The Miami Dolphins made some huge free agent splashes this offseason, but they still need to replace two key free agents they lost this offseason in left tackle Jake Long and cornerback Sean Smith. Baltimore Ravens tackle Bryant McKinnie and Atlanta Falcons cornerback Brent Grimes have been mentioned as possible replacements, and there are some important bits of news regarding these two potential Dolphins targets.
According to the Miami Herald, the Dolphins have not shown interest in Bryant McKinnie since Saturday, but McKinnie is interested in the Dolphins. Per the Herald, the ‘Fins have also explored the possibility of acquiring Kansas City Chiefs tackle Branden Albert in a trade. As for Eric Winston, the Herald writes that the situation is “fluid” with mutual interest from both sides (especially from Winston). At this point in time, it sounds like the Dolphins are prioritizing both tackles from Kansas City, as opposed to trying to sign McKinnie.
The free agent market at cornerback has dried up, and that could leave the Dolphins holding the bag if they can’t sign somebody to replace former top corner Sean Smith. According to Ben Volin of the Palm Beach Post, a source stated that the Dolphins are “still in the mix” to sign Grimes.
He is easily the best potential replacement left for the Dolphins, but it sounds like talks have slowed down since Grimes took a visit to Miami during the early stages of free agency. The 29-year-old Shippensburg product’s rehab from a torn Achilles’ tendon has gone well, per Falcons head coach Mike Smith, but Grimes has not seen a robust free agent market due to his injury. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are also big candidates to sign Grimes due to their massive need at corner.
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