Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Will Dolphins chase Packers' free agents?
By James Walker
Here is a potential clue to tracking the Miami Dolphins in free agency: Watch the Green Bay Packers.
Yes, general manager Jeff Ireland is running the show in Miami. But that doesn't mean Dolphins rookie head coach Joe Philbin won't add some influence about the players he's most familiar with.
Green Bay went 15-1 this season. Here are some key pending free agents for the Packers to keep an eye on:
Philbin worked directly with this group day-to-day as Green Bay's offensive coordinator.
It's no secret Philbin likes Flynn, who was Aaron Rodgers' backup for four seasons. Perhaps no coach outside of the Packers’ staff knows Flynn better than Miami’s rookie head coach. I fully expect Miami to be in the Flynn sweepstakes if Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning is out of the equation.
Finley and Grant are interesting cases. I doubt Finley is going anywhere. He is one of Rodgers' favorite targets and most likely will get an extension or the franchise tag. Grant might be someone of interest, although Miami has 1,000-yard rusher Reggie Bush and budding rookie Daniel Thomas. Wells is Green Bay's starting center, and Mike Pouncey is Miami's long-term solution there.