Saturday, March 31, 2012
Friday, March 30, 2012
Thursday, March 29, 2012
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Tannehill's stock is rising very fast. Even though the Cleveland Browns said they are happy with Colt McCoy as their quarterback just earlier this week, they have already scheduled a visit for Tannehill to come to Ohio for a visit. There was also a report today from Josh Alper of ProFootballTalk.com that said Jeff Fisher looks at the Browns as a potential trade partner and has stated such. It would allow the Rams to move up and take Justin Blackmon most likely and allow the Browns to slide down two spots and still get Ryan Tannehill. There was also a report the Browns contacted the Rams about Sam Bradford and trading for him, the Ram said they weren't interested. Point being, it is clear as day the Cleveland Browns are in the market for a quarterback. If Miami falls in love or wants Ryan Tannehill they won't get him at pick #8.
Tannehill is coming from a pro offense and can do the one thing many NFL quarterbacks, even some elite NFL quarterbacks, can't do; he can make the 18-20 yard "OUT" throw outside the numbers. That is the most difficult throw for any NFL quarterback.
And for those of you worried about him having a "2nd round grade"....STOP! If you didn't listen to Charley Casserly's AUDIO below, listen to it! As he stated, in recent years only 2 (yes 2) quarterbacks drafted in round 2 have made a Pro Bowl; Drew Brees and Andy Dalton. That is because quarterbacks with 2nd round grades go in Round 1 and quarterbacks with 3rd and 4th round grades go in Round 2! The position is too important to not "get your guy" once you target him. Settling on a QB isn't an option and doesn't work. Facts back that up.
And for those of you who say, screw it just take Brandon Weeden in Round 2. Folks, if Miami misses on Tannehill the world will know they will look at Weeden and odds are someone will jump Miami to get him. And in all honesty someone might take Weeden late in Round 1 regardless. So, if you are going to trade back into Round 1 by giving up future picks then you might as well trade UP in round 1 and get the guy you want. Not the guy you are "settling for."
I don't know if Ryan Tannehill is the future for the Dolphins. But if you aren't taking him because he is "raw" and needs work, remember Joe Philbin helped make Aaron Rodgers and Matt Flynn who they are. He can work with quarterbacks. That is NOT a reason not to take him if the Fins feel he can be "the guy" a year from now and moving forward!
If the Dolphins like Tannehill and feel his connection with Mike Sherman is a plus and feel he has an NFL arm and feel he is the real deal, stop screwing around and move heaven and earth to get him!
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Monday, March 26, 2012
1) Don Banks of CNN/SI CLICK HERE
2) Walter Football CLICK HERE
3) CBS CLICK HERE
4) NFL.com CLICK HERE
Saturday, March 24, 2012
Scott, if signed, would step in and make an immediate impact at the right guard position. He would instantly upgrade the o-line and probably take the Dolphins out of the market for an offensive linemen early in next month's draft. Wheeler would bring some depth to this linebacker group.
I read the over the top article you wrote for Fox Sports earlier this week about the Miami Dolphins being in Hell and staying there for a while. While you made some valid points, the over the top nature, unprofessional name-calling (like calling Stephen Ross a jock-sniffer,) and just twisting of facts killed any credibility you had on this subject and damaged what was a pretty good reputation you had built up for yourself over the past few years.
Where to start in response to this column, let me first start off by saying I am a fan of your work. I began listening in the old 620 WHEN days when you went by the name "PRIMETIME" and followed you when you were doing fill-in work at WFAN in the largest media market in the world. Hell your interview with George DeLeone after the Rutgers loss back in the day is still the most entertaining and yet uncomfortable bit of radio I have ever heard in my life. It was "Radio Gold." In recent years I have followed you as you have exploded on the scene at Sirius NFL Radio and on SNY. I am a fan of the work you do, but this column you wrote is garbage. Utter and total garbage, so lets break it down point by point.
