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 with fullback Jorvorskie Lane against quarterback Chad Pennington.
After college, Lane went undrafted out of Texas A&M in 2009, before signing with the West Texas Roughnecks of the Indoor Football League. After the 2011 season, a season played with the Orlando Predators of the Arena Football League, Lane contacted his former Texas A&M coach, Dolphins offensive coordinator Mike Sherman, looking for a shot at an NFL career. Sherman had told Lane that if he was able to get himself into shape and lose weight, from a high of 277 pounds, he would find a job for him. The Dolphins signed Lane for the 2012 season, with him appearing in all 16 games for the club, starting five, with 13 carries for 13 yards and two touchdowns. He added 11 receptions for 79 yards and an additional score. The Dolphins released Lane after the season, and he sat out all of the 2013 season before signing with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for the 2014 season.
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.
Which player moves on to the quarterfinals of our bracket?