MIAMI ( – Channing Crowder isn’t a distant memory for the Dolphins, but they may already be targeting his replacement.

According to CBS4 news partner the Miami Herald’s Jeff Darlington, the Dolphins are talking contract parameters with free agent middle linebacker Kevin Burnett as Crowder’s replacement in the middle of the defense.

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Darlington reported that he’s been told that the timing of Crowder’s release “wasn’t a coincidence.”

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For his part, Crowder said “you can’t rank 32 linebackers who are better than me. I’m not done yet. I didn’t retire. I got cut from a team.”

The Dolphins staff has a history with Burnett, who played in Dallas when the current Dolphins regime was there. Burnett played for the Chargers the past two seasons and had the best seasons of his career.

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Burnett had 95 tackles, 6 sacks, 5 pass defenses, and 2 interceptions along with two forced fumbles last season for the Chargers. He would be a major upgrade over Crowder and provide the Fins with a solid middle linebacking corps as he would join Pro Bowl linebacker Karlos Dansby.