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State of the Franchise: Dolphins before Free Agency

So close, yet so far is the perfect way to describe the Miami Dolphins in 2013. Miami’s biggest issues last year were protecting Ryan Tannehill and stopping the run. Tannehill has done enough to prove that he can be the guy for the Dolphins. Last year he was sacked 59 times, if you take away half of those (30 is around league average), The Dolphins could of arguably won 2-3 more games. It is clear that the Dolphins will go after linemen, specifically left tackles, Eugene Monroe and Brandon Albert being the two “prizes”.

With Randy Starks and Paul Soliai on the way out, the Dolphins will need to find another tackle to start next to Jared Odrick. Linvall  Joseph would be a solid fit, young and room for improvement.  Aaron Donald out of Pittsburgh would be another great option, he may be gone before the Dolphins pick at 19 in the draft.

The Dolphins had a great start to the off season by locking up Brent Grimes, (one of the NFL’s best cornerbacks) to a very fair contract. Other than Grimes, I don’t see the Dolphins focusing on any of their own free agents. Starks and Soliai are focusing on getting one last big payday and I think it is time to move on.

Players like Nolan Carroll, Chris Clemons, Tyson Clabo, and even Bryant McKinnie could all be back next year on team friendly contracts for depth.  With the Dolphins having enough money to make another big splash in free agency, it is likely the Dolphins will look for upgrades from all these players.

I think the Dolphins are on the right side of 8-8, a solid off season will push Miami to have the potential the be a playoff team.

With Ireland out and Dennis Hickey as the new General Manager, I expect the Dolphins to focus on holes and not trying to improve on positions the Dolphins are already solid at. I also expect Hickey  to put the Dolphins in a situation where they can draft the best player available in the draft.

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