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The Splash Zone - 2/12/16: Dolphins Unrestricted Free Agents

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Welcome to the Splash Zone, the quickest way to get your day started off right. We bring you a run down of the Miami Dolphins news from the last 24 hours.

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The Dolphins are going to have some tough choices to make this offseason. Their two big free agents are Olivier Vernon and Lamar Miller and it is quite possible that neither of them return next season. The Dolphins have 12 unrestricted free agents and free agency begins on March 9. Who do you see returning?

You can check out that story here, and the rest of the day's round-up below.

Miami Dolphins' 2016 unrestricted free agents - Sun Sentinel

The Miami Dolphins could have 12 unrestricted free agents hit the market on March 9, the first day teams can sign free agents. Here’s a quick look at each of the team's potential free agents, and the probability they return to the Dolphins in 2016.

Dolphins Linebackers

Ranking Miami Dolphins' top offseason needs: No. 1, linebacker - AFC South- ESPN
The Dolphins desperately need a player who can make game-changing plays in the middle of their defense.

Dolphins Defensive Line

Miami Dolphins thought Dion Jordan was their very own Von Miller | Dave's Digital Domain
Remember when everyone was saying, "Man, if we just had a transformational quarterback like Cam Newton, our team could win the Super Bowl"? Well, the wish list has something new on top these days.

Dolphins Secondary

Brent Grimes still the most reliable cornerback on Dolphins roster | The Daily Dolphin
This is the finale in a seven-part series looking at each position on the Dolphins roster Opposing quarterbacks averaged a 97.4 passer rating against the Dolphins this past season (ninth-worst in the NFL) and it won't be easier in 2016.

Dolphins Special Teams

Franks Got His Kicks As A Rookie
The Dolphins rookie had to make many adjustments in 2015, including going from college to the pros as well as going from playing in front of small crowds (around 1,000) at RPI to packed NFL stadiums.

Dolphins 2016 Offseason

Miami Dolphins' top 10 salaries for 2016 - Miami Dolphins Blog- ESPN
Miami is expected to begin making contract cuts and restructures over the next three weeks to create cap space for roster improvements.

Key dates in the Miami Dolphins' offseason - Sun Sentinel
An in-depth look at key NFL offseason dates and what they mean to the Dolphins

Phinsider News You May Have Missed

The Splash Zone - 2/11/16: Dolphins Need A New Middle Linebacker - The Phinsider
Welcome to the Splash Zone, the quickest way to get your day started off right. We bring you a run down of the Miami Dolphins news from the last 24 hours.

NFL Mock Draft 2016: SI.com releases two-round mock draft - The Phinsider
NFL Mock Draft season continues with a look at a two-round mock from SI.com.

Six Free Agents the Miami Dolphins Could Target This Offseason - The Phinsider
While the Dolphins will not enter free agency with the same reckless abandonment that they have in recent years, the team could still make a few moves in March. These include some players with a hefty price tag, and some who could be bargains.

Taking a look at the tough decisions the Miami Dolphins need to make on defense - The Phinsider
The Miami Dolphins need to clear up some cap space heading into the free agency. The good news? There are some easy decisions to make with loaded cap numbers. The bad news? There are also tough ones to make. Here's a look at what the Dolphins can do.