Recapping the First week of Free Agency for the Dolphins

The first week of free agency is officially over, the Dolphins signed 5 guys this week, each one filling a hole on the roster. Last year Miami threw money around at not only players they needed (Wallace) and players who were viewed as “upgrades” (Wheeler & Ellerbe) that didn’t pan out so well.

The Dolphins started the week by signing Branden Albert, everyone saw this happening. The Dolphins made a great move. Albert gave up one sack every 200 snaps last year, the combination of Mckinnie and Martin gave up a sack every 80 snaps.

The Phins then signed Earl Mitchell who spend the past four years on the Houston Texans, he spent most of the time playing nose tackle in a 3-4. In Miami he will be playing along side Jared Odrick and Randy Starks. Mitchell is viewed as a 3 down tackle, while Soliai was mostly used one first and second down.

Randy Starks was re-signed on a two year $12 million deal. Starks has good play making ability and was the Seventh best defensive tackle according to PFF. He was also top ten in QB hurries, stops and tackles. With the rotation of Starks, Mitchell, and Odrick, Miami has a very aggressive defensive front.

Shelley Smith was also signed on a two year deal to help improve the offensive line. While Smith didn’t play a lot, he averaged a sack every 185 snaps (even though he is viewed as a run blocking guard). In comparison, Incognito and Brenner gave up a sack every 109 snaps. The 4th best run blocking grade among guards doesn’t hurt either.

The Dolphins finished the week by signing Cortland Finnegan, a fiery corner who spent the last few years on the Rams. He hasn’t been playing at a high level the last few years, having nagging injuries sure doesn’t help. Finnegan was the rams #1 corner, in Miami he will possibly be the #2 or even the slot corner depending on Taylor’s progress.

The Dolphins are off to a good start, hopefully they are able to sign a right tackle  before the draft. Hickey has said his goal is to be able to draft the best player available come draft time.


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