The Dolphins created a major hole at receiver when they sent Brandon Marshall to the Chicago Bears for a pair of third round draft selections. Marshall was no angel off the field and at times his antics on the field had you scratching your head but there is no question that Marshall was one of the most productive players the Dolphins had line up at the position in quite some time. The Dolphins have a plethora of players fighting for roster sports and that long list includes Brian Hartline, Davone Bess, Clyde Gates, Roberto Wallace, Marlon Moore, Legedu Naanee, Rishard Matthews, Derek Moye, Julius Pruitt, and BJ Cunningham but let’s not kid ourselves thinking that this crop will be able to replace Brandon Marshall. The Dolphins receiver core is currently young, raw, and from a talent standpoint they are simply not good enough for this team to compete for a playoff spot.
Plaxico Burress has publicly stated that he wants to play for the Miami Dolphins and Miami hasn’t even entertained the idea. Sure Plaxico Burress isn’t the same player he was when he was catching game winning touchdowns to beat Tom Brady and the New England Patriots to win Super Bowl XLII. Burress is 34 years-old and the down side of his NFL career but he is a legitimate red-zone threat who could help this team now. In 2011 Plaxico hauled in 45 passes for 612 yards and an impressive 8 touchdowns. Burress would bring experience and production to a wide receiver core that currently lacks it in a major way. I’m not thinking this is a long-term solution by any means as I see this as a one year situation but it is clear to me that the Dolphins need to upgrade this position especially if they plan on letting their 1st round selection Ryan Tannehill see the field in 2012.