Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Stay or Go, Miami Dolphin Free Agents

With the NFL's free agency period about to start it's time to go through the Miami Dolphins free agents and decide who should stay and who should go.

Safety, Yeremiah Bell – Last season Bell registered 13 solo tackles and 8 assist along with 3 sacks for a loss of 53 yards which ties a Dolphin record. Bell also had a forced fumble, an interception and a fumble recovery. He had 4 passes defended.

Stay or Go? The Dolphins are deep at safety with seven on the roster led by veterans Lance Schulters and Tebucky Jones. It makes sense to keep Bell around because he is young and still has a huge upside. However, it doesn’t make sense to spend cap money on a guy you really don’t need. Go.

Receiver, David Boston – Last season Boston had 80 receiving yards on four receptions before suffering a season ending injury.

Stay or Go? Boston is a physical specimen and could be a serious threat if healthy. The problem is he hasn’t been healthy! He missed the entire 04 season and most of the 05 season. Go.

Center, Alonzo Ephraim – Ephriam started at right guard the final three games of the season and saw reserve action in the 10 games prior to that.

Stay or Go? Miami has struggled with their o-line for a while and Ephraim is young with experience. Stay.

Receiver, Bryan Gilmore – Gilmore had 5 catches for 105 yards and a touchdown last season.

Stay or Go? Again it becomes a issue of necessity. The Dolphins have 9 receivers on the roster and this is a position they can afford to let some players leave. Go.

Linebacker, Jason Glenn – Glenn recorded no stats for the Dolphins last season.

Stay or Go? There is no need in spending money on a guy who doesn’t contribute in any way. Go.

Tight End, Will Heller – Last season Heller had one catch for one yard and one touchdown.

Stay or Go? Two words Randy McMichael. Go.

Offensive Tackle, Stockar McDougle – McDougle started twice and made six other appearances last season.

Stay or Go? The Dolphins are thin at offensive tackle and should address the issue through the draft but McDougle would be worth keeping around. Stay.

Center, Seth McKinney – Mckinney started the first 13 games of the season before being injured. He was the only member of the offensive line to start all 16 games during the 04 season.

Stay or Go? McKinney will become the anchor of the Dolphins line. Stay.

Running Back, Travis Minor – Minor ran for 17 yards on 5 carries last season.

Stay or Go? Having Ricky Williams and Ronnie Brown in the backfield limited the need for Minor last season. It looks like the Dolphins won’t have Williams in 06 but the bad news for Minor is that Sammy Morris is a free agent as well and Miami won’t keep both of them. Go.

Running Back, Sammy Morris – Morris had 58 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries last season.

Stay or Go? With the potential loss of Williams Morris will be good to keep around as a third down back and a back up to Ronnie Brown. Stay.

Quarterback, Sage Rosenfels – Rosenfels completed 34 of 61 passes for 462 yards and 4 touchdowns along with 3 interceptions for a 81.4 passer rating. He was never sacked.

Stay or Go? The Dolphins are in desperate need for a solid QB and I’m not for sure that Rosenfels isn’t the best QB on the roster. He has been the locker room favorite for a few seasons and his coming off the bench to lead the Dolphins to a few com from behind victories helped boost that status. Stay.

Receiver, Cliff Russell – Russell was a reserve player who was inactive for part of the season and recorded no stats.

Stay or Go? Russell was signed when Boston went down for the season and wasn’t able get on the field. Go.

Defensive Tackle, Josh Shaw – Who?

Stay or Go? Go

Corner Back, Kiwaukee Thomas – Thomas recorded 6 solo tackles last season.

Stay or Go? Thomas played as a reserve in nine games last season and was inactive for six games. It’s hard to see a guy who wasn’t on the active roster all season getting resigned. Go.