There’s a new regime in South Florida as the Miami Dolphins look to rebound from an erratic year. What five pieces could they add via free agency in 2019?
It’s a franchise that has been to the playoffs only twice since realignment in 2002. In his first season with the club, Adam Gase guided the Miami Dolphins to a wild card berth in ’16. This past season, the team opened 3-0 but was less-than-competitive in too many games. The franchise opted to move on and the club’s newest sideline leader is defensive minded Brian Flores, who comes over from the Super Bowl LIII champion New England Patriots.
The Dolphins are expected to make many changes, as was the case last offseason. And perhaps the biggest is the report from the Miami Herald’s Armando Salguero that quarterback Ryan Tannehill is not in the team’s future plans. So will the organization address the position in free agency or the draft? And it terms of veteran acquisitions, what five players could the ‘Fins go after if they become available on March 13?
5. RB Bilal Powell (New York Jets)
One year after gaining the fourth-fewest rushing yards on the ground, the Dolphins improved to 18th in the NFL when it came to rushing yards per game. Ageless Frank Gore led the club with 722 yards on 156 carries but didn’t run for a score and finished 2018 on injured reserve. Kenyan Drake finished second with 535 rushing yards on 120 attempts and had four of the team’s seven rushing TDs.
A year ago, the team used a fourth-round pick in Kalen Ballage. One-time New England Patriots’ running back Brandon Bolden could become a free agent on March 13. But so could Bilal Powell, who like Gore finished ’18 on IR. The eight-year veteran played in only seven games (all starts) this past season but still finished with 343 rushing yards and totaled 453 yards from scrimmage, with one receiving touchdown. Could he be part of a revamped Miami backfield?