In case you haven't heard, Miami signed free agent CB Al Harris today. The question is how does he fit into Miami's plans in the secondary?
First, the move is rather curious given Al Harris' age. He is also coming off an injury and has yet to play a down in 2010. What he does bring is experience to the secondary. If nothing else, he can help mentor the young CBs and teach them techniques and show them how to prepare for a game on Sunday.
Vontae Davis is entrenched in as the #1 CB and deservedly so. Minus the costly dropped interception against the Baltimore Ravens, Sean Smith showed a lot of progress as the #2 CB. Would the 35-year-old Harris play as the nickel CB? Benny Sapp hasn't exactly been locking down the slot WRs. What would be the plans for Sean Smith if Al Harris does play outside? Smith isn't exactly the prototype nickel CB and would probably end up fighting Jason Allen for playing time in dime packages. Then you have Nolan Carroll in the mix as well. Carroll, like Allen, is a special team contributor and his role has only increased since he took over kick return duties.
One of these men will have to be the odd man out. My money is on either Benny Sapp or Jason Allen. Will they be released outright or will they only be gameday inactives? Personally, I think Benny Sapp or recently acquired Nate Ness are the most likely candidates to be left out. Ness was signed off waivers last week by Miami and he has yet to see the field for them. Jason Allen and Nolan Carroll bring something to special teams and I don't think Sean Smith has played himself off the gameday roster.