Another free agent defensive end may be off the market. It’s been a tough offseason for pass rushers, as top target Cliff Avril only managed a deal that ended up meeting him a salary south of the $8 million range. Yet, the depressed defensive end market isn’t stopping teams from attempting to get good players on the cheap, as the Miami Dolphins are showing a considerable interest in former Giants pass rusher Osi Umenyiora.
Per the Miami Herald:
Indeed, the club has spent considerable time studying Umenyiora and even called his representatives to explore the possibility. He’s on the radar and blinking as much as any 31-year-old player with 26.5 sacks in the past three seasons can in a depressed veteran defensive end market.
According to the Herald, the Dolphins are looking to add a veteran on the defensive line to help move things along, but they’re not close-minded to looking at the draft to do the same thing. Miami is also reportedly looking to add help at defensive tackle as well, which means they could use a veteran at defensive end and simply draft a guy that slips into the top of the second round and plug him into the middle.
It would make more sense for the Dolphins to go after a veteran defensive end, since there seems to be more talent on the market at the position as opposed to tackles. Miami is also still looking at free agent Elvis Dumervil, as he’s a Miami native and fills an obvious need the Dolphins have.
It’s not going to be a snap decision, but the Dolphins look to not be done spending this offseason.