The large segment of Dolphins fans expecting a series of free-agent upgrades was sorely disappointed. The Dolphins struck out in their pursuit of three quarterbacks — Peyton Manning, Matt Flynn and Alex Smith — before settling on David Garrard as competition for de facto starter Matt Moore. The lone projected starter Miami added in free agency was Arizona cornerback Richard Marshall. Significant losses:
The Dolphins traded wide receiver Brandon Marshall to Chicago for two third-round draft picks without having a replacement in line as the No. 1 pass-catching option. Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland told safety Yeremiah Bell that he wasn't going to get released only to cut him a week into free agency. The callous treatment of a defensive team captain is another reason why Ireland is so reviled among fans and players. Top draft need:
If the Dolphins don't select Texas A&M quarterback Ryan Tannehill, the heat on Ireland will rise even higher. Miami also must find a pass-rushing end to help the productivity of Cameron Wake, who hasn't appeared for offseason workouts because of a contract dispute that Ireland should have addressed long ago. Analysis:
The Miami Herald reported the Dolphins are projected to have $50 million in 2013 cap space. Ireland hasn't proved he should be employed to spend it. Grade:
F- Alex Marvez
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