Continuing the trend started by general manager Dennis Hickey last season, the Miami Dolphins brought in free agent linebacker Spencer Paysinger for a visit, and the team offered him a contract which he has just signed, making him the newest addition to the team.
Paysinger spent all four of his years in the NFL with the New York Giants, working on special teams, as a backup, and even starting some games at middle linebacker before Jon Beason came in and took over. Paysinger is expected to play the utility role in the same fashion that Jason Trusnik did before his departure, and Paysinger does come with a certain amount of potential.
The Giants had hoped that Paysinger would eventually develop into their starting middle linebacker, and he did ok given his undrafted free agent status, but he never quite made it to their level of expectation. Fortunately, he'll be getting an opportunity to compete for a job and possibly earn the starting job from incumbent starter Koa Misi, who would likely be bumped back to the outside should Paysinger surprise the organization.
With the addition of Paysinger, the linebacker position doesn't look quite as glaring as it did before, although there's still a heap of talent in the draft that could instantly upgrade the corps in ways that no one is expecting from the new linebacker. Although, the addition of the veteran could be a suggestion that the Dolphins won't be looking at linebacker at pick fourteen, as there are still many holes to be filled.
This story was written by Luis Sung. Follow him on Twitter: @FLSportDebater