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30-day challenge: Historical player to place on Miami Dolphins roster

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I will admit that our 30-day challenge has missed the last five days, which will make it more than a 30-day challenge, but things got hectic for me, and I just could not get back to posting these. That said, we are back with the next edition of The Phinsider 30-day challenge, and we are asking you for a look around the history of the NFL.

The 30-day challenge here on The Phinsider is a way to get to know some of our community members and their thoughts on the Dolphins. We are asking a question every day for 30 days, with the goal of getting all of our readers involved in the discussion. If you haven’t ever posted a comment on the site before - now would be a great time to get in here and join us.

Today’s question is supposed to be what Dolphins historical player would you put on today’s roster. I am not going to ask you that question, because 95 percent of the answers would be Dan Marino, with a few saying Larry Csonka, Zach Thomas, Jason Taylor, etc., etc. Instead, I am going to ask you for what historical NFL player would you add to today’s roster. And, by historical, I mean cannot be a player on any roster in the NFL right now. Sorry, you cannot steal Tom Brady, Odell Beckham, Jr., J.J. Watt, Aaron Donald, or Rob Gronkowski. It is against the arbitrary set of rules I am imposing on this question.

That does leave a ton of obvious possibilities from which you can choose. You could grab Deion Sanders. Or Calvin Johnson. Or Joe Montana. Or Dick Butkus. So many options, but you can only have one - and you should make sure they fit in with the Dolphins’ roster.

My answer is Barry Sanders. Add Sanders into the backfield with Jay Ajayi, and suddenly you have the most dynamic tandem in the league. Ajayi causes missed tackles by simply running through people. Sanders makes people miss him because of his ability to change direction. The Dolphins have a power back and a speed back in this scenario, and it is a perfect compliment to each other. The only problem may be trying to find enough carries for both players - but if the Dolphins can make Csonka, Jim Kiick, and Mercury Morris work, they can figure out how to get Ajayi and Sanders the ball.

Your turn. What historical (non-Miami Dolphins, non-active) NFL player would you add to the 2017 Dolphins’ roster?