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Miami Dolphins Strategy and Personnel 2009-02-28


Miami Dolphins Strategy and Personnel 2009-02-28
TEAM NEEDS/OFFSEASON STRATEGY


The Dolphins are always looking to bolster their offensive line and it's no secret that center is the position they're targeting. Parcells didn't like the way Samson Satele was getting overpowered by some of the mammoth nose tackles in the AFC East, and their running game up the middle out of the base offense was virtually non-existent.

They also are in need of a play-making receiver to stretch the field and take the load off Ted Ginn Jr., someone like New Orleans' free agent Devery Henderson.

With SS Yeremiah Bell freshly signed, as well as RT Vernon Carey, LB Channing Crowder and Raiders castoff safety Gibril Wilson, the Dolphins would like to get their hands on a couple of young CBs in the draft or free agency. A young nose tackle is also needed to be groomed to succeed Jason Ferguson, who's 34 and creaky.

TEAM NEEDS

1. Offensive line: Without the surprise implementation of the Wildcat last season, the Dolphins running game would've been ranked near the bottom of the league instead of 11th. They averaged 6.1 yards per carry behind the Wildcat and 4.2 overall. The re-signing of RT Vernon Carey transfers the need to center where the Dolphins are looking to replace incumbent Samson Satele. Expect Miami to use one of their first three draft picks on a center, possibly Oregon's Max Unger, California's Alex Mack or Arkansas' Jonathan Luigs, who played for Dolphins quarterbacks coach David Lee.

2. Wide receiver: The absence of a playmaking receiver and lack of arm strength by QB Chad Pennington hurt the running game because safeties were able to cheat up and stuff the box. Also, an inconsistent, evolving offensive line didn't afford Pennington enough time to take shots downfield. That said, the young corps of Ted Ginn Jr., Greg Camarillo and Davone Bess all improved because of Pennington's smarts and accuracy. Kenny Britt from Rutgers might be a good fit as we all know how Parcells loves athletic receivers who played in the Northeast and his home state of New Jersey.

3. Cornerback: While Andre' Goodman and Will Allen both had solid seasons, they're both over 30 and Allen ended the season pretty beat up, while Goody is an UFA. The depth is virtually non-existent because 2006 first-round pick Jason Allen has been unable to get on the field regularly for any of the three head coaches he's played for. The Dolphins need to get younger at cornerback. Steelers free agent CB Bryant McFadden may be targeted.

MEDICAL WATCH: LG Justin Smiley needed surgeries to mend ankle and shoulder so he may take the longest to heal. He is hopeful of being OK by training camp. Ditto for WR Greg Camarillo, who underwent major knee surgery in late November. RG Donald Thomas should be ready for spring mini-camps after undergoing foot surgery last September. All three have been taken off injured reserve. CB Will Allen was pretty banged up by end of season with knee and groin injuries, but the Dolphins haven't announced any offseason surgeries.

FRANCHISE PLAYER: None.

TRANSITION PLAYER: None.

UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS

--CB Andre' Goodman, seemingly over his shoulder ailments, played Pro Bowl-caliber defense during the last 12 games of the season, coming up with a career-high five INTs and 19 pass breakups. Also, 31 by the season opener, Goodman should be affordable to the cap-friendly Dolphins. His class and leadership should also earn him lifetime Dolphins status.

--C Al Johnson, a midseason pickup who was nearly 100 percent recovered from multi-knee surgeries, is a Tony Sparano favorite for his high football IQ. His flexibility to play guard as well is also a boon and it would be shocking to not see the Dolphins retain him for what should be a bargain-basement price.

--WR Tab Perry, who spent last year on IR with a torn Achilles, will most likely be re-signed for the minimum.

--LB Derek Smith, a veteran late-season pickup, won't be a priority due to his age (33).

UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS (not tendered)

--TE Aaron Halterman (not tendered as ERFA).

RESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: None.

EXCLUSIVE RIGHTS FREE AGENTS

--LB Quentin Moses.

--RG Ike Ndukwe.

PLAYERS RE-SIGNED

--S Yeremiah Bell: Potential UFA; $20M/4 yrs, $10M guaranteed.

--OT Vernon Carey: Potential UFA; $42M/6 yrs, $12M SB/$2M RB; 2009 cap: $5.2M.

--LB Channing Crowder: Potential UFA; 3 yrs, terms unknown.

PLAYERS ACQUIRED

--OG Joe Berger: UFA Cowboys; terms unknown.

--LB Cameron Wake: FA CFL; 4 yrs, $1M SB, other terms unknown.

--S Gibril Wilson: FA Raiders; 5 yrs, $8M guaranteed.

PLAYERS LOST

--S Renaldo Hill: UFA Broncos; $10M/4 yrs, $3M guaranteed.

--G Matt McChesney (released).

--LB Kelvin Smith (released/failed physical).



Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: February 28, 2009

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