There have been recent rumors surrounding the possibilities at the wide receiver position for the Miami Dolphins. Recently released receivers such as Marvin Harrison, and Laveranues Coles are surrounded by speculation that link them to the Dolphins.
The same goes for T.J. Houshmanzadeh, although he is linked to far more teams than just the Dolphins. These receivers all are on the other side of 30 that tends to make the Dolphins brass shy away from them, but they all have a skill that the Dolphins desperately need, they can catch the ball with ease.
The Dolphins currently have 5 receivers on their current roster including Greg Camarillo, Ted Ginn Jr., Davonne Bess, Ernest Wilford, and Brandon London. Most, if not all of these guys would be considered either #2 or slot receivers. Coles and Harrison would come in and be the #1 guy right away, but they have huge downsides to the Dolphins signing them. Coles, is only 5’11. That’s close to the same size as Ginn.
So, even though Coles has tremendous chemistry with starting quarterback Chad Pennington, there is the question of where he would fit in. Last time I checked, the Dolphins needed a big red-zone threat receiver like Harrison, not a guy that is the same size as all of our current receivers.
Coles is only 31, which would give the Dolphins a little bit of room to produce other receivers such as Ginn and Bess to replace him, but also at the same time you have to wonder if the addition of a guy like Coles or Harrison would inhibit the growth of Ginn as the #1 receiver that Cam Cameron envisioned him when he drafted him #9 overall two years ago.
Harrison would not give us as much time as he is 36 and soon will be turning 37 before the season starts. He also has bad knees and looks like he will be injury prone the rest of his career. That is not what the Dolphins need right now, and this is why they are shying away from Harrison. Out of these two guys, they prefer Coles, and there have even been rumors that Coles was in South Florida at the end of the week! Keep in mind that Bill Parcells drafted Coles back in 2000. He also has tremendous chemistry with Pennington and would welcome a reunion between the two.
Then, there is the DEEP draft class this year that the Dolphins could get their receiver out of. With the 25th pick in the draft, the Dolphins could easily pick up a quality receiver such as Kenny Britt, Hakeem Nicks, or Darius Howard-Bey. All of these guys could still be on the board when the Dolphins are ready to make their selection in the first round, and 6-6 freak of nature Ramses Barden could still be there in the 3rd round, so all of the workouts at the Combine and Pro Days are important for the Dolphins to evaluate these guys.
The wide receiver position should look a lot clearer after we figure out if we will make a move for Coles, or Harrison, or even Houshmanzadeh. After missing out on center Jason Brown, the Dolphins will also look to draft a center in the draft as well, so it is crucial for them to figure out what they want to do.