Sunday, March 10, 2013

Dolphins also eying wideouts not named Wallace


To the surprise of no one, the Miami Dolphins have made receiver Mike Wallace their top target in free agency and are expected to go all-in to secure his services.

That doesn't mean Miami isn't keeping it's options open. (photo: Beth Hart, Flickr)

According to The Miami Herald, the Dolphins have also expressed interest in St. Louis Rams' impending free agent Brandon Gibson as well as former Dolphin and longtime New England Patriot, Wes Welker.

The report characterized the contact between the team and Gibson's representatives, taking place during the NFL's new three-day legal tampering window, as "serious."

Gibson had his best season in 2012, where he caught 51 passes for 691 yards and five touchdowns. The four-year pro has sure hands but would hardly be the explosive playmaker that Miami is looking for.

As for Welker, who reportedly plans to re-sign with New England if he gets a palatable offer, would be partial to returning to the place where his playing career started if he can't agree on terms with the Patriots.

Welker played in Miami from 2004-06 before being traded to New England where he blossomed into one of the most productive, and heavily-used, wideouts in the league. There is uncertainty about how much of his success will translate to an offense not led by Tom Brady and how much the soon-to-be 32-year-old will decline in coming years.

Both options may be contingencies if the Dolphins miss out their No. 1 priority in Wallace, but Miami would be open to pairing Welker with Wallace, notes the Herald.

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