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How did the Dolphins fare in Day 1 of Free Agency?

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Hard Rock Stadium during the second half of an NFL football game between the Miami Dolphins and the Cleveland Browns, Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Last week, the Miami Dolphins wasted no time by taking care of their own. The Dolphins placed the Franchise Tag on TE Mike Gesicki, which will keep him in teal and orange for at least another year. It was also announced that Gesicki became the first player to sign a franchise tag this year.

Gesicki had a market of teams that were interested if he hit free agency. The Jets were said to be “top potential suitors” for his services. Seeing Gesicki go ‘gang green’ would’ve been extremely “U.G.L.Y you ain’t got no alibi,” just ugly. Gesicki has had blocking issues but his receiving skills and ability to make the spectacular catches in traffic are irreplaceable to a young signal caller like Tua. New Head Coach Mike McDaniel certainly wasn’t going to let him test the market.

On Monday, the Dolphins continued the “taking care of their own” trend by resigning DE Emmanuel Ogbah. Ogbah reached an agreement on a four-year, $65 million deal that includes $32 million fully guaranteed at signing.

Ogbah finished with nine sacks in his Dolphins campaign and tallied 83 tackles between 2020 and 2021. With 2019 included, he’s recorded three straight seasons of at least five sacks and has reached his prime in Miami. He led the Dolphins in sacks and quarterback pressures for the season and has the fifth-most turnovers caused by pressure, with six, in the last two seasons combined.

There were many that thought Ogbah would part elsewhere and possibly reconnect with Brian Flores in Pittsburgh. The Dolphins can breathe a little easier knowing that their top sack master will be keeping his talents in South Florida. This could end up being the best move of Miami’s offseason.

 

Chase Edmonds, RB 2 yr/ $12.6 million contract with $6.1 million guaranteed

We have a RB ladies and gentlemen! No, it’s not Jonathan Taylor or Najee Harris, but the Dolphins and Edmonds have agreed to a two-year, $12.6 million contract with $6.1 million guaranteed, according to agent Drew Rosenhaus.

I really like this move for a number of reasons. McDaniel was never going to break the bank for a RB so let’s get the CMC or Saquon Barkley potential trade out of our heads for a minute.

The former Arizona Cardinal is only 25 years old, has experience in running in a zone blocking scheme, and is one of the better receiving running backs in the entire NFL. After sharing a backfield with James Conner for most of the year, Edmonds finished with over 800 all-purpose yards in 12 games and finished with a career best 5.1 YPC.

McDaniel thinks that Edmonds can fit his scheme perfectly and was willing to give him a solid deal to show for it. Edmonds will have the chance to be the team’s starting RB depending on what the team decides to do with Duke Johnson, Philip Lindsay, and Myles Gaskin.

 

Cedric Wilson Jr. WR   3 yr/ $22.8 million with $12.75 million guaranteed

After the Dallas Cowboys decided to put a majority of their cap into resigning WR Michael Gallup and DE DeMarcus Lawrence, Wilson decided to entertain other offers and will look to find a more permanent home in Miami.

Wilson enjoyed a career year in 2021, catching 45 passes for 602 yards and six touchdowns. Wilson stepped up when needed and was used not only as a receiver but a gadget QB on some trick plays in OC Kellen Moore’s offense. Look for him to replace Albert Wilson and hopefully be a healthier and more consistent version.

 

Teddy Bridgewater, QB 1yr- $6 million

Ah, a quarterback!

No, it’s not Deshaun Watson but it is a serviceable journeyman that should be a better fit in the offense as opposed to Jacoby Brissett. Tua will be able to breathe easy, but in case the Dolphins lead signal caller is injured, Bridgewater will bring experience as the former South Florida native has started 29 games in the last 2 seasons and finished with 23 td’s and 18 int’s w/ the Panthers and Broncos.

Other notes:

The Dolphins finished day one by keeping their guys at home, while making some value signings. The one concerning thing is that Miami hasn’t signed an offensive lineman as of yet, which is easily the top area of need on the entire team. Brandon Scherff, OT,  signed with the Jags and Ryan Jensen, C,  resigned with the Bucs. We’re still awaiting to see if the team lands Terron Armstead, OT,  (Saints) and/or makes a trade for Lael Collins, OT. (Dallas) I expect the Dolphins to land one of the two in day 2 of FA.

All in all, it was a good day for the Dolphins brass and the fun should continue tomorrow. Be sure to follow all the action and Dolphins news right here on Fox Sports 640.

 

Ryan Mackey

Dolphins Correspondent

Fox Sports 640