Peyton Manning-This is a classic case where no matter what the Dolphins did they couldn't win with someone who has your mindset. Let's look at the facts, Peyton Manning didn't want to meet with the Miami Dolphins. Stephen Ross, doing everything in his power to improve the team, calls in Dan Marino to place a phone call to Manning to try and at the very least get a meeting so they can at least take their best swing and hope for the best. Manning agrees to take the meeting. Now, going into this meeting the Dolphins brass knows they are behind the 8-ball and the odds of landing Peyton are slim. All they can do is put on their best face, say here is what we will pay you, here is what we (Philbin, Ireland, Ross..etc) are all about and we hope you give us a chance. The fact they found a way to get a meeting with Peyton was a miracle as Peyton wouldn't even talk to teams like Seattle and Kansas City. If Miami just took Peyton's "NO" and didn't pursue him you and people like you Adam would have been killing Miami and Ross for not doing everything in their power to land him and improve the franchise. When they do everything in their power to land him, you kill them for not landing him. It's a no-win situation with people like you on this subject. They can't put a gun to Peyton Manning's head and force him to sign with Miami.
Matt Flynn-What was the line you used, let me quote it exactly...."Pete Carroll put on his recruiting charm and made him feel comfortable." Hell Adam, even you can't believe that line of bullshit! And that is Grade-A bullshit right there. There was no charm involved, the Seahawks were willing to write a check for a few dollars and pennies more than Miami was and that is why Flynn picked Seattle. If Miami offered more money, guess what Flynn is in Miami and heaping praise on Ireland, Ross, and everything to do with Miami. It has nothing to do with "charm" or "Pete Carroll and his recruiting" ability, that's nonsense. WHERE WAS PETE CARROLL'S CHARM AND RECRUITING ABILITY WHEN HE COULDN'T GET PEYTON MANNING TO EVEN SIT DOWN WITH HIM FOR AN MEETING? Do you realize how foolish you sound Adam?
This other notion that Flynn picked Seattle over Miami even with his old coach Joe Philbin in Miami just because he wanted nothing to do with the Dolphins. Hey Adam, that works both ways! Doesn't it say something that Philbin picked Matt Moore over Matt Flynn? What, only Flynn's perspective counts? Joe Philbin's side of this means nothing? That Joe Philbin wasn't ready to break the bank and attach his coaching career to a guy he has worked with every day for 4 years doesn't tell you something? And you say Miami wanted him badly? Obviously not if they didn't offer him more money and were more than willing to let him walk. That is just an incorrect statement you made that you are trying to pass off as fact. Teams bring in free agents all the time they are interested in, try to work out deal but when the money gets too rich for their blood they are willing to let that person walk. Happens all the time and has since free agency has started in every sport and that is the case with Matt Flynn and the Dolphins.
The other silly statement you made that Matt Flynn "oozes leadership." In college, yes he did obviously. This isn't college anymore and in the NFL the past 4 years he has been wearing a baseball cap and a holding a clipboard (minus the 2 times he actually started a game). You speak of this leadership like its a given with no facts to back it up. Just because a back-up QB had a good game or two doesn't mean he "oozes leadership" and is worth paying decent money too and handing them the starting quarterback position of a franchise. Want examples of that blowing up in teams face; Scott Mitchell and Kevin Kolb! And let's also be honest, if Miami broke the bank for Flynn and paid him serious money to come to South Florida and then Flynn for lack of a better word sucked, you would be killing Miami for paying that much for an unproven back-up. Once again, damned if you do, damned if you don't in eyes of Adam Schein.
