A piece on free agency and the draft in November, you have got to be kidding?
Well no. As the weeks fly by of the regular season, some teams will be scouring over their roster and looking at which positions to improve on next season.
Not to mention players about to hit free agency are playing for their next contract, be it at their current team or a new one.
With that being said, I thought it would be a bit of fun to look at the areas the Miami Dolphins should be targeting in free agency and a few players I would like them to target in the 2017 draft.
*These are the opinions of a fan, there is a 99% chance this will not happen so please try and refrain from calling me an idiot in the comments below*
First thing first, Miami need to clear some roster space before bringing in new talent.
As Mario Williams’s role continues to decline, it becomes increasingly likely that he is released and take the $10 million in cap savings at the position.
Another out the door should be Koa Misi. He’s constantly missing time due to injury and 2017 is the last year of his contract so the team would eat very little dead money by cutting him to save just over $4 million.
Jason Jones is on a one year deal along with Andre Branch. Branch is the more likely to be re-signed so Jones should be looking for a new team as well.
Then they need to pay Kiko Alonso. Show him the money. SHOW HIM THE MONEY!!!! I was laughed at for getting excited at the signing of the 2015 rookie of the year. “He’s finished,” I was told. But he isn’t. He has been a total stud and Miami MUST keep him for the next few years and build around him.
Now, in terms of players to target in free agency, Jamie Collins is not one of them. Should the Browns fail to keep him, Collins will ask for a lot of money and the priority is keeping Alonso, not replacing him.
If he wants to join on the cheap then great, welcome to Miami. But there are other players that should be brought in first.
The unicorn line has too many injury-prone players and while Jermon Bushrod is likely to be re-signed, the Dolphins should target Cowboys guard Ronald Leary and move Laremy Tunsil to tackle.
Leary was part of the line that made DeMarco Murray a stud two seasons ago and we have already seen what the line in Miami can do for a beast running back.
Next up is cornerback Trumaine Johnson. I am not a fan of the current options in Miami, though Byron Maxwell is slowly improving and Tony Lippett came up clutch against the Chargers.
Xavien Howard looked OK in his rookie season before injury but should come back next season a better player.
However, having Johnson in the building would allow Maxwell to move to the number two CB position and just add some extra quality to a secondary which can be bullied.
Jabaal Sheard seems to be the latest player to have irked Bill Belichick in New England and with Cameron Wake not getting any younger, Sheard would be a nice addition opposite him.
The D-Line can be beastly with Wake and Ndamukong Suh rushing the passer but the Dolphins preferably need someone who can also set the edge well.
Finally, if Eric Berry is allowed to walk out of Kansas City, Dolphins should sign him. I don’t need to say why. Just do it. DO IT!
It could be a costly free agency for the Dolphins, who are not adverse to paying big in the summer. But there is a method to this madness…