The Miami Dolphins and New England Patriots have some history when it comes to players leaving one team and joining the other. Sometimes, it works, and the player enjoys much more success with their new team than they did while a member of their former franchise.
When Wes Welker was acquired by the Patriots from the Dolphins, it was then that he became a household name and one of the top wide receivers in the National Football League.
When Chad Johnson was released by the Patriots and signed by the Dolphins, he…
Well, it doesn’t always work out for the player and his new team. It is still hit or miss.
But the Dolphins are not going to stop swinging.
Following the release of three former Patriots receivers in Deion Branch, Jabar Gaffney and Donte Stallworth, could the Dolphins take a look into signing one – or all three – of the former New England wideouts?
The Dolphins are desperately seeking help at the position. They already released some players who gained notoriety from the HBO Hard Knocks series in Chris “7-11″ Hogan and Roberto Wallace. They also cut ties with speedster Clyde Gates. And after cutting Johnson a couple of weeks ago, Miami is extremely thin at receiver.
With Brian Hartline and Davone Bess as the only two proven weapons, the Dolphins desperately need to equip rookie first round quarterback Ryan Tannehill with a few good men.
Or at least one.
Branch, Gaffney and Stallworth would all add depth to a much needed area for the Dolphins. Branch would make the most sense for the team from an attitude aspect, as Gaffney has run his mouth once too often in the past and Stallworth had his fair share of incidents away from the field as well, although he has done a good job at turning his life around.
Still, we know that new Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin is a no nonsense type of guy. He will not put up with any attitude or lack or work ethic or players rants from anyone.
But with that being said, if any of these three players – or all three for that matter – can prove to Philbin and Miami that they will not be a distraction, then all of them could fit into the Dolphins’ new offense.
Desperate times call for desperate players.