Analysis: Dolphins' Key Roster Moves


Damien Woody and Mike Greenberg recently discussed the implications of Jaylen Waddle's contract extension.

Both analysts focused on whether Tua Tagovailoa possesses the talent to elevate the Miami Dolphins to title contenders.

The duo highlighted Waddle's emerging role in the offense and the expectations that come with Tagovailoa's development as a franchise quarterback.

Their analysis points to a potentially transformative period for the Dolphins if both players reach their full potential.

Calais Campbell Joins Miami Dolphins

MIAMI - The Miami Dolphins have officially agreed to terms on a contract with veteran defensive end Calais Campbell, strengthening their defensive line.

This news was initially reported by NFL Network. Campbell, at the seasoned age of 37, is expected to bring a wealth of experience and proven production to the team. Campbell saw a renaissance year with the Atlanta Falcons during his 16th NFL season. Playing in every game for the first time since 2019, Campbell delivered an impressive 6.5 sacks, marking his highest total since 2019. Throughout that season, he also recorded 56 tackles, 17 quarterback hits, 10 tackles for loss, and a fumble recovery.

Such statistics echo his Pro Bowl-worthy performance from 2019 when he was with the Jacksonville Jaguars. The notable addition of Campbell to the Dolphins' roster reunites him with defensive coordinator Anthony Edwards.

Edwards previously coached Campbell during his stint on the Baltimore Ravens' defensive line in 2021 and 2022. This prior professional connection could benefit the Dolphins as they look to fortify their defensive schemes.

Challenges Ahead for the Dolphins

Despite the acquisition of Campbell, the Dolphins face significant challenges as they deal with injuries to key defensive players. Outside linebackers Jaelan Phillips and Bradley Chubb both ranked in the top 20 in the NFL in pass rush win rate last season. However, their momentum was halted due to severe injuries; Phillips tore his Achilles tendon in Week 12, and Chubb tore his ACL in Week 17.

While both players are expected to make a return in 2024, the Dolphins have refrained from providing any specific timetables. Their absence from organized team activities and minicamp this offseason adds another layer of uncertainty. To mitigate this risk, Miami signed veteran Shaq Barrett in March and further bolstered their pass-rushing prospects by drafting Chop Robinson and Mo Kamara in the first and fifth rounds, respectively.

Campbell's Remarkable Career

Campbell's career achievements are nothing short of remarkable. Having played for the Arizona Cardinals, Jacksonville Jaguars, Baltimore Ravens, and Atlanta Falcons, he boasts a résumé that includes 244 career games (225 starts). His statistics are equally impressive: 865 tackles, 175 tackles for loss, 254 quarterback hits, 17 forced fumbles, 13 fumble recoveries, 58 passes defended, and three interceptions.

Last season, Campbell surpassed the milestone of 100 career sacks, and with 105.5 sacks, he currently holds the 32nd spot on the official all-time sacks list (since 1982). When considering the unofficial list (since 1960), he ranks 48th. His numerous accolades include being named the NFL's Walter Payton Man of the Year in 2019, earning a first-team All-Pro designation once, and making six Pro Bowl appearances.

Investment in Team Success

The Miami Dolphins' recent roster moves emphasize their commitment to building a competitive team. Jaylen Waddle's contract extension and the acquisition of Calais Campbell signal an investment in both offensive and defensive capabilities. However, the team's success will largely hinge on the health of key players like Phillips and Chubb, as well as the development of Tagovailoa as a top-tier quarterback.

The upcoming seasons will indeed be pivotal as the Dolphins strive to transform their potential into championship contention.