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Miami Dolphins Strategy and Personnel 2009-03-30


Miami Dolphins Strategy and Personnel 2009-03-30
TEAM NEEDS/OFFSEASON STRATEGY


The Dolphins have plugged up several of their glaring holes but with workmanlike players such as center Jake Grove, cornerback Eric Green, safety Gibril Wilson and outside linebacker Cameron Wake, but they haven't added any playmakers.

They're still in need of a game-breaking receiver and a young nose tackle to eventually replace Jason Ferguson. That's where the draft will come in.

TEAM NEEDS

1. Wide Receiver: Vice president of football operations Bill Parcells hates drafting receivers in the first round, but he might make an exception for Kenny Britt or Hakeem Nicks. Miami's receiving corps of Ted Ginn Jr., Greg Camarillo and Davone Bess caught a combined five touchdown passes last year and have had 12 in the last two years. They need to groom a field-stretching burner for a strong-armed Chad Henne for when he takes over for Chad Pennington in 2010.

2. Cornerback: Although the Dolphins signed Cardinals free-agent CB Eric Green, they shouldn't rest on their laurels. He is coming off an injury-plagued season in which he was replaced by a rookie during Arizona's Super Bowl run, and he has just two career picks in four seasons. The loss of veteran CB Andre' Goodman to Denver will be felt on and off the field, and returning starter Will Allen is in the final year of his contract. UConn's Darius Butler would be a nice fit in Miami.

3. Defensive tackle: Incumbent starter Jason Ferguson will be 34 and he's most likely playing his last season in Miami, so it's imperative the Dolphins draft a nose tackle, someone like Boston College's Ron Brace, to groom as Ferguson's replacement in the 3-4. The jury is still out on third-year NT Paul Soliai, who the team suspended twice last season for violating team rules.

MEDICAL WATCH: Tony Sparano said at the owners meetings that right guard Justin Smiley (ankle, leg and shoulder surgery) and receiver Greg Camarillo (knee surgery) are both, "doing well." He is not sure of their timetable to return.

FRANCHISE PLAYER: None.

TRANSITION PLAYER: None.

UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS

--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.

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.

--OG Ike Ndukwe: ERFA; terms unknown.

PLAYERS ACQUIRED

--OG Joe Berger: UFA Cowboys; 3 yrs, terms unknown.

--CB Eric Green: UFA Cardinals; terms unknown.

--C Jake Grove: UFA Raiders; $29M/5 yrs, $14.5M guaranteed.

--DT Tony McDaniel (trade Jaguars).

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

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

PLAYERS LOST

--CB Andre' Goodman: UFA Broncos; $25M/5 yrs, $10M guaranteed.

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

--DE Vonnie Holliday (released).

--C Al Johnson: UFA Patriots; $950,000/1 yr.

--G Matt McChesney (released).

--C Samson Satele (traded Raiders).

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



Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: March 30, 2009

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