The Miami Dolphins have two days left to try to secure the services of pending free-agent running back Lamar Miller before he hits the open market. Barring a last-minute agreement, things could get more difficult as Miami will have to compete with outside offers.
Miller rushed for 1,971 yards and 16 touchdowns the past two seasons. Which teams need a starting tailback and could be interested in Miller? Let’s examine.
No. 1: Dallas Cowboys
The Cowboys are much closer to title contention than most 4-12 teams, simply because quarterback Tony Romo missed most of the season with a collarbone injury. Once Romo returns healthy in 2016, Dallas will be mentioned in the same category as other NFC contenders. Adding Miller to an offense filled with talents such as Romo, receiver Dez Bryant and tight end Jason Witten would make the unit more dangerous. Dallas also has a top offensive line for Miller to run behind. Miller’s had inconsistent blocking throughout his career in Miami.
No 2: Indianapolis Colts
The Colts were 29th in rushing last season and could use a home run hitter like Miller. It also doesn't hurt that Miller’s mentor -- Frank Gore -- is in Indianapolis. The two are close and it would make a lot of sense for the Colts to potentially put this thunder-and-lightning duo together behind elite quarterback Andrew Luck.
No. 3: Washington Redskins
Washington is a dark-horse candidate for Miller. The Redskins were ranked 20th in rushing and starter Alfred Morris is a pending free agent. If they decide to go in another direction, Miller and Doug Martin of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are the top replacement options in free agency. Quarterback Kirk Cousins got the franchise tag and will face a lot of pressure to duplicate last year’s success. A big-play threat in the backfield like Miller could help.