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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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.
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.
The Miami Dolphins are in full offseason mode, trying to determine which of their own free agents they want to resign to future contracts. Tough decisions are being discussed regarding Jake Long, Reggie Bush, Sean Smith, Randy Starks, Brian Hartline, and Anthony Fasano. With roughly $46 million in cap room, the amount the Dolphins will have to spend on other players will largely depend on which (and how many) of these free agents they resign.
Right now, we know the Dolphins are involved in complex negotiations with Jake Long. But, with word coming out that Jake wants $10 mil per season, I think the chances of bit #77 coming back are growing slimmer by the day. So the Dolphins would likely convert Jonathan Martin to LT to replace Long and address RT in free agency or the draft (at a much lower price than $10 mil per season).
Alright Dolphins fans, this is the third and final installment of our offseason plan. The Dolphins haven’t even gotten to the point where they have resigned any of their own free agents and we’re about to finish our full offseason plan. Can you tell we’re anxious for the offseason to get underway?! If you missed Part 1 or Part 2 of our plans, you can click on here for Part 1 and here for Part 2.
Some Dolphins have posed some good questions regarding our plan, most notably about our desire to sign Jermichael Finley. It’s a risk, I’ll admit that. However, if he is released and will only cost money, I think the potential upside far outweighs the downside. Besides, how many other seam threat tight ends are out there?
Part 3 – Which players to draft
Alright, so we’ve made it this far in our offseason plan. We’ve added some speed and explosiveness on offense, adding Mike Wallace and Jermichael Finley, while resigning Reggie Bush. On defense, we’ve resigned Sean Smith and Randy Starks, but there are two big needs remaining as we enter the draft. We need to find a starting cornerback and a defensive end that can provide some pass rush opposite Cameron Wake. We will also be looking for a QB for depth and a young receiver to add to the mix. The rest of the draft will focus on depth.
If I were Dolphins GM Jeff Ireland, I would have roughly $24 million in cap space to bring in some free agents this offseason. How did I get to this number? You can check Part 1 of our ‘If I were Jeff Ireland’ series to find out. In short, I would resign Brian Hartline, Sean Smith, Reggie Bush, Randy Starks, and Anthony Fasano. I’ve also let Jake Long and Matt Moore test free agency and cut Richard Marshall, Dan Carpenter, and Michael Egnew. In Part 2 of this series, we are going to walk you through which free agents from other teams, we’ll look to add to the Dolphins roster to improve it. Let’s face it, our plan keeps stability at almost every position, now it’s time to make it better. At this point, we have the following needs on our roster: Backup QB, Kicker, #1 WR, #1 TE, #2 DE (opposite Cam Wake), #1 CB, #1 RT
Part 2 – Which players to sign from other teams
The main theme for this free agency period will be to sign players that will help the development of Ryan Tannehill. Let’s face it, last year he had Reggie Bush and then a lot of pedestrian players around him. I know Brian Hartline put up a 1,000 yard season, but he scored just 1 touchdown, which simply isn’t good enough. So we’re looking to add some explosiveness with the remaining $24 million we have in cap room. That figure, by the way, takes into account the roughly $6 million that is needed to sign draft picks. Time to do some shopping and roster upgrading.
I know Dolphins fans, you want me to end the title with something funny. I’ll leave that up to you in the comments section of this post! This post will walk you through what my plan would be, if I were the Miami Dolphins General Manager, Jeff Ireland. We will walk you through the beginning of the offseason, all the way through the draft, detailing what WE think the Dolphins should do….not necessarily what we think the TEAM will do. This will be like playing Madden in Franchise mode, taking into account the salary cap, needs, and wants of the team.
This series will be broken up into 3 parts (Who to resign, What new players to sign, and Who to draft). We’ll keep track of the salary cap figure with each move, however we’re simplifying it a bit because incentives and signing bonuses will effect the overall cap number. We will keep it as simple as possible, knowing that what we are proposing could be done, from a cap perspective.
