There are hundreds of reasons to love Miami Dolphins running back Lamar Miller from his Miami roots to his electric play on the field. I have gotten much joy in watching him play for the Dolphins these past four years, and in his final year of his contract, he has a paramount decision to make at the end of the season.
It has been speculated that Miller’s camp would command a yearly salary similar to that of Demarco Murray, Matt Forte, and LeSean McCoy, roughly $8,000,000 per year. It’s a high price tag, but if I were the Dolphins’ front office, I would bite the bullet and take that deal. Lamar Miller has been an outstanding running back for the Dolphins and has shown in back to back years that he can be the lead dog in an NFL offense.
One road block in retaining Miller would be his displeasure with his usage over the past few seasons. The Dolphins have rolled out an unbalanced offense in the past few seasons which saw a high volume passing attack, with minimal action in the run-game.
Miller is going to want to be featured if he were to stay in Miami, and if the offense remains unbalanced, he will not be getting what he wants.
“…that’s part of coming with the zone-read.” Said offensive coordinator Zac Taylor when asked about the lack of running plays. “You get some runs called where he may have an opportunity to carry the ball, but Ryan (Tannehill) either keeps it or he throws a bubble outside and all of a sudden that’s a missed opportunity for Lamar (Miller).”
Even with Taylor’s explanation, the team needs to figure out ways to get Miller the ball. It was a theme last year and again now. The Dolphins possess one of the most talented running backs in the NFL, and they must do what it takes to keep him satisfied.
Not only is Lamar Miller one of the best backs in the NFL, but he ranks highly among the all-time Dolphins running backs.
The Dolphins have had the benefit of carrying some of the most dynamic and productive running backs this game has seen, and Lamar Miller fits in nicely with likes of Ricky Williams, Ronnie Brown, Larry Csonka and Mercury Morris.
Although he may not see the career success that some of those running backs attained, Miller is next in line to be mentioned with those all-time greats, unless the Miami Dolphins make the mistake of letting him play for another team during the 2016-2017 NFL season.
This story was written by Efrain Ramos. Follow him on Twitter @EfrainRamos