The Miami Dolphins have a number of positions that they will look to address once Free Agency (finally) starts this offseason. One hole that the Dolphins will look to fill is at outside linebacker. They’d like to find a player that can rush the quarterback, particularly on obvious passing downs. The Dolphins have Pro Bowler Cameron Wake on one side, but need a legit pass rushing attacker on the other side. We’re big fans of Koa Misi, but pass rushing is not one of his strengths. He’s very good against the run because he has a motor that doesn’t stop. But on obvious passing downs, the Dolphins would like to have someone that can pressure the QB, opposite Cameron Wake.
Two names jump to mind to fill the pass rushing role at OLB. First, Manny Lawson of the San Francisco 49ers will likely be a free agent. He’s young and has played under Dolphins defensive coordinator, Mike Nolan, before. The big question with him will be how much money he commands. The Dolphins will likely use a majority of their cap room (whatever it is) to sign a QB (or 2) and a starting caliber running back. That means that Lawson might be out of their price range….Then again, plans A and B might fall through and Lawson might just come along at the right price. He would be our top choice due to his age and potential.
The other option that might interest the Dolphins is Jason Taylor. Yes, we know he played for the New York freaking Jets last year. We know all of the things that were said. BUT, JT will always be a Miami Dolphin. He loves Miami and he played all but 2 seasons for the Dolphins. If JT were brought in, he could play sparingly so that he’s not overused. He could be brought in on obvious passing downs to do what he does best: Rush the Quarterback.
There are some things that could stand in the way of this happening. First, by the time the season starts, JT will be 37 years old. Although he picked up 5 sacks and forced 2 fumbles last year, he’s not getting any younger. Second, and probably most importantly, things did not end well the last time JT left Miami. Many speculate that it was JT’s relationship, or lack there of, with Bill Parcells that caused the untidy divorce. Now that Parcells is gone, would Ireland put the past behind him and do what could potentially be best for the team in 2011?
What do you guys think? Hit us up in the comments section and let us know if you think it would be a good idea to give Jason Taylor a 1 year contract to be the pass rushing specialist for the Dolphins next season.