Tim Tebow-Here is where you come off as a total and complete hypocrite on every level. You wrote, once again I quote..."I'm still scared Stephen Ross will force his people to trade for Tim Tebow. He is not a fit for their system, but he will sell tickets and sell jerseys." Not only was Ross not interested in Tebow as he stated publicly Friday night, but the Jets go and sign Tebow and you praise the move on SIRIUS NFL Radio. Praised it so much they keep replaying the sound-bite over and over again as a bumper in and out of breaks. Tim Tebow isn't a fit for any system, so by that logic the Jets trading for him is foolish. Second, the Jets owner did force his football people to trade for Tebow (just like he did with Farve) because he is starving for attention being the 2nd team in a town the Giants own, because he wants to sell more PSL's, and because yes he wants to sell a ton of Tebow jerseys; so where is the outrage against Woody Johnson? Third you like to call the Dolphins a circus and such, how do the Jets come off who try to land Peyton Manning and fail, they give Mark Sanchez a raise and more guaranteed money, then sign Drew Stanton to be the back-up, only to then trade for Tim Tebow, and then go and trade Drew Stanton. If that ain't Circus level actions right there then I don't know what the hell is! If the Miami Dolphins are a circus franchise which is clueless as you say, hell they are only following the Jets lead as Woody and Rex are paving the road in that direction. You can't have it both ways call Miami a circus cause its owner forces its football people to do things (which is a lie he never has) and then praise the Jets for doing the one thing that you would have killed Miami for doing. You say Ross paid Sparano last year to "pacify him" after the Harbugh debacle, which is 100% right. And the Jets just paid Mark Sanchez and did the exact same thing, once again where is the outrage against Woody Johnson? You are a hypocrite Adam!
I have gone on for a while here, so here are three quick points that I will touch on without getting too in-depth.
-Calling Stephen Ross a "jock-sniffer" is just classless. I mean Dr. Roosevelt "Rick" Wright from the Newhouse School would even slap you upside the head for that one. I have never heard Bob Costas, Al Michaels, or any other respected sports journalist voice use such a term. I don't agree with everything Ross has done since taking over Miami but calling him a "jock-sniffer" is just wrong. It reflects more poorly on you than Mr. Ross. In fact you should publicly apologize for that remark in all honesty.
-Killing the Dolphins because they haven't signed more free agents is also silly. Let's see some of the elite teams in the NFL would be Green Bay, Pittsburgh, NY Giants have they been huge players in Free Agency this year or in previous years? NO! Why you ask, because they build through the draft. Something Philbin wants to do in Miami. To kill Miami and Ireland for not overpaying for free agents because they are beginning to follow a proven successful approach that the elite teams in the league do makes little sense. Rome wasn't built in a day, give the Dolphins some credit for following a blue-print that will result with success. Might take a year or two or three, but its the right path.
-As I write this its only March 24th for christ sakes. This team doesn't have to play a game till September. The same team that won 6 of its last 9 games to end the season. There is still the draft, there are still some quality free agents out there who can be had at bargain prices, and there will be roster cuts and such after the draft and throughout training camp.No team currently is a finished product entering 2012 and you speak as if this team is hopeless. Granted I don't see the playoffs or a Lombardi trophy in the next calender year for Miami, but it isn't as bad as you sure as hell make it seem.
In Closing, let me just say this to you Adam. I am a fan of the work you do and have been for many years. I certainly am not defending Jeff Ireland or Stephen Ross, they have made their blunders and they must do much better. Much Much better! If Ross fired Ireland tomorrow I wouldn't shed a tear, but it isn't as bad as you make it seem.Yes the Dolphins missed on Fisher and Manning, but at least they made an effort. If they didn't even try, then I would have serious concerns. Did Ross handle the Harbaugh thing wrong, of course he did. But ask yourself, was Ross right in spotting a bright up and coming coach in Harbaugh? Whatever Ross saw in him he was 100% right about as Harbaugh is the real deal. That gives me some peace of mind as well as a Dolphins fan.
The Dolphins may be closer to NFL Hell than NFL Heaven, but it damn sure isn't as bad as you make it out to be. And the over the top and unprofessional nature of your article reflects more poorly on YOU than it does them!
Friday, March 23, 2012
Ross made three interesting points worth noting...
