The Miami Dolphins were finally able to give their fans what they wanted….and we can only hope that it leads to the Dolphins winning more games. Shortly after the NFL free agency period officially began, the reports started leaking from Adam Schefter of ESPN that the Dolphins were engaged in contract talks with WR Mike Wallace. Now it is indeed officially, well, pending a physical. Mike Wallace is the newest receiver on the Miami Dolphins. Wallace was already in Miami and is currently at the Dolphins training facility and is in the process of taking his physical. He is expected to sign on the dotted line by 6pm tonight. Here’s the story form the Sun Sentinel’s Chris Perk.
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This is a huge win for the Dolphins, as they were able to lure the top wide receiver on the market. Omar Kelly is reporting that the deal is for 5 years, $65 million with $30 million guaranteed. That is A LOT of money! We will keep you posted on Wallace’s deal, but understand that the Dolphins aren’t done (nor should they be).
The Miami Dolphins’ worst fears became reality today, when they officially placed Jake Long on injured reserve, ending his 2012 season. In Sunday’s game against the Patriots, Long injured his triceps muscle and was forced to leave the game. After conducting tests the Dolphins medical staff determined that Long tore his triceps muscle.
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This news is unfortunate for the Dolphins, who have had enough trouble protecting rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill. However, Jonathan Martin, the Dolphins 2nd round pick from April, filled in admirably after Long left Sunday’s game. For the rest of this season, Martin will take over at left tackle and Nate Garner is presumed to be the Dolphins new right tackle. After placing Jake Long on the injured reserve list, the Dolphins signed OT Patrick Brown.
The Miami Dolphins are actively pursuing a trade for Chiefs side receiver Dwayne Bowe, according to reports. We will caution you that the reports spoken about in Sports Illustrated link are unconfirmed. Jason Cole of Yahoo! Sports is referenced in the story and said tonight he’s personally not reporting trade talks are ongoing. BUT, Cole said it would make a lot of sense since Bowe wants out of Kansas City badly. Other reports are saying that trade talks are happening, but the Dolphins aren’t going to confirm if something is in the works, right?
The Dolphins receiving corps has been thin since the Dolphins traded away Brandon Marshall for two 3rd round picks back in March. The Dolphins have relied mainly on Davone Bess and Brian Hartline this season, but neither appears to be a true #1 receiver. Hartline has had 1 good game and 1 career day. However, he has been mostly shut down the last 2 games. I like Brian, but I just don’t think he’s a number one receiver. He’s a good #2 or #3. I hope I’m wrong, but I just don’t know if he is physically dominant enough to be considered a #1 receiver.
The Dolphins find themselves tied for first place (and last place) in the AFC East with the other 3 teams at 3-3. Maybe the Dolphins want to make a run at this thing….Maybe they realize it would be a good idea to get Ryan Tannehill a legit #1 receiver. Acquiring someone like Bowe would allow the Dolphins to use 3 wide receiver sets that feature Bowe and Hartline on the outside and Davone Bess lined up in the slot, where he’s at his best. (cont’d on page 2, click below)
The Miami Dolphins just announced the signing of Jabar Gaffney, to help their very weak wide receiving corps. Brian Hartline and Davone Bess have been the only reliable receivers for the Dolphins thus far in 2012. On Sunday, the only other receiver to catch as pass was Legedu Naanee. Naanee caught a 19 yard pass, but immediately fumbled the ball. The Dolphins coaching staff had seen enough and cut Naanee a few moments ago:
A fan on Twitter, quickly followed the news of Naanee being cut with this gem:
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The Miami Dolphins finally pulled off a trade that had been speculated about since Thursday. On Sunday, the Dolphins agreed to send Vontae Davis to the Indianapolis Colts for a 2013 2nd round draft pick and a conditional 6th rounder. Jay Glazer of FoxSports broke the story on Twitter:
Miami Dolphins announced Monday afternoon that Ryan Tannehill has officially won the Dolphins quarterback competition. Tannehill was named the Dolphins starting QB after a solid practice on Monday where he took all of the 1st team snaps.
According to reports, the Miami Dolphins will indeed start Ryan Tannehill at quarterback tonight against the Panthers. The Dolphins have not confirmed this report, but it’s only a matter of time. Word of Tannehill starting tonight for the Dolphins, broke a few moments ago on Twitter after Dick Stockton did a radio interview with Zaslow and Hoch. Stockton stated that Ryan Tannehill will indeed be the starter for the Dolphins tonight.
The Dolphins want to see Tannehill perform against an opposing 1st team defense. Tonight, he’ll get his chance since the Panthers are expected to play their starters until halftime. It remains unclear just how long Tannehill will play, but I would imagine he’d at least play a quarter and a half, with Matt Moore coming out of the bullpen. Tannehill had a strong week at practice and many (including me), thought he should get the start tonight to see what he can do.