The Miami Dolphins kept their offseason plan a secret until it was time to put it into action, earlier this month. Then, once free agency opened, the Dolphins jumped into free agency by signing Mike Wallace, Dustin Keller, Dannell Ellerbe, Philip Wheeler, Brandon Gibson and resigning Brian Hartline and Chris Clemons. The Dolphins clearly identified wide receiver, linebacker, and tight end as areas they wanted to improve this offseason. On paper, it appears they have done so.
We won’t know just how effective the Dolphins offseason plan will be until we see the team on the field and in action in August and September. Although the Dolphins have added firepower, speed, and youth to some positions, there are still holes on the roster that must be filled and/or upgraded. That brings us to the question: What’s next in the Dolphins offseason plan? Only the Dolphins decision makers know the answer, but we have to assume they have plans A-Z available.
Before the 2013 season begins, the Dolphins will need to find a starting tackle, 1-2 starting caliber cornerbacks, a pass rushing defensive end, and presumably another tight end and possibly a safety and a guard. So yeah, there is still a lot of work to be done by Jeff Ireland and his staff. Reports indicate that the Dolphins still have about $14 million left to spend this offseason, with another $7 million or so coming off the books in June (Dansby and Burnett). That $7 million will mostly go to rookies, so for all intents and purposes, the Dolphins have $14-15 million to spend before the draft. How will they spend it? (cont’d on page 2, click here)