agency with their pick up of former Pittsburgh Steelers WR Mike Wallace. They quickly signed linebackers Phillip Wheeler and Dannell Ellerbe. After these signings, the ‘Fins cut LB’s Karlos Dansby and Kevin Burnett.
After losing their starting tight end Anthony Fasano to the Kansas City Chiefs, Miami replaced him in a matter of just two days. Dustin Keller, who played for the rival New York Jets last year, agreed to terms with the Dolphins. Keller, who was looking for a multi-year contract, decided to settle with the one year that Miami offered him.
On the same day, the Miami Dolphins added to their wide receiver corps by signing Brandon Gibson to a contract. He joins newly signed and presumptive No. 1 receiver Mike Wallace, Brian Hartline, who recently signed a contract extension, and Davone Bess. This arsenal should be a great fit for starting quarterback Ryan Tannehill, who is entering his second season in the league.
To go with these free agent signings, the Dolphins were able to sign a few of their restricted free agents. They include backup QB’s Matt Moore and Pat Devlin, who signed two-year and one-year agreements respectively. They also resigned Safety Chris Clemons and CB R.J. Stanford.
The Dolphins offseason moves don’t seem to be quite done yet as they are in talks with DE John Abraham. They have also been rumored to go after CB Charles Woodson and RB Michael Turner. These would be direct replacements of CB Sean Smith and RB Reggie Bush, who signed with the Kansas City Chiefs and the Detroit Lions, respectively. They will also be trying to re-sign OT Jake Long, who reportedly left St. Louis without signing a contract with the Rams. It is also reported that Elvis Dumervil is interested in joining the Miami Dolphins. Dumervil was just cut from the Denver Broncos after a blunder with his contract in which he agreed to take a four million dollar pay cut, but the fax that had his signature on the contract was not received by the Broncos until six minutes after the deadline. In result, the Broncos were forced to cut Dumervil so they would not have to pay the full twelve million that he was owed.
Another option the Dolphins may go with is waiting until the upcoming 2013 NFL Draft. They are projected to take CB Xavier Rhodes, who comes out of Florida State, with their first round pick. They may fill their hole at running back by picking Michigan State’s Le’veon Bell or South Carolina’s Marcus Lattimore, who is currently recovering from a gruesome knee injury.
With these signings and what they may do in the near future, namely the NFL Draft, the ‘Fins could have a legitimate shot of competing with the New England Patriots for the AFC East divisional title.
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