Thankfully, on Friday, the NFL Owners and NFLPA agreed to extend their negotiating deadline until March 11th, this coming Friday. Hopefully the two sides can work out the new CBA by then. If they do, business in Miami..and across the NFL, will surely pick up. Once the CBA is done, Free Agency in the NFL can start and the Dolphins can begin to negotiate with players, they believe, will improve the roster for the 2011 season.
The Cincinnati Bengals are in a a bit of disarray right now. Their quarterback, Carson Palmer is threatening to retire if the team doesn’t cut/trade him this offseason. Chad Ochocinco sees this all unfolding and has begun to flirt with other potential suiters, through the media. On Thursday, Mad Chad extended his flirtation to the Miami Dolphins. Chad said that Miami has always been his team, even suggesting that he uses the Dolphins whenever he plays Madden video games. I’m certainly flattered. Chad is just doing what his agents are telling him to do. His comments in the above story are nice, but he is saying nice things about a number of teams. He’s trying to create a market for his services this offseason. Yes, he still has a contract with the Bengals, but that may only be for the time being.
Look, if this was 2007 and Chad was interested in coming to Miami, we’d be all in for the move. But right now, the move should only be made if it is a calculated risk. Chad’s skills are diminishing at this point in his career. If he would accept a low dollar deal to come to Miami, the Dolphins should welcome him. But, they should not pay him a big contract. Plus, think about that locker room…Chad Ochocinco AND Brandon Marshall? Scary…On the other hand, think of the possibilities on the field….Could be scary too!
Ben Volin of the Palm Beach Post takes a look at the Dolphins offensive line, including the tendering of Nate Garner and the re-signing of Richie Incognito. The Dolphins pass protection wasn’t the issue in 2010, it was the inability to run block effectively. We agree with Ben and think the draft priority for an offensive lineman is high. The Dolphins should look to upgrade the guard, or even RT, either in the draft or free agency.
Omar Kelly of the Sun Sentinel takes a look at the Dolphins Nose Tackle position in the above article. Yes, the Dolphins just placed the franchise tag on Paul Soliai for $12 mil. However, Omar asks an interested question. What if Soliai can’t duplicate his impressive 2010 season? Where will the Dolphins turn in 2012? With a deep draft at the NT position, we agree that the Dolphins would be wise to draft a nose tackle to develop for the future. If Soliai repeats his impressive 2010 campaign, the Dolphins will have depth at one of the most important positions of their 3-4 defense.
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