The 2013 NFL Free Agency had begun this afternoon at 4:00 PM ET. Teams had already started to negotiate with unsigned players on March 9th, however had to wait until the start of free agency to sign the players.
Day 1 is almost over, however continuous signings are still occurring. One of the earliest splashes of free agency came from the Miami Dolphins. Miami GM Jeff Ireland along with 2nd year Dolphins’ head coach, Joe Philbin managed to snatch Ravens’ top free agent inside linebacker Dannell Ellerbe to a five-year, $35 million dollar contract.
The Dolphins were just getting started. The organization also added another linebacker in ex-Raiders’ Philip Wheeler (5-Year, $26 million dollars).
For the knockout blow, the Miami Dolphins went in the market and fished themselves a top-flight wide receiver in Pittsburgh Steelers’ Mike Wallace. Wallace, after passing his physical signed with the team to a 5-year, $60 million dollar deal.
Coming into free agency, the Dolphins had two weapons by their side. Miami had a lot of room in their salary cap and the team also had some funds. It’s fair to say that the organization used their weapons wisely on the first day of free agency.
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