Even though receiver Terrell Owens was not signed by the Miami Dolphins, he still impacts the teams decisions in the off season greatly, Now that Owens has signed on with the Buffalo Bills, one of the Dolphins greatest rivals, the Dolphins need a good, solid cornerback now more than ever.
Every team that the Dolphins face this year has a top tier receiver, and some, like the Bills, have two. Because of the fact that the Dolphins really only have one solid cornerback right now that can hold his own against the top receivers (Will Allen) and a mediocre one in Jason Allen, it is important that the Dolphins go out and try to add some more depth at the cornerback spot.
The Dolphins also have other positions that they need to fill and can’t afford to just look to address one position. The Dolphins are reportedly showing interest in cornerbacks Bryant McFadden, and Eric Green. McFadden has put in some solid work in his short career with the Pittsburgh Steelers as he is only 27 and has both size and youth on his side. Green lost his starting job this year to rookie Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, but is also considered a good solid cornerback who could help out the Dolphins current situation.
Both cornerbacks are drawing interest from other teams as well, but keep in mind that the Dolphins are involved with both players and that they are looking to add a cornerback before the draft. Out of the two, McFadden has more upside and would help the Dolphins more than any other cornerback on the market. The Dolphins also could have gained a top receiver in the draft through the TO situation. The Oakland Raiders were the favorites in the TO race, and many expected them to pick Owens up before the end of the week.
With the Raiders adding Owens, it would have possibly eliminated the option of the Raiders selecting a wide receiver in the first round of the draft such as Michael Crabtree or Jeremy Maclin. If both of these receivers were to make it out of the top ten unselected, one of them would probably fall low enough for the Dolphins to possibly trade up to get him.
The Dolphins now have the choice of picking either a wide receiver in the draft, or a cornerback in the first round. If both Crabtree and Maclin are long gone by the time the Dolphins go on the clock, the Phins could look at either Darius Heyward-Bey, or Hakeem Nicks.
Heyward-Bey is a fast receiver who can dominate at times, and Nicks is a physical receiver who possesses both size, and excellent hands. If the Dolphins pass on a receiver in the 1st, and draft a cornerback, then look for them to draft one of the aforementioned players in the second round, or 6′ 6 Ramses Barden as a late first day pick.
The Dolphins now should feel a little more urgency when they negotiate with their possible free agents acquisitions now that every team in the AFC East has addressed their biggest holes in a big way with a player that can dominate whenever he wants to.
If the Dolphins look to repeat as AFC East Champs again this year, they need to pick up a cornerback through free agency and draft both a cornerback and receiver in the first couple of rounds in the draft.