The New England Patriots released a trio of wide receivers this past week in Deion Branch, Jabar Gaffney and Donte Stallworth. The Miami Dolphins are perhaps thinner at that position than any other team in the National Football League right now. Going after one or more would make sense, even after the latest ex-Patriots receiver the Dolphins signed didn’t work out all that well.
Yes, Chad Johnson, I am Talking about you.
But with Miami being desperate to give rookie starting quarterback Ryan Tannehill somebody to throw the ball to this season, the Dolphins are expected to work out at least Stallworth and Gaffney, with Branch also being a possibility with the 2012 NFL regular season just days away.
In fact, super agent Drew Rosenhaus does not only expect the Dolphins to work out Stallworth and Gaffney, but he fully expects them to sign at least one of them.
And very soon.
Gaffney was more upset – and surprised – than Stallworth following his release from the Patriots last week. He was holding out hope that he could return to the team once he is fully healed, but once New England went out and acquired Greg Salas, that all but shut the door on that possibility.
So, he may have to bite the bullet and move on, even if that means heading down south to the lowly Dolphins.
Either way, it appears as if the Dolphins finally realize they need to do something in regards to the gaping hole that is their entire offense, but most notably, at wide receiver.
Miami has already cut Johnson, passed on drafting a top receiver and said no thanks to Plaxico Burress and Terrell Owens. Miami could very well sign Gaffney or Stallworth or both, or they could go out as has been rumored and make a trade for James Jones of the Green Bay Packers.
But regardless of who Miami brings in, nobody will make this team much better than they were last season. The Dolphins are destined to finish in last place in the AFC East.
And that may very well be the case well beyond this upcoming season.