The Dolphins started this season with a roster which falls quite short of being a Super Bowl contender but if improved could become a player in the AFC playoff picture. Jeff Ireland knew this free agency was probably his last shot at redemption and certainly did not hold back in terms of making a splash.
The Dolphins tackled their biggest need adding a speedy playmaker in Mike Wallace, the consensus number 1 free agent in this year’s class. The Dolphins then went younger and improved their linebacker core signing the top middle linebacker in this year’s free agent class as well as a solid outside linebacker in Wheeler.
Then things got a little weird as the Dustin Keller saga lingered on and Jake Long’s situation became a trending twitter topic.
Dolphins then added to their WR core once again signing Brandon Gibson, the move which has caused the most controversy amongst the Dolphins fan base. Gibson might mean the end of Dolphins draft dreams of Tavon Austin or even worse could put fan favorite D Bess's status in trouble.
All that being said now that Keller and Gibson is locked up and the Phins remain in the hunt for Long, Ireland has made pretty solid work so far this offseason. With the major moves made this off-season I still expect one other move in free agency whether it be Jake Long, a corner back or a veteran pass rusher.
What will Jeff Ireland’s next move be as it seems his plan is panning out pretty well so far.
The Dolphins still have a major need at corner with a fairly subpar group however at this point it is assumed they will attack the position in the draft. Xavier Rhodes is a possibility at 12. The cornerback market has been fairly dry and it would be nice if Jeff could take advantage of it as there are still several decent names out there including; Talib, Grimes, Winfield and others.
At pass rusher Dwight Freeney, John Abraham and Osi all are still available for the taking.
Will be interesting to see what Ireland’s next move will be but it seems he is building some trust in the Dolphins fan base so far this offseason.
If they can upgrade the pass rush then the defense will improve no matter who is in the defensive backfield,In fact it will make even rookies look better because the QB will have to make decisions a lot sooner than he wants that hampers even Brady, especially after he lost sure handed Welker who is a reliable outlet.
Dont forget they have Wake coming from one-side they need rushers coming from both sides and that will even help the defensive tackles they already have.
the right tackle and corner positions are in trouble right now so i'm thinking they will be one and two in the draft. i'm still hoping they pick up grimes. as far as long is concerned really not impressed with him and i believe they can do better.