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.
Our final quarterfinal matchup features wide receiver Ordonde Gadsden against cornerback Brent Grimes.
Gadsden went undrafted in 1995, signing first with the Dallas Cowboys who stashed him on their practice squad for most of the season. After being released the following year, Gadsden had a brief offseason stint with the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Frankfurt Galaxy of the World League of American Football, but injuries kept him sidelined. He joined the Portland Forest Dragons of the Arena Football League in 1998, where he was named the AFL Rookie of the Year before being picked up by the Dolphins. Gadsden quickly found his niche with the Dolphins, catching a 44-yard touchdown for his first NFL reception and turing into a go-to target for Dan Marino and Jay Fiedler. In six seasons with the Dolphins, Gadsden caught 227 passes for 3,252 yards with 22 touchdowns.
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 semifinals of our bracket?