Despite making their first playoff appearance since the 2008 season last year, the Miami Dolphins had plenty of room for improvement this offseason. Possessing a defense that at some points couldn’t stop a turtle from scoring, Miami has done a pretty good job so far this offseason of bringing back key players and adding free agents to the roster.
Working on an extended contract for linebacker Kiko Alonso, the Miami Dolphins have already signed defensive end Andre Branch and star safety Reshad Jones to contract extensions this offseason. Despite this, the team still has plenty of holes to fill on the defensive side of the football going forward.
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That said, two very important free agent signings have already been made by this team. Inking the soon-to-be 31-year old to a two year contract gives Miami some great value going forward. However, the most important area that this deal helps in is that it gives the Dolphins a talented outside linebacker, something it lacked last season.
Recording 114 tackles last season with the Steelers, Timmons was a player that could always find a way to sniff out the ball carrier. While he will not be a sack machine during his time with Miami, he is a capable tackler and an extremely hard hitter. Adding someone that can play the edge and get to running backs before they turn to far up field gives Miami an extreme improvement at the position.
The other main singing by Miami comes in the form of safety Nate Allen. Now, I might be a little biased towards Allen considering that he comes from my hometown of Cape Coral, Florida — just about three hours north west of Hard Rock Stadium — I can unbiasedly say that the man can play football.
Despite not seeing much action last season with the Oakland Raiders, Allen is a upgrade at the safety position over the now released Isa Abdul-Quddus. While Allen could start next season for Miami at the position, I do expect him to split time with Michael Thomas early on at the free safety position.
Recording two interceptions and three pass deflections last season in Oakland, Allen should only have more success this year playing more snaps with the Miami Dolphins. Is Allen a game-changing signing, no, but he does provide the Miami Dolphins with talent and depth at a position that may have been the most banged up on this team last season.