-If Brandon Marshall wasn't traded they were going to flat out cut him
-If Miami wanted Matt Flynn they would have signed him and offered more money
-Tim Tebow was not a good fit for Miami's offense and wasn't seriously considered
Another interesting tidbit Ross let out is that Peyton Manning wrote Mr.Ross a letter explaining why he didn't select the Miami Dolphins as his next team. Hell I will buy 10 season tickets if Ross just lets me read that letter!
Now, let me say this, Mr. Ross if you are reading this or if someone prints this and shoves it in front of your face. Making that phone call was a good first step, but its not enough. The PR nightmare you are in cannot be gotten out of one phone call at a time to each fan. Please, take my advice and at the very least consider doing HBO Hard Knocks this year. I mapped out below in my latest column why this one move could change the image of this franchise for years to come. It would be a win-win all around, only good things can come of it! You need to not only sell the South Florida fanbase on the Dolphins but the rest of the players around the league on the Dolphins as a place where they will want to come play football.
Thursday, March 22, 2012
While many members of the national media did pile on and go way over the top in their reactions this week to Miami not signing Matt Flynn, the fact of the matter is the Dolphins have a image problem not just in South Florida but across the country. The easy fix is just win more games and offer top free agents more money and guess what, all of a sudden people will like this franchise again. But this problem goes much deeper than that and "hoping" for wins to turn around the culture is a risky proposition. There is one thing the Dolphins can do which will clear some things up and help speed up the PR nightmare they are currently in. That thing is to be on this upcoming season of HBO's HARD KNOCKS!
Normally I would be dead set against something like this, especially with a rookie NFL head coach who is just getting his feet wet in his new position. But drastic times call for drastic measures. This franchise needs a huge platform to sell themselves and their brand. They need to let players around the league as well as people across the country see who they really are. They need to put themselves in a positive light. These second and third hand stories of partial truth's are killing Ross and Ireland. Changing the Dolphins image (as well as Ross's and Ireland's) isn't going to happen by signing a big-named free agent like Peyton Manning or if Drew Brees hits the market in a year or two. Those "quality" of players refuse to come to Miami because the brand is so damaged they want nothing to do with it. They view the situation as "toxic."
By the Dolphins doing HBO Hard Knocks here is what they can accomplish.
-Let the country meet Joe Philbin. The biggest asset the Dolphins have on their payroll is their head coach. I mean this guy, from everyone who talks about him and from all reports, is liked by all. Yet, most people across the country couldn't pick him out of a police lineup if he was standing next to the Harlem Globetrotters. He looks like an accountant. And the story he has to tell is amazing! His English teacher is Mike Sherman. The same Mike Sherman who also gives him his first big break in coaching. And the same Mike Sherman who Philbin then hires to be his offensive coordinator when he gets his "dream job." Then you go into how Philbin gets this job in the wake of his son Michael tragically dying. You don't want to "exploit" the death but its a story worth telling that pulls on the heart strings.
-Jeff Ireland's "image" needs an EXTREME MAKEOVER! And that is understating it in many ways. From his Dez Bryant debacle, to backstabbing his friend Tony Sparano, to reports he low-ball's people on contracts and sends insulting offers, to Matt Flynn taking a cheap shot at him in the press without mentioning his name, to ex-players like Joey Porter and Channing Crowder who just destroy him every chance they get in the media, and to cutting a team and fan favorite like Yermiah Bell one week into free agency screwing him over. Jeff Ireland comes off as someone who is anti-player, yet if you talk to people close to him and even reporters who cover him daily they say he is the nicest guy in the world and misunderstood in some ways. Look I am not here to tell you Ireland is perfect nor am I defending him, but something is getting lost in translation here. The only way to fix it is for Jeff to go directly to the people. How does he do that, let HBO Hard Knocks show the world Jeff Ireland. Let the cameras do the work. Let the cameras show Jeff interacting with players and others in the organization. Let the cameras show he isn't footballs version of the anti-christ. Let the cameras show Jeff Ireland in a positive light for once. And its easy to do, because the Dolphins control the environment of which HBO is shooting this footage! Hell show him helping old lady's cross the street, show him buying the team ice cream after practice, show him buying a box of girl scout cookies, anything to fix his image.
