The Miami Herald is reporting the Dolphins view Bushrod as competing for a starting guard spot as well. That's right, it appears the Dolphins have once again gone cheap on addressing the guard issue. And if you think you have seen the last of Dallas Thomas and Billy Turner think again. The newspaper is also reporting the coaches have put both players (and I use that term loosely) on a strict diet in hoping to get them into better shape. So, it looks like nothing has changed with the guard position again. It will be Thomas and Turner and now throw into the mix an older vet coming off major shoulder surgery who has never played guard before in his life. The Dolphins will also address guard in the draft per the report, but I have little hope there as the last 3 guys this team (and mind you they promoted the new GM from within and the scouting team is the same) has drafted at guard are Thomas, Turner, and Douglas who are all bad players. I don't know who Ryan Tannehill pissed off in a former life but I feel for the guy.
Also a quick note before I wrap this up, the Dolphins re-worked the contracts of Byron Maxwell and Kiko Alonso. The Fins are saving money with Maxwell and with Alonso they added a year and actually gave him a little raise. Not big money by any means but Alonso got a year added to his deal and a small bump in pay.
I don't want this article to be 100% negative or have a total negative tone to it, so I will say this and I feel strongly about it. The one good thing about this free agency period is the Dolphins have cleaned out a few "problem players" from their locker-room and brought in some good character guys. Brought in guys like Bushrod and possibly/hopefully CJ Anderson who have ties to Coach Gase. Guys who won't cause issues in the locker-room and guys who know what coach Gase is about. I know Mario Williams had his issues in Buffalo but Mario has tied to Vance Joseph the Fins new defensive coordinator so I don't expect those issues to carry over to Miami. Brent/Miko Grimes were causing issues behind the scenes in Miami, Rishard Matthews ended 2 of the last 3 seasons in Miami "inactive/coaches decisions" because he broke numerous team rules during weeks of big games and he was a malcontent behind the scenes, Olivier Vernon had his issues behind the scenes from stories I was told.
Let's keep it real for a second; the Dolphins aren't going to be very good in 2016. Face reality folks, this team is lacking in many areas and is going to do a slow build through the draft. This is the beginning of a process and the Dolphins are letting guys go this coaching staff didn't draft or bring in. Throw that on top of the Fins not buying any big free agents and its a slow rebuild. They can spin it any other way they want but just look with your eyes. They are stock piling compensatory draft picks for next year. This is the "new Dolphins" people. The days of overpaying for free agents is clearly over! The Dolphins locker-room and culture around the team will be vastly different next year, and it will be for the better! I expect all of the drama to go away. The guys that are being brought in are high character guys who have worked with Coach Gase or other Dolphins coaches in the past. And that is a good thing.
Enjoy your Friday everyone.