The Miami Dolphins are said to be the leader in the Ndamukong Suh sweepstakes in the NFL's upcoming free agency period. That does not mean they are solely focused on Suh, without at least starting to talk to other potential free agents. The league opened the three-day "legal tampering" period today, and the Dolphins were busy.
According to ESPN's Josina Anderson, the Dolphins reached out to safety Da'Norris Searcy's camp Saturday. Searcy was the Buffalo Bills' 2011 fourth-round draft choice, coming out of North Carolina. In four seasons with the Bills, Searcy has appeared in 62 games, with 23 starts, and recorded four sacks, five interceptions (one returned for a touchdown), three forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries (one returned for a touchdown), and 209 tackles.
The Miami Herald's Barry Jackson then added that, along with Searcy, the Dolphins have also reached out to cornerback Patrick Robinson, the New Orleans Saints' 2010 first-round draft pick. Robinson has played 58 games for the Saints, starting 33, while recording one sack, nine interceptions (one returned for a touchdown), one forced fumble, and 180 tackles.
Searcy accounted for $1,552,106 against the Bills' cap in 2014, while Robinson accounted for a $2,804,334 hit on the Saints' cap.
The league's legal tampering period, in which teams can discuss "negotiating positions" with representatives of soon-to-be free agent players but cannot officially agree to terms or sign a contract, runs through Tuesday. The official start of the league's free agent signing period is Tuesday at 4pm ET.