The Miami Dolphins were very active at the onset of free agency. They have since slowed down their pace recently, but appear eager to scoop up any ‘acorns’ that might be laying around. This would explain why the Dolphins are bringing in guys like Tiki Barber, Larry Johnson, and Troy Smith in for workouts. There is still the possibility that the Dolphins could bring in additional pieces, further tweaking the 2011 roster. However, today we wanted to take a closer look at each of the Dolphins veteran acquisitions this offseason. We’re going to give you our thoughts on the potential impact this player could have on the 2011 Dolphins. The impact scale goes from 1-10, with 10 being a HUGE impact and 1 being minimal.
Kevin Burnett – ILB/OLB
When the Dolphins released Channing Crowder, it almost went overlooked by some Dolfans, that the player the Dolphins brought in to replace him….is actually pretty freaking good. Hours after cutting Crowder, the Dolphins signed Kevin Burnett. Crowder was released because his production didn’t live up to his contract and couldn’t seem to come up with a game-changing play. Burnett, would seem to be quite the opposite, check out his numbers. Burnett’s 2010 season was better in some regards, than Crowder’s career numbers. Teaming Burnett, who can play inside or outside, with Karlos Dansby in the middle, will give the Dolphins a very athletic linebacking corps. Potential Impact: 8
Reggie Bush – RB
The Dolphins decided to part ways with Ricky Williams (Ravens) and Ronnie Brown (Eagles) this offseason. They decided to get younger and more explosive in the backfield. First, they drafted Daniel Thomas (a younger version of Ronnie Brown) and traded for Reggie Bush. Bush’s acquisition gives the Dolphins they haven’t had in the backfield in some time…a speedy, home-run threat. Bush has averaged about 800 yards of total offense in his 5 NFL seasons. He’ likely get somewhere between 13-16 touches per game (handoffs/passes) and is a threat to take it to the house at any time. He will be splitting time with Thomas and is essentially replacing Ricky Williams. Not to be overlooked is Reggie’s ability to return punts. Potential Impact: 7