The Dolphins aren’t exactly stacked at linebacker, and there are still some decent options available in free agency.
Miami goes into the upcoming season with Kiko Alonso and Raekwon McMillan marked down as starters, and those two are clearly the best options on the roster but neither is a certainty to be what the team needs. Alonso was up and down last year, and McMillan missed the season with a torn ACL after being picked in the second round.
Free agent NaVorro Bowman, who played with the 49ers and Raiders last year, could be a good fit alongside those two. He turns 30 next week, so he’s not in his prime anymore, but he still put up 127 tackles in 15 games last season.
Bowman is a four-time all-pro, though he hasn’t earned that distinction since 2015. The Dolphins would obviously not want to put themselves in another Lawrence Timmons situation, so a one-year deal would be preferable.
Bowman played for $2.6 million in Oakland last season, and Spotrac projects his market value as a two-year, $9.9 million deal. He’s been a free agent for more than a week, however, so that might bring down his asking price. Bowman has been linked to the Cowboys, but there is no deal in place.
If the Dolphins stay as is, they’ll be hoping to find an immediate starter in the upcoming NFL Draft. Vice president Mike Tannenbaum has repeatedly said he does not want to be in the position of needing to fill holes that way rather than being able to simply take the best available players with each pick.
Beyond Alonso and McMillan, the Dolphins currently have Stephone Anthony (zero starts in 2017), Chase Allen (four) and Mike Hull (three) under contract at linebacker for this season.
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