The official offseason is about to start after the Super Bowl and after a very unique season it will be a very unique offseason.
First of all, the Dolphins have a new owner, Stephen Ross. This was a concern among Dolphins fans because it was the rumor thet Bill Parcells could leave the team after a clause in his contract that allow him to quit the job (getting his contract full paid) if the franchise takeover was complete, but he is loyal to his friends Tony Sparano, Jeff Ireland and most of the team's coaches and decided to stay in his current job.
After the most amazing turnaround in the history of NFL it's time to make the final step and make the franchise a Super Bowl contender, with teams like the New England Patriots and the New York Jets in the same division and playing against the champions of each division (Titans, Steelers, Chargers, etc...) it will be really hard to repeat a playoff appearance next season.
Now it's time to take a look into Miami Dolphins moves of the offseason, starting by their current roster.
Whom should the Dolphins re-sign?
Let's face it, the Dolphins roster don't have a lot of talent and most of their backup players would be in a practice squad or out of the NFL if they don't have a spot in Miami.
The unrestricted free agents of ´09 for the Dolphins
SS: Yeremiah Bell
OT: Vernon Carey
LB: Channing Crowder
CB: André Goodman
FS: Renaldo Hill
C: Al Johnson
WR: Tab Perry
LB: Derek Smith
Yeremiah Bell has been the best safety of Miami the last couple of seasons, but he is no more than backup material. The Dolphins should keep him as that, he could be a third-down safety and help the team until they find more talent at the position.
Vernon Carey and Channing Crowder should be re-signed as well. Carey was solid at ROT (his natural position) this season after being moved around all the o-line positions in the past, he is a nice complement for Jake Long and if the Dolphins could find a starting RG he will perform a lot better.
Crowder was under the shadow of Zach Thomas before the 2008 season, but after Thomas was released and the Dolphins changed to a 3-4 scheme he has been a solid ILB. He is by far the most talented player at the position and the Dolphins should do all the possible to keep him, if he don't ask for too much.
Of the other UFAs, I think they don't have the talent to remain in the roster, maybe André Goodman could came back—due to his performace—as a backup, but he is not really a solution for Miami at the CB position.
From their exclusive rights free agents I only see WR Brandon London as a potential competitor in the next season roster. Quentin Moses, Ike Ndukwe, and Aaron Halterman are dependable and should go this off-season.
Whom should the Dolphins Cut?
This is a hard question, in one hand you will like to see more talented players in your teams roster but in the other hand the depth could be a problem in the near future.
John Beck, the Dolphins (Cam Cameron and company) used a second-round pick to select him and he hasn't meet the expectations since then, after awful showings as starter in the 2007 season he couldn't earn a second-string spot in this season ahead of rookie Chad Henne.
He is not a young player to be a "development project" and after the rumors that the Dolphins are looking to pick a QB in the second day of the draft releasing him wont be the worst for the team.
Ernest Wilford cost Miami $6M dollars in signing bonus + his normal salary, and he only have three receptions in the whole year. The Dolphins' WR depth is not the brightest of the league but even Greg Camarillo and undraftee Davone Bess were able to earn a spot ahead of him, is a most cut for the high cost for the team and lack of work he is showing.
Charlie Anderson, Reggie Torbor, or Erik Walden. One of these players should be cut; they are only players to fill the roster and backup spots and with the arrival of CFL star Cameron Wake one of them will loose his job, or maybe two if the Dolphins draft a LB.
Jason Allen, a former first-round pick he has not showed why he was pick so high. He has been moved from FS to SS, back to FS and lately to CB where he have a couple of solid games but he is not starting material and has been only playing due to the lack of talent in the defensive back of the Dolphins. Or he improves or he needs to get cut.
Biggest advantage in the offseason?
The Dolphins have a good amount of picks for the upcoming draft, after the trade of Jason Taylor they have two second-round picks, and they will probably get a high compensation pick after the signing of Cameron Wake.
They also are heading with a good amount of money under the salary cap, maybe they will aim for high free agents like Julius Peppers or one of the Raven's linebackers but that will be discuss in a future article.