Thursday, March 27, 2014

NFL announces Full Draft Order

The NFL has released the Full Draft order for the 2014 NFL Draft. Miami has pick numbers... 19, 50, 81, 116, 155, 1890, and 234


AUDIO: The Big O on Moreno signing with the Dolphins

CLICK HERE to listen to what The Big O of 640 Sports WFTL has to say about the Dolphins signing Knowshon Moreno.

Breaking: Moreno to Dolphins

As per Adam Schefter, the Miami Dolphins have reached agreement on a one-year with former Denver Broncos Running Back Knowshon Moreno. Moreno was selected 12th overall by the Broncos in the 2009 NFL draft. He had his best season in 2013 as he played in all 16 games and rushed for 1,038 yards with 10 Touchdowns and a 4.3 average per rush attempt.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Jared Odrick's reaction to the Jets releasing Mark Sanchez

Jared Odrick went on his Instagram account yesterday when he heard the news of the NY Jets releasing Quarterback Mark Sanchez and put up this picture with a funny caption.


Friday, March 21, 2014

Moreno leaves Miami with No Deal

The Palm Beach Post is reporting this evening that Knowshon Moreno visited with the Miami Dolphins on Friday and left town without a contract. No word on if a contract was offered or if they will continue talking over the weekend.

John Jerry signs with the NY Giants

Former Dolphins offensive linemen John Jerry signed with the NY Giants this afternoon. Jerry was outed in the Ted Wells report as a person who did "bully" Jonathan Martin on multiple occasions. The Dolphins showed zero interest in having him return to the team and made no contract offers to him.

CLICK HERE to read more about it

Knowshon Moreno to expected to visit with Miami on Friday

Let's try this again (and this time the story is legit and not made up by some teenager on the internet who took an ESPN comment and expanded on it to get twitter followers and bring attention to himself.) Barry Jackson and Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald are reporting that Broncos RB Knowshon Moreno is expected to visit with the Miami Dolphins on Friday.

As stated the other day I am in full favor of this move. The Miami Dolphins need to surround Ryan Tannehill with as many experienced players as possible on offense. Moreno will only be 27 when next season starts and is on the right side of 30. While he is a bit injury prone he is coming off the best year of his career where he started 15 of 16 games and had 4.3 YPC. Moreno didn't lose a fumble all of last year (and had only one fumble overall) and only has 2 lost fumbles in the past 3 years. He protects the ball, is a great blocker out of the backfield and since nobody is knocking down his door he could be had for very cheap. The only thing that has me scratching my head is I wonder if Moreno is using Miami to get an offer to then take it back to Denver to see if the Broncos will match it. Denver might have told him to get your best offer and let us know what it is and we will maybe match. I mean I find it hard to believe Denver who is in "win now" mode and is signing everyone this year in free agency will let go of their best running back and go with unproven young guys next season. Especially with an older Peyton Manning who needs to be able to trust his running backs to block for him. Will Denver role the dice with young running backs? So I wonder is Moreno using Miami to get money out of Denver? It's possible....very possible. Only time will tell though. Either way I think Miami pairing Moreno and Miller as their top two running backs is a very good thing. Moreno is a clear upgrade over Daniel Thomas and would bring Miami more credibility in their running game and offense overall. Plus it takes away one less need in the draft.

Everyone who has visited with Miami so far this year has ended up signing with them. Will Hickey continue that streak? Stay tuned!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

NFLPA and NFL to meet over "Workplace Rules"

USA TODAY is reporting that in responses to the Richie Incognito and Jonathan Martin saga in Miami the NFLPA and the NFL are going to meet within the next month to discuss "workplace rules" for NFL teams. The article further states the league has yet to tell the union if there will be punishment for Mike Pouncey. It is also worth noting the Unions investigation into the Miami scandal isn't complete yet and still in process.

CLICK HERE to read the entire article

Former Dolphins RB Cecil Collins in the news

TMZ.com is reporting former Dolphins running back Cecil Collins will not be heading back to jail for a probation violation. CLICK HERE to read more about it.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Did Houston make a mistake letting John Benton go?

John McClain of the Houston Chronicle was on WQAM today and talked about new Dolphins DT Earl Mitchell and Offensive Line coach John Benton. Listen to what one of Houston's most respected reporters has to say about both men.

