While it may be a bit early to be considering the free agent class of 2018, there is always room on the calendar for two things. Getting ahead of ourselves and improvement. Combining both categories into one for this article, we will take a look at some potential free agents the Miami Dolphins should consider signing once the spring of 2018 rolls around.
In need of some reinforcements and help across their roster already, Miami already has positions that will need addressing in the future. Planning way too far ahead, here are three players the Miami Dolphins could consider signing once the 2018 free agency period rolls around.
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Preston Brown — Linebacker
A player that is capable of playing both as an inside and outside linebacker, Preston Brown is also a tackling machine. For some reason though, it appears that despite recording over 100 tackles during each of his first three seasons in the league, Brown appears on his way out of Buffalo with head coach Sean McDermott not seeing Brown as a fit in his scheme.
Considering that the Miami Dolphins current middle linebacker is not getting any younger — and the fact that Timmons is only signed to a two-year deal — Miami would be well suited to pursue Brown as a middle linebacker option next spring. Getting a player with his production and young age would immediately improve the defense and help solidify the linebacking corps for many years to come.
While Brown is likely to come at a cost, there is little doubt that he would provide the team with a strong and stable core for many years to come.
Shawn Lauvao — Guard
One of the weakest parts of the Miami Dolphins offense still is the offensive line. Despite the improvement over the last few seasons which has undoubtedly enabled the offense to become much more productive, the group still has many issues that will need to be sorted out in the next year or two.
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One of those main issues is that the starting interior lineman are both pushing into their mid-30’s. With Isaac Asiata waiting in the wings to take over one of the two starting guard positions, Miami will need to find a permanent replacement eventually for the other guard spot. One option the Dolphins could take is to sign current Washington guard Shawn Lauvao.
An eight-year veteran of the league once the 2018 free agency period rolls around, Lauvao has been mostly healthy and consistent as an offensive lineman. Considering that he will be in his early 30’s upon joining Miami, Lauvao could at least provide a starting option for two-to-three years while another young player is developed.
Dominique Easley — Defensive Tackle
The Jordan Phillips experiment has yet to really payoff for the Miami Dolphins. Arguably, he has become one of the fans most disliked players due to his average-to-poor performances and he looks set to be on his way out of Miami unless something changes in the coming months. If Philips does in fact leave, then the Dolphins will need to land a new starting defensive tackle.
While one option would be for the Dolphins to use an early round draft pick and try and find a full-time answer at the position, another option is for Miami to sign a player like Dominique Easley. Despite having the bust tag on him, Easley has quietly began to put together some decent seasons as a member of the Rams.
Improving each and every season as well as seeing the field more each season he has been in the league, Easley has a chance to become a decent starter in this league. Depending on the price, he could be a good investment for the Miami Dolphins and their defense.