-It has been confirmed Miami is going to re-sign DE Andre Branch to a 3 year deal worth in the ballpark of $27 million. No word on the amount that is going to be guaranteed and that is all that matters folks. It won't break down as $9 mill per year so how much is guaranteed is key as this most likely this is a 2 year deal where Miami can escape come year 3 if they want.
-Word is breaking tonight that Pittsburgh Steelers LB Lawrence Timmons will be visiting Miami once the league year begins tomorrow March 9th. Timmons is 30 years old and will be much cheaper than someone like a Dont'a Hightower. Timmons has only missed 2 games in his entire NFL career (both in 2009) and is coming off a very good season in Pittsburgh. I have said from the beginning Miami shouldn't be looking to break the bank and be chasing a big name player who will make a lot of money but should look to add 2 or 3 guys at a lower price in positions. Quantity over Quality this year. That is what Miami's interest in Simmons is showing me most likely is the Fins game plan. As always, Timmons could be using Miami to leverage a better deal from Pittsburgh and get more money out of them. So keep that in mind too.
-Kiko Alonso and Miami are working on a long-term deal and they hopefully can get something worked out. IF (big IF) Miami can land a Timmons and you put him next to a Alonso all of a sudden linebacker is looking a lot better. With someone like Neville Hewitt as a 4th LB coming off the bench this group would be improved greatly. Yes, they still need a 3rd starting type outside linebacker or middle linebacker and move Alonso to OLB, but with 3 draft picks in the first 100 picks next month that isn't impossible to find.
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