The Miami Dolphins are the first team this offseason to take a closer look at Stevan Ridley, reports today have revealed.
Amando Salguero of the Miami Herald was the first to report that the former New England Patriots man was in town for a visit with Joe Philbin's team.
Miami take a look
Ridley is an unrestricted free agent after leaving the New England Patriots, but unlike many of his peers, has struggled to obtain offers ahead of the 2015 NFL season having undergone surgery to repair a torn ACL and MCL back in November
Ridley only appeared in six games for New England before seeing his 2014 campaign curtailed. Although posting a couple of disappointing games against the Raiders and Buffalo, the powerful running back did produce two 100-yard-plus games.
Though his 52 game NFL career to date, Ridley has amassed 2,817 yards and 22 touchdowns for an average 4.34 yards per carry.
Although he has struggled with fumbles in the past, he has nine in four years, there is no doubt that, if Ridley can keep healthy and ahold of the football, he is a useful addition to any team looking for a big back.
The fact that it is the Miami Dolphins who are the first to take a serious look at Stevan Ridley may surprise a few people.
With Knowshon Moreno and Lamar Miller already on the depth chart there are perhaps other areas the Florida franchise should be addressing ahead of RB. Moreno though, like Ridley, is coming off the back of a reduced 2014 campaign after his own injury. The ex-Patriots man too would offer a running back more in the mould of a between the tackles powerhouse.
Of course though, at this stage, there is no offer on the table and the Dolphins may simply be doing due diligence.
Having broken the bank earlier this offseason with a deal for Ndamukong Suh the fact that Ridley is likely now willing to accept a relatively cheap deal may be what has sparked their interest.
What do you think Dolphins fans? Do the team need Ridley on board, or should Miami be focussing on other areas? Let us know in the comments section below...
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