We continue our Phinsider bracket of the best free agent signing in Miami Dolphins history today with the second round. 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. As with the NCAA tournament, we started with the first round featuring (don't call them) "play-in" games, and now are ready to move on to the full bracket.
Today will be busy as we introduce several match-ups on which you can vote. Here is the full bracket:
Round 2 continues now with quarterback Jay Fiedler taking on the 2009 signing of defensive end Jason Taylor.
Fiedler went undrafted out of Dartmouth, bouncing around the league with the Philadelphia Eagles, Amsterdam Admirals (NFL Europe), Minnesota Vikings, and Jacksonville Jaguars between 1994 and 1999. In 2000, Fiedler joined Miami as the starting quarterback who replaced Dan Marino. In five seasons with Miami, Fiedler won 36 games as a starter, making the playoffs in two of those seasons, and just missing a third postseason appearance despite a 10-6 record. He was 936-for-1603 passing, tallying 11,040 yards through the air with 66 touchdowns and 63 interceptions. He currently ranks fourth all time in passing yards in team history, being passed by Ryan Tannehill this past season; he is third in both touchdown passes and interceptions, as well as third in games won by a starting quarterback for the Dolphins.
Taylor was Miami's third round pick in 1997, but he actually signed twice with the Dolphins as a free agent. In this case, we are using the first of those two signings, when Taylor re-joined Miami after a year with the Washington Redskins. The 2009 season saw Taylor serve as the team's starting outside linebacker, playing in all 16 games, with 15 starts. He recorded one interception, three forced fumbles, one fumble recovery (scoring a touchdown), seven sacks, and 42 tackles that season. He played the next season for the New York Jets before returning to the Dolphins for his final season in 2011.
Which player moves on to the quarterfinals of our bracket?