Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald takes a look at what the Dolphins’ plans could be for their defensive in the coming months.
Here are some notes from Jackson’s article:
- According to Jackson, the Dolphins believe they need to add two cornerbacks this offseason.
- Veteran CB Brent Grimes is unlikely to be released outright, but the possibility exists that they could approach him about a restructured deal to reduce his $9.5 million cap figure.
- Jackson mentions that if the Dolphins want to look to the draft for a corner, FSU’s Jalen Ramsey and Florida’s Vernon Hargreaves could both be options.
- As for available free agent cornerbacks, Jackson lists Rams’ Trumaine Johnson, Chiefs’ Sean Smith, Rams’ Janoris Jenkins, Packers’ Casey Heyward, Giants’ Prince Amukamara, Titans’ Coty Sensabaugh, Cardinals’ Jerraud Powers and Cowboys’ Morris Claiborne.
- Jackson adds that veteran worth considering for Miami include: Bengals’ Leon Hall, Adam Jones, and Steelers’ William Gay.
- The Dolphins would reportedly like to add another safety to play next to Reshad Jones. However, Chargers S Eric Weddle “would welcome a Dolphins’ offer.”
- Jackson expects another team to offer Dolphins free agent DE Derrick Shelby more money and a chance to start next year, which leaves him as a candidate to depart.
- As of now, the Dolphins reported haven’t decided whether to keep Quinton Coples on a restructured deal. But they aren’t counting on former first-round DE Dion Jordan, who suspended.
- Jackson mentions that the Dolphins want to add at least one starting linebacker and possibly two. An upgrade to Kelvin Sheppard at middle linebacker is a consideration and they’ve yet to decide whether to keep Koa Misi.
- If Miami keeps Misi and moves him inside, Jackson could see them targeting OLBs such as Bruce Irvin or Courtney Upshaw.
- According to Jackson, the Dolphins are “totally committed” to QB Ryan Tannehill for next season, which means they won’t be considering quarterbacks in round one.