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Dolphins have trimmed the payroll, but have they improved the roster in free agency?

Miami Dolphins Vice President Mike Tannenbaum joined Sid Rosenberg on 640-AM (WMEN) and the host lavished praise on Tannenbaum and his major role in the acquisition of Ndamukong Suh and also credited owner Steve Ross' commitment to winning.

The Miami Dolphins spend the first week of free agency signing two Pro Bowl talents in Ndamukong Suh and Jordan Cameron, and purging the roster to clear $20 million in cap space.

While the team's finances are now in order, the talent base hasn't exactly been upgraded yet. There's still plenty of work to be done.

Here's a breakdown of Miami's moves by unit, analyzing who is coming and going on the 2015 Dolphins.

Defensive line: Ndamukong Suh is the best defensive tackle in the NFL, and the $60 million the Dolphins guaranteed him over the next three years, is proof of this. He's the type of impact player that makes everyone on defense better, but losing Jared Odrick to the Jaguars, and cutting Randy Starks will create a drop off unless Earl Mitchell steps up his game. Miami also has a trio of youngsters in Derrick Shelby, A.J. Francis and Anthony Johnson who appear ready to take their game to the next level.

Receiver: All three of the wide outs who began the 2014 season at the top of the depth chart have been dumped. Mike Wallace and a seventh-round pick were traded to Minnesota for a fifth-round selection. Brian Hartline, who was cut, has signed with the Browns. And Brandon Gibson, who was also cut, signed with the Patriots. Miami traded a third-round pick to New Orleans to acquire Kenny Stills, a youngster with speed and run after the catch skills. But Rishard Matthews is now the seasoned, experienced veteran in a receiver unit that's highlighted by Jarvis Landry, who set franchise record for a rookie. This unit desperately needs a proven veteran to lead the way.

Tight end: Charles Clay's flirtation with Buffalo continues, but he's Miami's property until the Bills make a multi-year offer the Dolphins refuse to match. That hasn't happened yet. So for now, Clay is on Miami's books at his $7 million transition tender price. The Dolphins want to keep Clay and pair him with newly signed tight end Jordan Cameron, a 2013 Pro Bowler who signed a 2-year, incentive laden deal that could be worth $15 million. The Dolphins also have Dion Sims, a promising in-line tight end, and Arthur Lynch, a 2014 fifth-round pick who missed all of his rookie season because of a back injury. With or without Clay's return the Dolphins should be fine at tight end because position coach Dan Campbell is one of the league's best.

Secondary: This unit was decimated by injuries late last season, and there's been little effort made to improve the cornerback and safety group. Brice McCain, a part-time starter for the Steelers was signed to a 2-year deal worth $5.5 million. He'll compete with Jamar Taylor and Will Davis to replace Cortland Finnegan, who retired from the NFL, and Jimmy Wilson, last year's starting nickel cornerback, who signed with the Chargers. Miami is giving Taylor and Davis, who suffered an ACL injury in November, an opportunity to prove they deserved to early draft picks in 2013. But Miami still needs some depth at cornerback because Brent Grimes, a three-time Pro Bowler, is the oldest starting cornerback in the NFL. Safety is the more pressing issue because Louis Delmas, a free agent, suffered an ACL injury in December. Michael Thomas was re-signed, and it appears he'll compete with Walt Aikens, a 2014 fourth-round pick, to pair with Reshad Jones as Miami's starting safeties. But Mike Tannenbaum said the Dolphins also plan to add an inexpensive veteran safety and address that position in the draft.

Offensive line: The Dolphins intend to move Mike Pouncey back to center, which makes Samson Satele expendable. Re-signed Jason Fox to hold the unit together until Branden Albert's right knee becomes healthy enough for him to resume his starting left tackle was a wise strategy. However, cutting Shelley Smith and Nate Garner thins out the interior of the line. Daryn Colledge hasn't been re-signed, and if he doesn't return it appears Dallas Thomas and Billy Turner are penciled in as Miami's starting guard. That could be problematic since Thomas allowed seven sacks as a fill-in starter last season, and the Dolphins only made Turner, a 2014 third-round pick, active for two games in his rookie season.

Linebacker: Miami traded Dannell Ellerbe to the Saints, cut Philip Wheeler, and allowed Jonathan Freeny to sign with the Patriots. The Dolphins also re-signed Kelvin Sheppard to a one-year deal worth $1.35 million, but his return isn't the answer to the linebacker unit's struggles the past two seasons. The Dolphins weren't aggressive with free agent linebackers last week, which hints they'll either keep Koa Misi at inside linebacker, move Dion Jordan from defensive end to strong side linebacker, or plan to select one early in the 2015 NFL draft. All of those options have some upside to them, but are calculated risks.

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