Hey everyone, I'm very pumped for the upcoming year! I've been a longtime reader of the blog and felt like adding my opinion on how I'd like to see Ireland navigate the offseason (btw I'm a bigger supporter of him than most, he has made more good moves than bad and the phins have been competitive since he's been in power)
These are the moves I would make this offseason:
1. Trade a 2nd (56th overall) and a 3rd rounder (77th) for Darrelle Revis and sign him for 4 years, $50 million, $23 million guaranteed!!
I haven't heard this being mentioned as a possibility at all, and I don't see why not. The Jets are trying to dump Revis and not pay him because they're in salary cap hell, so the price on Revis is going to be lower than what it should be. The Jets would prefer not to trade Revis to an in-division rival, but I feel like the Dolphins could make them the best offer they will see, because of their extra draft picks in the 2nd and 3rd rounds, so the immediate value will be too good to pass up. We sign him, make him the highest paid CB in the league, and not have to worry about half the field for 4 years. A for his health, Revis will be motivated to get back to the top of his profession, as there has been buzz about his dropoff, and he will have plenty of opportunities to torture his former team with the Dolphins!
2. Sign Mike Wallace for 5 years, $55 million, $26 million guaranteed!
This one is a no-brainer, Wallace is young, fast and proven and would make an awesome #1 receiver and complement to Hartline and Bess, and Tannehill will be able to show off his arm and throw deep to a top 3 deep threat in the league.
(On a side note, this means that the Dolphins basically traded Vontae Davis and Brandon Marshall for Revis andWallace, I think anyone would do that trade in a heartbeat!)
So after signing Revis and Wallace, the dolphins go from dishing out 88.6 million to 111 million, leaving them 12 million to work with. Assuming they will spend 5 million on draft picks, they have 7 million left over.
3. Re-sign Fasano and pick up Cook (4 million total)
This gives us a solid TE group, with a great blocker and a good athlete, respectively. Hopefully Egnew develops in his 2nd year.
4. Draft Lane Johnson in the 1st round
Jake Long is simply too expensive, and Johnson is super athletic and strong, which is what Philbin is looking for in his O-linemen.
With our first pick in the 2nd round, draft Matt Elam. As a Gator grad I might be a bit biased, but this is good value here and a Revis, Elam and Jones secondary would give us a sick defense with our already strong front 7.
Draft the best available CB in round 3, Sean Smith is too expensive to re-sign.
Draft Marcus Lattimore in round 4. This guy is going to be special, he has a great character and destroyed the SEC when he was healthy. The fins can go one year with Miller/Thomas or pick up a cheap stopgap RB like Felix Jones or Peyton Hillis in free agency.
If I was GM, this is what I would do in the next few days. I know it may seem too unrealistic, but the Dolphins actually have the cap room and draft picks to pull this all off!
Thanks for reading and go Fins!!