The Dolphins have made a huge statement this offseason. Jeff Ireland, Joe Philbin, and Stephen Ross want this team to win now. They have given Ryan Tannehill weapons and completely revamped the linebacker corps. However, in the process, they have lost two free agents in Jake Long and Sean Smith. The good news is that the Dolphins could still address both positions in free agency.
One free agent offensive tackle that many fans want to see playing in Miami is Eric Winston. The player is durable, has experience playing in Mike Sherman's offense during his days in Houston, is perfect for the zone blocking scheme the Dolphins want to run, and likely won't be too expensive. Winston's agent, Drew Rosenhaus, even said on WSVN Channel 7 that Winston wants to play in Miami:
Eric would really like to play for the Miami Dolphins. What a terrific fit.
But are the Dolphins really that interested in Eric Winston? It's been two weeks since free agency has opened, and yet the Dolphins still haven't made a concrete offer to the player, despite meeting him in their training facility last week. With Jake Long choosing the St. Louis Rams, it was assumed Winston would be next on the list. That hasn't happened just yet.
According to the Herald, another player to express an interest in the Dolphins is free agent tackle Bryant McKinnie. Despite this, it is believed that Ireland is unlikely to make contact with the player.
This leaves us with the only other credible option the Dolphins could pursue at tackle. Barry Jackson from the Herald has suggested that the team have considered a trade for Branden Albert. If Ireland can pin the Chiefs down to a reasonable deal, don't be surprised to see Albert in a Dolphins uniform next year.
As for free agent cornerbacks, the market seems to be drying up. Despite this, one player that is continuing to interest the team is Brent Grimes. According to Ben Volin of the Palm Beach Post:
Heard from a source that the #Dolphins are still in the mix for CB Brent Grimes— Ben Volin (@BenVolinPBP) March 25, 2013
This could be a case of Grimes biding his time for the best deal. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are another team that have a serious need for a corner, and could rival the Dolphins for the player's signature. Don't expect this deal to happen within the next few days.