-Last but not least, Stephen Ross, much like Ireland, needs to talk to the public directly. Like him or not, this man is a billionaire business mogul who isn't a fool. When it comes to football he has been a fool thus far, but he is far from an idiot. He has made his mistakes, and many of them and has admitted such, but he needs to show the world who he is when he isn't the owner of the Miami Dolphins. Re-brand himself as an owner. Show the world he is just the rich guy who writes the checks and stays in the background, which for the most part he has done. That the celebrity owner thing gets blown way out of proportion. Explain the thought process behind it and what they (the celebrities) "really do," which is as we all know, nothing! Every sentence written about Ross these days has the word "WHIFF" or "LOSER" in it. Lost out on Harbaugh and Fisher. He whiffed on Manning and Flynn. He needs to face the camera, admit his mistakes, tell people his "mission statement" for this franchise for lack of a better word and let the world get to know him. Doing it with a couple beat reporters in Miami isn't going to cut it anymore. This is a national problem that needs to now be addressed on a national stage.
Bottom line is this, HBO HARD KNOCKS is a show I enjoy but always thought of as a show for "other teams" and not the Dolphins. Now, in the Dolphins current state it is a show they need to be on badly. The Dolphins can re-brand themselves and shape their image by winning more games, but that might take years to do and could be a slow and painful process. The short-cut to this is to go on HBO Hard Knocks and be an open book. Dispel misconceptions and untruth's. Let not just fans but other players around the league get to see who the Miami Dolphins coaches, front office, GM, and Owner really are.
The Miami Dolphins need Hard Knocks more than Hard Knocks needs the Miami Dolphins. The Dolphins should be on the phone to HBO ASAP.
On Matt Flynn: “I believe in value. What we try to do is we try to be aggressive in looking at ways to improve the team, but we’re not going to be reckless and give up far more than we think we’re giving up in return. That goes with any position, not just quarterback.”
On Moore and Garrard: “Our vision for (Garrard) is that he will compete with Matt, and whoever else might be on the roster for the starting quarterback position.”
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald is saying Miami isn't interested in Tebow.
Salguero reports, via “several highly placed club sources,” that the team will not pursue a deal for Tebow. Per Salguero, the team is unwilling to revamp its offense for Tebow and they don’t think he’d fit into the West Coast scheme they want to run next season.
Monday, March 19, 2012
This move will clear up $4.35 mill in cap space according to Ben Volin of the Palm Beach Post. Ben Volin also reporting Miami will have now between $8-10 mill in cap space.
Question becomes is Smith trying to get an equal or better deal out of Miami so he can leave and stick it to the 49ers? Or is he using Miami to get a few more bucks out of SF?
Either way if any Dolphins fan is "optimistic" about the team landing Alex Smith god bless ya. I for one, like the millions of other Fin Fans, have been beaten down and fully expect Smith to land in SF.
Once again, not that Alex Smith is some great savior of the franchise, but it would be nice to just sign someone for once and bring a little hope and optimism to the franchise. Smith coming off a career year maybe has turned the corner. Some QB's took off later in their careers, ie Rich Gannon. Start Smith for 2-3 years and draft a guy to groom, hell even take Tannehill at #8 overall and groom him for down the road. At least you have a plan and blueprint and something to build off of. A foundation, something. Anything!
But I don't expect that and while Miami has been missing on every QB in the world, every other quality player at WR , DE, and RT have signed for bargain basement prices around the league. So, not only have they not filled the void at QB they have yet to fill the void anywhere else.
