Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham
The AFC East has been huddled around the hot stove for a few weeks now. It's that bleak time of year when games exist so far in the distance. Fans speak not in terms of what's happening on the field but what could be happening in the front office.
Free agency, draft options, flights of fancy take over the conversation. Fans wonder how their team can get better for next season.
That's where this idea comes in. I have shamelessly stolen the premise from AFC South raconteur Paul Kuharsky, who posed the question for each of his teams:
If money, contracts and salary-cap restraints were no object, and you could choose any player in the NFL to add to your team, whom would you acquire?
We begin our exercise in fantasy with the AFC East champs, the Miami Dolphins.
Just because the Dolphins finished 11-5 doesn't mean they're devoid of needs.
Although many Miami defenders were adequate, major upgrades could be made. San Francisco 49ers inside linebacker Patrick Willis would provide a noticeable difference. So would the coverage skills of a cornerback such as the Tennessee Titans' Cortland Finnegan or the Oakland Raiders' Nnamdi Asomugha.
Those are just a few names to get you thinking. Please share your thoughts below or drop a line in my AFC East mailbag. I will gather the responses and make a selection Monday based on your lobbying.