Revamp the Defence: a mock offseason

We head into the 2013 season with many needs, but we could do a lot to improve the roster. The Dolphins are rumored to be interested in Greg Jennings. I assume these are true, along with the rumors that the Packers will not re-sign the star. This makes it likely that we will sign him in FA, as he has ties to our coaching staff. Our secondary was horrible this past year, as we had an up and down #1 CB, an injured starting CB and a safety tandem that was not made up of starters. We need to address this ASAP, if we want to contend next season. The numbers after the re-signee or free agent is not a salary number, but a cap hit number.

FA Losses:

Chris Clemmons, FS - we don't have room on our roster for the oft-beaten safety

Reggie Bush, HB - with his replacement already on the roster, I don't think we make it a priority to resign him.

Tony McDaniels, DT - the backup DT will likely want big money and a starting role. Neither should be offered by the

Miami Dolphins

R.J. Stanford, CB

Sean Smith, CB - I would love to resign him, but he wants #1 money to play the #2 CB position.

Matt Moore, QB - I like what we have in Pat Devlin and Moore will want a chance to start.

Marlon Moore, WR

Jake Long, LT - I doubt we sign two players to two 10 million dollar deals in one offseason. The injury plagued

standout will likely sign somewhere else.

FA Resignings:

Anthony Fasano, TE ($2.5M) - Our starter at TE for the past couple seasons is a good block and a reliable outlet


Nate Garner, G/T ($700K) - This player provides Depth at every position along the OL.

Brian Hartline, WR ($4M) - Hartline has been hampered by some injuries, but has had a career year this year. He

proved he belong to start and will. I think he gives us the hometown discount to stay in Miami, where he is used correctly.

Randy Starks, DT ($4.6M) - The DT turned in a solid, yet unspectacular year. He is a good starter and will be paid l

like one. The year started off strong, but he cooled off as the season went on.

Jonathan Amaya, S ($600K) - The young safety has a lot of potential and is a solid special teamer.

Austin Spitler, LB ($700K) - Spitler has been great depth for us over the years and will have a chance to start in

training camp.

Pat Devlin, QB ($1M) - Devlin has vastly improved since we first acquired him. He is a solid backup QB.

Patrick Brown, OT ($465K) - The Miami front office seems to like him.

FA Gains:

LAron Landry, SS ($6M) - The rebuilding of our secondary starts with this player. The hard hitting, rangy safety will

bring a certain physicallity that has been missing form our team for awhile.

Manny Lawson, DE ($1M) - He should provide solid depth and rotation.

Greg Jennings, WR ($9.2M) - As stated above, I think this is likely to happen.

Salary Cap remaining (Before FA):

$50.652994 Million

Salary Cap remaining (after FA, but before draft):

$18.887994 Million

Dolphins Draft:

Round 1: Manti T'eo, MLB, Notre Dame

Burnett left a lot of things to be desired this season and Dansby is getting older. Enter the all-american Lber. He has terrific instincts and great coverage skills. He should be ina foot race with Dansby every play to the ball carrier. Good ole Zach Thomas and Junior Seau style.

Round 2: Marcus Trufant, CB, Washington

We have no #1 CB, whether we re-sign Smith or not. To correct this, we need to take a CB early. Trufant fits that bill and will be a valuable piece to our secondary for years to come.

Round 2: Justin Pugh, LT, Syracuse

This prospect should be an instant plug in at LT. He should be able to start there immediately and keep Tannehill upright.

Round 3: Tony Jefferson, FS, Oklahoma

This concludes our race to fix our secondary starters. This safety is a good cover man that should excel in Coyle's system where the safeties can sit back and read the QB's eyes. He needs to fix his tackling technique, imo, but that can be fixed.

Round 3: Travis Kelce, TE, Cincinnati

The fast TE is an athletic beast that needs more refinement. He improved his run and pass blocking abilities his senior season, so he should be ready to go.

Round 4: Duke Williams, SS, Nevada

The safety from Nevada has the range to play either safety position, but he would do best at SS. He would provide excellent depth along with Jimmy Wilson. He is fast and a great tackler, meaning heshould do great on ST. He played a lot of 2 deep safety in college, so he will pick up the Coyle system quickly. With Landry's injury history, this would be a smart pick.

Round 5: Omoregie Uzzi, OG, Georgia Tech

Our OGs were not good at run blocking this season and let up too much pressure. In order to fix this problem, we need to draft OGs.

Round 7: Braden Hansen, OG, Brigham Young

Round 7: Caled Sturgis, K, Florida

The kicker has a strong leg and would compete with Dan Carpenter in camp. If he can't outright win the position battle, I would like to keep him anyways. We could use DC$ for kicks under 40 yards and the rookie for kicks over 45 yards and kickoffs. Kicks between 41 and 45 yards would be determined by conditions. Windy or wet conditions should go to the strong legged rookie, but good conditions should go to the accurate veteran.

UDFA: Chris Thompson, HB, FSU

Dolphins Depth Chart


QB: Ryan Tannehill, Pat Devlin

HB: Lamar Miller, Daniel Thomas, Marcus Thigpen, Chris Thompson

FB: Lavorski Lane

TE: Travis Kelce, Anthony Fasano, Charles Clay

-Kelce should be a great seam threat and prove to be an at least adequate blocker. Fasano will be a good complement to Kelce.

WR: Greg Jennings, Brian Hartline, Davone Bess, Rishard Matthews, Armon Binns, Jeff Fuller

-We have plenty of talented veterans for Tannehill, but we could still use some new blood.

OT: Justin Pugh, Jonathan Martin, Will Yeatman, Patrick Brown

OG: Omoregie Uzzi, Braden Hansen, Richie Incognito

C: Mike Pouncey, Nate Garner

Total: 25


DT: Paul Soliai, Jared Odrick, Randy Starks, Kheeston Randall

DE: Cameron Wake, Olivier Vernon, Manny Lawson, Derrick Shelby

WOLB: Koa Misi, Josh Kaddu, Jonathan Freeny

MLB: Manti T'eo, Austin Spitler

SOLB: Karlos Dansby, Jason Trusnik

CB: Marcus Trufant, Dimitri Patterson, Rishard Marshall, Jimmy Wilson, Nolan Carrol

SS: LAron Landry, Duke Williams

FS: Tony Jefferson, Jonathan Amaya

-Analysis: Our safety position hasn't looked this good since Sammy Knight was still a part of this team.

Total: 24

Special Teams

P: Brandon Fields

K: Dan Capenter, Caleb Sturgis

LS: John Denney

Total: 4

Cap after cuts (not including draft): $19,487,994

That cap number includes Burnett's, Jerry's and Jones' cuts.

We should roll the rest of the cap space we have into 2014, because we will need the space to resign players or get more cap space. This way our cap space will always be big enough to keep our guys. Bad FA contracts is why we were not able to re-sign some of our guys.

Needs going into 2013

Unless Thomas stops getting injured, we need a new power back. Two of our top three CBs are close to 30 and will lose a step soon. We need to start drafting their replacements. We do not have a good DE rotation and Wake is getting older, so that also needs to be addressed as well. We could also use another young WR, because by the time Tannehill hits his prime, Greg Jennings will be exiting his.

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of The Phinsider's writers or editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of The Phinsider writers or editors.

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