Miami signs Saftey Louis Delmas To One Year Deal…(Show Me Contract)
Miami To Release Dimitri Patterson….???
Miami signs Brandon Albert
Earl Mitchell likely to join Miami Dolphins’ D-line
Yes it will cost us money and the good news is we have money to spend again, much credit must go to our capologist she has done a masterful job of managing the money as for a second season we are sitting pretty good with the salary cap rumored to be over 30 million a top five cap number. So the wise thing to do (and it seems Miami is primed to do) is fix the most pressing issue the team faced last season as our offensive line imploded. Miami can now clean house and start over with one player the center piece of the line (Mike Pouncey) the lone ranger on the team. I still want Miami to consider bringing back both Bryant McKinnie and Tyson Clabo as they both did a very good job filling in last season. I do expect Miami to address the line in the draft as well, but if they are wise they will bring in top veteran linemen as it is imperative that that unit gets fixed and rookies will not do, as it takes time to develop rookies especially linemen and Philbin is running out of time.
Dennis Hickey knows his job is not that much safer so he too has too much to lose trusting rookies to come in and fill in on the line. So free agency is the best way to solve the problem for the Dolphins, even though free agency has not officially started the ability to negotiate has and word is Miami is going hard after some of the top linemen and don’t be surprised if they add 2-3 through free agency alone.
Word is Miami is strongly in pursuit of three to four linemen with maybe the hope of landing two at the minimum. Names like Rodger Saffold, Austin Howard, Chad Rinehart, Zach Strief, Davin Joseph, Branden Albert, and Eugene Monroe are rumored to be on the radar with the latest rumor being Brandon Albert is almost certain to be signed (rumored 10 Million a season). Miami needs to replace 4 Linemen and still add depth so this offseason will bring just about an entire new set of offensive linemen to Miami. We will know sometime after 4pm tomorrow what is truly going on as rumors are ramped. Miami still need to address other position like DT, RB, I would also like to see a tall WR 6′-4″ or more brought in as well.
I have read that the Dolphins might be pursuing Buffalo’s Jairus Byrd who would be an upgrade over Chris Clemons. If they land Byrd it will be a double move as we will take away a key player from a division rival and upgrade one of our veteran players who quite frankly have been here long enough and has proven to be no better than average. As you know I am of the opinion it is time to move on from most if not all of our remaining veterans and bring in new blood and it seems so far that this is exactly what is the plan as Miami is not making any offers to the current free agents on the team.
Hickey has a change to make his mark and with an owner who is giving the green light to spend I will say Dennis can quickly become a fan favorite if he solves the very issues that has plagued this team for far to long starting with the Offensive line. Another issue I have been frustrated with is when the team seemed to sign a good player but turn around and let our own talented players walk and I still am puzzled with letting Reggie Bush go. Miami is now in need of a veteran RB in my opinion and I hope that they reach for the best available and Ben Tate is still one player I feel can help the Dolphins out with power running as I have totally given up on Daniel Thomas as he is officially a BUST in my eyes, time to move on!
Well it will not be long as tomorrow sometime after 4 pm Tuesday March 11th it will start to unfold I am excited to see what happens , so far my optimism is high as I have faith in Hickey and his style and maybe just maybe we will finally have the pieces that will push the Dolphins into the playoffs in 2014.
As the free agent market kicks off it is refreshing to know that Miami signed the only veteran on the team that needed to be retained. I have made the argument and continue to say that with a 8-8 record and 7-9 record the previous year the players on this team especially veteran ones have not proven that collectively they have what it takes to win. Many of them have been here even under Sparano. It is time to move on from most if not the rest and bring in new people who can make a difference on the team as others have had enough time to prove who they are.
So goodbye Nolan Carroll, Paul Soliai , Randy Starks, and others because they have been here through the losing seasons the scandals and have not proven to make a difference in the losing or proven to be strong enough in the locker room to prevent ”BULLY GATE” that whole incident was not only an indictment on the coaching staff but each player on the team as you would think one veteran player would have stepped up and prevented it from getting out of hand or at least asked Richie to tone it down.
Miami is not in need of a complete makeover but change in this case is a good thing for both parties as Miami need to bring in new blood and some players who feel their worth is more than what the Dolphins value need to move on. I see no player on the team that is worth big money and Miami needs to shop for new groceries. So I look forward to seeing what unfolds in the next few days and I will hopefully support the moves made as I still feel we have a team talented enough to make the playoffs and hopefully with a few additions and subtraction’s the Dolphins will put together the pieces to give this team a makeover that will show better veteran leadership and individual talent like the fortune we found in Brent Grimes.