Part 1 – Re-signing Free Agents
The Super Bowl is set and the Dolphins are about as far from the Super Bowl as Miami is from the moon. However, by making some solid decisions this offseason, there is no reason that the Dolphins can’t be a contender for the playoffs in 2013. First up, we must decide which players we want to resign as part of our master plan. The key free agents for the Dolphins this offseason are Jake Long, Anthony Fasano, Randy Starks, Matt Moore, Brian Hartline, Sean Smith, and Reggie Bush. From what we hear, the Dolphins have reached out to all of their free agents, but none are close to resigning at this time. In fact, we hear that there is some disagreement within the organization on just who should be resigned. Great!!
The Miami Dolphins are in the process of evaluating the talent they have on their current roster. They are trying to map out a plan for this critical offseason that presents them with $40-$50 mil in cap room and 5 draft picks in the first 3 rounds of the draft. The Dolphins have a lot of big decisions to make this offseason. The big decisions that will come first will be to determine which of the Dolphins own free agents should be brought back for the 2013 season and beyond.
Let’s start by looking at each of the key Dolphins players that will be free agents in early March. The salaries listed below are courtesy of SportsCity.com and can be found here.
The Miami Dolphins are in full offseason mode….meaning, just like the rest of us, the Dolphins are at home watching the playoffs. Unfortunately, for the 4th straight season, the Miami Dolphins missed the playoffs. By doing so, the Dolphins also extended their winless streak in the postseason to 12 years. Yes Dolphins fans, that playoff win in January of 2001 over the Colts was the last time the Dolphins won a playoff game. It seems like even longer than that, doesn’t it? The Dolphins know they need to change things and change them fast if they want to get a crack at breaking that streak. They’re hoping the moves made in 2012 and the moves they will make this offseason, will get them there quickly.
The fast track to ending that playoff drought will be for Ryan Tannehill to take the next step in his development into a franchise quarterback. We’re going to start our reflections on the 2012 season with the most important position on the football field, quarterback. This year, Ryan Tannehill won the starting job against Matt Moore, after David Garrard was lost for the season with a knee injury. All Tannehill did was start all 16 games for the Dolphins and lead the team to a 7-9 record. Comparing Tannehill’s 2012 to Andrew Luck, RG3, or Russell Wilson, is fair, although the argument can be made that each of those QBs had more help from their teammates. All 3 of those QBs made the playoffs this season and one of them is still playing on divisional weekend.
The Miami Dolphins just completed their 4th straight losing season. Disappointing? Yes. Unexpected? No. The Dolphins season was disappointing to all of us that love the team. BUT, it’s hard to say that the 7-9 campaign was all that unexpected. After all, the Dolphins were coming off of a 6-10 season last year, brought in a rookie head coach and started a rookie quarterback for 16 games. So should we be surprised that the Dolphins once again fell short of the .500 mark?
Before the season started, many ‘experts’ predicted that the Dolphins would take a step back and finish with 4 or 5 wins. They surpassed those low expectations, but ultimately fell short of making the postseason once again. Before the season began, we ran through every Dolphins game in this post and came out with a 7-9 record, finishing 2-4 in the AFC East. That’s exactly how the Dolphins finished the season….I wish we were wrong with those predictions!
The Miami Dolphins wrap up their 2012 season against an opponent they saw earlier this month. The Dolphins will head to Foxboro to take on the AFC East Champion New England Patriots for the second time in 4 weeks. A tough task, right? The task for the Dolphins is made more difficult by the fact that the Patriots have a lot to play for on Sunday. While the Dolphins will immediately turn their attention towards the 2013 season on Monday, the Patriots will be doing work for their upcoming playoff matchup. The Patriots have already secured a home game, but they are looking for more. If the Patriots win and either the Texans or Broncos lose, the Patriots would have a bye next week. If both of those teams lose and the Patriots win, the Patriots would have home field advantage throughout the playoffs. So yeah, this game means something to them.
For the Dolphins, this game is about ending the season with momentum. I know, I know, momentum doesn’t necessarily carry over to the following season in the NFL. But wouldn’t 8-8 feel better than 7-9? Wouldn’t a win in Foxboro give Joe Philbin and Ryan Tannehill something to build on for next year? Both are rookies at their positions and it would be encouraging to see them finish the season, winners of 3 straight games.