CLICK HERE to listen

Cortland Finnegan Contrat breakdown released

Cortland Finnegan two-year $11 million deal breakdown: $2M bonus, $5.5M total guaranteed, $3.5M salary for 2014. 2014 is fully guaranteed. $5.45 non-guaranteed in 2015

Where is the Finnegan Contract?

                         

This past Friday Cortland Finnegan signed a, reportedly, 11 million dollar deal for two years with the Dolphins. Those numbers are important, sure, but so are things like guaranteed money, signing bonus, incentives criteria to name a few. How is it that on Monday morning we still don't have those numbers yet?

But wait a second before rounding up the wagons or flying a banner and laying waste to the franchise. We had numbers on Brandon Albert within hours. Brent Grimes, Randy Starks, Earl Mitchell, we even got Shelley Smith's breakdown before he could head off to his own wedding. But why not Cortland Finnegan? Why just the basic banner numbers and not a slightly more comprehensive breakdown? Simple, he didn't have an agent.

In the 24 hour sports media market, agents play an integral role in passing along information to the public, through media directly or through their own social media outlets. That is why within 24 hours of a signing 3-10 different websites can have the current cap calculated for each team. Thus better informing the public and the  media of the state of the team. Maybe we demand more in this day and age, but that is why there are professional sports agents so the details don't fall through the cracks.

Not to slight Mr. Finnegan in the slightest. In fact I am hoping he does very well here in Miami. However, maybe we can get a little more information?

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Miami reaches out to Devin Hester

Reports are out there that the Miami Dolphins have reached out to return specialist and WR Devin Hester. And Hester himself has said he would love to play for the Dolphins. No word if they have had serious contract talks at this point or if they are just showing interest in each other.

In my opinion if I were the Dolphins I wouldn't make a big play for Hester. Return specialists are a thing of the past in the NFL. The vast majority of kickoffs just fly through the endzone for touchbacks. And lets remember Hester isn't the young Devin Hester anymore and he has lost a step. Miami would be better suited to spend the money on more offensive linemen, a running back, or another wide reciever.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Newest Dolphins Cortland Finnegan

An E:60 Piece on Cortland Finnegan from a couple years back. Like former Dolphin Richie Incognito, Cortland has his baggage

Did you know...

Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross is the 3rd richest owner in the NFL with a total net work of $5.4 billion. Number one on the list is Seattle owner Paul Allen and number two is St. Louis owner Stan Kroenke.

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Friday, March 14, 2014

What Miami is getting in Cortland Finnegan

From a CNN/SI article about the Dolphins signing Cortland Finnegan

Alternating between outside and the slot. Finnegan struggled mightily, especially in 2013, when he played through injuries. Last season, he allowed a 136.0 quarterback rating when covering outside on 199 targets, giving up 26 catches for 353 yards and four touchdowns in 34 targets. In the slot, he allowed a 131.9 rating on 24 targets, giving up 19 catches for 248 yards and three touchdowns. In both categories, he ranked among the bottom three cornerbacks in the league among players who had taken at least 25 percent of their team’s snaps. He wasn’t that much better in 2012, and at age 30, there may not be much left in the tank.


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Fins sign Guard Shelley Smith

The Dolphins have signed another offensive linemen. They gave a 2-year deal to OG Shelley Smith of the Rams. Smith was rated the 4th best OG in run blocking last year and 58th in pass block. Remember in the St.Louis Smith played in a man-on-man blocking scheme which doesn't fit his skills. Smith is built for a zone-blocking scheme which Miami is running.

Smith got 2 years $5.5 million from the Dolphins. $1.5 million is guaranteed

Fins sign Finnegan to a 2 year deal

The Miami Dolphins have signed CB Cortland Finnegan to a 2 year deal according to Albert Breer of the NFL Network

UPDATE: It's a 2 year deal worth $11 million. No word on how much guaranteed money is involved.

Strief tells the Fins..."NO THANKS"

Miami Herald reporting free agent right tackle Zach Strief has declined an invitation to visit the Dolphins facility in Miami. He told the organization he isn't interested in joining the Miami Dolphins.

Friday's Free Agency Blitz

Friday will be a busy day for the Dolphins. Early Friday morning the organization is meeting with Rams offensive linemen Shelly Smith. Earlier reports are he was meeting with the Fins Thursday night. Now it is being reported he flew into Miami Thursday night and has an early morning meeting with the Dolphins. Considering the fact Smith has left the Giants and Patriots facilities with no contract this week already and Miami is in desperate need for offensive guards I have a feeling there might be a match here. Would not be shocked to see Smith sign with Miami today.

