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Thread: Afc East free agency breakdown - ESPN

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    Afc East free agency breakdown - ESPN

    http://espn.go.com/blog/nflnation/po...ency-breakdown



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    1. Add running back help: Miami used the 62nd overall pick in 2011 to select Daniel Thomas, a big, bruising runner with a lot of ability. But of course, Thomas is going to be a rookie this season, and fully counting on him to carry the load and learn the pass protections would be foolish. Miami needs a backup plan. Bringing back Ronnie Brown, or more likely, Ricky Williams, wouldn’t be a terrible situation. But just adding Brown or Williams wouldn’t be enough. Snatching up Ahmad Bradshaw or DeAngelo Williams would obviously be a huge addition and would push Thomas to backup status. Even bringing in a reliable back like Joseph Addai or Jason Snelling might do the trick as Thomas develops. Another option is to add a specialty player like Darren Sproles.

    2. Find competition for Chad Henne: Personally, I am not ready to write off Henne. I believe in the approach that Miami has taken this offseason. The Dolphins have surrounded him with pieces to make his life much easier. But still, adding a veteran signal-caller seems like a must at this point. Suitable options include Marc Bulger, Donovan McNabb or even Vince Young, who is soon to be released by Tennessee. If quarterback remains a problem after this year, then Miami needs to sell the farm to draft its next franchise quarterback. But in the meantime, this would be my approach.

    3. Make a splash on D: To me, the Dolphins’ three biggest needs are quarterback, running back and then free safety. Even if Miami didn’t add a defender of any sort in free agency, I would rank its 2011 defense among the best in the NFL. I am that high on this group. But what if the Dolphins could land a real talent at free safety? Imagine the possibilities. This is a deep free-agent class of safeties. I would love to see the Dolphins sign someone like Michael Huff or especially Eric Weddle. Even adding a solid player with upside like Brodney Pool would be helpful here.

    Top free agents: Ronnie Brown, Ricky Williams, Tony McDaniel, Richie Incognito, Tyler Thigpen

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    free safety over another pass-rusher?
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    I do agree that both Safety positions are in need of upgrade. We need a true coverage safety who can make plays over the top. I dont know if that player is on our roster but i am excited to see how R. Jones progresses
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    I don't think FS is our third weakness and if it is that is not a bad thing. Clemons wasn't a major playmaker last year, but he rarely hurt us as far as I could tell. I may think that is a big deal because the distaster at the postion the year before... I think another very effective pass rush type would really help us out. Funny thing with this roster is it is pretty solid. When I try to think of a serious weakness very little comes to mind. Of course RB is a spot that needs help, and unfortunately QB probably isn't a place where we can really improve. After that the oline could use some depth and maybe they make a splash with stud guard, but I see too much money being spent on the line to make a serious upgrade.


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    I think safety is a pretty mild concern at the moment. Finding a second TE or someone to play opposite of Wake would be a bigger concern I feel atm.
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    here's my approach with FS, and I've said as much; I think Chris Clemmons is a nice player and far from a weakness, same with Bell, but if we can get a true playmaking safety, an Eric Weddle, Quinten Mikell, or Dawan Landry type, you take it.
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    I might even put a pass-catching TE ahead of free safety
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    Quote Originally Posted by ChambersWI View Post
    here's my approach with FS, and I've said as much; I think Chris Clemmons is a nice player and far from a weakness, same with Bell, but if we can get a true playmaking safety, an Eric Weddle, Quinten Mikell, or Dawan Landry type, you take it.
    Spot on. If we were to upgrade, I think the Fins definitely need a ball-hawking safety. I don't foresee many BIG plays from Clemons, and 11 picks for a season just isn't good enough.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Miamifinz View Post
    I think safety is a pretty mild concern at the moment. Finding a second TE or someone to play opposite of Wake would be a bigger concern I feel atm.
    I couldnt agree more. i would love the idea of bringing in a TE such as Zach Miller or Kevin Boss to compliment Fasano. We have a Pro-bowl SS and I think between Reshad Jones and Chris Clemons we have great options at FS. We need to focus on Vet QB (Mcnabb or VY) RB (Dwill or Bradshaw) and a return man (Bush or sproles) even though we may have that man in Gates. and possibly another LB to replace crowders sorry ***. wouldnt mind a Vet lineman either. I think i may be asking for too much though
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    What do you guys think about Osi U. to bring in on passing downs? Could be a very good situational pass rusher (if healthy).
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