I still believe in this team and I am hoping that Joe Philbin will prove to be the coach that we need and deliver as another 8-8 non playoff season will bring about changes that we don’t need. I am so sick of hitting the restart button because it means a new direction for the team which means another year or two of getting players and a new system in place. It’s starting to look like groundhog day if you ask me.
So let the free agency start and I am hoping for some good decisions and maybe a few surprises and ultimately a better veteran group who can lead this team in the right direction and not one that sits back and allow the things that took place this past season to happen.
So let the free agency market begin!
A critical signing has been accomplished, Brent Grimes was by far the only veteran player that I feel had to be resigned and the Dolphins took care of business today by locking the talented veteran up four more years. (Rumored: four-year $32 million deal) That was critical and a good sign when Grimes said he wanted to stay in Miami. (http://www.miamidolphins.com/news/article-1/Grimes-I-Wanted-To-Stay-Here/825628eb-1101-40b1-8270-c5bb7d623c5e) That will resonate as others will see two things, first that Miami is willing to pay good players that has been proven since the beginning as Mr. Ross is one of the best owners in the game and he is passionate and determined to put a winner in Miami.
“This is awesome to hear Dennis (Hickey) talk about me like that and to know that the organization feels that way about me is a great feeling. I’ve been in this league a while and actually feel appreciated here. That was a big thing for me. I just want to say thank you to the whole Dolphins organization starting with Stephen Ross of course for being our owner and making a final decision that he really wants to pay to keep me here. Then I thank Coach (Joe) Philbin, Coach (Kevin) Coyle, Coach Lou (Anarumo), J.B. (Jeff Burris), Coach (Blue) Adams, all of them. All of the defensive coaches had a great deal in my success this year, and I greatly appreciate it…”
This was the first real test for new GM Denis Hickey as well as the management team of Dawn Aponte and Joe Philbin seems to be working well together. I like the fact that not a lot of noise is coming from Miami and as you know when reporters do not hear from management they tend to play games and spread rumors like the one recently put out that Miami was looking to trade Wake, Wallace and Jordan. When I read that I was in disbelief because it made no sense. Now I could see Wake as potential trade bait considering how Olivier Vernon had a breakout season and he and Dion Jordan represent the future as both are young upcoming pass rushers of the future and as Wake is 32 years old it might be prudent to keep any options open but personally I want Cameron Wake in a Dolphins uniform at least one more season. (If not more) So Miami have started off very well by signing Grimes without using the franchise tag, I see no reason for them to even consider this year franchising any player as I am willing to let any other free agent on the team test the market and see if we are willing to match their offers or let them go as long as we tender them appropriately and get some compensation.
Our Defense is getting long in the tooth as Wake (32), Starks (30) and Soliai (30) are all at that age that not much is left as far as NFL life is concerned and Miami needs to start to get younger especially at the front end. Personally one of them should be signed and the Dolphins need to address that position in the Draft as well as possibly free agency. Free Agency is fast approaching (Saturday March 11th) so things will become clear what direction the team will be headed under the new GM Dennis Hickey and as I said in the onset he has started off with a positive grade by signing and locking up Grimes. Stay tuned as more exciting moves will soon follow. As always I invite your comments so chime in and let me know what you want to happen.
Michael Alan Sam, Jr. is an American football defensive end. He attended the University of Missouri, where he played college football for the Missouri Tigers football team for four years, he is also Gay and recently informed everybody of that fact. I am sure he did it hopefully to deflect any issues and get this out in the open and allow for whoever needs to adjust to him to do so. The media is all in on this as this is a story that the narrative has been on the table for a few years. He had a press conference and had the most reporters at his press conference than any player to date. His candidness is refreshing and I am sure some team will have a spot for him but the Dolphins should not be one.
First and foremost is the Dolphins have two young DE’s who are primed to be very good pass rushers so there really is no need for Miami to add a DE this year. That is the primary reason I say we don’t need Michael Sam on the team. As to his status and the news he’s garnered that also is something not needed in Miami because it would just be nice to have a team that goes under the radar and have a season that is just about football and the team and no other distractions and the fact is wherever Michael Sam goes it will be a circus and a distraction that can take away from the team and the Dolphins do not need that after this last decade of circus media and issues.
As for his sexual status I wrote an article in May last year on that very subject (http://dolphinseer.wordpress.com/?s=Homosexual) it expresses my opinion on that very subject.
