Job Review: Wide receivers

Now that the 2007 Dolphins mercifully is behind us, we try to figure out what went wrong. In this series, we'll examine every position on the team, evaluate performances from this past season and assess the likelihood of each player returning in 2008. This installment features the wide receivers

MARTY BOOKER

Contract status: Signed through 2008

2007 Season: It was a pretty uneven season for Booker, who did lead the Dolphins in receptions but also dropped too many passes. Booker obviously wasn't helped by the quarterback problems the Dolphins had, but it's also pretty clear he just wasn't that effective in 2007.

Will he be back?: Doubtful. Booker is scheduled to make $4.3 million in base salary next season, and there's no way the Dolphins will pay him that kind of money. He may be asked to simply take a pay cut, but failure to accept would result in his being cut. That's the most likely scenario because then Booker would be free to negotiate with every other team.

GREG CAMARILLO

Contract status: Signed through 2007

2007 Season: Signed after being waived by San Diego, Camarillo was a non-factor until late in the season when he played the role of hero in the victory over Baltimore and then caught another touchdown pass the following week at New England.

Will he be back?: Yes. Camarillo contributes on special teams and he also showed some pass-catching ability down the stretch. He's an exclusive-rights free agent, meaning he can't negotiate with any team other than the Dolphins unless they relinquish their rights to him.

TED GINN JR.

Contract status: Signed through 2012

2007 Season: Ginn did very little in the early part of the season before finally getting some receptions. He obviously became a much bigger part of the offense after Chris Chambers was traded to San Diego in mid-October. Ginn did a pretty solid job overall of catching the ball, although he also didn't make any memorable catches. He also didn't catch any long passes other than a bomb from Cleo Lemon in the game in London.

Will he be back?: Obviously. The question is how much better Ginn can be in his second season. Better quarterbacking would help, but he also needs to become sharper in his route-running.

DEREK HAGAN

Contract status: Signed through 2009

2007 season: Hagan began the season as one of the backups at wide receiver behind Chambers and Booker, but never emerged as any kind of a threat. He remained a backup after Chambers was traded, with Ginn clearly overtaking him in the pecking order. As he did as a rookie in 2006, Hagan dropped his share of passes.

Will he be back?: Probably, but only because the Dolphins are so weak at the position. The truth is there's little reason to believe, based on the past two seasons, that Hagan ever will become a quality NFL receiver. He just doesn't seem to have "it."

STATE OF THE POSITION

The Dolphins are in really bad shape at this position. They don't have a legitimate No. 1 receiver on the roster, and there's little depth on top of that. Don't be surprised to see three or four new wide receivers on the team next season.


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