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Dolphins could go young at nickel in 2012

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By Kevin Fishbain

One of the decisions the Dolphins will have to make this offseason is whether or not to re-sign veteran Will Allen, and that ensuing decision will affect the team's nickel position. Allen, who will be 34 at the start of the 2012 season, was signed after Week One, making it his fifth season in Miami. He finished the season with 43 tackles, five for a loss and three passes defensed. Allen does provide good leadership in a secondary that, aside from SS Yeremiah Bell, is young.

We hear one of the players who could take over the nickel if the team does not re-sign Allen is Jimmy Wilson, who just finished his rookie season. Wilson, who can also play safety, got a lot of experience as a rookie. He finished with an interception and five passes defensed.

The team could also opt to draft another cornerback, but that might be dependent on who the team's next head coach is. Depth at corner behind Vontae Davis and Sean Smith is important in Miami, considering they have two spread offenses, the Patriots and Bills, in their division.

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