The Dolphins are spending money aggressively, if not efficiently.
In fact, one of yesterday’s signings highlights what could be easily viewed as an overspend by general manager Jeff Ireland.
As Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald points out, the Dolphins brought in linebacker Philip Wheeler on a free agent visit March 24, 2012.
They didn’t sign him then, and he ended up with the Raiders, inking a one-year deal that paid him $700,000.
Tuesday, the Dolphins gave him a five-year deal worth $26 million.
The same personnel department and coaching staff which evaluated Wheeler last year and decided he wasn’t worth throwing a million bucks at made the decision to give him many more this year.
Wheeler just got a lot better last season, apparently. It remains to be seen whether the Dolphins’ decision-making process did.