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Dolphins Named Perfect Fit for Intriguing Free-Agent Running Back

Larry Rupp
The Miami Dolphins were named a perfect fit for free agent running back James Conner.
The Miami Dolphins were named a perfect fit for free agent running back James Conner. / Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

The Miami Dolphins are still trying to figure out whether or not quarterback Tua Tagovailoa is their franchise starter, but addressing a different position should be their top priority. Miami needs to improve its weak rushing attack and was recently named as the perfect fit for free agent James Conner.

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Conner is fresh off of the best season of his young career in which he posted 1,127 yards from scrimmage and 18 touchdowns. He has also tallied at least 34 receptions in each of the last four years. The 26-year-old's versatility should appeal to new head coach Mike McDaniel's offense.

Tagovailoa has yet to have a strong rushing attack behind him since he was drafted in 2020. In fact, Miami finished with the third-fewest rushing yards and second-fewest yards per carry this past season. No Dolphins players has logged over 700 yards on the ground since 2018, either.

While it may cost the Dolphins a pretty penny to scoop Conner up, it's worth noting that they do have over $61 million in available cap space. A long-term deal should not be take off the table here. After all, Conner was named to his second Pro Bowl in 2021 and has a proven track record of staying healthy.

The Dolphins are stuck in an AFC East division that includes the Buffalo Bills and New England Patriots. It has become clear that they will need to put together a powerful offense to keep up on the scoreboard.

For now, Miami has odds set at +4000 to win Super Bowl 57, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

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