Miami Dolphins Free Agency Part I Grades

As the dust of week one of free agency settles and most of the big names have either re-signed or been snatched up by other teams, part one of free agency is about done. Things will slow down for now until after the draft when veteran players get cut due to teams landing younger cheaper, talented replacements. I call that free agency Part II. 

Let us look at what Miami has done so far  

CB Jalen Ramsey: 

The Dolphins (in what is now tradition) made the first big splash in free agency by trading for CB Jalen Ramsey. What was surprising about the trade was the compensation. Mami traded a 2023 third-round draft pick as well as tight end Hunter Long.  

Some are saying Miami fleeced the Rams but that is not the case, here is why. Jaylen Ramsey had some leverage in the deal, he expressly wanted to go to Miami and that is why the Rams, who are on a fire sale, to rebuild after putting all their chips in a couple of years ago to win a SB. Now they must pay the price. That is why they made the deal and why Miami’s GM Chris Grier offered the compensation he did. 

Ramsey’s contract was reworked, and he now gets two years guaranteed and Miami can part ways after 3 years or re-up. 

You know it is a good move when Haters are Hating! šŸ™‚ 

Grade A++ 

QB Mike White 

Know body was more excited last season when Miami signed Teddy Bridgewater as the backup QB after Jacoby Brissett tanked the season before. I had wanted Teddy in Miami for a while even when he snubbed Miami a few years earlier. 

To say I was disappointed is an understatement, Teddy seemed so aloof and disinterested, his body language was just awful! He was injured more than our starter! I am so glad he is gone! 

Bringing in former Jets backup QB Mike White was a very solid move and cost friendly deal of two years 16 million dollars. He is also a ocal product from Pembroke Pines, Florida, U.S. 

Grade B 

LB David Long 

The Linebacker position for Miami needed an upgrade and to get a multi-tooled-Swiss-Army-Knife player like Long was the step in the right direction, all you need to do is look at the film and you will see why this might quietly be one of the better pickups this offseason! 

Grade A+ 

S DeShon Elliott 

New Dolphins DC Vick Fangio utilizes 3 safeties often in his scheme, Miami adds another young Safety along with Jevon Holland and Brandon Jones too sure of the Safety position, do not forget the versatility of Jalen Ramsey might also play in the mix at Safety! 

Grade B 

WR Braxton Berrios 

Miami’s special teams took a bad turn last year, both in returns and coverage, so much that many of us thought Special Teams Coach Danny Crossman was going to be fired. Well Mike McDaniel has decided that not all the blame can be attributed to coaching and getting a player that I actually hated because he was killing Miami in a game vs the Jets in the return game is great news. 

Braxton Berrios is a Wes Welker-like player, and it is no coincidence that Welker the WR’s coach for Miami most likely made a push for Berrios. He should be the starter on both punt and kickoff returns and he is good so Ican now show him some love now that he will dawn a Dolphins uniform this upcoming season. 

Grade A 

LB Malik Reed 

This is an exceptionally good depth move behind Chubb and Phillips as a pass rusher. He has 16 sacks in the last two years and with Andrew Van Ginkel and Melvin Ingram potentially moving on this is a nice young insurance signing to add to the roster. 

Grade B 

OL Dan Feeney 

The one area that many of us Dolphins fans are fixated on is the offensive line as many feels that we need more depth and a couple of starters to solidify a line that is charged with the most important task in the NFL protecting the QB! This is a solid move to bring in a veteran lineman with some line flexibility, he has started at center and guard in his career and Miami can use more competition and depth at both positions. 

Grade C+ 

P Jake Bailey 

After losing Thomas Morstead, our reliable punter from last year when he signed with the Jets, Miami signs Bailey, a First-Team All-Pro and Pro-Bowl selections in 2020 off waivers when the Patriots money dumped him and his salary. He did not have a good season last year due to a back injury that plagued him last season. 

Miami gets a younger punter that hopefully can return to his 2020 form, especially in the warmer climate of Miami for half of his games. 

Grade B 

TE Eric Saubert 

It’s going to take a while to get over the loss of Mike Gesicki a fan favorite and this is not the signing to do it, but he brings with him better blocking and with just two other TE’s Durham Smythe and Tanner Conner on the roster after trading Hunter Long many of us are expecting Miami to address the position in the draft so this signing is more about depth and competition. 

Grade C 

Miami Dolphins FA Players Re-Signed 

Dolphins re-sign LB Duke Riley, OT Kendall Lamm, RB Salvon Ahmed, RB Raheem Mostert, RB Jeff Wilson Jr., RB Myles Gaskin, WR River Cracraft, FB John Lovett, CB Nik Needham, T Geron Christian, DB Elijah Campbell, (awarded wide receiver Freddie Swain off of waivers from the Denver) 

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