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Matt Infante
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Matt Infante

Matt Infante is the founder, editor, and lead blogger of The Phinsider, which is SB Nation's Miami Dolphins blog.

'Fins find leader on D

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I'm generally a more conservative guy in that I usually don't think spending big money in free agency is how you build teams in the NFL. With that said, the Dolphins' signing of linebacker Karlos Dansby was a bold move by Bill Parcells and company. More importantly, it was the right move.

No free agent from 2010 will have the kind of impact on his new team like Dansby will in Miami. He was the key to Miami's entire offseason and that front office made sure they got their man. This move now allows the Dolphins to address their many other needs - outside linebacker, nose tackle, receiver to name the three big ones - in next month's draft.

It was no secret that the Dolphins needed an upgrade at inside linebacker this offseason. Even general manager Jeff Ireland admitted that this defense needed more production from their inside linebackers. Their starters on the inside the last two seasons, Channing Crowder and Akin Ayodele, are both slow guys who are decent against the run but huge liabilities when asked to drop into coverage or asked to blitz. Neither is a play-maker. Combined the last two seasons, Crowder and Ayodele had just one sack, two forced fumbles and three interceptions. In that same time, Dansby himself had five sacks, three forced fumbles, and three interceptions.

Karlos brings to the Dolphins a guy who can drop back into coverage and not be a complete liability - something the Dolphins haven't had from any of their inside linebackers in a long time. He's instinctive, smart, athletic, and can make the kind of game-changing plays that the Dolphins were unable to produce defensively last year.

A few years from now when we all look back at the free agency class of 2010, everybody will say how the Bears spent too much on Julius Peppers and the Giants spent too much on Antrel Rolle. But the Dolphins, who spent big money as well, found the new leader of their defense and a cog to build around for a championship run.

By Matt Infante  |  March 8, 2010; 12:00 AM ET  | Category:  Free Agency , Miami Dolphins Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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