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2016 Schedule
10-6, 2nd in AFC East
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20hJames Walker

Dolphins' third linebacker remains a mystery

Who will start at linebacker for Miami alongside Lawrence Timmons and Kiko Alonso? Free agency brought nothing, so perhaps the answer's in the draft.

James Walker ESPN Staff Writer 

I'm getting plenty of messages on social media this week from Miami Dolphins fans expressing dislike for potentially drafting a guard in the first round. Usually, I agree. But this year is different for a few reasons. First, I like Forrest Lamp as a prospect. I project he will be a good NFL guard who is versatile enough to be a backup offensive tackle when injuries occur. That is valuable. Second, we finally saw what steady guard play (Laremy Tunsil, Jermon Bushrod) can do for Miami's offense last season. Do you really want to go back to the guard play of 2012-2015 when Ryan Tannehill was the most sacked QB in that span? Third, the Dolphins are picking No. 22 after making the playoffs, not their usual spot in this top 15. Finally, I don't trust Miami can find starting-caliber guards in the middle rounds. We've seen the team fail at that multiple times in recent years with the Dallas Thomas and Billy Turners of the world.

James Walker ESPN Staff Writer 

The Dolphins claimed offensive tackle Avery Young, according to the league's transaction wire. Young was injured while with the New Orleans Saints last season, but Miami is seeing if there is upside with the 24-year old. The Dolphins need offensive tackle depth behind starters Laremy Tunsil and Ja'Wuan James. They traded starting left tackle Branden Albert to the Jaguars earlier this month.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

The Dolphins signed former Saints OT Avery Young, an undrafted rookie last year from Auburn who spent all of training camp and the entire season on the non-football injury list with an undisclosed ailment. The 6-foot-6, 305-pounder could also potentially play guard. He is the brother of Bears outside linebacker Willie Young.

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

Free-agent LB Zach Brown's agents, Jason and Michael Katz, say their client is "exploring all options" and will make a decision once he completes all visits with teams. Brown visited his former team, the Bills, on Wednesday and previously visited Miami and Oakland. He ranks No. 31 on ESPN's Top 150 free agents.

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Miami has focused its attention on defense this offseason, signing five different players on that side of the ball to new deals.

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4dBill Barnwell

Poor marks for Dolphins on Kiko Alonso extension

Kiko Alonso has yet to duplicate the production he posted as a rookie, but the Dolphins are paying him like a top-end starter. The numbers don't quite add up.

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4dMike Sando

Lawrence Timmons' deal is eye-catching

Former Steelers LB Lawrence Timmons signed a two-year, $12 million deal that will pay him $11 million in guaranteed money. That's the highest percentage for a multi-year deal this free agency.

James Walker ESPN Staff Writer 

LB Kiko Alonso (pictured) completed quite a turnaround in Miami. A year ago the the Dolphins weren't exactly sure what they were getting when they acquire Alonso and corner Byron Maxwell in a trade with the Eagles. Alonso was coming off multiple knee injuries and didn't look like the same agile, athletic linebacker he was during his rookie season in Buffalo. But Alonso got healthy in Miami, led the team with 115 tackles and earned a four-year extension a year later.

James Walker ESPN Staff Writer 

The Dolphins have signed LB Kiko Alonso to a four-year contract extension, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. Alonso led Miami in tackles last season and will likely move from middle linebacker to outside linebacker in 2017 with the recent addition of Lawrence Timmons.

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

Free-agent linebacker Zach Brown will visit the Bills after his visit to the Dolphins, source confirms NFL Network report. Brown started 16 games for the Bills last season and has remained unsigned despite being No. 31 on ESPN's Top 150 free agents. He changed agents Monday night.

James Walker ESPN Staff Writer 

Free-agent linebacker Zach Brown is visiting with the Miami Dolphins, according to a league source. Brown played last season with the Buffalo Bills.

James Walker ESPN Staff Writer 

Former Dolphins starting outside linebacker Jelani Jenkins signed with the Raiders on Monday. Jenkins was inconsistent and often injured for Miami the past two seasons, which is why the Dolphins moved in another and signed veteran linebacker Lawrence Timmons in free agency. Look for Timmons to play middle linebacker and Kiko Alonso (pictured) to move outside where Jenkins once played. Koa Misi or maybe a top rookie draft pick will play the other outside linebacker spot for Miami.

Team Stats

Passing Yards218.826th
Rushing Yards114.09th
Points For22.717th
Points Against23.818th