Offseason Overview: Nowhere to Go But Up for Dolphins

Ronnie Brown

Franchise Player: None.

TRANSITION PLAYER: None.

UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS:

• LG Chris Liwienski was benched at the end of season. Decent backup, but certainly not worth big bucks.

• G Gene Mruczkowski was snatched from the Patriots; a backup without much value.

• OT Mike Rosenthal didn’t play a down in 2007 due to shoulder injury.

• S Lance Schulters was signed at the end of season, but at 32 is way past prime.

• LB Donnie Spragan is going on 32 and doesn’t add much to the defense.

• S Travares Tillman ended another year on injured reserve with a knee injury. Unlikely to return.

UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS (not tendered offers)

• RB Samkon Gado (not tendered as RFA) was signed because of a myriad of injuries. Little shot of returning.

• G Cory Lekkerkerker (not tendered as ERFA) was mostly a backup who got two starts when Liwienski faltered.

• DT Chase Page (not tendered as ERFA) finished on IR with shoulder surgery. Didn’t show much.

RESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: None.

EXCLUSIVE RIGHTS FREE AGENTS: None.

DRAFT CHOICES SIGNED

• OT Jake Long (1/1): $57M/5 yrs, $30M guaranteed.

PLAYERS ACQUIRED

• LB Charlie Anderson: UFA Texans; 1 yr, terms unknown.

• LB Akin Ayodele (trade Cowboys).

• S Chris Crocker: UFA Falcons; 1.15M/1 yr, $300,000 SB.

• S Keith Davis: UFA Cowboys; 2 yrs, terms unknown.

• TE Anthony Fasano (trade Cowboys).

• FB Boomer Grigsby: Not tendered as RFA by Chiefs; 1 yr, terms unknown.

• NT Jason Ferguson (traded Cowboys).

• CB Nate Jones: UFA Cowboys; 2 yrs, terms unknown.

• QB Josh McCown: UFA Raiders; $6.25M/2 yrs, $2.5M SB.

• WR Tab Perry: Not tendered as RFA by Bengals; 1 yr, terms unknown.

• K Dave Rayner: Not tendered as RFA by Chargers; terms unknown.

• TE Sean Ryan: UFA Jets; 1 yr, terms unknown.

• G Justin Smiley: UFA 49ers; $25M/5 yrs, $9M guaranteed.

• DT Randy Starks: UFA Titans; $21M/5 yrs, $7M guaranteed.

• SLB Reggie Torbor: UFA Giants; $14M/4 yrs, $5M guaranteed.

• WR Ernest Wilford: UFA Jaguars; $13M/4 yrs, $6M guaranteed.

PLAYERS RE-SIGNED

• S Yeremiah Bell: UFA; $1.4M/1 yr.

• WR Greg Camarillo: ERFA; terms unknown.

• RB Patrick Cobbs: ERFA; terms unknown.

• CB Michael Lehan: Potential UFA; $4.95M/3 yrs, SB unknown.

• G Ikechuku Ndukwe: ERFA; terms unknown.

PLAYERS LOST

• RB Lorenzo Booker (traded Eagles).

• WR Marty Booker (released).

• RB Jesse Chatman: UFA Jets; 1 yr, terms unknown.

• G Rex Hadnot: UFA Browns; $7M/2 yrs, $3.5M guaranteed.

• QB Cleo Lemon: UFA Jaguars; $8.1M/3 yrs, $2.95M SB.

• LB Derrick Pope: UFA Vikings; terms unknown.

• OT L.J. Shelton (released).

• LB Zach Thomas (released).

• OL Joe Toledo (released).

• DT Keith Traylor (released).

• S Cameron Worrell (released/failed physical).

The Miami Dolphins highlight film will surely focus on the future, as 2007 is a season the team really wants to forget. Going 1-15, with just one OT win over the Ravens, the team is basically trying to wipe the slate clean and move on. They did so with making bold front office moves, some savy free agent pickups, and a smart draft pick in round one with OL Jake Long from Michigan. This is not to say that the team will be good overnight, as you can expect more growing pains in 2008, but let’s face it – Rome was not built in a day.

The focus of the Fins in 2008 will be to find some players that can be there long-term and build for the future. They have three QB’s that will start that process – John Beck, Josh McCown and draft pick Chad Henne. All three can be starters at some point in 2008, and long run it will be interesting to see who is the starter. As for the running game, a healthy Ronnie Brown will be key, and he should help out the offense as a whole. Tough to put a number of wins on the Dolphins in 2008, but bottom line is they are going to be better than last season.

Offseason Grade to Date: B+


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