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The Splash Zone 3/24/17: Will The Dolphins Defense Improve In 2017?

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

The Dolphins defense was bad last season as it had it's worst statistical season in franchise history. The team wanted to improve that unit heading into free agency and the team managed to fill some needs. The team was able to keep Andre Branch and Kiko Alonso, while also extending Reshad Jones. Lawrence Timmons and Nate Allen signed with the team and the Dlphins got William Hayes from the Rams for almost nothing. Have these moves made the unit better? We'll just have to wait for the regular season to find out.

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

Miami Dolphins defense keeps core players, but is unit any better? | Miami Herald
The Miami Dolphins approach for improving their 2017 defense has been keeping together a core group of players that made up a 2016 defense that struggled.

Dolphins Running Backs

NFL won’t budge on celebrations (as Miami Dolphins’ Damien Williams boos) | The Daily Dolphin
Damien Williams might want to avoid news coming out of the NFL’s annual meetings next week in Arizona. NFL Vice President Troy Vincent, a former Dolphin, said the league doesn’t plan to relax rules regarding celebrations during games.

Dolphins Linebackers

Koa Misi expected to be cleared in May following neck surgery, pay cut | ProFootballTalk
Dolphins linebacker Koa Misi has taken the pay cut which will allow him to stay on the team next year. Now he just needs the medical clearance. According to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald, Misi's agent said his recovery from neck surgery has been good, and that he expects to be ready for train...

Dolphins Offseason

Dolphins' offseason moves geared toward 'sustainability' - Miami Dolphins Blog- ESPN
Instead of spending big in free agency, the Dolphins used their available cap space to lock up their own, including Kenny Stills and Reshad Jones.

Kelly: Who is the face of the Dolphins franchise? | Commentary - Sun Sentinel
Which player deserves to be the face of the Miami Dolphins franchise?

Phinsider News You May Have Missed

The Splash Zone 3/23/17: Koa Misi Resturctures Contract - The Phinsider
Welcome to the Splash Zone, the quickest way to get your day started off right. We bring you a rundown of Miami Dolphins news from the last 24 hours.

Mel Kiper Mock Draft 3.0: Dolphins bolster offensive line - The Phinsider
The Miami Dolphins were handed a gift last year when other teams were scared away from Ole Miss offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil due to a video that was released just as the NFL Draft was beginning....

Koa Misi, Dolphins agree to new contract lowering salary cap number for 2017 - The Phinsider
The Miami Dolphins and Koa Misi agreed to a restructured contract on Wednesday that lowers the linebacker’s expected $4.8 million salary cap number for 2017. The pay cut is expected to lower...

Dolphins add Avery Young - The Phinsider
Miami added an offensive lineman on Wednesday, giving them more depth.

Dolphins visiting with defensive backs, tight end, linebacker at various Pro Days - The Phinsider
The Miami Dolphins have had a solid offseason thus far, addressing many of their critical needs in free agency while keeping key contributors that had been scheduled to hit the open market. That...