Some might not even remember that inside linebacker Tim Dobbins was included in that package deal on draft day with San Diego, that more notably saw Miami trade down from 12th to 28th in the first round, and receive the 40th overall selection in round two.
But the front office must believe they have a valuable commodity with Dobbins, as the National Football Post is reporting that he has agreed to a two-year extension that prevents him from hitting free agency next offseason.
Does that say anything about Dobbins role on this football team though?
Jeff Ireland has describe Dobbins as a “core special teams player,” which would suggest he was only brought to Miami to excel on special teams and provide solid depth at inside linebacker. But in a limited 299 snaps with the Chargers last season, Dobbins tallied a productive 55 tackles, which was three more than what projected starter Channing Crowder put up in 717 snaps.
Yes, Crowder has been more productive in the past, and hopefully he can return to his 08′ form, but if his play doesn’t pick up in a hurry, I don’t see why Dobbins can’t push Crowder for playing time.