Life for the Dolphins after the draft

 

By Miami Jules (@Miami_Jules on Twitter)

We all knew about the many needs the Miami Dolphins had going into the 2014 off season, and yet we were all aware of the salary cap limits left after last year expensive signings. The free agent signing period is on but it would be impossible to address all of the team’s present needs which have accumulated over the past few seasons, with 7 lonely draft picks while still being mindful of the salary cap and so this year, evaluating the athletes who go undrafted will be ever so crucial .

I have put together a list of some players who are expected to become free agents when the last pick of the 7th round is in the books along with whatever film I was able to dig up on them, and here they are.

Brandon Linder

OG

Miami (Fla.)

6-6

311

7-FA

http://youtu.be/kYDZj5cNQow

CorneliusLucas

OT

Kansas State

6-8

316

7-FA

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bQLwJ5BiEZ8&feature=share&list=PLa7u-FW_Nk5zBsMam8p2xWTk7D3h7_ngn&index=29

Kevin Danser

OG

Stanford

6-5

312

FA

http://youtu.be/9R6J6GFBEmE

Only film I was able to find on Stanford OG Kevin Danser  # 76

Continue Reading

Vince Wilfork to the Dolphins?

 

By Cyrus (@Cyruslassus on Twitter)

The only debate in a Vince Wilfork to Miami scenario is whether he has anything left in the tank.

When the Dolphins traded up one spot in the 2004 draft to draft Vernon Carey and not Vince, I was livid, even more so after he ended up on the New England Patriots.

Photo Courtesy of Keith Allison via Wikipedia.org

Photo Courtesy of Keith Allison via Wikipedia.org

Ten years later the Dolphins may have a chance to add him to a talented defensive unit and if the team decides an above average right tackle is more important, it will just be history repeating itself.

Continue Reading

Dolphins get an ‘A’ so far in Free Agency

 

By Cyrus Lassus (@Cyruslassus on Twitter)

The Miami Dolphins are not done with free agency, but the first major wave has come and gone and the team’s core looks strong.

Branden Albert is finally a Miami Dolphin and the team has an elite left tackle again.

Photo Courtesy of Dolphins.com

Photo Courtesy of Dolphins.com

He is excellent in pass protection but only considered average in the running game.  His detractors say that he is only an above average left tackle, but he is coming off of a Pro Bowl season.

Even if Branden Albert was overpaid with his five year, $47 million dollar deal, the team has secured one of the most important positions in football for the next 3-5 years.

Continue Reading

Dolphins draft plans after their Free Agency additions

 

By Miami Jules (Miami_Jules on Twitter)

March 11th 2014 marked the start of the new NFL year and also the start of the free agent signing period. Players entering the NFL draft have moved up and down in the rankings in the week preceding the free agent period, and although these rankings are only a rough guide, they will guide us through these last weeks before the actual draft takes place in May.

Photo Courtesy of Dolphins.com

Photo Courtesy of Dolphins.com

It isn’t a secret to most of us that the Miami Dolphins had to virtually rebuild the offensive line. Along with the OL, the defensive line also needs new additions with the early but expected departure of nose tackle Paul Soliai. The Dolphins acted quickly to replace Soliai by signing free agent Earl Mitchell and Randy Starks has been re-signed but for only 2 years. The secondary is another area of need, which would be better addressed in the draft.

Continue Reading

I can’t believe the Dolphins traded Jonathan Martin

 

Dolphins fans, I was in stunned disbelief last night when the news broke.  Was I dreaming?  Was this an April Fool’s Day joke 3 weeks early?  This couldn’t be real, could it?  The Dolphins traded Jonathan Martin…..to an NFL team?  I thought maybe they could get some canadian bacon from a CFL team in exchange for him….but….WHAAAAT?

Photo Courtesy of Dolphins.com

Photo Courtesy of Dolphins.com

My eyes were not playing tricks on me, the Dolphins have indeed traded Jonathan Martin to the 49ers for a conditional 7th round draft pick.  Before learning of the actual ‘conditions’ of the trade, I sent out the following tweet:

 

 

Continue Reading

After busy Day 1, what’s next for Dolphins on Day 2?

 

As expected, the Miami Dolphins filled one of their major holes within the first few minutes of free agency. They signed LT Branden Albert to a 5 year deal worth approximately $47 million ($25 guaranteed).  Albert will immediately be penciled in as the Dolphins starting left tackle.

