The Miami Dolphins have been in “win now” mode for the past three seasons, since they brought head coach Joe Philbin and quarterback Ryan Tannehill to South Beach. It’s been three years, and the Dolphins still haven’t made the playoffs. However, the atmosphere in Miami feels different this offseason. The team has taken great strides to boost their defense, including adding former Detroit Lions defensive linemen Ndamukong Suh and C.J. Mosley.
Now, it is time to shore up their offensive line. The Miami Dolphins need to make a play on Evan Mathis. The team has been linked to Mathis since the beginning of the offseason, and now that the Mathis has been released by the Eagles, the Dolphins would be able to get him without giving up one of their own players.
Yes, Mathis is getting older. He will turn 34 later this year. That being said, there is no sign that Mathis still can’t perform at a pro-bowl level (by the way Mathis has been to the pro-bowl the past two seasons). He was rated the 2nd best guard by pro football focus last season, despite missing seven games due to injury.
I am by no means saying that the Dolphins should overspend on Mathis. If the right deal with the right amount is not there, they should move on from Mathis and stick with their current two projected starting guards, rookie Jamil Douglas and Billy Turner. But, if they can reach a deal that won’t completely break their bank, having Mathis for a year or two could result in two trips to the playoffs for the Miami Dolphins.
Something the Dolphins haven’t experienced since 2008.