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Report: Dolphins to give Branden Albert a physical…but is he worth a 2nd rounder?

The Miami Dolphins are not comfortable with their offensive line right now.  How could they be, considering that 2nd year tackle Jonathan Martin is penciled in at left tackle and journeyman Nate Garner is penciled in a right tackle.  The Dolphins KNOW they need to upgrade their offensive line, otherwise the other, more flashy moves made this offseason, won’t matter one bit.  If Ryan Tannehill is running for his life, he’s not going to have time to find Mike Wallace streaking towards the end zone….or Brian Hartline deep in the opposing secondary.  For this reason, the Dolphins are looking at a variety of options to improve their offensive line.

Photo Courtesy of Jeffrey Beall via Wikipedia.org

Photo Courtesy of Jeffrey Beall via Wikipedia.org

That brings us to the latest development of this Dolphins’ offseason.  Yesterday, news began to swirl about the Dolphins and Chiefs working on a trade for recently ‘franchised’ left tackle, Branden Albert.  League sources have told a variety of reporters that there have been ‘extensive talks’ between the two clubs.  Then, this morning we received word from the National Football Post, that the Dolphins might be giving Albert a physical in the coming days.  John Clayton of ESPN confirmed that the Dolphins are the only team the Chiefs have given permission to, to speak with Albert.  At face value, this sounds like the deal is moving forward.  However, remember that if a trade like this is going to happen, it would probably have to happen before next Thursday/Friday.

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Jake Long……gone from Dolphins…Now what??

The Miami Dolphins waited almost a week for Jake Long to make a decision on the offer they presented him.  According to Armando Salguero, that offer was worth roughly $8 million per season.  In the end, Long took a little bit more money to sign with the St. Louis Rams.  Long agreed to terms on a 4 year deal worth roughly $36  million with the Rams and will be their starting left tackle.  Meanwhile, the Dolphins will quickly turn to what they have called ‘Plan B’.

Photo Courtesy of Dolphins.com

Photo Courtesy of Dolphins.com

No one seems to know exactly what Plan B is for the Dolphins, but they do have a number of options.  They would wait until the draft to find a left tackle, because there area number of prospects that could fit the bill at #12.  Although fans might revolt if Jeff Ireland uses another high pick on a lineman!  The Dolphins could also look to sign Eric Winston or Sebastian Vollmer of the Patriots.  Both of those players would likely play on the right side, meaning Jonathan Martin would be the Dolphins left tackle…and he wasn’t overly impressive when he took over for Long last season.  Ryan Tannehill must be waiting patiently, gnawing on his fingernails, waiting to see who’s going to be protecting his blindside next season.

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Dolphins sign Brandon Gibson, welcome Brent Grimes for visit

The Miami Dolphins are back to signing players every hour! Earlier today it was Dustin Keller and this afternoon the Dolphins signed Brandon Gibson, former Rams WR to a 3 year contract. Gibson adds depth to what is becoming a good receiving corps in Miami.  Last year, Gibson caught 51 passes for 691 yards and 5 TDs.  Right now he is probably the Dolphins 4th wide receiver behind Mike Wallace, Brian Hartline, and Davone Bess.

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Photo Courtesy of Dolphins.com

Additionally, the Dolphins announced that free agent cornerback, Brent Grimes visited today. Grimes tore his Achilles early in the 2012 season, but was considered a top cornerback in 2011. Rumors were swirling that he signed, but they turned out to be false….at least at this time.

Finally, Jake Long is heading home from St Louis, without a contract. Just saw on Twitter that Richie Incognito is going to the airport to pick he and his wife Jackie up. He’s leading a twitter campaign to keep Jake in Miami. Mike Pouncey has also chimed in!

[UPDATE 1030pm] Incognito is still going strong on Twitter, trying to start a grass roots effort to get Jake to resign.  At one point, he even told a Twitter follower that he’s do the truffle shuffle for Jake….Richie is definitely one of my favorite Dolphins!

Latest Dolphins news on Dustin Keller, Jake Long, and Sean Smith

I think it’s safe to say that Day 2 of free agency wasn’t quite as exciting as Day 1.  On Day 1, the Dolphins added Mike Wallace, Dannell Ellerbe, and Philip Wheeler, while resigning Chris Clemons.  They also cut ties with Karlos Dansby and Kevin Burnett.  On Day 2, the Dolphins spoke with players and most notably, brought in Dustin Keller for a visit.  Perhaps the Dolphins lack of transactions has to do with them waiting on Jake Long and Sean Smith.  Each situation is fluid, but it seems like we will have some clarification on each by this time tomorrow.

Photo Courtesy of Dolphins.com

Photo Courtesy of Dolphins.com

Jake Long

Long spent almost all day yesterday taking a physical with the Rams.  Due to his recent injuries, the Rams want to be 100% sure that they are not getting an injured player, if the two sides agree to terms.  The Rams took Jake and his wife Jackie out to dinner last night, which Jackie tweeted, was ‘great’.  There were reports yesterday afternoon that turned out to be false, claiming that Jake and the Rams had agreed on a deal.