-According to a San Francisco news report, Alex Smith stayed Sunday night in Miami at a local hotel. Means either one of two things. He didn't want to fly cross country twice on the same day. Or, the talks are serious and he stayed in Miami incase a deal is struck and a press conference needs to be had.
UPDATE: Alex Smith flew back to San Francisco early Monday morning. Must have been not wanting to do two cross country flights in one day.
-David Gararrd is scheduled for a visit today with the Dolphins
-Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald goes into how did the Dolphins misjudge their chances with Peyton Manning. And brings up that Manning is tight with Bill Parcells and if Parcells was still in Miami odds are Miami would have been serious players. CLICK HERE to read Barry's column.
-Barry Jackson also reports that with season ticket sales really low, the Fins will reduce stadium capacity next year. This was talked about on the Philbin media tour after he was hired. They will tarp off parts of the upper deck.
Sunday, March 18, 2012
CLICK HERE to read it. CLICK HERE for more. And he had this shot at Jeff Ireland and his "decision making" CLICK HERE To read that.
If the Dolphins fail to land Alex Smith, their options are very limited. Trade a bunch of picks to move up to take a converted WR with only 19 starts in Ryann Tannehill. Hope Brandon Weeden is on the board in Round 2 when Miami picks. Sign an old, injured, and not very effective in recent years David Gararrd, wait for Manning to pick a team and if its Denver or Tenessee grab Tim Tebow or a very old Matt Hasselbeck, and last but not least complete the job the Dolphins were half way home to doing this past year, tank and grab a can't-miss prospect in Matt Barkley #1 overall in next years draft.
The Dolphins options now are David Garrard, Alex Smith (who Miami probably won't pay) and yes...Tim Tebow should Peyton Manning go to Denver. Get ready South Florida, I have a feeling Tebow-Time is coming to South Beach.
In other quarterback news, Mike Florio is reporting the Denver Broncos wanted to bring Matt Flynn in for a visit and Flynn told them no thanks as he isn't interested in going to Denver.
If this is a ploy by Miami to get Matt Flynn to accept a contract and the Dolphins really aren't interested in Smith, it could work or it could backfire in an epic way. Because if Miami isn't really interested in Smith, if Flynn decides to go to Seattle and if Tennessee decides to grab Peyton, you now have San Fran without a quarterback and it would put Miami in a bidding war for Matt Flynn if Smith were to take another visit to say Cleveland and sign there.
Jeff Ireland playing a big game of poker here.
|pic by Izzy Gould|
UPDATE: Jeff Darlington of NFL.com is reporting that from talking to Dolphins front office people this past week he didn't feel they were in love with Matt Flynn. And Alex Smith being brought in might be "very real" and not a leverage ploy at all. Miami could make a move on Alex Smith and make him their starting quarterback.
INTERESTING TIDBIT: Alex Smith and Reggie Bush played high school football together.
UPDATE #2: Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reporting for the Fins to sign Alex Smith they would have to clear cap space. Also, Seattle is showing interest in Smith as well and he may take a visit there before signing with anyone.
Saturday, March 17, 2012
No word on Matt Flynn still. Omar Kelly is saying the Dolphins and Flynn are still talking contract. Bernie Kosar is tweeting Flynn has decided and its Seattle. (take Kosar's tweet with a grain of salt)
Alvin Flynn, Matt's father, has said he has heard nothing and doesn't believe Bernie Kosar's report according to Brian Biggane of the Palm Beach Post.
Also, Mario Manningham in contract talks with the Rams and it looks like he won't ever take that trip to Miami.
My question at this hour is, if Miami doesn't spend money on Flynn, they have lost out on Winston and looks like Manningham won't even make a visit, who will they spend money on? Or are we done in free agency and on to the draft?
UPDATE: Matt Flynn's girlfriend put up this tweet Saturday afternoon, read into it what you want.
