As the NFL off season draws closer, another hot topic on the Miami Dolphins off season list is finding a weapon for young quarterback Ryan Tannehill. With a striking amount of talent in the wide receiver field this off season, this position is proving to be critical to enhance the Dolphins offense. The Dolphins stood 26th in the league this past year in passing, averaging just under 199 yards per game. Proving the need for a big play wide receiver is becoming more crucial in becoming an elite offense.
To start off the off season list of big play wide receivers lies arguably the most fitting receiver for the Dolphins, Greg Jennings. At 29 years of age coming out of 6 years with the Green Bay Packers, Greg Jennings has a history with Miami Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin. Philbin spent 9 years in Green Bay, 4 of which he was offensive coordinator. In Jennings years with Green Bay, Jennings was a 2 time Pro Bowler, a Super Bowl champion, and accumulated 53 total touchdowns. Jennings provides big play experience and would lead the Miami Dolphins receiving core. When Jennings was asked about the possibility of reuniting with Joe Philbin in Miami, Jennings responded “I wouldn’t mind that at all.”
Secondly, Miami native Dwayne Bowe may be on the market come March 12th. Standing at 6’2″, 221 pounds, Bowe provides a physical, down-field threat. After 5 years of playing with a struggling Kansas City Chiefs team, Bowe may look to take his talents elsewhere. In his 5 years with the Chiefs, Bowe made 1 playoff appearance and one Pro-Bowl appearance. Bowe battled injuries throughout the 2012 season, in which he missed 3 games, and held a career low 3 touchdowns. With the Dolphins possessing multiple slot receivers, a physical down the field threat may be exactly what Miami is looking for.
Lastly among the top wide receiver prospects for the Dolphins lies a talented young wide-out, Mike Wallace. Wallace was drafted in the 3rd round of the 2009 NFL Draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers, and has since made a presence as a standout wide receiver. Wallace is a 1 time Pro-Bowler, and a 1 time Super Bowl champion with the Steelers. In Wallace’s 3 years experience, he accumulated 235 receptions for 4,042 yards, and 32 touchdowns. Coming out of the University of Mississippi, Wallace came as an under the radar, speedy down the field receiver. Wallace would provide a big boost for the Dolphins receiving game as he has the ability to run past defenders.
The 2013 free agency will prove to be an exciting one for the Miami Dolphins, as they have a chance to add play makers. Rounding out a list of Dolphins potential free agents include Reggie Bush, Brian Hartline, Jake Long, Randy Starks, and corner back Sean Smith. Depending on the Dolphins resigning of these players could prove to be crucial along with the free agent signings they make come March.