Dolphins General Manager Jeff Ireland met the media at the Senior Bowl on Tuesday and made no attempt to cloak his intentions for the offseason.
“We’re looking for playmakers on offense. Look, we had two guys with over 60 catches (Brian Hartline and Davone Bess), but we’ve got to find guys that are scoring touchdowns,” Ireland said, via the Palm Beach Post. “This is the year that you got to do something. We’re in a very good position to utilize some of our cap space to bring in some veteran players on our football team, and we’re in a very good position to bring in some young players from a draft standpoint.”
The Dolphins scored 18 points per game in 2012, which ranked 27th in the NFL. It says good things about the defense that the Dolphins were able to win seven games with such limited offensive output, but the Dolphins clearly need to put more points on the board in the future. With five picks in the first three rounds and ample cap space, Ireland was right about the timing being right to make a big move. And he’s right to keep open every avenue to making that move.
Before they jump into the offseason fully, the Dolphins have some decisions to make about their own free agents. Ireland wouldn’t discuss specifics about Hartline, running back Reggie Bush, cornerback Sean Smith, defensive tackle Randy Starks or the team’s other free agents. He did say that the team and tackle Jake Long, another free agent-to-be, would both have to make “a very, very difficult decision” about continuing their relationship beyond this season.