Once Joe Philbin and Co arrived in Miami - I got the message. The Miami Dolphins were rebuilding, again. Color me surprised. It seems every year was a rebuilding year. I remember in 2008 after we drafted Jake Long, signed Pennington, went 11-5 with an AFC East title, as well as making the playoffs....I actually thought the Dolphins were back. Boy, was I wrong.
After the mess caused by the Parcells- Sparano era, our Franchise is sitting at a perfect position to become a contender for years to come. The draft is the best way to start, while resigning out nucleus (excluding Jake Long) and continuing to find cheap players to develop into stars that will be cornerstones for this team. Instead I am hearing rumors of overpaying Mike Wallace, going after 37 year old safeties who are on the down leg of their career, and toiling with ideas of giving area precious draft picks for players in lucrative contracts (i.e. Larry Fitz - just an example). The cap space is a added bonus.
How does Green Bay continue to be a contender? Drafting. It helps they have had Brett Favre and now Aaron Rodgers as their franchise QB's but they also have fantastic drafting ability. They have built their team primarily from the draft, even flipping some players later on for additional draft picks. The best team in the NFL with drafting? The Houston Texans. Over the past 3 seasons they played 85% of the players they have drafted (Forbes.com) , and producing two all-pros linebacker DeMeco Ryans and defensive end Mario Williams. They are a playoff team.
Going back to luxurious cap space Miami has. It has been years since we have been in such fantastic financial shape. As such, I would hate for overpaying for people like Mike Wallace to set this franchise back years. Use the our space to sign the likes of Jennings (players with great abilities that fit our culture and will contribute/ help develop our younger players) and Cook (talented players that won't break the bank). Draft the BPA for our holes with our multiple upper-round draft picks -> i.e. Lane Johnson to replace Jake Long, and players Tavon Austin/Keenan Allen/ Corradelle Patterson as our receivers of the future, and the best prospects for our secondary. And who says we need to eat up our WHOLE cap? Why save as much as we can so we can have maximum roster flexibility?
We have our quarterback of the future. I believe in Ryan Tannehill and think he will lead us back to prominence. But we need to make sure we have the best talent in the most cost effective, yet most guaranteed way. We'll still make the playoffs, but this is how we guarantee we can reach the mountain top and stay there for as long as possible.