Photo Courtesy of Dolphins.com

Photo Courtesy of Dolphins.com

Albert’s signing comes just a day after the Dolphins added a new starting safety, Louis Delmas.  Two days, two new starters.  Oh yeah, and they traded Jonathan Martin for a conditional 7th round pick!  But the Dolphins aren’t done yet, not by a long shot.  The Dolphins have a number of holes to fill this offseason, not the least of which is to rebuild virtually their entire offensive line AND find 2 quality defensive tackles.

Continue Reading

The Dolphins plan is clear heading into free agency….

 

Free Agency begins at 4pm on Tuesday, but the Miami Dolphins got a head start when they signed S Louis Delmas to a 1 year, $3.5 mil contract.  The deal is a low-risk high reward for the Dolphins, who essentially signed Delmas to a ‘show-me’ contract.  Delmas was able to sign before the 4pm free agency period because he was cut by the Lions a few weeks ago.

Photo Courtesy of Dolphins.com

Photo Courtesy of Dolphins.com

Delmas was a Pro-Bowl alternate in ’10 and ’11, so he has talent. He had knee injuries in 2012, but played all 16 games in 2013.  Delmas is known for his hard hitting and will be a good compliment opposite Reshad Jones.  Delmas’ signing means that the Dolphins will not be signing Jairus Byrd and not resigning Chris Clemons.  Jones and Delmas will be the Dolphins starting safeties in 2014.

Continue Reading

Latest news on Jairus Byrd, Branden Albert and the Dolphins

 

The Miami Dolphins are not waiting until Free Agency official opens at 4pm Tuesday afternoon. The Dolphins are using the pre-free agency negotiating window to reach out to representatives of their top targets.  Thus far, it seems like the Dolphins are focusing on two starting positions in particular; Left Tackle and Safety.

Photo Courtesy of Jeffrey Beall via Wikipedia.org

Photo Courtesy of Jeffrey Beall via Wikipedia.org

The first reports that came out on Saturday linked the Dolphins heavily with Branden Albert, the soon-to-be free agent left tackle from the Chiefs.  It was believed that Eugene Monroe would be the Dolphins top choice at left tackle, but his camp is continuing to talk with the Ravens about returning. Not wanting to miss out on a top left tackle, the Dolphins moved quickly and seem pretty far down the road with Albert:

“Per a league source, all signs currently point to Albert signing with the Dolphins not long after the market officially opens on Tuesday.”

Continue Reading

Dolphins offseason wish list should include some big names

 

By Cyrus (@Cyruslassus on Twitter)

The Miami Dolphins, after giving Brent Grimes the deal that he has earned, will field an above average defense yet again.

While most of the offseason attention is on the offense and how it needs 4 new offensive linemen, I find the idea of using a first round pick and a lot of money to fill two of those positions, offensive.

Photo Courtesy of Dolphins.com

Photo Courtesy of Dolphins.com

Yes, assuming the rookie and veteran play up to their potential, the Dolphins would have a solid line, which is a step in the right direction.

However, steps in the right direction get you fired and back into rebuilding sooner or later. The team must take a leap into greatness while Starks, Soliai, Wake and Grimes are still great or they may as well start fresh already.

Continue Reading

Dolphins top choice at Left Tackle is Eugene Monroe

 

The Miami Dolphins have saved their pennies and will probably make some cuts/restructures to save some more before Free Agency opens up next week.  Not surprisingly, the Dolphins are planning to attack the free agent market to find a starting left tackle.  The candidates that will likely be available include Eugene Monroe, Branden Albert, Anthony Collins, Bryant McKinnie, and Jared Veldheer.  I say likely available because there is still time for their current teams’ to resign them before free agency opens.  Although that’s not likely to happen with the Dolphins and McKinnie.

Photo Courtesy of Wikipedia

Photo Courtesy of Wikipedia

As Armando points out in his post today, the Dolphins are poised to get aggressive in finding new offensive linemen. Remember, the Dolphins only solid linemen is Mike Pouncey and he’s on thin ice after the disclosures of the Well’s report.  They need a left tackle, a left guard and upgrades on the right side of the line.  There’s a lot of work to do.

Continue Reading