Sam seems to be a person willing to accept his fate and handle his personal life in the right way and as a Heterosexual Male I have no problems with anyone’s sexual orientation as in the politically correct world of today it is best in my opinion to keep ones sexual preference to ourselves because that is a personal matter that should have nothing to do with one’s job.
In his press conference he had some very well thought out comments as the media had all kinds of questions and the second question asked was about if he would have a problem playing in Miami…
- “If the Miami Dolphins draft me I’d be excited to be a part of that organization… I know how to handle myself,”
- “I know how to communicate with my teammates, coaches and whoever I have to communicate with,” said Sam when asked what he would do if he had an issue in the locker room
- “I want people to see me as Michael Sam the football player, not Michael Sam the gay football player,”
So he seems ready for the NFL and some of the issues he might face and I am sure wherever he lands it will be an adjustment for everyone. But the Miami Dolphins due to the “Tim Tebow” like distractions Sam will get is not the team to try to make a statement by drafting Sam and as I said early on his position is not one of great need. And drafting him would only be going to an extreme to show that the Dolphins are not the team portrayed by the comments of current and former players. And that to me is no reason to draft a player.
What do you think? Chime in!
The Free Agency Market Is fast approaching (March 11th) and that is the time to fix the few holes that exist on this team, yes I am one of those who feel Miami is close and have been close for the past two seasons to being a playoff team. It is obvious to anybody that Miami needs to rebuild their offensive line and I feel veteran leadership is the key as it is apparent that they had veteran players on the line that showed a lack of maturity and possible some mental instability.
Let’s first look at the Dolphins veteran players who are free agents as to me the first priority is to keep your best players and allow the ones that are not in our future plans to move on. Here are the players that are free agents on the team this year:
David Arkin, G
Austin Spitler, LB
Nolan Carroll, CB
Brent Grimes, CB
Christopher Owens, CB
Chris Clemons, S
Marlon Moore, WR
Dustin Keller, TE
Tyson Clabo, OL
Bryant McKinnie, OL
Richie Incognito, OL
John Jerry, OL
Paul Soliai, DT
Last year about this time I wrote: “… if you look at the record the past few seasons it tells you all you need to know. MEDIOCRE! So in my opinion Miami should be wise about how to deal with our own in-house free agents.” Miami once again ended the season with an average record at 8-8 and to me that says nobody is a must have as far as free agents but with that being said I do want Miami to bring back a few at reasonable contracts and from what I have read Dennis Hickey will do the same as Jeff Ireland and have the market decide the value of our free agents and if a team is willing to overpay for a player we believe not worth the price than so be it. I endorse that philosophy because that is the common sense way of doing it.
So looking at the list above I see only two or three players that I want back and the others I am indifferent as to if they stay or go but I would not pay high money for them because they have not stepped up enough to get a big pay day.
The first person I really want back is Brent Grimes, Brent has delivered and deserves to be paid the premium but I would like to see him get a big signing bonus and a reasonable offer that pays him his worth but also one that takes into account his age as Brent will be 31 on July 19th so that needs to be taken into account as far as his contract but he is an asset to the team beyond his talents as he is a good veteran player that our young corners who were drafted last year can learn from as he will be an excellent mentor for them. So Brent Grimes is a must sign and the first priority in my opinion among our own free agents.
Next I would try and bring back Tyson Clabo and Bryant McKinnie as both players helped solidify the line amidst all the turmoil that erupted with the “Bully Gate” they stepped in and played well despite losing two starters and Clabo who started off slow and was benched when given a second chance was solid in his play and both players add depth to the line and will be a good benchmark for the future linemen drafted that can come in and compete for a job and McKinnie said as much as he expressed a desire to return to Miami. It is very important that McKinnie have no issues in the offseason as that will assuredly sink his ship and in fact it would be wise for all the players on the team to avoid any issues as I can see Joe Philbin having a zero tolerance policy for any player especially after what this teams been through this season.
Chris Clemons is the only other player I would look to try to bring back with an incentive laden contract and a modest signing bonus as he too showed some improvement and is a player we drafted.
The rest of the players are not critical and I have no problem with Miami moving on with new player via the free agent market and draft. And no it was no oversight on my part to leave out Paul Soliai.
The next article will focus on free agents from other teams that I would love for Miami to target and try to bring in house.
As always I welcome your input so chime in and let me know what you think of the Dolphins free agents and who you would like to bring back.