Cortland Finnegan is meeting with the Fins Friday night. Also Finnegan announced that he will be representing himself and not using an agent. To me this move is baffling and I don't get it. Finnegan is shot as a player, out of the 110 cornerbacks last year in the NFL Finnegan was ranked 109. He was beyond terrible. Also, Jeff Fisher is a huge Finnegan fan. He had him in Tennessee and brought him to St.Louis and stuck by him through all of his on and off the field troubles. So, if Fisher doesn't want him now what does that tell you? Yes, that Finnegan can't play anymore. I would have rather seen Miami pay a bit more for Nolan Carroll (who didn't get big money as he expected) or kick the tires and pay a little more for SF cornerback Tarell Brown who is still on the open market.

LeGarrette Blount is also a name being linked with Miami. The Dolphins want to add an experienced free
agent running back. The Miami Herald also reports they want a bigger bruising back type and Blount fits the bill. Plus he has ties with Hickey from their Tampa days. Don't be surprised if this weekend a deal is struck there.

Also something to keep in mind this free agency period; do not expect the Dolphins to use every cent of their cap space. The organization also has two big name players they will need to re-sign or extend in the coming year. Mike Pouncey and Ryan Tannehill are two players the Dolphins want to keep and make sure they have enough cap space for to lock-up long-term before either hits free agency. So, if you don't understand why the Dolphins aren't buying more players, well they need to save some of that cap space for down the road.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Free Agency Update

CB Cortland Finnegan is visiting with Miami Friday. I am SHOCKED by this news. A) because he is a loud-mouthed trouble maker and not a "Philbin guy" who is clean cut, keeps quiet, and goes about his job and B) He was awful last season and hasn't been decent since 2011.

Also RT Zach Strief is talking to Miami, somewhat He was the #1 rated RT last season and the #7 rated tackle overall. He doesn't want to leave New Orleans but New Orleans can't pay him what he wants. From reports Miami has been blowing up his phone all week but Strief doesn't want to leave the Saints. Reports are he is now entertaining the thought of talking about a deal with Miami. Strief is also tied up at a banquet in Cincinnati and has been unable to take any visits. So maybe by the weekend something will happen on this front. If Miami can land Strief the offensive line (with Pouncey and Albert already) goes from a weakness to a total strength overnight. 


OG Shelley Smith visiting with Miami tonight. He can play both right guard and left guard but he is better suited for the left side. Rated #4 offensive guard in run blocking last year. #58th in pass blocking.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Florida Politics could send the Dolphins to a new city

Well you thought when Stephen Ross said the other day he would pay in the ballpark of $400 million of his own money to fix Sun Life Stadium in exchange for a tax break that it was a sweet deal for everyone involved. Think again.

Florida politics back at work, looks like they don't want to give Ross a tax break. Ross is letting the politicians know if they don't take this deal he will probably sell the team and the new owners will move it to another city (that's code speak for Los Angeles.) Here is what Ross said today

“If I sell the team, I can assure you, with the viewpoint of the politicians and what they want to do, the new owner is going to move the team,” Dolphins owner Stephen Ross said. Ross wants relief from about $4 million in yearly property taxes in exchange for privately financing a $350 million stadium renovation.

CLICK HERE for the entire Miami Herald article



Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2014/03/12/v-print/3990138/miami-gardens-wants-dolphins-property.html#storylink=cpy

JONATHAN MARTIN TRADED TO 49ERS

Adam Schefter from ESPN is reporting that offensive lineman Jonathan Martin has been traded to the San Francisco 49ers for a conditional draft pick.

This is great news considering that most thought the Dolphins would end up having to cut Martin. During a  press conference about the bullying scandal owner Stephen Ross showed his hand by saying that the Dolphins had no interest in keeping Martin on the team.

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STARKS TO RETURN

NFL Insider Jason La Canfora is reporting that Miami Dolphins DT Randy Starks is nearing a return to the Dolphins on a deal worth $6M a season.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

DOLPHINS USING FREE AGENCY TO FILL HOLES

The Dolphins will continue to use free agency to fill holes.

According to @ArmandoSalguero and @flasportsbuzz, the Dolphins have interest Tampa linebacker Dekoda Watson and NY Jets G Austin Howard. With lots of holes to fill, especially on the offensive line, expect the Dolphins to add more players to the roster.

The team is looking to fill positions at RB, RT, DT, & center.

Also, don’t rule out a Dimitri Patterson comeback at discount.

The Dolphins were aggressive on the first day of free agency for the second year in a row. New GM Dennis Hickey was able to land two of the most coveted free agents; coming to terms with left tackle Brandon Albert and defensive tackle Earl Mitchell. 

Breaking: NT Earl Mitchell close to deal with Phins

Rotoworld.com is reporting that Defensive Tackle Earl Mitchell is closing in on a deal with the Miami Dolphins

Will stadium renovation receive opposition?

With yesterday's big news that Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross will pay $400 million in stadium renovations out of his own pocket, it has since been added that in exchange for him personally financing the renovations, he would like to have a full property tax relief. Which leaves me and a select few to wonder, will anyone fight this? After all, the stadium's tax is likely money going into schools and other government services. This part of the deal may draw some opposition, so I decided to see if there was a response from the face of the opposition of public funding and the use of taxes on private enterprises, former Philadelphia Eagles owner and Honda dealer Norman Braman. According to NBC 6, Norman Braman, who has been one of the most vocal opponents of public funding for Sun Life Stadium renovations, told NBC 6 Monday that he was pleased with Ross’ decision. “I think this is great, and I’m glad that Mr. Ross has stepped forward,” Braman said. “I approve of this decision and I am happy about it.” If this is indeed true, it looks as though this will be the best chance yet of this 27 year old stadium finally getting a facelift.

Happy Free Agency Day

At 4pm today Free Agency begins and here are some tidbits, rumblings, and rumors we know as of this morning....

-Branden Albert will sign with Miami at 4pm. Albert will get $10 mill a season with Miami. How much guaranteed money is unknown at this time.

-The Dolphins #2 target according to the Miami Herald is Jets Right Tackle Austin Howard. It is believed that Howard wants a deal in or around $7 million a season. Howard is a beast of a human being (6'7" and 333 lbs) and a perfect fit for a zone blocking scheme offensive line which Miami will be running.

-Paul Soliai and Randy Starks are not expected back with Miami. Soliai is expected to sign with Atlanta. No word on Starks.

-With the signing of Louis Delmas yesterday that means Chris Clemons won't be back with the Dolphins

-The off the wall crazy rumor out there is the Dolphins interest in Future Hall of Fame CB Darrelle Revis. The Bucs are trying to trade him and if they can't he will be released. Dennis Hickey was part of the brain-trust in Tampa last year that traded for Revis so now with Hickey in Miami will he make another play for Revis? The Fins have the cap space so anything is possible.

--Matt Moore and Nate Garner could be cut today to open up at lot more cap space. Cutting Matt Moore would open up in the ballpark of $4 million in cap space alone.

Keep Checking DolphinsTalk.com all day today for all the latest.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Fins sign Delmas

ProFootballTalk.com is reporting the Dolphins signed safety Louis Delmas to a 1 year deal worth a max of $3.5 million

Dolphins Won't be Moving; Ross to spend $400 mill of his Own Money to fix Stadium

Well the Dolphins moving to Los Angels rumors can now officially stop. According to the AP Dolphins owner Stephen Ross will pay up to $400 million of his own money to fix Sun Life Stadium. No government assistance or aid necessary. The cost of the project falls between $350-$400 million. Also this all but guarantees the next Super Bowl up for Bid will be won by Miami.

CLICK HERE to read more.


Update: Miami Herald is reporting there is a catch. Ross will pay for the entire renovation as long as he doesn't have to pay $4 mill in property taxes every year for the stadium. CLICK HERE

Branden Albert to sign with Miami

Various outlets are reporting the Miami Dolphins will sign left tackle Branden Albert. Peter King is reporting it will be between $10-11 mill a season.

Follow Branden on twitter at the handle  @B_Albert76 

Monday, March 3, 2014

Finally Some Good News

After an offseason of bullygate and who is getting fired and who isn't, we finally have a piece of good news that might make some of us relax a bit. The Dolphins have re-signed CB Brent Grimes for a reported 4 years, 32 million with 16 million of that guaranteed.