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Ryan Clark Re-Signs With Steelers: What Is The Fins Next Move?

Today, the Pittsburgh Steelers announced that free agent safety Ryan Clark was re-signed.

It appears at first glimpse that Clark was indeed using us as leverage for him to get a new deal with his current team, the Steelers.

Looking back at the chain of events that occurred, I am actually not surprised that something like this happened. After all, after Clark stated how much he wanted to come to Miami and play, and the deal did not get done right away, it does not take a brain surgeon to figure out something was up.

Clark was going to be 31 soon, so he was not really the permanent answer anyway. But he sure was an enticing option for the Dolphins to pursue.

But on to the events that will take place in the future. Who will the Dolphins turn to now for their ball hawking free safety that is needed on their team? Do they draft one in the first round? Do they turn to someone else in free agency? Do they even re-sign Gibril Wilson? Let’s take a deeper look into the Dolphins current situation, and see what some of the possibilities are.

Re-Sign Gibril Wilson:

  • This may be the simplest option of them all. It would give the Dolphins flexibility going into the draft, to either take a defensive tackle, wide receiver, or outside linebacker in the first round, instead of virtually having to draft a free safety with the pick. The Dolphins will of course have to restructure the deal, and make sure Gibril knows that it was simply business. Maybe this will work out best for both sides. Gibril will come back with a chip on his shoulder, and will have one year of playing free safety in the Dolphins system under his belt. Make sure the deal is not only short term, but also, 1/4-1/2 the deal that Wilson had before he was waived by the Fins.

Sign Oshiomogho Atogwe:

  • While the Dolphins have not yet made it clear whether they want Atogwe or not, I am not convinced that Atogwe is necessarily the answer that we need. Atogwe is one of the few safeties that was ranked lower in pass coverage than our own Gibril Wilson, and that is what we need, a ballhawk to roam the field looking to make the big play. He may be one of our last options, and would be a nice fallback option, but it would be nice if we could find some way to find a ballhawking free safety to make an impact in our secondary, not one who regularly blows coverages. Atogwe is a quality safety, do not get me wrong, but I am just not convinced that he is the answer for our team.

Draft Earl Thomas:

  • This may be the best option for the Dolphins, and would surely solidify our secondary for years to come. Thomas is the kind of ballhawk that not only myself, but the Dolphins would prefer as their starting free safety. He may be undersized, but he is a natural at the position, and has the big play capability, to really make every single player on our defense better. Getting Thomas though would require using our #12 overall pick, and this would mean that we would have to likely trade back into the first round to get Dan Williams, long believed to be the Dolphins favorite defensive tackle prospect.

This move by Clark really puts the Dolphins in an unwanted predicament. They have to sign a free safety of some type for them to get Dan Williams without trading back into the first round. At this point in time, and with the recent events that have transpired, the nose tackle position is one of the Fins #1 priorities right now.

For now we will have to wait and see what the Dolphins do, and which move they will make, but my bet is that they re-sign Wilson for now, so they can feel more free in the draft to do what they want.


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