Well now that the 2013 season is officially over after the Super Bowl, despite the disappointment in both the way the season ended for the Dolphins and the way the Super Bowl played out, now is the time for renewed hope and faith in the 2014-15 Miami Dolphins. The offseason has begun for the players but it is never-ending and continues for the management team and with a new GM, OC, LB’s, O-line coach and Athletic trainer as well as potential new hires forthcoming after the departure of Brian Gaine Miami has a lot of work to do.
Now that the last remaining issue from last season is in the rear view mirror (The Wells Report) it is time to take a close look at the players on the roster the pending free agents and what the Dolphins should do to be more competitive as this season is a make or break season for Joe Philbin and Ryan Tannehill as I will paint the narrative that both are tethered to each other and their fate will depend on how they both do this season.
I will take a look at the entire team by positions and asses the positions and grade them as far as strength just like my 5 star ranking option on the articles I will give the positions a 1-5 star ranking 5 being the highest (stating the obvious) .
I will start with the Quarterbacks and Miami over the last two seasons have had 3 QB’s on the roster. Ryan Tannehill who was drafted 8th overall in 2012 and has been the starter for the last two seasons. Ryan has developed but not to the potential that I feel he should have and I do blame coaching for the most part and hopefully with a new person developing him (Bill Lazor) Tannehill has the opportunity to learn from someone else other than Mike Sherman and I can say I am excited an d happy for Tannehill and hopefully with the tutelage of Lazor Ryan will use all his weapons and do a better job of sustaining drives and delivering game changing plays as I feel he has the potential to do. Now some word has leaked that Joe Philbin wants to push Tannehill and eventually look at Matt Moore as a relief QB should Tannehill not step up to the plate next season . I have one issue with this, not that Tannehill should not be pushed but who it is that the Dolphins have as our backup QB. I feel the Dolphins should trade or cut Matt Moore and not pay him another dime as that is one contract I will never understand as I am not a Matt Moore believer. I do wonder why they also are hanging on to Pat Devlin? It’s time to push Devlin and have him step up as the #2 QB and let him be the person who challenges Tannehill should he falter. I also would like for Miami to bring in another QB into the mix one who TRULY have the potential to push Tannehill for his job. Overall I give our QB’s 3 stars basically due to the potential of Tannehill but we need to upgrade the backup position with a legitimate threat to Tannehill and I am not convinced we have that person on the team as of now.
Next I will look at the RB’s as I am still upset with the Dolphins for letting Reggie Bush walk without any proof that Miller or Thomas could fill his shoes. Reggie went on to have an outstanding season rushing for over 1000 yards and over 500 receiving yards that is over 1500 all purpose yards for another team. That alone was an excuse to fire somebody. Now looking at Daniel Thomas I will have to conclude he is a bust, I see no other way to describe the kid he is what Channing Crowder so aptly describe a man with a Tarzan Body but plays like Jane. I am done with Thomas and feel he should be replaced. Lamar Miller has potential his speed is obvious but his vision is questionable and Miami needs to add at least two more RB’s one in free agency (Ben Tate) and one early in the draft 2nd-5th round. Overall now we have a RB group that I would grade out at around a 2.5 stars with only Miller worth retaining but we need significant upgrades at the RB position and Ben Tate is exactly the back that I feel could upgrade the position on the team and I would spare no cost in getting him in-house if I were Hickey. He is now the top rated FA RB so if Miami gets him it will not be cheap.
The WR’s are next and that is the group that I feel needs less attention as we are stocked with very good receivers I will give them 4 stars with only one addition making that group perfect a big bodied 6-4 – 6-6 possession receiver the only addition I would not mind seeing Miami make but the next group just might be capable of handling that role …
The TE’s: Unfortunately we lost Dustin Keller before the season started but the good that came from it is Charles Clay more than adequately filled in and delivered in fact he was in my opinion the most improved player on the team from the previous season. Charles made many key plays and if he should play the same or better next season we are looking at a star TE. Miami have Michael Egnew and Dion Sims both young TE’s who could fill that role I talked about as tall possession receivers \/TE’s Egnew is going into his 3rd season and he too needs to do something or it might be time to push him off the team. Sims going into his 2nd season has a chance to push for more playing time I was excited when he was drafted because he has the look of a prototypical TE who could be a true weapon with his size and receiving abilities but with all the turmoil last season I think the draft class of last year got lost in the mix. Hopefully this next season we will get some dividends next season. The TE’s as a group gets 3.5 stars when you factor in a healthy Keller and our rising star Charles Clay.
