Miami Dolphins: Should the Dolphins Target a Top-Tier WR in the Offseason?

Connor McKnightSenior Analyst IDecember 7, 2012

KANSAS CITY, MO - NOVEMBER 18:  Defensive back Terence Newman #23 of the Cincinnati Bengals breaks up a pass intended for wide receiver Dwayne Bowe #82 of the Kansas City Chiefs during the first half on November 18, 2012 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Peter Aiken/Getty Images)
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As the season quickly comes to a close and the Miami Dolphins (5-7) seem too far from playoff contention to think about even the smallest of shots at the Super Bowl, the organization will have its fair share of work to do in the offseason.

And as always, one of the biggest questions the 'Fins will have to address is the wide receiver situation.

The emergence of Brian Hartline has definitely alleviated some of the pressure Ryan Tannehill had in finding a go-to receiver. The former Ohio State Buckeye has had some incredibly impressive performances, but consistency has been a little bit of a problem with him. He still has incredible big-play potential, and his rise has been an incredible boost to the Dolphin passing game.

Davone Bess in the slot has been an average receiver over the years. Like always, he is a consistent target to earn the next set of downs, but in comparison to other slot receivers like Wes Welker of the New England Patriots, Bess is merely lackluster.

The tight end position gets more and more clouded each week. Charles Clay has started to perform, while Anthony Fasano has slowly disappeared.

That being said, the receiving situation is one that needs fixing this spring.

The ultimatum the Dolphins will have to evaluate is whether or not they look for this receiver in the draft or shell out the exaggerated contract for a free-agent superstar.

Going toward the draft would be an opportunity to score a young stud, but it always has the potential to be hit or miss; look at Michael Floyd this year with the Arizona Cardinals or the notorious Ted Ginn Jr. of the Cam Cameron era.

This offseason, there are plenty of options to sign at receiver. If Miami is willing to shell out that inflated contract, Mike Wallace and Dwayne Bowe are there.

Wallace, who has already had his fair share of contract battles with the Pittsburgh Steelers after Antonio Brown saw his pay day, is definitely looking for a massive contract that he feels he deserves. His quickness puts him over the edge, and he seems just to have a propensity for the end zone.

Bowe, who probably wants more than anything right now to get out of the crumbling mess of the Kansas City Chiefs, has seen a drastic decline in production this season. A lack of a quarterback is definitely associated with this, but is he worth the money?

These are all questions the Dolphins organization have to ask themselves this spring. As a fan, I just want the problem fixed.