Right now, today, it is still arguable whether the Dolphins have enough talent to put them in the playoffs. Several Las Vegas sports books have set Miami’s over-under win total at seven.
And a look at the roster suggests there are only half a dozen or so players who are good enough to start just about anywhere else in the NFL. Those players would be left tackle Jake Long, center Mike Pouncey, Dansby, cornerback Vontae Davis, defensive end Cameron Wake and probably interior lineman Paul Soliai.
The Dolphins have other good players and even have young players who might burst onto the scene unexpectedly. But definite starters on any team they join?
This team can use more talent. It needs a playmaker at wide receiver. It needs a playmaker in the deep secondary. An above-average quarterback would help, too.
The frustrating thing is that Miami did precious little to upgrade at either wide receiver or safety this offseason.
Here’s a suggestion: There is at least one player, currently unsigned, who could help the Dolphins now.
The Steelers and receiver Mike Wallace have hit an impasse in contract negotiations to the point that Wallace’s days in Pittsburgh are numbered. The club will not be able to keep him past this season for financial reasons that not even a franchise tag can solve.
So it would not be shocking if Pittsburgh begins listening to trade overtures for Wallace. If that happens, the price would be steep — perhaps a second-round pick or multiple second-round picks plus the new, fat contract for the player.
So? Wallace caught 72 passes for 1,193 yards and eight touchdowns last season. He’s a rocket. He’s dependable. He’s a 95-yard completion waiting to happen, and it happened last season.
If the Dolphins haven’t at least touched base with the Steelers to measure his availability, it’s a shame. Yes, Wallace would be expensive. But there’s nothing good ever said about fiscally sound losing teams.
And, yes, giving up draft picks would hurt. But what guarantee can Miami give that next year’s second-rounder will contribute as much as the 26-year-old Wallace would contribute immediately?
The Dolphins have some talent. They are not the mess some cynics would have you believe. But more talent is better. More talent means more wins.
Ask Joe Philbin.