The Miami Dolphins in a few years are going to be tough. I am not just saying this, I mean it. They are packing up on draft picks. They are making smart moves, and someone in Miami is doing their work. It has to be Reggie McKenzie, let me explain.
The Dolphins brought on Reggie McKenzie as a Senior Peronnel Executive and he has been helping the Phins make some major moves. McKenzie did the same thing with the Oakland Raiders and he had them set up pretty well, and they had a ton of cap space. Jon Gruden kind of ran that into the ground, but pay attention for a second.
The Dolphins have tons of draft capital. They just traded a conditional 7th round pick to the Rams for a 5th round pick next year and Aqib Talib. Yes, it was a cash dump, but it was a smart move for the Dolphins who cannot keep the money. Next year, Talib is a free agent and guess what, if they do not re-sign him and he signs with another team which he probably will the Dolphins will land another draft pick for him as a compensatory pick. So basically, the Dolphins traded Talib for a 5th and potentially another 5th-7th round pick by eating his 4.2 million dollar salary.
The Dolphins also claimed Taco Charlton this year. He currently has 4 sacks, and is a pretty solid player. He is under contract still and the former first round pick is performing for the Dolphins. Then this week the Dolphins put in another waiver claim. They claimed Ken Crawley.
Crawley is a free agent next year, but was a starting cornerback at one point for the Saints. His salary this year is 991k dollars and the Dolphins can do the same thing. They can let him tryout and if he is not re-signed to a long term deal they can let him go via free agency and potentially get a draft pick for him as compensatory.
The thing is Crawley could potentially look pretty damn good across from Xavien Howard. The Dolphins would have a nasty secondary if they kept him, and they have a chance to see what he is worth the next couple weeks. Remember Crawley is itching to get out there as well, so he will be ready to shine when given an opportunity.
Today, The Dolphins could make another splash and I think they would be crazy not too. Dolphins need to claim Josh Gordon. He too will be a free agent after the year. So you get a trail period with him. If he does not pan out you cut him. It costs you 1 million dollars basically. Remember, Chris O’Shea is Gordon’s former coach. It is worth it. The Dolphins also could end up with a standout wide out, for free. If the Dolphins get him they should throw him the ball every play. Let him shine and then let him walk in free agency or give him a contract extension. Either way you can turn another waiver claim into a potential draft pick. The Dolphins have the right idea, keep doing it. I am proud of you, and I am a Bills fan.