The Miami Dolphins saw their 2020 season ended 8 days ago thanks in large part to the Pittsburgh Steelers choosing to sit their starters for Week 17 versus the Cleveland Browns. The Browns won that contest 24-22 in a decision that, had it gone the other way, would have permitted Miami to sneak into the postseason as a 10-6 wild card group. But alas, it wasn’t indicated to be.

And now the football gods have actually paid out some vicious karma to the Steelers for their choice and its cost versus Miami– as Cleveland entered into Pittsburgh last night and almost hung 50 points on a vaunted Steelers defense that contended with Miami for much of the season in the race to be the No. 1 scoring defense in football. The Pittsburgh Steelers’ season is now over, too.

The tone of Pittsburgh’s season will be much various than the one in Miami. One (the Dolphins) is a young, upstart team that probably overachieved. The other (Pittsburgh) is a team with numerous crucial gamers facing ending agreements at the team at a loss for their 2021 salary cap scenario. The Dolphins would be sensible to eye Pittsburgh’s cap circumstance. And, depending on which gamers strike the free market, Miami needs to be all set to pull from a successful Steelers program and secure some brand-new talent for themselves.

The trademark of a Dolphins free representative signing, according to the track record developed last season, is somebody under the age of 30 who can fulfill multiple roles. Ereck Flowers can playing guard or take on (in a pinch). Kyle Van Noy plays roughly five various positions. Emmanuel Ogbah can work as a within or outdoors pass rusher. Adaptability is a big piece of what the Dolphins are doing.

There are a brand-new set of team requires for Miami this offseason, however effective programs like Pittsburgh seeing this variety of young talents on the slicing block will manage Miami to target at least a few of those requirements by means of free firm.

The most obvious appeals for the Dolphins off the Steelers list?

Wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster is one. Miami desperately requires to update their pass catchers. He logged 97 receptions for 831 yards (and a paltry 8.6 backyards per catch) and 9 goals this season– plus an extra 13 for 157 and a score in Pittsburgh’s loss last night to Cleveland. The basic sensation in Pittsburgh is that the Steelers have actually been bracing to lose Smith-Schuster– they prepared Chase Claypool in the 2nd-round of the 2020 NFL Draft and still have Diontae Johnson and James Washington to couple with Claypool without Smith-Schuster in the picture.

But do not sleep on RB James Conner and nickel defender Mike Hilton, either. both are young skills that might make good sense for the Dolphins also. Free company is around two months away– so Miami’s front office has a long time to evaluate and plan here. And Pittsburgh will make some personnel finalizings to assist whittle the list, too. But make no mistake; this is a good shortlist of candidates for Dolphins add-ons this offseason.