Miami Dolphins NFL offseason preview: Will they buy playmakers to help Tua Tagovailoa? – Miami Dolphins . Blog

Miami – The Miami Dolphins were supposed to compete for the East Asian title in 2021 after winning 10 games in 2020; Instead, they missed the playoffs for the fifth consecutive season in a disappointing fashion.

The team fired coach Brian Flores and hired 49ers offensive coordinator Mike McDaniel, ushering in an “innovative” era, said owner Stephen Ross.

“Look forward to working with us and [general manager] Chris [Grier] Ross said creating a team that wins the Super Bowls. “First, we have to start winning conference games and division games, and hopefully get to the Super Bowl.”

Miami has nearly $60 million in salary cap space to work with this off-season, most of which should be spent on retaining their free agents and adding key players to their offense to support quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, who is in at number three. season.

From there, it’s a McDaniel show. He has been described as an innovative gamer, known for thinking outside the box.

This is a good thing for dolphins. With the Bills and Patriots in their division, they’ll need a little creativity to hack and make the playoffs.

Expected maximum salary area: $61.3 million

The most important free agents: T Mike Jesecki, D.Emmanuel Ogbah, CB Nick Needham, WR McHullins

Possible candidates for cutting: Last season, Jesse Davis had the 188th best ball win rate in the NFL in 2021 out of 200 qualified offensive linemen. Miami could save $3.6 million by releasing Davis and filling the role with an advanced free agent.

The big question: How will Miami improve this cover space? Offensive tackle Tyrone Armstead? Recipient Chris Goodwin? Maybe even Davante Adams reception? It’s wishful thinking, but the Dolphins have a tempting amount of cover space and should be a big spender after narrowly losing a playoff in 2021. There are a few lesser-known dealers in the process, their biggest need, and the playmakers marquee at a wide receiver. like that. There is also the matter of Pro Bowl’s Xavien Howard, who will want to restructure the contract and raise that amount out of the season. With a strong and free agency, the Dolphins can leap to the next level in the AFC.

Best off-season scenario: Miami lands offensive tackle marquee and an advanced wide receiver – or run a deal for Atlanta receiver Calvin Ridley. She also re-signed Howard, Ogba, Needham and Hollins to keep the core of her defense and her own teams intact.

Worst case scenario off season: This year’s McDaniel’s free agency crop cream is not on sale and Dolphins fail to sign a difference maker. They also lose a hitch and are forced to trade with Howard after they fail to reach an agreement.

An early look at the NFL Draft, from ESPN analyst Jordan Reed: Putting Tagovailoa into an environment to succeed should be a priority in the 2022 draft. Adding and continuing to add to it another wide receiver will likely be the case. Dolphins can also look to build a defensive line.

Most important needs: OL, WR, DL

Best choice for: No. 29