Our Phinsider top free agent signing bracket is down to the final four players standing. We are trying to find the best free agent signing in Miami Dolphins history. We have taken the top free agent signings in team history, since the start of the NFL's true free agency in 1993, and formed our own NCAA tournament style bracket.
Today will complete the second half of the semifinals. Our bracket thus far looks like:
Our second semifinal match-up has quarterback Chad Pennington facing off against cornerback Brent Grimes.
No player may have been able to shake the hatred of an AFC East rival to become a Dolphins hero like Pennington did. After being selected in the first round and serving as the New York Jets quarterback from 2000 to 2007, Pennington signed as a free agent with the Dolphins in 2008. Pennington played for three seasons with Miami, though he only saw major playing time in that first year, as repeated injuries allowed him to only appear in four games for the last two years. That 2008 season, however, saw Pennington start all 16 games for Miami, just the second time in his career he had done that, leading the team to an 11-5 record, throwing for 3,653 yards and 19 touchdowns, with just seven interceptions. His 67.4-percent completion rate led the league, and he led Miami to the AFC East division title and their only playoff appearance since 2001.
Grimes started his NFL career as an undrafted free agent out of Shippensburg. After signing with the Atlanta Falcons in 2006, he missed the season with an injury, then was allocated to NFL Europa where he played for the Hamburg Sea Devils, winning World Bowl XV. He returned to the Falcons in 2007, staying with the team through the 2012 season, a season in which he tore his Achilles tendon in the opening contest. Grimes then joined the Dolphins as a free agent in March 2013, signing a on-year "prove it" deal. Prove it he did, earning his second career Pro Bowl berth in 2013 after starting all 16 games and recording four interceptions, returning one for a touchdown, with 16 passes defensed and 60 tackles. Miami re-signed him after the season, and he again returned to the Pro Bowl after the 2014 season, following a five interception season, again returning one for a touchdown, with 58 tackles in 16 starts.
Which player moves on to the championship round of our bracket?