A couple of weeks ago, we started an NCAA Tournament style bracket, searching for the Miami Dolphins' all-time best free agent signing. The rules were simple: the player had to be signed after the official start of NFL free agency in 1993, and I did not take undrafted free agents. The 20 players selected were then put into the bracket, and our readers voted on each pairing. Now, we are down to our finals:
Our finals feature two Pro Bowl additions that are still playing for the team: defensive end Cameron Wake and cornerback Brent Grimes.
Wake went undrafted out of Penn State in 2005, signing briefly with the New York Giants before being released before training camp started. After a year away from football, Wake signed with the BC Lions in the Canadian Football League, moving from linebacker to defensive end and winning the 2007 Rookie of the Year and Most Outstanding Defensive Player awards. He backed that up in 2008 when he again was named the CFL Most Outstanding Defensive Player. The Dolphins won a battle with 16 other teams in the 2009 offseason, signing Wake to a four-year contract. Since arriving in South Florida, Wake has played in 93 games, starting 78 of them. He has recorded 248 tackles, 12 passes defensed, 12 forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, and 63 sacks. He has been selected to four Pro Bowls, including each of the last three, and was a First-Team All Pro selection in 2012.
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 gets named the best free agent addition in team history?