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Friday, March 15, 2013
Will WR Gibson replace Bess in Miami?

By James Walker

Miami Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland wasn't kidding when he said he would get young quarterback Ryan Tannehill more weapons.

The Dolphins signed former St. Louis Rams receiver Brandon Gibson on Friday, the team announced. Gibson is the third offensive skill player Miami has added since free agency began. The Dolphins also signed speedy receiver Mike Wallace and tight end Dustin Keller this week.

Miami's new look offense looks formidable. Tannehill proved he could make all the throws last season. He led the Dolphins to a 7-9 record, despite not having many playmakers to work with. That will change this season.

Gibson is a quality third receiver to go with likely starters Wallace and Brian Hartline. Gibson had 51 receptions for 691 yards and five touchdowns with the Rams in 2012.

"We are happy that Brandon is joining the team,” Ireland said in a statement Friday. “Coupled with the earlier addition today of Dustin Keller, we feel that we have added some very good pieces to our passing game."

The signing of Gibson leaves open one question: What is the future of slot receiver Davone Bess? He recorded 61 receptions for the Dolphins last season but new additions may put his roster spot in jeopardy.

Miami proved this week that the team is not afraid to cut in-house veterans after signing outside free agents. The Dolphins recently released veteran linebackers Karlos Dansby and Kevin Burnett after signing big-name free agents Dannell Ellerbe and Philip Wheeler.