Next we will take a look at the Offensive Line and what can you say but it is a total mess! We just might need to have 5 new starters next season as only two players are under contract and both have question marks about their availability next season as one could be suspended and at the very least penalized/fined and put on notice that no matter how good of a player our young Center is his troubles (Bully Gate and whatever involvement he had with Aaron Hernandez) And the other Jonathan Martin looking for a way out of Miami and the Dolphins most likely more than willing to accommodate him. Now I do feel Miami should consider bringing back both Tyson Clabo and Bryant McKinnie as they played adequately for they Dolphins and use both free agency and the draft to rebuild the line and maybe have a backup plan should Mike Pouncey run afoul of the law or continues his immature behavior. As of now they as a group gets 1 star and is by far top priority as to what to address in the offseason as this line need a face lift and some veteran leadership.
The Defensive line also needs to be addressed as both our DT’s are free agents and personally the way the D line played this year I see no need to break the bank for either and possibly find a free agent player and draft a DT and I would seriously look, at doing so in the first round! (Louis Nix, DT, Notre Dame, Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh, Timmy Jernigan, DT, Florida State, Ra’shede Hageman, DT, Minnesota, Stephon Tuitt, DT, Notre Dame ) are some names that pop up as first round DT’s and to me that is also a high priority just as much as the offensive line because both lines set the tone for the team and last season neither played up to expectations so goodbye big Paul and/or Randy Starks I see no need to spend big money on either again. Time to replace them with both young and new veteran leadership as the leadership of the complete team can legitimately be questioned. I give them 2.5 stars.
As for the LB’s I am not sure why but they seemed to do a really poor job of tackling last season and seemed to be out-of-place and lost at times. In hindsight it just might have ben a mistake to replace Dansby and Burnett as they both had what appears to be better seasons than their replacements. I am hoping it is just an adjustment year and as they have that year under their belt I am hoping that they are more comfortable with the system next season and we do not have the problems we had with our LB’s as we did last season. I also have a legitimate concern about the system that I will be addressing in a future article. Our LB’s get 2 stars and I am hoping the arrow is pointing up….???
The DE’s had a solid season as our young 2nd year end Olivier Vernon played very well he started off slow as in preseason he showed signs of his potential but started the regular season slow only to come back and have an outstanding 2nd season and warded off our young rookie first round pick Dion Jordan who had a very pedestrian rookie season. But make no mistake about it I have ZERO regrets that Jeff Ireland drafted this kid as he will eventually be our best pass rusher (I am hoping). I will give our DE a 3.5 star rating as our veteran leader Cameron Wake has been a consistent pro bowl player and he is an excellent mentor to our young stable of DE as our future looks bright at this position for year to come.
Our CB’s were a huge concern for me going into the season but after seeing Brent Grimes play lights out I was no longer concerned and he deserves top dollar as he is worth every penny! Miami MUST sign this guy to a 3-4 year contract and follow it up by drafting more CB’s hopefully taller ones to match up against the taller WR’s and receiving TE’s like the ones in NE who is dangerous but injury prone. Our CB’s get a 3.5 star rating from me as well as I feel we have two young players drafted last year (Jamar Taylor, Will Davis) who had a red shirt season due to injuries and I am looking forward to their development next season. I will give this group a 3 star rating but my concern is that we need to bring in taller CB’s in the future as all of our CB except Nolan Carroll are under 6 feet tall and that to me is a liability we need to address…
That brings me to our Safeties another group like the DT’s that disappointed me especially Reshad Jones who had after a great season in 2012 that earned him a contract extension but to me he was a no show this season and I am hoping he is not one of those players that played only to get his extension and now is resting on his laurels I hope he has the pride to step it up and play the way he did to earn his extension but all was not bad as Chris Clemons played very well and he is worth keeping an eye on as I can see him only getting better and if is partner put this average season behind him and step it up next year and earn the money and trust this team put in him our Defense can be what I had thought they would be this last season a top 10 Defense and despite all the hype Seattle PROVED that Defenses still win championships! I give them 3 stars.
As for our Special Teams I feel our punter deserves to get an extension as soon as it is time to do so and our young Kicker needs to shake off his rookie season and deliver and play to his potential but I see no reason for change yet! 3 stars is proper.
This concludes my assessment of the Dolphins and as always I invite your opinions so chime in and let TDS know what you feel needs to be addressed. Despite all the drama this season I still truly believe this team is not far away from being a contender but there are things that need to come into place starting with the coaching staff and I will be addressing the coaches also in future articles so stay tuned as the offseason is my busiest time of the year and if you have not singed up as a follower I suggest you do so and get an e-mail when I post future articles. Thank you all for your support and especially Mad Englishman you are truly my number one supporter and I appreciate you and thank you…….
TDS AKA Markeyh