Mike Oliva, my colleague on this blog and I usually don't see eye to eye on quite a few things, but is post Free Agency News and Notes pretty much hits the nail on the head. The Manning ordeal was yet another black eye on this franchise. The Dolphins in no way, shape or form can let Matt Flynn get away. What scares me is that they are going to try to lowball Flynn, lose him to Seattle then make a major reach for Ryan Tannehill. This talk about the Dolphins trading up to the 3rd spot to get Tannehill is asinine. The guy had a second round grade, but now all of a sudden he's worthy of the 3rd pick? A guy with 19 games at QB in college under his belt? Please. If Cleveland wants him so bad, let them blow a high pick, or let Buffalo blow a high pick on him. This team has too many needs to waste draft picks on a guy most experts say will need to sit for 2 years before he is ready. Sign Flynn, keep your picks. Plain and simple.
UPDATE: Winston has scheduled a visit to Detroit on Monday. Obviously Marvez's original report was incorrect or Winston has decided to visit with more teams.
Friday, March 16, 2012
|Just sign him already!|
-SIRIUS NFL Radio reporting that if Peyton Manning goes to Denver, the only logical landing spot for Tebow is Miami. And rumblings they are hearing is "the owner" is interested because he wants to sell tickets and knows Tebow's popularity in the state of Florida. If Stephen Ross signs Tim Tebow and forces him on Joe Philbin, then Joe Philbin should quit tomorrow! He didn't sign up for that crap. And honestly this website will go away because I will quit this site if Tebow is on the Dolphins. I wouldn't have the energy or patience to go through that and bring you Dolphins News and Opinions when I see the franchise I love committing suicide!
Thursday, March 15, 2012
With the re-signing of Murtha and this signing of Hicks the Dolphins will not be signing Eric Winston. Winston said today he wants to be the highest paid right tackle in the NFL.
From Volin's article...A source close to the situation said Dolphins management had to enlist the help of Dan Marino just to secure a meeting with Manning.
The Dolphins' brass did not deal with Manning directly and was frustrated last week when it could not pin down a meeting with him through his agents at Creative Artists Agency (CAA).
Jason Cole is reporting Manningham is visiting the Rams tonight and the Rams have "jumped the line" when it comes to visits which might be a sign they will give Manningham what he wants and not let him leave without a deal.
For a guy with only 19 starts in his life, this is an amazing bidding war that is heating up. Most experts feel Tannehill will need to sit for 2 full years before he is ready to play at a competent level in the NFL because he is so raw and so green.
-LB Kevin Burnett was spotted on crutches today leaving the Dolphins facility with his left leg wrapped up.
-Michael Lombardi of NFL Network reporting the Peyton Manning race is down to Tennessee and Denver. Although everyone he has talked to says Arizona and Miami are alive. Crack reporting there, go against you're own sources!
-Armando Salguero reporting the Dolphins have re-signed DE Ryan Baker, which is a move that says the Fins are ready to lose Kendall Langford.
-SIRIUS NFL Radio reporting that RT Eric Winston wants to be the highest paid right tackle in the NFL. That would all but cross Miami off his list because they don't have enough money to make that a reality.
Peyton Manning probably has to make a decision on Thursday or Friday to keep his leverage in contract talks. If not Arizona is out because they have to pay Kevin Kolb a roster bonus and need to know by Friday what they are doing. Cutting him or keeping him. if Peyton decides he is going to Arizona then Kolb is on the market for any team left without a QB.
Denver has done nothing in free agency except lose out on Paul Soliai. They are in wait and see mode and still the frontrunner. Oh by the way, with Henne in Jacksonville, if Denver signs Peyton where will Tebow land?
Seattle was somewhat hot for Henne. He is now gone and they have Matt Flynn in Seattle today and he will be at their headquarters. Will they let him leave without a deal? My gut feeling is no but we will see.
