2013 NFL Free Agency Wish List for the Miami Dolphins

Devin Noonan@@devinnoonanCorrespondent IIIOctober 25, 2012

MIAMI - OCTOBER 12:  Offensive lineman Jake Long #77 of the Miami Dolphins celebrates after a touchdown by Ronnie Brown #23 against the New York Jets at Land Shark Stadium on October 12, 2009 in Miami, Florida. The Dolphins defeated the Jets 31-27.  (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)
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The Miami Dolphins have exceeded expectations thus far in 2012, but a few offseason acquisitions and a solid NFL draft in 2013 could propel them right into Super Bowl contention.

Next year's free-agent market is full of depth across the board, and with five picks in the first three rounds of the draft, the Dolphins shouldn't have any problems filling in the gaps on their roster.

Aside from offering contracts to stars Jake Long and Reggie Bush, they'll need to make at least a couple of other pickups to really make a splash next season.

A lockdown corner, top-tier wideout and big tight end are without a doubt necessities if this team plans to progress.

After taking a look at the free-agent market and weighing the various options, here's a few players who should top the Dolphins' wish list in 2013.


Greg Jennings - WR

This one may not come as much of a surprise.

Joe Philbin is well aware of what Greg Jennings is capable of after running the Green Bay offense for the past five years.

The 29-year-old free-agent receiver has been a very reliable option for the Packers, despite battling injury to this point in 2012.


In each year with Philbin calling the plays, he averaged at least four receptions a game and had over 900 receiving yards per season.

It's no secret that the Dolphins need a No. 1 receiver, a seasoned veteran who can act as a leader on the field and a leader in the locker room.

Why not bring in someone who is already familiar with Philbin's style of coaching?


Tony Gonzalez - TE

For starters, I'd like to see the Dolphins use yet another one of their draft picks on a tight end this year, and it'd be nice to see Michael Egnew develop a bit more this offseason as well.

Although Tony Gonzalez isn't getting any younger, one can argue that that the man is getting even better with age.

Regardless, Gonzalez would be the perfect mentor for the younger players at the position, all the while becoming an instant red zone target for Ryan Tannehill.

His ability to create space and score has placed him among the all-time greats at tight end, and what better player to develop young talent then a future Hall of Famer.

It's hard to say if he'll be willing to come back for another season after likely eclipsing the 100-TD mark this year, but if he is, the Dolphins should be ready to do whatever they can to bring him to Miami.



Aqib Talib - CB

Talib is currently wrapping up a four-game suspension for the use of Adderall, which is considered to be a PED by the NFL.

This newest tarnish on his record may be enough for coach Greg Schiano to let him walk at the end of the season and look to other options in the secondary.

If that is the case, the Dolphins would be wise to enter the bidding for the Bucs' star corner.

Over the past four seasons, Talib has averaged at least four interceptions per year, even earning Defensive Back of the Year honors in 2010 from the NFL Alumni Association.

Despite a spotted history of legal troubles off the field, Philbin might be the man to provide the discipline and guidance needed to keep the young athlete in check and truly turn him into a great NFL corner.

Combine him with a talented young defensive back from the draft, and suddenly the Dolphins defense isn't one that you can take advantage of through the air.