Last year, the 2012 offseason proved to show more pessimism than optimism for the Miami Dolphins. When news broke that the Dolphins would pursue future hall of fame and Super Bowl winning quarterback Peyton Manning by various Miami beat reporters, the sighting of Manning near his Miami condo brought a site for sore eyes for all Miami fans. However, the Dolphins were never given a true chance at his courtship and settled for a small meeting in Indianapolis sans Steven Ross and with Joe Philbin and Jeff Ireland.
Enter this season’s love interest, wide receiver Greg Jennings of the Green Bay Packers. Last week Jennings has said repeatedly that he would not mind a reunion with Joe Philbin. Philbin coached him 5 seasons in Green Bay and Jennings when healthy has been a productive part of the winning tradition in Green Bay. Jennings is looking for his next big deal and Miami appears to be an incredible landing spot with Miami flush with cash due to Jeff Ireland’s master plan of rebuilding the Dolphins.
As the Dolphins enter into the offseason, they have decisions to make, whether it is to sign a high priced free agent or pass and re-sign their current set of offensive and defensive free agents. The time to strike while the iron is hot appears right now.
On one hand Jennings seems ready to open his arms, his driveway, and let the Brinks truck back up full of cash.
On the other hand, do the Dolphins want to sign another free agent in the offseason that fails to meet expectations due to injury concerns or settle on a guy like Jennings due to a previous familiarity with Joe Philbin? Remember last offseason how Matt Flynn was basically going to be signed right as the bell rang for free agency? Philbin and Ireland offered him nothing that was going to prove he’d be the starter in Miami. Seattle did. Flynn still didn’t start with the emergence of Russell Wilson.
As speed dating gets into full swing between the Dolphins and many agents at the NFL combine in Indianapolis, the Dolphins have to make decisions that will benefit them for many years. Remember, spending money doesn’t necessarily lead to automatic winning in the NFL. In fact, drafting seems like a more sound strategy, and teams that win draft especially well. But, if you are going to put butts in the seats and bring an experienced set of weaponry for Ryan Tannehill, then getting the best guy out there may not be one in Greg Jennings, but at least he might be in the conversation.