The Miami Dolphins have made it known that they would like to re-sign free safety Chris Clemons, and the Miami Herald is reporting that the Dolphins are having “extensive discussions” with impending free agents Brian Hartline and Clemons. Hartline is the team’s best wide receiver, and he would be an excellent No. 2 guy next to Greg Jennings, if the Dolphins do indeed go after the top WR. Jennings has shown plenty of interest in joining forces with former offensive coordinator Joe Philbin in Miami, and the Jennings era in Green Bay is all but over.
Clemons is a solid all-around safety, and the 27-year-old Clemson alumn (Clemons-Clemson, nice) recorded a career-high 99 tackles in what was a pretty good season for him. He offers above-average pass coverage, and he has great range and can make a high impact as a run defender. The one thing that bothers me is the fact that the Dolphins try to use Clemons as a pass rusher, and it just doesn’t work out well for either side.
The Dolphins have a lot of tough decisions to make this offseason, and they have already decided that Hartline and Clemons are going to be their two top targets to re-sign. While Clemons isn’t the best safety out there, he’s solid, and the fact that the Dolphins are keying in on Hartline is pretty much a no-brainer. The man caught 74 catches for 1,083 yards in a breakout season.
Clemons, as the article notes, started in every game for this first time in his career. That dependability is something the Dolphins could continue to use back there, and he is a good compliment to the fast-rising Reshad Jones.
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