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Miami Dolphins Free Agent Prospects

The lockout of 2011 appears to finally be coming to a close in the coming week, if not days. The owners and the players are set to meet on Thursday of this week, and some even expect players to report to camp on Friday if a deal is struck.

What this means is that free agency would likely commence during sometime next week. With the Dolphins most likely being buyers this off-season, here is a rundown of some of the more likely prospects that might wind up in Miami and why.

Vince Young: The Dolphins are looking to bring in veteran competition at the quarterback position, someone to compete with Chad Henne. With Young showing some interest in Miami, the Dolphins could perhaps be one of the only suitors for him. The Fins also have been looking to open up their offense, and the athleticism
that Young brings to the table very well could put more people in the seats and make the offense that much more exciting if he were to win the job. The Dolphins have more pressing needs though, so I do not expect them to spend heavily on a possible backup quarterback. Possible fallback options are Marc Bulger and Kyle Orton, who maybe demand as much money as Young.

DeAngelo Williams: Williams very well may be one of the most coveted players in this years free agent class. He is without a doubt the top running back by far, and because he is coming off a neck injury, he may come at a discount for the Dolphins, compared to what he would have raked in if not for the injury. The Dolphins are looking for a feature back to go alongside rookie Daniel Thomas, and
Williams would be their first choice. It has been rumored that there is mutual interest between both Williams and Miami. If this is indeed true, look for the Fins to possibly set the market for Williams.

Reggie Bush: If the Dolphins fail to reel in Williams, look for Bush to be their second option. He is more multi-dimensional than Williams in that he can be both a 3rd down back and an explosive punt returner for the Fins, something they desperately need. The Dolphins have been heavily rumored to be the favorites to set the market for Bush once free agency starts, but i think the favorite to end up in a Miami uniform is Williams at this point, and Bush the fallback option. If the Dolphins fail to get Williams, then that would mean rookie tailback Daniel Thomas would be the feature back, and the Dolphins do not appear too keen on throwing Thomas into the fire completely just yet.

Ahmad Bradshaw: Despite the rumored interest in Miami, I do not believe Bradshaw will wind up here unless both Williams and Bush stray away from Miami, and Ronnie Brown departs elsewhere. Bradshaw simply would not be an upgrade over Brown, just a new face. You can read about the potential of Bradshaw coming to Miami, but don’t buy into it. I don’t think he will leave New York.

Plaxico Burress/Donte Stallworth: Both have expressed interest in Miami, but because of their respective character issues, and the constant trouble that seems to surround them, general manager Jeff Ireland would not break down and sign these guys in my opinion, because of their past issues, and the fact they have both been away from football for at least a year. Besides boths character concerns, the Dolphins do not really have a need for a wide receiver right now, as they have Brandon Marshall, Brian Hartline, Davone Bess, and rookie Edmond Gates filling out the rotation.

With free agency fast approaching and the Fins expected to be in hot pursuit of several free agents, this years free agency should be a whirlwind of excitement for Miami fans.


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