Latest Dolphins rumors with free agency just days away….

The Miami Dolphins are well positioned when it comes to cap space this offseason.  And yet, we see reports, like this one, that indicate the Dolphins are looking to trade Dion Jordan, Cameron Wake, and Mike Wallace.   However, Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald has a very reliable source in the Dolphins that disputes all of those rumors.

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Photo Courtesy of Dolphins.com

Personally, I really dislike the idea of trading any of those players, so I hope that Armando’s source is right?  Why am I against trading Wake, Jordan, or Wallace?  Let’s start with Cameron Wake, he’s only the Dolphins best player…on offense or defense.  He’s the type of game-changer that the Dolphins are looking to add more of.

The thought of trading Dion Jordan is idiotic. The Dolphins spent a 1st and 2nd round pick on him last season.  Why would you trade him?  Oh, because the coaching staff (that’s still in place, by the way) did not play him enough?  Or because the Dolphins didn’t foresee the emergence of Olivier Vernon?   Jordan has the ability to be special and he showed flashes of that in 2013. Are there things he needs to work on (i.e. defending the run)?  Sure.  But remember that he was a rookie that missed time recovering from his torn labrum.

Then there’s Mike Wallace.  First, the cap ramifications of trading him are not favorable.  More importantly, Wallace showed a unique ability to get open…..remember all of those long bombs that showed him getting WIDE open, only to have the pass over thrown or under thrown?  That’s not his fault.  Did he have some drops?  Absolutely.  But there are only so many Mike Wallace’s walking the face of the earth.  There are only so many guys that can strike fear in the heart of a defense and can take the top off of a defense.  Wallace can.  He and Tannehill should be working on the deep ball all offseason, so we should see improvement.  (continued on page 2, CLICK HERE)

Dolphins should cut Jonathan Martin…..today

 

Sorry Dolphins fans, but I’m done with Jonathan Martin and Richie Incognito.  Done. D-O-N-E.  We’ve all been hearing about this bullying story since October and quite frankly, I’ve had enough.  It’s been an ongoing soap opera for almost 4 months now and it seems (as we thought) that it was overblown and was much to do about nothing.

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First, Martin leaves the team and claims that Incognito bullied him. Then, the racial, disgusting text messages come out from Martin’s camp.  Then, Incognito gives his side of the story and the texts seem like they were exchanged between friends. Then there’s the infamous ‘dinner’ accusation where Martin reportedly left a dinner after Incognito used a racial slur. A police chief and former Dolphins Anthony Fasano both dispute that claim.

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Should the Miami Dolphins draft Michael Sam?

 

By Cyrus (@Cyruslassus on Twitter)

My first thought is that the Miami Dolphins have way too many holes to fill on the roster to take a defensive end in the 2014 draft, but what Missouri Tiger Michael Sam has done since August of 2013 has changed my mind.

He came out of the closet to his teammates, had a stellar season with 10 1/2 sacks and 18 tackles for loss, claimed Co-Defensive Player of the Year honors in the SEC and then decided to become the first openly gay major professional athlete in America in the months leading to the NFL draft.

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The Miami Dolphins have to step up and draft this young man at whichever point his talent merits, as a matter of principle.

Whether he fills an immediate need or not is less important than making a statement to the world.

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Dolphins draft strategy could take them in a number of directions

 

By Julian (Miami_Jules on Twitter)

The Super Bowl was played on Sunday, and a new NFL champion was crowned, in the culmination of the 2013 season as it reached its climax and ushers in the off season. It is time then for teams to start planning, and for fans to start wishing for the inevitable changes that will affect our team. Now that the Senior Bowl has been played and some of the players entering the draft have had an opportunity to be evaluated by scouts, during the week of practice leading up to the game along with the game itself, we will take a more comprehensive stab at the 2014 Dolphins’ draft possibilities.

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Most Dolphins fans will agree that the area that will need the most upgrading will be the offensive line. I believe that other than center Mike Pouncey, the entire OL could be replaced. There are other areas we have questions about. The uncertainty of free agency raises questions about Miami defensive tackles. Most of us fans, would agree that stud corner Brent Grimes should be coming back even if he has to be franchised, especially given his Pro Bowl year, but the frequent injuries to corner Dimitri Patterson can definitely be seen as a problem which must be addressed. I have already discussed in detail, why also think the Dolphins could benefit from adding a tall wide receiver to its ranks, so do not be shocked to find I have included one tall receiver in each mock draft scenario.

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PhinNation’s Super Bowl 48 Party/Drinking Game…..Enjoy!!!!

 

Well ladies and gentlemen, it’s time for yet another football season to come to an end. Tonight, after Super Bowl 48 crowns a new champion, we will have over 7 months until a real NFL game is played.  Note: that is a long freaking time!  To help ensure that you enjoy this last bit of NFL football this season, we’ve taken it upon ourselves to come up with some party and drinking game rules that are sure to make your Super Bowl Party a little more lively.

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That’s right, we know that many of you will be joining up with other football fans (and non-football fans) to watch the big game. And what better way to get everyone involved than a good, old-fashioned drinking/party game!  So here we go, grab your favorite alcoholic beverage (or non-alcoholic beverage) and let’s get the party started!

