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The Miami Dolphins and the good free agent adapt to the offense

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The 2022 free agent market will once again feature many big names, and that’s not even including players who have been placed on the trading block and may end up being released.

With the free agent trading period — and with it the start of reports of players agreeing to terms with a new team — arriving Monday at noon ET, there were countless players who had been linked to the Miami Dolphins under a form or a manner.

Some were more realistic possibilities than others, as we break them down by position in terms of what the Dolphins could expect in free agency.

In this article, we take a look at the offensive market:

STRATEGIST

There’s been a lot of news and speculation about this position around the NFL over the past week, but for the Miami Dolphins, it’s full speed ahead with Tua Tagovailoa as the starter. They will, however, need a veteran replacement as Jacoby Brissett becomes an unrestricted free agent on Wednesday. Brisett fit the mold of what the Dolphins would want in a backup, someone with starting experience but also fully understanding that he would be No. 2. UFAs that fit that mold would include someone like Blaine Gabbert or Tyrod Taylor or maybe Teddy Bridgewater if he comes to the conclusion that he won’t be able to find a starting job anywhere. Nick Mullens is another name to remember as he started eight games for the 49ers twice during Mike McDaniel’s time there, and finally we wouldn’t necessarily rule out the possibility of Brissett being brought back.

RETURN

The Dolphins have used a committee comeback approach for the past few years, and it’s much the same with the 49ers during McDaniel’s time there. That would suggest the Dolphins will stay away from a big-money free agent like Melvin Gordon. Two free agents on the market played for McDaniel in San Francisco, so we necessarily have to keep an eye on Jeff Wilson and Raheem Mostert, who just suffered a serious knee injury, although his agent (Brett Tessler) says he is on track to be ready for the start of training camp. Justin Jackson has done a good job as a backup for Austin Ekeler with the Chargers, where he worked last season under new Dolphins offensive coordinator Frank Smith. Finally, the Dolphins have three UFA running backs, and it says here that the team is much more likely to re-sign Duke Johnson than Phillip Lindsay or Malcolm Brown.

BACK

Yes, the Dolphins are back in the back line with McDaniel as their new head coach, and they’ll have plenty of options, especially with the news on Sunday that the Patriots won’t feature RFA Jakob Johnson. So, given the new need on the roster and the fullback’s availability, it would be a big surprise if the Dolphins didn’t end up with Johnson, Patrick Ricard (Ravens UFA), Andy Janovich (Browns UFA) or Alec. Ingold (not billed as RFA by the Raiders).

WIDE RECEIVER

It was the main area of ​​focus in free agency last offseason and the Dolphins could make a splash in that position this year, although four big names have already dropped out of the picture – Mike Williams, Chris Godwin, Davante Adams and most recently Amari Cooper, who was traded from Dallas to Cleveland in a move that will become official on Wednesday. There are still plenty of interesting wide receivers available, even not counting Dolphins record holder Jarvis Landry, who got permission from the Browns to seek a trade. While the Dolphins were linked with big-ticket WRs like Kenny Golladay last year, we wouldn’t expect them to chase Allen Robinson from the Bears this year. Interesting names in the market would include JuJu Smith-Schuster of the Steelers, Jamison Crowder of the Jets and multi-dimensional Cordarrelle Patterson, who can catch, run and return kicks. Miami native Isaiah McKenzie was someone else who would have made sense, but the Bills re-signed him on Sunday afternoon.

TIGHT END

While we’d never say never, it would certainly be surprising to see the Dolphins go after a free agent after placing the franchise tag on Mike Gesicki. The only question mark is whether the team will re-sign while waiting for FA Durham Smythe to relaunch them with the same five tight ends as last year – Gesicki, Smythe, Adam Shaheen, Cethan Carter and the third choice round 2021 Hunter Long.

OFFENSIVE LINE

This is where there should be the most anticipation for what the Dolphins could do in free agency because, as we’ve already begun, the most logical plan to up the offensive line a notch or two is to supplement the young players they have (hopefully they grow) with one or two proven veteran free agents. The obvious name here is goaltender Laken Tomlinson, as he just finished a Pro Bowl season and he played for Mike McDaniel in San Francisco. Veteran Saints tackle Terron Armstead has often been mentioned as a potential target, although we must point out that he has yet to play a full season in the NFL and missed eight games last year due to of a knee injury. Tampa Bay center Ryan Jensen is yet another possibility. The new name on the market is Dallas starting right tackle La’el Collins, who the team reportedly bought. Collins is priced at a very reasonable $10 million a year over the last three years of his contract (Dallas will be prorated to his signing bonus) and you’d think the Cowboys wouldn’t run out of trade offers. . While taking Amari Cooper’s $20 million annual salary probably wasn’t the best move, trying to land Collins makes a lot of sense.

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Alain Poupart has covered the Miami Dolphins full-time since 1989 as editor-in-chief of Dolphin Digest, writer for miamidolphins.com and now editor of SI Fan Nation All Dolphins. You can follow him on Twitter at @PoupartNFL.