Dolphins RB Lamar Miller looking for best scheme, fit in free agency

DAVIE, Fla. -- Miami Dolphins starting running back Lamar Miller isn't a man of many words. However, Miller was clear about his intentions Monday as he prepares for free agency.

"Fit [is most important]," Miller said. "How the team is going to use me to my skill set."

Miami’s leading rusher wants to play for a team -- whether Miami or elsewhere -- where he's good for the scheme and can get consistent opportunities.

Miller entered the year with big goals heading into a contract year. He said Monday that he wanted 1,000 rushing yards and to average 5.0 yards per carry or more. Miller didn’t reach either of those goals. He finished with 872 rushing yards and 4.5 yards per carry.

“I think I did alright,” Miller said of his season. “Of course I wanted to get 1,000 yards. That was my goal coming into this season. But that didn’t happen. But I think I did a good job with my opportunities to try to help this team win and just try to make plays.”

Coaching changes, scheme changes and role changes all contributed. Miller had two head coaches (Joe Philbin, Dan Campbell) and two offensive coordinators (Bill Lazor, Zac Taylor) this season.

There was a lack of continuity throughout the year, and Miller was one of the players most impacted. He went six games this season with single-digit carries.

“I know this year sometimes we were in bad situations so we had to throw the ball,” Miller said. “Like I said before, it’d be great to continue playing my NFL career here in my hometown. But this is a business and I’m going to sit down with my agent and we’re going to talk and go from there.”

Miller, 24, will enter free agency with a solid resume and should get interest. He rushed for 1,971 yards and had 19 total touchdowns the last two seasons as a full-time starter.

It will be interesting to see if Miami, which is tight with the salary cap, will make a strong play to re-sign Miller.