Dolphins Rumor Mill: To Claim, Or Not To Claim

Since the Dolphins got their fourth straight win on the road this weekend against the Cincinnati Bengals, there have been rumors ablaze that Miami is in the market to add another piece a la the waiver wire.

The Minnesota Vikings recently waived their troubled wide receiver Randy Moss because of undisclosed reasons. It just so happens that the Dolphins are in need of a possible deep threat like Moss. Would acquiring him really be a possibility?

On the same day as Moss being waived, the San Diego Chargers decided to part ways with former first round pick and Pro-Bowl linebacker Shawne Merriman. Merriman is known for his pass-rushing capabilities, but also for being caught using steroids. Since getting caught Merriman has not put up numbers close to what he was putting up before in the sack area. Would the Dolphins want to risk a roster spot for Merriman?

Both are high risk, high reward players, but the Dolphins just might pull the trigger on both players for the following reasons.

Reasons for Moss:

Moss is the vertical threat that many wished Brandon Marshall would be in our offense. As┬ámuch as we hoped, it turns out that being a vertical threat, or just running the deep routes is not a big part of Marshall’s game. He is more of a threat moving around before the snap and lining up in multiple positions. Moss still provides that deep threat to teams, and would most definitely open up things for the running game, as teams would not be able to double cover Marshall now with the threat of the running game, Moss, and Davone Bess and Brian Hartline. The only missing link to our offense now is a deep threat to open things up for Marshall and take some of the pressure off of him. Moss would provide that.

Miami is reportedly looking into the idea of adding Moss, as they have contacted Moss’ agent, Joel Segal, Armando Salguero reports. This would most likely be an audition for Moss, as the Dolphins would most certainly not want to keep a player that causes problems for them. But that is the key with Moss, he just cannot seem to keep himself out of trouble these days. With the Patriots he had the best of both worlds. Bill Belichick and Robert Kraft did a great job of keeping the pressure off of Moss, and making sure everything stayed in house. The Vikings on the other hand are not that type of organization at this moment. It remains to be seen whether Moss would be interested in playing for the Dolphins, but by 4 pm eastern time tomorrow, we should know which team Moss will be applying his services for.

The Reasons for Merriman:

The Dolphins currently have one of the best young pass rushers in the game in Cameron Wake. But rookie Koa Misi is young and the Dolphins really are not getting any more production out of anyone else than Wake. So wouldn’t it make sense for Miami to try and go out and sign another pass rusher to try and make something happen alongside Wake? Sure some people are unsure whether or not Merriman can produce double-digit sack numbers now that he is off the juice, but why not give him a second chance in a new atmosphere? Merriman is no worse than some of the other players that we have on our roster for production reasons, so why not let go of one of the developmental players and take a shot on Merriman?

While it is not likely that the Dolphins sign both Moss and Merriman, the clear favorite to sign with the team is Moss. While ESPN’s Adam Schefter thinks that Merriman will wind up in Miami, the Dolphins interest for now lies on Randy Moss. Tomorrow we will find out for sure which team wins his services, but if the Dolphins lose out on the Moss sweepstakes, look to see if they try and make a move for Merriman as a consolation prize.


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