The Titans, if they land Peyton then Matt Hasselbeck is probably released. And question is do they trade Jake Locker. I mean you take a guy Top 10 and have him ride the bench most of last year and the next 3-4 years behind Manning? Makes little sense to pay a guy that much money NOT to play. I think both will be moved.
The Dolphins? I have no clue what they are thinking or will do. I believe if they haven't signed Flynn yet, they don't want him or want him to reduce his price. And if they strike out on Manning they will follow what the Cincinnati Bengals did last year on offense. Get rid of Terrell Owners, Chad Ochocinco, and Carson Palmer. (Miami gets rid of Brandon Marshall.) Draft a bunch of young guys (AJ Green and Andy Dalton) to go along with their young tight end Gresham and have them take their lumps and grow together for the future. Total rebuilding job for Miami. Most likely around Ryan Tannehill. And if it takes trading up to #3 to get Tannehill, then so be it.
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Michael Lombardi on NFL Network tonight said the Cleveland Browns like Ryan Tannehill a lot and will take him at 4th overall if need be. Lombardi said Miami is also high on Tannehill and might trade up to #3 to draft him.
Here is a complete list of the Dolphins’ 2012 Unrestricted Free Agent class, courtesy of the wonderful staff over at The Finsiders.
Ikaika Alama-Francis, LB: Unsigned
Will Allen, CB: Unsigned
Vernon Carey, OL: Unsigned
Marc Colombo, OT: Unsigned
Chad Henne, QB: signed 2-year contract with Jacksonville Jaguars
Kendall Langford, DL: Unsigned
JP Losman, QB: Unsigned
Marvin Mitchell, LB: Unsigned
Steve Slaton, RB: Re-signed with Miami
Paul Soliai, NT: Re-signed two-year contract with Miami
Jason Taylor, LB: Unsigned (even though he is retired, he is technically still considered a UFA)
The list will be updated as players are signed #staytuned
-The signing of Paul Soliai means Miami has less than $10 mill in cap room.
-Mario Manningham has 3 teams on his radar he wants to visit with. SF, Miami, Buffalo (I did not list them in any special order.) Manningham will visit with San Fran on Thursday.
-The Dolphins visited with offensive linemen Art Hicks of the Browns today.
-No News on Peyton Manning other than he visited with Tennessee today. In my opinion its safe to say with Marshall gone, and with 4 picks in the Top 73 this year that the Dolphins are in full blown "rebuilding mode" and I don't think Peyton see's Miami as a "win now" destination. Now, money still talks at the end of the day, so if the money is higher than anywhere else he could come here. Otherwise, we might be staring at Ryan Tannehill I fear.
|B ye-Bye Asshole!|
Because Marshall has 2 strikes already in the NFL Personal Conduct policy. A 3rd strike could result in a 1 year suspension.
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
-The Dolphins are interested in re-signing Steve Slaton according to multiple reports. This coaching staff is higher on Slaton than the past coaching staff.
-Kendall Langford is talking with multiple teams, including New England. He is not expected to return to Miami.
-Arizona CB Richard Marshall is flying to Miami for a visit. He is reporting this on his Twitter page.
Of course the first thing a lot of people might think is that Peyton Manning didn't want to play with him or the Dolphins are trying to clear cap space because they need it to sign Manning and his buddies Reggie Wayne, Jeff Saturday or Dallas Clark. I honestly don't think that is the case. Marshall has been a cancer and has feuded with Chad Henne and Matt Moore. He had some big drops last season that cost the Dolphins dearly. With a new coach and possibly a new QB, it was time to move on and start fresh.
Sure, the Dolphins let him go for less than they gave Denver, but that's usually the way it works in the NFL. The extra picks give the Dolphins a little ammunition to make some moves in the draft. They also pick up about 5 million in cap space. So...Good Bye Brandon. Good bye, good luck and good riddance.
-Philip Merling and Lydon Murtha signed 1 year deals to stay in Miami.
-Miami has also reached out to Paul Soliai and and want to talk contract with him. (per Armando Salguero)