The Miami Dolphins' 2016 free agency signing may not yet be complete, as the team looks to bolster their roster after the NFL Draft. The magic date for Miami seems to be May 12, when free agent additions no longer are factored into the compensatory draft pick formula for next season. The Dolphins have addressed many of their needs this offseason, but could still be looking for a key veteran to add to a very young roster.
The team could be looking to do just that with cornerback Leon Hall reportedly on the team's radar. According to a report from the South Florida Sun Sentinel's Omar Kelly, the Dolphins have "expressed interest in possibly signing" Hall, and "he could be visiting the Dolphins in the coming days to take a physical."
Hall, the first-round pick of the Cincinnati Bengals in 2007, appeared in 14 games last year, with four starts. He recorded two interceptions, returning one for a touchdown, with eight passes defensed and 55 tackles recorded. He had offseason back surgery, but is healthy now, according to Kelly's report.
Signing with the Dolphins would re-unite Hall with his former defensive backs coach Vance Joseph. Joseph moved to Miami this year as the team's defensive coordinator, and Hall is said to be interested in continuing to play for the coach. The Dolphins could look at Hall as an option at the nickel back position, a spot currently held by Bobby McCain. Safety Michael Thomas could also be in consideration for the position, returning him to his natural spot on the roster.
Miami's starting cornerbacks are currently Byron Maxwell, for whom the team traded this offseason, and Xavien Howard, the team's second-round draft choice this year. They started Friday with about $19 million in salary cap space, according to the NFL Players Association, a number which does not yet account for the team's signing of first-round pick Laremy Tunsilo, seventh-round pick Brandon Doughty, nor any of the 12 undrafted free agents the team signed on Friday.
Hall has already completed visits with the New York Giants and Atlanta Falcons.