Ikaika Alama-Francis, LB: Unsigned
Will Allen, CB: Signed with Patriots
Vernon Carey, OL: Unsigned
Marc Colombo, OT: Unsigned
Chad Henne, QB: Reportedly signs with the Jaguars.
Kendall Langford, DL: Reportedly signs with Rams.
JP Losman, QB: Unsigned
Marvin Mitchell, LB: Unsigned
Steve Slaton, RB: Reportedly re-signs with Dolphins
Paul Soliai, NT: Re-signs with Dolphins
*Jason Taylor, LB: Unsigned
*Though Taylor announced his retirement, he is technically considered an unrestricted free agent.
The first thing that comes to mind when talking the cornerback position is playmakers! Guys that can truly change the way a offense attacks a defense. When you have a dominant player at this position, it makes an offense take notice of where that person lines up each and every play. It sometimes limits your offensive schemes and alters where and when to attack, unless you have a receiver that can match up with an equal skill set!
With all of the emphasis in the NFL on offense, it has become increasingly important for defenses around the League to find a guy or two who is not just a playmaker, but a game-changer. While many of these guys are elite pass rushers, having a stud in the secondary can be highly beneficial as teams try to slow down the high-octane passing attacks used by most offenses.
Amazingly, aside from quarterback, the tight end position may now be the most talked-about by fans. Thanks to record-breaking seasons by guys like Jimmy Graham, Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez, teams around the league are all looking for the next big thing at this position. That said, both this year’s draft class and crop of free agents don’t look like budding superstars; that said, you never know.
The running back position is an interesting one. While the value of the franchise quarterback has increased exponentially in recent years, we’ve seen a bit of a shift as far as RB value goes. The term “dime a dozen” gets used a lot when discussing the guys that smash head-first into the trenches 20+ times a game. With so much emphasis on the passing game, teams are less and less likely to use high draft picks or big money on a RB, though there are some exceptions.
The wide receiver position is an interesting one moving forward for the Miami Dolphins in 2012 because the offensive philosophy will change for the third time in a three-year span! Players and fans alike are assuming more timing and rhythm throws in anticipation of the west coast offense that head coach Joe Philbin has run in the past.
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One trait that shouldn’t change is that Brandon Marshall should still be productive in any offensive scheme!
The quarterback position is always a hot topic of conversation, especially during this time of the year. The National Football League has become a sport where this position is one of supreme importance, and if you’re a team that dosen’t have a difference maker at the position, your franchise will be left behind! Only one of 12 playoff quarterbacks had a passer rating below 80 (Tim Tebow at 72.9), and the elite single-callers were well over 100 (Aaron Rodgers 122.5, Drew Brees 110.6 and Tom Brady 105.6).