Meanwhile, according to Armando Salguero, the Dolphins still believe they have a chance to retain Long, but they are only willing to do so at their price.  It seems like the situation is drawing to a close and I would expect a decision by the Longs at some point today.  If Long decides to sign with the Rams, you can expect the Dolphins to quickly make a move for Eric Winston, who is said to be in Miami (so he’s not too far away, Mr. Ireland!).  (cont’d on page 2, click here)

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Mike Wallace press conference highlights

The Miami Dolphins held a press conference this morning and welcomed back Chris Clemons, while also introducing Mike Wallace to the South Florida media.  We’ll focus on Mike Wallace’s comments, because honestly, Chris Clemons was on the team last year and didn’t have anything too exciting to say.  Before we get to that, the below infographic was posted on Dolphins.com and shows how the Dolphins new #1 receiver stacks up against other receivers in the NFL.

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Photo Courtesy of Dolphins.com

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Latest Dolphins Buzz as free agency opens

Dolphins fans, stay away from the internet until 4pm today.  Otherwise, you’re going to drive yourself crazy.  Trust me, I think I’m almost there.  Rumors, speculation, false reports, and smokescreens are rampant right now.  However, once the 4pm start of free agency arrives, we can FINALLY expect to start hearing some ‘real’ news.  This post will act as the running newsfeed for the latest Dolphins news today.  Be sure to check back on this post often!

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Photo Courtesy of Dolphins.com

I’ve been on Twitter all day, monitoring all of the craziness, so here is what we know as of this moment:

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Latest news on the Dolphins, as Free Agency begins (sort of)

The Miami Dolphins have been saving their pennies for this offseason and the time for talk is over.  At midnight last night, the 3 day window that allows the Dolphins and other NFL teams to speak with players’ representatives, finally got under way.  The Dolphins can speak only with the players’ representatives and not the players themselves.  The NFL issued a memo yesterday, explaining the rules of this window that ends on Tuesday at 4pm.  Teams can speak with players’ agents about the framework of a deal, but no deal can be committed to, otherwise, it is considered tampering.

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Photo Courtesy of Dolphins.com

Try to understand the logic in that.  An agent can speak with multiple teams, create a bidding war that essentially goes on until Tuesday (at least).  AND, if an agent gets the deal he/she wants for their player, they are not allowed to agree to it with the team.  RIIIIIIIIIIIIGHT!  This is the reason we won’t hear much about who the Dolphins are talking to.  Everything is being kept as quiet as possible for fear of tampering.  The NFL may keep trying to limit tampering, but everyone knows that tampering takes place quite a bit at the NFL Combine.

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LaCanfora: Dolphins expected to tag Randy Starks

The Miami Dolphins have a few hours left to decide whether or not they will use their franchise tag on one of their own soon-to-be free agents.  Some have speculated that Jake Long or Sean Smith might get ‘tagged’.  However, Long’s salary would be over $15 million for 2013 and Smith’s would be over $10 million.  That’s too much for either of those 2 players.  Long is looking for a contract around $11 million per season, but it seems that the Dolphins want no part of that type of deal for a player that has finished the last 2 seasons on injured reserve.  Smith, although a starting corner, has not lived up to his potential that we constantly hear about.

Photo Courtesy of Dolphins.com

Photo Courtesy of Dolphins.com

That leaves us with Randy Starks.  Starks is 1/2 of the Dolphins twin towers that plug up the middle of the defense.  Soliai and Starks helped the Dolphins limit opposing running games for the majority of last season.  Though the Dolphins run defense struggled down the stretch, we saw how dominant those two could be in the middle of the field.  Starks is not a pass rusher, but he’s not meant to be.  He’s the type of guy that every team needs, he’s the guy that does the dirty work on the defensive line.  Starks’ solid play earned him a trip as a replacement to this year’s Pro Bowl.  His good play has not gone unnoticed.  (cont’d on page 2, click here)

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Sources say Dolphins will target WR Mike Wallace

The Miami Dolphins are poised to go on a bit of a shopping spree, once the March 12th Free Agency period opens.  As of this moment, the Dolphins have roughly $45 million to spend on resigning their own free agents and acquiring free agents that will hit the market on March 12th.  We can only guess as to what the Dolphins plan for the upcoming offseason will be, but we are beginning to hear rumblings about what the team is thinking.

Photo Courtesy of Jeffrey Beal via Wikipedia

Photo Courtesy of Jeffrey Beal via Wikipedia

According to both the Sun Sentinel and Miami Herald, the Dolphins plan to make Mike Wallace the team’s primary target this offseason.    Wallace is expected to become a free agent on March 12th, as the Steelers are not expected to place the franchise tag on him.  This means that Wallace will likely be playing for the highest bidder.  Reports last week indicated that Wallace might join the Browns, who have close to $50 million in cap space.  However, I think he’ll ultimately end up playing for whomever offers him the most money.

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Jake Long on return to Dolphins: “it’s essentially on them”

The clock is ticking on the Miami Dolphins relationship with their former #1 overall pick, Jake Long.  The Dolphins must decide before March 4th if they want to use their franchise tag on Long, resign him, or let him enter free agency on March 12th.  First, I don’t see anyway that the Dolphins use the franchise tag on Long, as it would pay him over $15 million in 2013.  So cross that possibility off the list.  So Long will either resign with the Dolphins or they’ll let him test free agency.

Photo Courtesy of Dolphins.com

Photo Courtesy of Dolphins.com

The Dolphins and Long have exchanged contract numbers, but from what we hear, the two sides are not close to a deal.  In a phone interview earlier today, Long expressed his appreciation for the Dolphins organization and the fan base.  He went on to say that he’d like to return to Miami, but at this point “it’s essentially on them”.  Reports earlier this offseason indicated that Long was seeking a deal worth $10 million per season.  And given that quote, it doesn’t sound like he’s planning on lowering his expectations any time soon.

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