Best available NFL free agents: Six for Miami Dolphins to pursue

Bradley McDougald is a free agent who could help the Dolphins. (Getty Images)

The Dolphins haven’t gone crazy in free agency—just the opposite, actually—and they still need to make some moves to fill out their roster before the draft. Otherwise, they’ll be counting on a limited set of picks to churn out some key contributors.

As of now, there would still be open spots at linebacker, defensive tackle, safety and offensive guard depending on who Miami brings in. Nate Allen signed last week, for example, but there’s no guarantee he’d be in line to start.

The Dolphins missed their chance to get many of the coveted guards. D.J. Fluker would’ve been a smart pickup, but he signed with the Giants on Saturday. That position will likely be addressed in the draft.

At nearly a week into free agency, including the legal tampering period, here are the best remaining options:

LB Zach Brown
Adding Brown would complete an impressive overall of the Dolphins’ linebacker corps, which was one of the most glaring weaknesses on the roster last year. They like Kiko Alonso, as they should, and picked up Lawrence Timmons at a reasonable price of $12 million over two years. Brown had 149 tackles, four sacks and four passes defensed last year for Buffalo.

LB Kevin Minter
Minter could be a great addition, and it’s surprising he hasn’t signed yet. Pro Football Focus ranked him the 21st-best linebacker in the league while playing for Arizona last year. He had 81 tackles, 3.5 sacks and four passes defensed. The Cardinals paid him $1.4 million last season.

WR Michael Floyd
Miami has three starting receivers, but Floyd is worth a shot at the right price. He’s a former 1,000-yard receiver and only 27. There are off-field concerns, but Floyd had a decent season for the Patriots and Cardinals last year. Considering how unreliable DeVante Parker’s health has been the last two years, an extra receiver like Floyd would come in handy.

S Bradley McDougald
McDougald, 26, has made a nice career for himself after going undrafted out of Kansas in 2013 and was a full-time starter for Tampa Bay the past two seasons. He had 91 tackles, two interceptions and 10 passes defensed last year. PFF had him 42nd among safeties last year.

DT Johnathan Hankins
Hankins underperformed for the Giants, but he has solid game experience and would provide good competition for Jordan Phillips this summer. The Dolphins have Ndamukong Suh at one defensive tackle spot, and the other will go to Phillips or anyone who can beat him out. Hankins has 124 tackles and 10 sacks in 41 starts over the last three seasons.

S T.J. McDonald
McDonald started most of the last four years for the Rams and is one of the most experienced safeties remaining on the market. PFF had him 58th last year, barely starting-caliber, but none of Miami’s current safeties other than Reshad Jones was ranked higher than that. He had 62 tackles, two interceptions and six passes defensed last season.

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