Talk amongst experts has been tossed around that Miami has shown interest in Green Bay’s tight end Jermichael Finley. This pickup for the Dolphins would be a huge gain because early on in draft conversations, Eric Ebron from UNC was the number one choice for Miami in many expert analysts’ mock drafts. Since Ebron has proven himself worthy of a higher pick than 19th overall, the chances are slim to none that he would even be available if the Dolphins decided they still wanted him. Miami’s first round choice is still a serious debate with quite a few options as to who they would choose, but I wouldn’t expect any other free agency needs to be met or even addressed until the conclusion of the draft when the organization can sit down and see what other gaps need to be filled. But assuming the Dolphins don’t land a surprising, strong tight end candidate in the first couple of rounds, Jermichael Finley could easily become a large focus for the Dolphins to snatch up.
This 6’5”, 250 pounder has a big bodied frame guaranteed to be Tannehill’s primary target in the red zone if he were to land in Miami. Finley has played in 70 total games in his career and has over 2750 yards receiving and 20 TDs. His playmaking ability would be a huge plus to an offense in desperate need of a spark early on in the season. OC Bill Lazor is very familiar with the success of double tight end sets from Philly where QB Nick Foles destroyed defenses with his well-known tight end duo Zach Ertz and Brent Celek. On the other side of the line of scrimmage of Charles Clay, Finley would be guaranteed to wreak havoc in 3rd down red zone situations, but also in blocking during the run game.
No doubt, if the talk about Miami expressing interest in Finley is legitimate and the deal gets done, then Dolphins fans should be ready to see some new formations and offensive looks to complement our two tight ends being two of our biggest playmakers. It’s been awhile since Miami has had a notable tight end, or better yet tight end duo at that, so I sure wouldn’t mind seeing Finley dressing out for the Phins at the start of next season.