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The strategy for addressing the rest of Miami's WR room

PHOENIX, Ariz. -- Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross said this week the club decided this offseason change had to come to the team's receivers room. 

"We changed the whole room," Ross said, "and obviously we're not done changing."

Indeed, the Dolphins have added Kenny Stills via trade to Rishard Matthews and Jarvis Landry. Brian Hartline, Mike Wallace and Brandon Gibson were cut or traded.

And as interesting as those moves were -- both coming and going -- the next couple of moves might be even more interesting.

The next two moves involve drafting a receiver and signing a veteran.

The Dolphins are likely to do both and, according to a team source, they are more likely to come in that order -- draft first, veteran afterward.


Well, the Dolphins have indeed visited with Michael Crabtree and although the anticipated meeting with Greg Jennings did not happen here, it may happen back in South Florida at a later date.

There is no real rush to sign either player.

The reason is defining that veteran receiver's role is difficult at this point. Because that veteran receiver could be the team's No. 1 option ... Or he might be the team's No. 4 option behind a top draft pick, and Landry, and Stills.

Such uncertainty makes it hard to define that player's role to a free agent -- particularly one with so much pride as Crabtree or Jennings after they've accomplished so much in their careers.

More importantly, because the role might vary so greatly, from the team's top option to fourth option, the economic value on that player is hard to set.

So if Crabtree came to Miami expecting an offer as a No. 1 receiver, he was disappointed because the Dolphins weren't ready to make that commitment. The Dolphins would not be able to make that commitment to Jennings, either.

The Dolphins would not currently be ready to make that commitment to, well, anyone.

So it is a little more likely the Dolphins wait until after the draft for that veteran when that player's role would be defined.

And what would define that role?

If the Dolphins draft a wide receiver in the first round ... someone such as Amari Cooper, DeVante Parker or Kevin White in the first round, that guy is expected to start immediately. Indeed, even if Breshard Perriman, Jaelen Strong or Phillip Dorsett come in the second round, they have to play immediately.

But if the Dolphins go, for example, cornerback in the first round and don't find a receiver they're comfortable with in the second, then the veteran receiver route becomes a priority.