I admit that I didn't care who the Dolphins signed. It really didn't matter to me. But the fact is that I can't avoid hearing about it. It seems to be the talk of the town the last day or so. And a comment was in order:
The Dolphins signed a big-name player and a couple of other guys, and suddenly "they're a contender" according to most pundits. Sure, its fun to play a mini version of fantasy football and let the GMs draft what they think is going to be a great performing team.
I do give Ireland credit for *finally* having a conviction in free agency and acting on it. But there didn't seem to be much competition for Wallace's services (although I did hear that Minnesota may have been interested - and wouldn't it be funny if they were the ones who drove his price up? The Vikings of course snookered Miami out of a draft pick a few seasons ago when they drafted Vernon Carey) and paying him that much would appear to be over paying for a guy who was very good *two* seasons ago. Last year he was no better than anyone Miami had - so they're banking on a possibility?
The NFL free agency period on the big name players is a 50/50 proposition - at best. For every great free agent, there are a dozen busts. As much as I generally don't like The Bleacher Report, here are two articles that cover that very topic:
And given Ireland's history on free agency, I have trouble believing Miami has "turned the corner" and gotten better. Prove it.
Now to be a conspiracist, but I have to wonder if there's an attempt to win fan support for the bigger picture: Ross wants his stadium improvements, and this is a small price to be paid to put positive energy on the Dolphins. If it is, it still is good for fans, but it just happens to run contrary to his "we build through the draft" mindset.
As for the linebackers he signed, last year we heard the defense had a good foundation. But now about half of it is comprised of new players. And in jettisoning a couple of the players, the Dolphins showed that free agency decisions of the past were bad decisions. So are they really better?
And just one other comment. Given the roster churn that happened when Parcells, et al arrived on the scene, and the emphasis they put on that first draft back in 2008, its amazing that NONE of the draft choices from that season are still on the team. Not a one. So I guess selecting Jake Long #1 overall wasn't such a great idea, after all.