Miami signed tight end Dustin Keller and wideout Brandon Gibson on Friday to complete a much-needed upgrade of the receiving corps. The Dolphins earlier added Mike Wallace, the top pass-catcher in free agency, and re-signed wideout Brian Hartline last week.
The moves transform the passing game into a potential strength, with Tannehill the triggerman. He became the first Dolphins rookie to start all 16 games at quarterback last year, and finding more targets for him was the No. 1 offseason priority.
“We feel that we have added some very good pieces to our passing game,” general manager Jeff Ireland said.
Keller, who has 17 career touchdown catches, signed a one-year contract as a replacement for Anthony Fasano, the Dolphins‘ starting tight end the past four years. Fasano signed Tuesday with the Kansas City Chiefs.
“I’ve been following him for a while,” Keller said. “He does a great job. To have a guy who can work the middle of the field and stretch the field, I think I can really help him out.”
Keller was slowed by a left ankle injury last year, when he made 28 catches for 317 yards and two scores in eight games.
“It was pretty frustrating,” he said. “This is a fresh start for me. It’s an opportunity to go somewhere and re-prove myself.”
“Coach Philbin is putting all the pieces together to win now,” Keller said. “This team is in a position to win, and that’s what we’re going to do.”
The Dolphins are coming off their fourth consecutive losing season, but they did finish a game ahead of the Jets at 7-9.
Gibson spent the past four seasons with the St. Louis Rams, where he made 38 starts. Last year he had 51 receptions for a career-high 691 yards and five touchdowns while starting 13 games.