Now that we are on Bye week I thought it would be interesting to touch on a couple players in free agency. The last two seasons the Dolphins were in a favorable cap situation so we could go out and use free agency as a tool to try and upgrade the team. “Upgrade” is a key word people often overlook when acquiring players. People tend to focus on value relative to everyone else playing the position in the league. Mike Wallace and Branden Albert are very good examples. I have seen several people state that Mike Wallace is overpaid. So that means you are comparing him to whom? People like Calvin Johnson, AJ Green, maybe a Julio Jones? Ok, but there is only one problem; in 2013 I don’t think those players were available. Coming into 2013 we had to try to upgrade a team that featured Brian Hartline and Devon Bess. I don’t think anyone is going to argue that Mike Wallace is a massive upgrade over Devon Bess. Similar we paid a large amount of money to acquire Branden Albert. However, again I don’t think anyone will argue he is massive…wait that word does not describe it well enough, he is an ENORMOUS upgrade over Johnathan Martin. So yes, while you can say Mike Wallace and Branden Albert are overpaid relative to where they rank against all the players average salary at that position. I would argue that the massive upgrade they provided our team over what we had justifies what the team spent on them. Or in other words I think the value of how much better the player makes your team is more important than the value they have against players on other teams (most of which are not even possible to sign) Let me know who you think had the biggest upgrade value to the team or even who downgraded the team the last couple years.