The Dolphins finished third in the AFC East with an 8-8 record. The second year in a row that the Dolphins under Joe Philbin have finished with a .500 record and missed the playoffs. The Dolphins haven’t made any significant coaching changes this offseason so from a scheme standpoint things should remain relatively stable. The Dolphins had the number 6 ranked pass defense and the 24 ranked rush defense. To that end the Dolphins pulled off the biggest coup of this free agent signing period by luring Ndamukong Suh away from the Detroit Lions. I don’t need to quote you his stats to tell you that this is not only a significant signing but a very good one. Suh is entering his 6th season in the league to say that he has been the most dominant DT in the last 5 seasons would not be an understatement. Suh draws double and triple teams on every play which will free up Olivier Vernon and Cameron Wake on the edges. Suh has missed all of two games in his 5 year career and while he has a reputation for being a dirty player with his talent level any team will take that risk. Suh is on the field for upwards of 75% of all defensive snaps, which means not only is he big, he is durable and has got stamina.
The Dolphins also signed former Texans and Steelers cornerback Brice McCain who will replace the retired Cortland Finnegan in the Dolphins secondary. McCain entering his 7th season has 129 career tackles, 8 interceptions and 39 passes defensed. I think this is a good singing if you need a nickel or dime back but as the number two corner of the roster, I think it is a risky move, he will be faster than Finnegan, but he has missed playing time in three of his first six seasons. He missed 8 games over 5 seasons with the Texans and 2 games last year with the Steelers, he may not be able to hold up under the pressure of playing as a starting cornerback at this point in his career.
The Dolphins have added one last big name free agent at this point in free agency former Cleveland Browns TE Jordan Cameron. In four seasons with the Browns, Jordan has amassed 130 receptions on 217 targets and a 59.9 RR for 1600 yards an average of 12.3 yards a catch and 10 touchdowns. The problem is that Jordan has never played a full season, he has missed 17 games over the last four seasons, not ideal for the man you want to become you’re starting tight end. With that said there is very little wrong with this signing and a lot of upside to it if he can stay healthy.
Final Grade: A-