In what could be a blow to Miami's offseason plans, free agent NT Jason Ferguson has been suspended by the NFL for eight games due to a violation of the performance enhancing drug program.
This is his second violation of the program. He was suspended for four games back in 1999.
Ferguson had said that he would either retire this offseason or play for the Dolphins. And Miami certainly could use him for another year. But this suspension could affect either his decision to retire or Miami's decision to bring him back.
Regardless of what Miami does in the draft, it will probably still be wise to re-sign Ferguson. Even though he'll only be available for the second half of the season, his presence should be a boost. Miami could also choose to pursue a different free agent instead, like Jamal Williams.