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Thursday, January 16, 2014
Dolphins positional breakdown: LB

By James Walker

ESPN.com’s Miami Dolphins page continues to examine the team’s roster before free agency.

Next up we take a look at Miami’s linebackers.

Under contract in 2014: Dannell Ellerbe, Philip Wheeler, Koa Misi, Jason Trusnik, Jelani Jenkins, Jonathan Freeny

Free agents: Austin Spitler

Analysis: This will be one of the most interesting positions for Miami’s new general manager. Former general manager Jeff Ireland spent a lot of money locking up starters Ellerbe, Wheeler and Misi into long-term contracts. Yet, this group grossly underachieved stopping the run and defending the pass over the middle. Will the new GM try this group for another year or shake things up? Considering the potential hit on the salary cap, the next GM may have no choice but to stick with Ellerbe, Wheeler and Misi together for at least another year or two. Maybe this trio learns how to play better together in 2014.

Walker’s stability meter (1-to-10, 10 being most stable): 7