The Miami Dolphins are looking to bolster their pass rush this offseason, trying to find someone not named Cameron Wake who can routinely get to opposing quarterbacks. The team could by eyeing former New York Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora.
Could former New York Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora end up in Miami next year? Would the Miami Dolphins consider adding a 31 year old pass rush specialist in an offseason that has seen the team deliberately get younger? Would they be willing to pay what Umenyiora would want, or would the defensive end come down to Miami's offer?
Umenyiora is a two time Pro Bowl selection, as well as a First Team All Pro selection once. He has 75 sacks in his twelve seasons with the Giants, allong with 32 forced fumbles, 13 recoveries, three touchdowns, and 379 tackles.
Meanwhile, the Dolphins are looking to bolster a pass rush that recorded 42 sacks in 2012, but 15 of those came from one player, Cameron Wake. The other 27 sacks were split among 12 players, with no one recording more than five (Jared Odrick). Teams repeatedly double, and sometime triple, teamed Wake, and suddenly all pass rush was lost for the Dolphins.
Which is what Umenyiora could provide for the team. According to the Miami Herald's Armando Salguero, Umenyiora is "on the radar and blinking." However, he could be overpricing himself in a market that is not paying top dollar for older defensive ends, especially in a year when the draft is thought to be full of starting caliber pass rushers.
At this point, it looks like Miami is willing to sit back and let someone else overpay for a defensive end like Umenyiora or see if the asking price comes down. Umenyiora was visiting with the Atlanta Falcons on Wednesday, but could still be targeted by the Dolphins.
Miami hosted former Falcons defensive end John Abraham recently, though no offer was made and it appears the team does not consider him a fit. Former Denver Broncos defensive end Elvis Dumervil is considered a possibility for the Dolphins as well, though it appears Dumervil would prefer to find a way to return to the Broncos despite the fax machine fiasco that resulted in the team releasing him.
Miami has already had a busy offseason, signing players such as wide receiver Mike Wallace, linebacker Dannell Ellerbe, and tight end Dustin Keller. The team is still looking for offensive line and cornerback help, along with the pass rusher.