Hey, new guy! Let's rank the Top 10 Miami Dolphins newcomers

Joe Schad
Palm Beach Post

The most expensive free agent investment the Dolphins made this offseason is also the most talented.

Will Fuller is one of the fastest, most explosive receivers in the NFL.

"Who doesn't love those long touchdown plays?" Fuller said Tuesday. "The quick-scoring, exciting play, who doesn't like it? The ability to score on any given play opens up a lot of things for me."

Fuller's deal is a very reasonable $10.6 million, with the chance to earn some more through incentives. It's a great example of how the Dolphins played free agency.

They wanted, at all costs, to avoid bad long-term contracts they might long regret.

Fuller is an upside play. The Dolphins signed many players to one-year contracts. They also traded Shaq Lawson, a class of 2020 free agent, for a talented veteran inside linebacker, Bernardrick McKinney.

More:Schad: Dolphins dodged bad-free agent contracts. Now draft Pro Bowl playmakers.

The Dolphins, for a second straight season, didn't sign a player aged 30 or over. This franchise wants to build through the draft. And Miami will still look to add a receiver, running back and pass rusher in the draft.

Miami needed to plug veteran holes at center and punter, and on special teams, and did that. But some of those players could be upgraded either in the draft, late-wave free agency and even preseason.

The Dolphins' plan features versatility and flexibility. Miami wants to capitalize on circumstances that arise.

In taking a look at our Top 10 offseason additions (thus far) you'll see a common thread of reasonable contracts and what is expected to be a solid contribution with potential upside. That's how these Dolphins roll.

1. Will Fuller, wide receiver, 26

Former Houston Texans wide receiver Will Fuller celebrates his touchdown.

Total Guarantee: $10.6 million

Average Annual Salary: $10.6 million, 1 year

PFR Approximate Value Per Year: *5.2

Average PFF Annual Grade 18-20: 80.9

The Skinny: Fuller will miss the first game of this season due to a PED suspension at the end of his Texans' career. But Fuller can be just the deep threat Tua Tagovailoa needs to show off a strengthened arm and body in 2021. Among the receivers who were handed more money per year, on longer deals: Kenny Golloday ($18 million a year!), Corey Davis, Curtis Samuel and Nelson Agholor (Nelson Agholor!). It is true that Fuller has had some trouble with injuries. But we view this is a very shrewd signing.

More:Speed! Dolphins add Will "Flash" Fuller, deep threat for Tua

2. Benardrick McKinney, linebacker, 28 (via trade from Texans)

Total Guarantee: None remaining

Average Annual Salary: $9 million, 3 years remaining

PFR Approximate Value Per Year: 8.0

Average PFF Annual Grade 18-20: 68.9

The skinny: McKinney is a thumper. He's aggressive. He's strong. The Dolphins needed a linebacker who can be trusted to stop the run. McKinley can fill He's a system fit. And when healthy, he's been dominant. Consider than in 2018, Pro Football Focus said Luke Kuechly and Bobby Wagner were the only linebackers in the NFL better at run defense.

The Dolphins have acquired Houston Texans linebacker Benardrick McKinney. [JAY BIGGERSTAFF/USA TODAY Sports]

3. Jacoby Brissett, quarterback, 28 

Total Guarantee: $5 million

Average Annual Salary: $5 million, 1 year

PFR Approximate Value Per Year: 4.8

Average PFF Annual Grade 18-20: 63.6

The skinny: The native of Palm Beach County is the ideal backup for Tagovailoa at this time. If pressed into action, Brissett will be responsible with the ball, as he has had one of the best touchdown-to-interception ratios in the league. He has also been a good teammate when backing up Tom Brady, Andrew Luck and Philip Rivers.

More:How does Jacoby Brissett see his role aligning with Tua Tagovailoa?

Jacoby Brissett in action for the Indianapolis Colts against the Las Vegas Raiders last December.

4. Adam Butler, defensive tackle, 26

Total Guarantee: $3.75 million

Average Annual Salary: $3.75 million, 2 years

PFR Approximate Value Per Year: 3.8

Average PFF Annual Grade 18-20: 56.6

The skinny: Butler should bring a pass-rush element to Miami's interior defensive line that's been lacking. It says here that Davon Godchaux, who got exactly twice as much money from the Patriots, is not twice the player Butler is. How does Butler create so many pressures? "My first step," Butler told us.

