The Miami Dolphins swung and missed with free agent defensive end Elvis Dumervil, but they’re not done searching for someone to put on the end of their line. According to Adam Schefter on NFL Live, the Dolphins have some interest in signing the former Colts pass rusher after missing out on both Osi Umenyiora and Dumervil this offseason.
Miami splurged on offensive weapons this year, adding over $100 million in talent, but the defensive side of the ball — a side that was arguably worse than the offense last season — remain largely untouched. Many believe the Dolphins will look to the draft to shore up holes on defense, but there is a need of a true veteran presence and Freeney embodies that exactly.
If the Dolphins are aiming to mature and get better as a unit, they’ll need a guy like Freeney to come in and bring all that he brings to young player still getting their footing in the league. There’s also the matter of the defense feeling slighted a bit by the front office (that has been chastised in the past) focusing solely on offense when cheap defensive options where available.
But more importantly than anything, Freeney brings a heritage of winning and that’s perhaps the most valuable aspect he’d bring to South Beach. Miami is a team that is finally looking like a good football squad, but they’re a young team that can still go either way in terms of how they carry themselves. There are young leaders like Ryan Tannehill on the team but there are plenty of players on the team that could be lured to the dark side, so to speak. Bringing in Freeney shows that the Dolphins are not only serious about getting better but they’re serious about being a team mature beyond their years.