- Jul 26, 2004
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A lot has been made about the Parcells led Miami Dolphins whiffing in free agency the previous two offseasons, but I’d like to argue the Trifecta’s misses have been blown way out of proportion.
Especially when you factor in the contracts given to the handful of free agent busts the Dolphins have quickly moved on from.
Let’s look at the bad signees who are used as evidence against this regime’s ability to identify talent.
FS Gibril Wilson – It’s never a good sign when the dismal Raiders dump a player, but the Dolphins overlooked Wilson’s release from Oakland last season and gave him a lofty five-year, $27.5 million contract. While Wilson’s play wasn’t good, his release this offseason was brought on by him being ill-fitted for the free safety spot in Miami’s 3-4 scheme, and the fact this was an amnesty season where there’s no salary cap ramifications for cutting a player.
WR Ernest Wilford – While Wilford didn’t come cheap (four-year, $13 million contract), it’s not like the Dolphins backed up a Brinks truck to his house. They wanted a big and physical receiver like Keyshawn Johnson, which Wilford resembled. He had been productive in Jacksonville. The Trifecta just overestimated his limited speed, which wouldn’t allow him to create separation from defensive backs, and underestimated Greg Camarillo and Davone Bess.
FS Chris Crocker – Crocker was signed to a one-year, $1.15 million contract, and given first crack at the starting free safety spot in 2008. Coincidentally, he got released six games into that season after being unseated by Renaldo Hill because he allowed too many big plays. The bottom line is Crocker just wasn’t the right fit for the 3-4 scheme. After Crocker got cut he quickly caught on with Cincinnati and has started 19 games since.
CB Eric Green – Green was added as roster filler just in case the 2009 draft didn’t play out as the Dolphins planned. He signed a two-year contract worth $6 million, but was immediately passed on the depth chart by rookie cornerbacks Vontae Davis and Sean Smith. It didn’t help matters that he didn’t make it out of training camp after stinking up the joint in the exhibition season. Green didn’t stick with another NFL team in 2010 despite getting a few opportunities after his release.
CB Michael Lehan – This leftover from the 2007 squad was re-signed to a four-year, $10.5 million contract in the Trifecta’s first offseason. A high ankle sprain Lehan suffered in minicamp of 2008 derailed his progress. The injury eventual got him placed on IR. He was released later that season and had a cup of coffee with the Saints before disappearing from the NFL landscape.
QB Josh McCown – We never really were able to see what McCown could do as a starter because he was traded to the Panthers shortly after Chad Pennington was signed. But considering the coaches were prepared to start the 2009 season with Chad Henne, the team’s 2008 second-round pick, as a rookie starter before Pennington’s addition, it’s clear McCown wasn’t the stopgap veteran the Trifecta thought he was. However, he only signed a two-year deal worth $6.25 million, and the Dolphins did get a 2009 seventh-round pick from Carolina for him.
It is very easy to sigle out the misses, but what about the finds. Chad Pennington, Lousaka Polite, Dan Carpenter, Nate Garner, Joe Berger, Tyron Culver, Randy Starks, Charlie Anderson & Erik Walden. Why some of those names are not starters they are ket backups and real good special teamers. It is very easy to point out the flaws, but how about pointing out the good signings this organization has had the last two years, as well.
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