We’ve been updating the re-signings post with various names (Ryan Sims of Tampa Bay, Kynan Forney of San Diego, Corey McIntyre of Buffalo), but Miami’s moves on the eve of free agency deserved special mention. The Dolphins re-signed MLB Channing Crowder and S Yeremiah Bell, and they also signed ex-Raider S Gibril Wilson. (Because Wilson was cut, he was eligible to be signed before the free-agent market opens Friday.) Those moves came about a week after the Dolphins locked up ORT Vernon Carey. Here are brief breakdowns on Crowder and Bell from the re-signings post.
S Yeremiah Bell, Dolphins – No team was as aggressive about resigning its own players before they hit the open market than the Dolphins. (You’ll see entries on Channing Crowder and Vernon Carey below.) Bell is probably the best of the litter. He got a 4-year, $20 million deal, which is strong for a safety – especially after the Dolphins signed Raiders castoff Gibril Wilson. Bell and Wilson should give Miami veteran leadership, versatility, and vigor in the back end of the defense.
LB Channing Crowder, Dolphins – Crowder re-signed with Miami on the cusp of free agency. While he’s not an impact guy, he’s an effective tackler who cleans up his area well. The Dolphins didn’t use their franchise tag, but they ended up keeping the guys they most wanted to keep in Crowder and Vernon Carey.