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‘Super’ Pitiful Pick: Who will win Super Bowl 48?

 

By Bill (@PhinNation on Twitter, PhinNation on Facebook)

The Miami Dolphins haven’t played a game in over a month.  Since then they’ve hired a new offensive coordinator and a new general manager. They’ve also been made aware, at least to some extent, of the findings of NFL investigator Ted Wells in the Bullying Incident.  While the Dolphins are in full offseason mode, 2 NFL teams are still alive and will battle on Sunday for the right to be called “Champions”.

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It seems like the Dolphins are so far away from this point, doesn’t it?  So many questions surround this offseason that it’s hard for any fan to have a good feeling that the Dolphins could be playing in this game next year.  We can only hope that Dennis Hickey and Joe Philbin can work together to bring some talent to this team….and get better production out of the players in uniform.

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Dolphins should go bargain hunting in Free Agency

 

By Cyrus (@Cyruslassus on Twitter)

Now that the Dolphins have a coaching staff and General Manager in place, we can start looking forward to free agency, which is about a month and a half away, and the draft, which will be almost two months later.

The Miami Dolphins would be wise to fill most of their holes in free agency with second tier free agents, so that they are not drafting based on need.

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The signing of these types of players is just as important as a good draft.

At quarterback, the team is solid with Tannehill and Moore.  34 year old Michael Vick is an option,  as he was coached by Bill Lazor in Philadelphia.  Trading or releasing Moore would free up $4 million.  Josh McCown, a former Dolphin, is the only other possible upgrade.  Pat Devlin may be better than the rest of the free agents on the market.

At running back, the Dolphins could sign a power back like Ben Tate or LeGarrette Blount, but they will be expensive. CFL Grey Cup MVP and former Dolphin, Kory Sheets, could be a better, under the radar, signing.  Green Bay Fullback John Kuhn is a proven as a blocker and in short yardage and pass catching.  According to his position coach, he changed the pass blocking protections when Aaron Rodgers was out, never gave up a sack and was great on third down pass protection.  I am sure Philbin would love to have him back on his team.

At wide receiver, the team could target Anquan Boldin, who at 33 is still an elite receiver.  Should the new GM decide to move Mike Wallace, Ted Ginn Jr. and Devin Hester are elite return men who can also run the go route and catch screen passes.  Armon Binns could be brought back in hopes that he develops as the big target Tannehill needs. (cont’d on page 2, CLICK HERE)

Some TALL receivers the Dolphins could draft in the late rounds

 

By Julian (@Miami_Jules on Twitter)

The 2014 Senior Bowl was played this weekend and during the week of practices that preceded the game, quite a few players stood out and climbed up in the rankings. Not all players entering the draft played in the Senior Bowl, some because of eligibility or injuries, and others just decided not to participate. The rankings will change yet again in the weeks following the game and in order to stay current with these, I will be monitoring some of the more significant changes as they happen. Today I will concentrate on late rounds wide receivers only.

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Miami enjoyed a healthy amount of receivers signings during the offseason last year, which included the most expensive WR signing of free agency, Mike Wallace. NFL analysts predicted Miami’s passing game would become its new found strength, as a result of these pricy off season moves. However, the Fins only ranked 20th in passing in the NFL.

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Time for the Dolphins to move on and prioritize this offseason

 

The Miami Dolphins just had a very public and very poor showing in front of the rest of the National Football League.  The Dolphins were turned down by 7 men for their open General Manager position.  We don’t need to rehash all of what happened because we all lived through it.  It was sad, disappointing, and frustrating.  We’ve all witnessed what has transpired over the last 5 months.  The Dolphins mediocre play on the field had it’s ups and downs….The Dolphins public relations department had its hands full with the Incognito/Martin fiasco….The Dolphins fired their General Manager and hired a new one, while keeping their head coach in place.

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But it is in the past, it’s time to move on.  Joe Philbin will be the Dolphins Head Coach in 2014….Dennis Hickey will be the Dolphins General Manager in 2014…..and Dawn Aponte will be the Dolphins capologist in 2014….and barring some major shakeup, Ryan Tannehill will be the Dolphins starting quarterback in September.

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Dolphins lose 2 candidates to keep Philbin & end up with a Hickey

 

By Bill (@PhinNation on Twitter, PhinNation on Facebook)

Ring the bells, get the parade floats ready, the Miami Dolphins have a new General Manager!  His name is Dennis Hickey, a name which I’m sure will end up with a number of different memes if he doesn’t bring in the talent the Dolphins need.  Can you imagine?  Dennis the Menace?  Doo-Hickey?  The possibilities are endless.  The Dolphins swung and missed on a number of different candidates including 2 of their final 4, according to Armando Salguero.

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That’s right, according to the Miami Herald, the Dolphins spoke with 2 of their finalists about becoming their new GM…..but 2 of the 4 candidates wanted the power to remove coach Joe Philbin.  Nick Caserio wanted to clean house immediately (that sounds familiar) and Lake Dawson wanted the power to fire Philbin after the 2014 season if he felt it was necessary.   Stephen Ross and his boatloads of loyalty, declined both requests saying that only he will have the power to decide if Joe Philbin should be retained.

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