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Monday, February 2, 2009
If the Fins could add any player, it would be ...


Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham

Although the Miami Dolphins shocked everyone by winning the AFC East, football operations chief Bill Parcells this weekend said his team still needs players.

Last week, I invited Dolphins fans to identify the biggest need and have a little fun in the process by responding to the following question:

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?

Readers submitted nominations on both sides of the ball. Some wanted big-play receivers Larry Fitzgerald and Andre Johnson, but most of the players mentioned were defenders.

Here's a sampling of responses left in the comments section and in my AFC East mailbag:

Zach from Eustis, Fla., writes: I think you go with a top notch linebacker like Demarcus Ware opposite Joey Porter and i think that makes your secondary better as well as your linebackers, or i guess you could say the whole defense better. They got to get more pressure. You could get a big WR in the draft as well as some o-line depth, and you also get two o-lineman back from injury. I think when Henne takes over then you go for a reciever like Fitsgerald or Boldin because you got someone that can utilize them better with their arm strength.

Craig in Toledo, Ohio, writes: Tim love the blog and how you actually gave my Dolphins a chance to win the East win everyone counted them out! That being said I would have to pick Larry Fitzgerald if I could add one player to the Dolphins line up. I believe that break out receiver is really missing in Miami and could you imagine guys like Ginn and Camarillo playing 2nd and 3rd. Pennington could certainly make that work and then the ever dangerous Fasano at tight end. I think with an addition like Fitzgerald it really could put the Phins offense on another level. Thoughts?

phinsfan1984 writes: Sticking with idea of only one guy, Id say Ed Reed. The guy improves any defense he joins and with his ball hawking skill, he gives the offense a short field to play with alot of the time.

hamelsimms writes: I agree with sykora13.."Asomugha, too dominant a player to pass on." He would more than make up for the rest of the defenses weaknesses (which aren't alot). But if we get two picks, then give me Snee as well. Satele was a good center this year. He'll put on a little more muscle in the offseason, and continue to grow next year to a potential pro bowl center. But if you put Snee next to Satele...then sit back and enjoy the new running game in South Florida.

Miami's receiving corps is loaded with castoffs and overachievers. A player such as Fitzgerald would be a monster upgrade, but would Chad Pennington be able to maximize an asset like that? Possession receivers like Greg Camarillo and Davone Bess work well within the Dolphins' system, but Fitzgerald wouldn't be nearly the weapon with Pennington as he is with Kurt Warner or another long-ball artisan.

For the purposes of this poll, however, debate about receivers is moot because the name that popped up most frequently will win out, and this one was a landslide.

In the AFC East Blog's Plus One, the Dolphins select cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha.