There are a flurry of news and rumors surrounding the Dolphins today. So, let's dig into it all and let me tell you why some of these moves are good and why some are bad.
Let's make one thing perfectly clear; Brent Grimes wasn't cut due to his play on the field or his contract. He was cut because his wife is a loud mouth piece of trash. Period. End of story. When she was arrested for assaulting the police (allegedly) earlier this year it was the straw that broke the camels back. Then when she went public trashing Ryan Tannehill and other Dolphins players in the media it was just a matter of time. This is the NFL, unless your last name is Brady, Rodgers, or Brees no team is going to tolerate a bat-shit crazy wife of a player causing locker-room turmoil. So, Brent had to pay the price. He will now go elsewhere and make far less money than he would have this year in Miami under his current deal or even if he took a pay cut to stay in Miami. And anyone who didn't see this coming doesn't know NFL football. The day after Miko got arrested Brent Grimes mother (yes his mother) came after me on Twitter attacking me for pointing out how Miko is going to get her husband run out of Miami. Brent's mom (Deborah) in her childish vocabulary (must have picked that up from Miko) went on a Twitter-Tirade against me for just talking about the story. Well Deborah, I'm not one to say I told you so...but I TOLD YOU SO! The Grimes family can't get out of Miami soon enough. Don't let the door hit ya where the good lord split ya!
First Alonso as its easier to justify trading for him. He is in the final year of his rookie deal, so if he gets hurt again or doesn't produce, he's gone next year and there is nothing lost. No big cap hit or anything. Also, he was roommates in college with Dion Jordan. Not sure the Dolphins have plans for Dion Jordan or even will want to keep him, but if they do they now have a big brother in place, a familiar face who can maybe help get Dion's head screwed on straight to keep him in line and in the league. Another point, the Dolphins linebackers are god awful. Misi is always hurt and an average at best linebacker. Jenkins isn't even average most of the time. The Dolphins have nothing at this position and they are going to need to add bodies; quality bodies to improve this position. Taking a one year flyer on Alonso is worth it. Again if he stinks, you let him go. If he is healthy and plays like he did as a rookie in Buffalo you now have a guy on your roster who you can give a contract too and keep long-term.
Let's get to Maxwell as this is the guy who got Dolphins fans really really mad today. And I don't understand why. Look I will trash and bash many of Miami's offseason moves and draft picks. If you read this site you know that first hand. But I have never seen so many experts on Byron Maxwell as I did today. Let's deal in facts. Maxwell gave up 3 TD's all of last year. And two came Week 1. Those two came vs Julio Jones maybe the best WR in all of the NFL. I'm not going to kill him for that. His weeks 2 and 3 were not great and then he got injured and missed Week 4. Let's look at his stats from Week 4 on in terms of receptions against him and yards against him vs guys he covered. (Rec/Yards) 2/39, 4/38, 3/18, 1/12, 3/68, 3/51, 4/44, 2/18, 3/90, 5/92. Maxwell missed the final 2 games of the year injured. But looking at those numbers, I don't see numbers of a guy who was so bad you can say he was awful. And I know some of you will throw the PFF numbers around and his ranking there. But remember, there was a time two years ago where PFF had Ryan Tannehill has a Top 5 NFL QB. Nobody bought those numbers then. So you either buy into PFF for everything or you don't. You can't cherry pick what PFF stats you like and want to use to defend your stance.
By the way, Maxwell as part of this trade is going to re-work his contact so it won't be as bad a contract. Second, he is much bigger and more physical than Brent Grimes. Third, he is younger than Brent Grimes. Fourth, Brent Grimes was bad last year. Not awful, not great, but bad most weeks. Last but not least (and this is the most important folks) in Seattle where Maxwell was outstanding he played in "zone coverage." In Philly he played man-to-man and that's why he struggled early on last year before he got comfortable. Guess what he will be playing in Miami in 2016....zone coverage. And as Dolphins great CB Sam Madison said earlier today; "Scheme Matters" when talking about cornerbacks.
So, I'm not sitting here telling you Maxwell is the next Deion Sanders or an All-Pro. I'm just saying he isn't as bad as many are making him out to be and if they re-do his deal it's a good trade (as long as its only a mid-round pick) and Dolphins fans need to chill out and step off the ledge.
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