Last night the twitterverse went wild again. Around 15 hours ago, NFL Fox Analyst Jay Glazer (@Jay_Glazer) tweeted “First Tiki sighting. Tiki Barber worked out yesterday w the Dolphins. Heard he looked good, Fins 1st wanna see how their current crop does.”
As you can imagine, this led to an uproar in the Dolphins’ community. Some fans were aggravated with the news, while others took a wait and see stance on the subject.
That being said, here is my take on some guys that COULD (take note of COULD) be potential options for the Dolphins.
Tiki Barber – I am having a REALLY tough time with this one. Part of me is saying this guy hasn’t been in football for the past four years, would appear to be a terrible role model and would just be a huge question mark. Tiki is a cheater, a self absorbed person, and too be honest, we really don’t even know if he has the desire and fire to play football anymore. For me personally, there are several other running backs I would prefer, which I will list.
That being said, Tiki had a VERY productive NFL career. And if he does have some of that stuff left in the tank, he can be a valuable asset to the team.
Jason Snelling – This one is also tough because I am not sure what type of price tag he would come with, but he is a powerful running back that proved in Atlanta he can be a nice piece in a ball control offense.
Kevin Smith- Smith is a very talented running back who has suffered many injuries throughout his NFL career. However, he expressed interest in playing for Miami earlier this off-season and could be a cheap backup to help the transition to Daniel Thomas become a smooth one.
Another proven NFL guy who has made his rounds in the NFL and would not come at a high price while helping out the backfield.
He has upside for sure and is looking to start, but personally I don’t think he is a long-term solution. He didn’t really jump out when he was given his chance last year when Big Ben was out.
Now this guy I like! He put on a show last year by almost taking down the Patriots on primetime TV and showed he has the stuff to potentially start in this league. That being said, they don’t lack weapons in Green Bay and he could just be a product of a good system. The Packers are also over the cap and might want to drop some $.
Who would I go get?
If it were up to me, I would sign Kevin Smith- a young RB with decent potential who has expressed a desire to play in Miami- and trade for Matt Flynn IF the price was right.