2003 REPORT CARD: TODD WADE

With the Dolphins having started working on changes in preparation for the 2004 season, we take a look back at their just-completed season and examine every player's performance. Today we look at offensive tackle Todd Wade.

Coming into the 2003 season:

Wade has been a fixture in the Dolphins starting lineup since he joined the team as a second-round pick in 2000. He has been solid throughout his career, but the Dolphins were hoping he would take his game to a new level in 2003.

His performance in 2003:

The Dolphins offensive line as a whole struggled badly in 2003, but Wade just might have been the most consistent performer on the unit. He had his share of penalties and got beat at times — like every offensive lineman — but the Dolphins would have been a lot better on offense had every member of the offensive line performed like Wade did.

His future with the team:

Wade is one of the Dolphins' most significant unrestricted free agents this offseason, and it would behoove the team to re-sign him. Wade has indicated a preference to staying in Miami, but he might price himself out of the Dolphins' range if he asks for too much money. Wade sees himself as one of the top right tackles in the league, but we'll only agree to a certain degree. If he was, he would have made the Pro Bowl already. The truth is Wade probably is above the average of right tackles in the NFL, but he certainly isn't in the same league as a guy like Kyle Turley, for example. So his return to Miami will depend on just how much other teams around the league think of him. It's not likely the Dolphins will use a franchise or transition tag on him, but they might try to re-sign him before the free agency period starts. We'd predict he'll be back in Miami.

Grade for 2003: B-.


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