Miami Dolphins look to continue improvement on defense

Looking to improve their defense from last season, the Miami Dolphins are still looking to add talented players to it's defense this offseason.

Oct 2, 2016; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Jacoby Brissett (7) is helped up by offensive guard Joe Thuney (62) after being sacked by Buffalo Bills inside linebacker Zach Brown (53) during the second half of the Buffalo Bills 16-0 win over the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

Despite already signing some key players this offseason, the Miami Dolphins don’t look to be done signing defensive talent. Already adding Lawrence Timmons and Nate Allen to the defense as well as signing Andre Branch and Reshad Jones to long term deals, the Miami Dolphins look to now be targeting former Bills linebacker Zach Brown and former Chiefs defensive tackle Dontari Poe.

Of the two moves, the one for Brown could be the most important given the Dolphins situation at linebacker last season. Having already added Timmons to the roster, the addition of Zach Brown would at least give Miami a talented starting level for the corps. Assuming Kiko Alonso re-signs with the team and moves to outside linebacker, Zach Brown would be missing link for this unit.


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While the two sides have yet to meet in person, Miami is holding out hope that meeting between the two sides can be set up. Initially favored to re-sign with Buffalo, Brown remains a free agent after having an amazing year during his first season with the Bills. Just entering the prime of his career, it is likely that he is searching for long term deal at this stage.

Having a career season with Buffalo last season, Brown recorded a career high 149 tackles last season. Heck, midway through the campaign, Brown was leading the league in tackles due to a number of impressive performances. Adding four sacks, an interception, two pass deflections and two forced fumbles last season, Brown became a household name amongst many in the NFL.

The other player Miami will be looking to sign this offseason is former Chiefs defensive tackle Dontari Poe. Visiting a whole host of teams during free agency, Poe would add some depth and improvement to the interior of the Dolphins defensive line. Lining up next to Ndamukong Suh, Poe would be a replacement for the much maligned Jordan Phillips on most plays.

Weighing 346 pounds, Poe is a run stopper and gap plugger in every sense of the word. Lining him up to Suh would give the Dolphins the best interior line in the league and possibly the best defensive line as well. That said, at only 26-years of age, Poe will require a long term deal, something Miami may not be willing to give considering the investment they have already made along the defensive line.

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