The Miami Dolphins are no strangers to winning Free Agency. With the exception of the “official” rebuild year, Miami consistently landed players ranked in the top 10.
Miami is already making its case for the 2020 Free Agent Championship Title by signing top cornerback Byron Jones on day one, making Jones the highest paid cornerback in the NFL.
We have all seen how winning in Free Agency correlates with winning Super Bowls. It doesn’t!
The 2011 Philadelphia Eagles learnt that lesson the hard way. Miami before the start of this season seemed to take the hint also.
Somehow this year feels different.
Could the Dolphins be on the verge of a masterpiece? One that results in the goal of building a consistent winner?
Here is what the Dolphins did on day two to build on an impressive first day.
Clayton Fejedelem (Safety)
Miami is taking a surgical approach to filling their needs this time around. Clayton’s signing should not be overshadowed by the other big name day-one additions.
Miami addressed multiple areas with this signing. Clayton will add depth at Safety. More importantly Fejedelem is expected to make an immediate impact on Special Teams. He is joining the Dolphins as the former Special Teams captain for the Cincinnati Bengals.
The deal for Clayton was worth $8.6 million over three years with $3 million guaranteed.
Kamu Grugier-Hill (Outside Linebacker)
This was another low risk move with potential. Dolphins are signing Kamu Grugier-Hill to a one-year “prove it” deal.
Kamu played in ten games for the Eagles in 2019, starting in six. The most intriguing thing about Kamu is that he was drafted by the Patriots. He never played a snap for New England after being cut. Brian Flores must have seen something that was worth taking a second look.
Emmanuel Ogbah, (Defensive End)
Everyone loves a winner! Fresh off of the Super Bowl win, Emmanuel Ogbah is bringing his talents back to South Beach. Unfortunately for Ogbah, he did not get to play in the big game as he was recovering from a torn pectoral muscle suffered in week 10.
Prior to his injury though, he was one of the leading defenders for the Chiefs in 2019. In only ten games Ogbah recorded 32 total tackles to go with 5.5 sacks, and a force fumble.
Jordan Howard (Running Back)
The running game was perhaps the biggest area of weakness for the Dolphins last season. Miami had to address their backfield this offseason. Kenyan Drake was traded to the Arizona Cardinals last season. Drake was in a contract year and the Cardinals just placed the Transition Tag on him. Kenyan Drake’s price tag is now $8.4 million.
Jordan Howard is a starter and a good one. Howard has 30 rushing touchdowns since being drafted in 2016.
You know who else was drafted in 2016? The aforementioned Kenyan Drake, with 17 touchdowns for his career!
This is in no way is a hate piece on Drake. He did deliver the Miami Miracle after all. The comparison was made to show that the Dolphins do have a plan this offseason and are sticking to it.
The contract for Howard is a 2 year $10 million deal.