The Miami Dolphins took care of one of their offseason priorities on Sunday, signing star linebacker Jerome Baker to a three-year, $39 million extension.
Baker, 24, has been brilliant since the Dolphins selected him in the third round of the 2018 NFL Draft from Ohio State. Last season alone, the linebacker recorded 112 tackles, 11 quarterback hits, seven tackles for loss and two forced fumbles. He’s going to be a catalyst for head coach Brian Flores’ defense over the next several years.
With that said, Miami still has some holes to fill on both sides of the ball ahead of the start of training camp late next month. The team is coming off a surprising 10-6 season and is in the hunt to earn its first playoff appearance since 2016. Here’s a look at three moves the Miami Dolphins should still make this offseason.
Miami Dolphins trade for Chandler Jones
Speaking of Baker, he was second on the Dolphins in sacks a season ago with seven. That’s not necessarily a great thing given that he plays inside linebacker. Miami did attempt to upgrade its edge pass rush position by selecting Miami Hurricanes product Jaelan Phillips in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft. However, relying on a rookie to perform at a high level just can’t be in the cards.
That’s where Jones comes into play. It’s been noted on a near never-ending loop recently that the All-Pro is on the trade block. He’s remained away from Arizona’s offseason activities while being in search of a new contract. The pending free agent is also one season removed from recording a whopping 19 sacks. While it would take some work from general manager Chris Grier to fit Jones’ $15.5 million cap hit under the cap, he makes too much sense for Miami right now.