More:Dolphins adding defensive tackle Adam Butler of Patriots

5. Malcolm Brown, running back, 27

Total Guarantee: $1.75 million

Average Annual Salary: $1.75 million, 1 year

PFR Approximate Value Per Year: 1.5

Average PFF Annual Grade 18-20: 68.2

The skinny: At least 11 running backs got more money per year than Brown, which makes this a really good value play. Brown can run you over, which is something Brian Flores has wanted to see in his running backs but really hasn't seen enough of. There seems no chance this turns out as poorly as Matt Breida/Jordan Howard did.

More:Schad: Dolphins dodged bad-free agent contracts. Now draft Pro Bowl playmakers.

6. Matt Skura, center, 28

Total Guarantee: $400,000

Average Annual Salary: $1.75 million, 1 year

PFR Approximate Value Per Year: 5.4

Average PFF Annual Grade 18-20: 59.6

The skinny: If Matt Skura rebounds to his pre-2020 self, this has the potential to be an outstanding signing. We are going to think it is more likely than not that Skura gets over a little snapping bugaboo that affected him last season. Skura should also be healthier, another year removed from a serious knee injury. Skura has the potential to regain his status as a Top 15 center, and to do it at Top 25 center salary money.

Former Baltimore Ravens center Matt Skura blocks Seattle Seahawks defensive tackle Al Woods. [STEVEN BISIG/USA TODAY Sports]

More:Dolphins add a center but is he the likely starter in 2021?

7. Cethan Carter, fullback/tight end, 25

Total Guarantee: $2.75 million

Average Annual Salary: $2.6 million, 3 years

PFR Approximate Value Per Year: 0 (special teamer)

Average PFF Annual Grade 18-20: 53.0

The skinny: Carter earned himself a very nice contract (only Dolphin to sign for three years) in large part because he is an outstanding special teamer. That said, Miami does see some upside in Carter's game as a tight end, fullback and H-Back. New Dolphins offensive coordinators George Godsey (former tight ends coach) and Eric Studesville (former running backs coach) should find ways to tap into his strong blocking.

8. Brennan Scarlett, linebacker, 27

Total Guarantee: $638,000

Average Annual Salary: $1.13 million

PFR Approximate Value Per Year: 2.4

Average PFF Annual Grade 18-20: 67.0

The skinny: Scarlett has made a nice career for himself after going undrafted out of Stanford and Cal (yes, he played for both schools). Scarlett brings effort and can be an option to rush the passer from Miami's edge. Scarlett can also be a core special teamer.

9. Justin Coleman, cornerback, 27

Total Guarantee: $1 million

Average Annual Salary: $2.25 million

PFR Approximate Value Per Year: 2.8

Average PFF Annual Grade 18-20: 59.1

The skinny: Coleman was an outstanding slot corner with Seattle in 2017 and 2018 but was not graded as well with Detroit over the past two seasons. Will Coleman beat out Nik Needham and Noah Igbinoghene for the starting slot position (assuming Xavien Howard returns)? Coleman, an excellent athlete, performed well for current Miami defensive coordinator Josh Boyer in New England.

Former Seahawks cornerback Justin Coleman jumps out of a giant Salvation Army kettle in the end zone after scoring on an interception return against the Cowboys.

10. Duke Riley, linebacker, 26

Total Guarantee: $638,000

Average Annual Salary: $1.13 million

PFR Approximate Value Per Year: 2.0

Average PFF Annual Grade 18-20: 55.4

The skinny: This guy brings positive energy. This guy brings juice. You need those kind of glue guys in a locker room and Riley is it. He has been a very good special teamer. He can cover running backs and tight ends. He can be placed on the field against mobile quarterbacks. Riley adds very good speed and a great mindset to the Dolphins' linebacking room.

Also considered: Michael Palardy, punter, 28; Robert Foster, wide receiver, 28.

* Pro Football Reference’s Approximate Value attaches a single number to every players’ performance in a given year based on statistical contribution measured within team unit success.

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