This has been a very good week. Obviously when you sign your own free agents at the last minute as we did RT Vernon Carey, ILB Channing Crowder, and SS Yeremiah Bell you are determined to not let them enter the free agent pool where we would more than likely lose them to other teams. The Dolphins resigned 3 of their starters from last year and that means that the Fins are not taking any steps back.
I am a little concerned about giving Bell a 4 year, $20 million contract as he has had a couple season-ending injuries in his career, but you can definitely say that he is a playmaker. While he does not have the knack to make interceptions, he broke up some game-saving plays last year and he created fumbles with some jarring hits. There is no doubt that the Dolphins would not have made the playoffs without him. Keeping him around is an excellent move if he can stay healthy. He will continue to play strong safety (SS) for the Dolphins.
I am even more excited that we will now have two playmakers in the secondary as the Dolphins signed ex-Raider SS/FS Gabril Wilson to a 5 year, $27.5 million contract with $8 million of it guaranteed. It was surprising that many teams did not go after Wilson, but he was not the problem at Oakland. He's a ball-hawker and signing this 27 year old safety made the Dolphins much better on defense. Wilson will be playing free safety for the Dolphins.
Free Agency begins tonight at midnight, but the Dolphins got a good jump on the competition as Wilson was not under contract, so, the Dolphins could talk to him once he was released. My guess is that the Dolphins are talking to WR Laverneus Cole's agent as Coles has good chemistry with Pennington. Not only that but the Dolphins only have 3 wide receivers worth bringing back next year. A player such as Coles will only make this team even better.
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