The Miami Dolphins have 13 players scheduled to be unrestricted free agents when the league year changes in March. Which of those players are "must re-signs?" Let's take a look at the top five.
1. Charles Clay, tight end - Clay struggled much of the 2014 season, mostly due to a knee injury. Will he be back to his 2013 form next year? Hopefully. Whatever the case, though, Clay needs to be back in a Miami uniform in 2015. Even with the development of Dion Sims this season and the unknown that is Arthur Lynch after the rookie spent the entire year on injured reserve, the Dolphins go into the offseason with tight end already a target as they look for the big, red zone threat. Adding to that need by not re-signing Clay would be a mistake.
2. Jared Odrick, defensive tackle - Not far behind Clay in terms of players neededing to be re-signed is Odrick, and for some of the same reasons. The Dolphins are going to need to address the defensive tackle position this offseason, and losing Odrick would only make it worse. Odrick gives the defensive line some flexibility, as he can play defensive tackle, 3-4 defensive end, and 4-3 defensive end. He's a solid player, and can get after a quarterback well from the interior.
3. Jimmy Wilson, safety - Whatever you think of Wilson's performance near the end of the year, where he seemed to be pressing to show he could be a starting safety in the league, looking for the big play instead of the solid one, Wilson is an asset to the Miami defense. He's a solid nickel cornerback and has some potential as a safety. With Louis Delmas hitting free agency, and not likely to come back, Wilson coming back to Miami at least gives them an option at safety if they cannot address the position in free agency or the Draft, and gives the team a nickel cornerback in the worst case scenario.
4. Daryn Colledge, guard - Colledge played well this year, until he was sidelined due to injury. When he came back, the team rotated him in and out of the game the rest of the way through the season, and he may not be at a starter level any more. He can, however, provide solid depth at the guard position, a position of need for Miami this offseason.
5. Jason Trusnik, linebacker - The Dolphins should be able to get Trusnik back fairly cheaply, and he does provide depth at a position of need this offseason. Trusnik is able to start, though Miami clearly would not want him to be in the starting lineup.
Next Five: Samson Satele, Daniel Thomas, Knowshon Moreno, Matt Moore, Jason Fox
Remaining Schedule UFAs: Louis Delmas, Kelvin Sheppard