We move into the quarterfinals of our Phinsider bracket of 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 be busy as we introduce several match-ups on which you can vote. Here is the full bracket:
The quarterfinals continue with the 2009 signing of Jason Taylor against safety Brock Marion.
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 theNew York Jets before returning to the Dolphins for his final season in 2011.
Marion joined the Dolphins in 1998 after spending five years with the Dallas Cowboys. Playing for the Dolphins for six years, Marion missed one game, playing 95 of the 96 possible contests, starting all 95 contests. Playing free safety, he recorded 20 interceptions with Miami, scoring two touchdowns, forced five fumbles, recovered four fumbles, tallied a sack, and made 528 tackles. Both of his interceptions for a touchdown occurred in the 2001 season, leading the league in interception touchdowns and return yards that season including a 100-yard return. He as selected to the Pro bowl in 2000, 2002, and 2003. Marion also worked as a kick returner for the Dolphins, leading the league in returns in 1999 with 62. Over the course of his Dolphins career, he returned 107 kicks for 2,517 yards, a 23.5 yards per return average.
Which player moves on to the semifinals of our bracket?