• Knowshon Moreno to Fins Knowshon Moreno to Fins RB reportedly signs a one year deal with Miami.
  • Fins sign CB Finnegan Fins sign CB Finnegan Dolphins ink him to a 2 year, $11 million contract
  • DT Randy Starks stays with Fins DT Randy Starks stays with Fins Reportedly signs a 2 year deal worth about $12 million
  • OT Albert to Fins done OT Albert to Fins done Reportedly a 5 year, $46 million contract.

     
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Pre-Draft Off-Season grade for the Miami Dolphins

mitchell Pre Draft Off Season grade for the Miami Dolphins

Is DT Earl Mitchell an up and coming player?

Liked It:
1) Re-signed CB Brent Grimes (4-years, $32-mil w/ $16-mil guaranteed).
Re-signing this Pro Bowler was priority #1 for GM Dennis Hickey. He passed his first test.

2) Signed OT Branden Albert. (5-years, $46-mil w/$25-mil guaranteed)
One could argue the Dolphins “bought” LT Branden Albert because he earned more than the Eugene Monroe, Jared Veldheer, and Anthony Collins on the market. If Albert’s back holds up, the Dolphins should have a Pro Bowl LT for at least the next two years. Hickey could not afford to strike out at at LT. And he didn’t.

3) Signed DT Earl Mitchell. (4-years, $16-mil w/ $9-mil guaranteed).
Prediction: Earl Mitchell will replace Paul Soliai in the starting lineup by the end of the 2014 season. I really like this signing. Despite playing out of place as a 3-4 NT at 6’3 – 300, the Texans allowed 3.1 YPC when he was on the field and 4.2 YPC when he wasn’t (according to Adam Beasley). He will finally get a chance to play in a 4-3 Defense, where he should hav Continue reading

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Fins Free Agency – Low Hanging Fruit

clabo1 Fins Free Agency   Low Hanging Fruit

The Fins right tackle spot remains unfilled as Tyson Clabo is a free agent.

GM Dennis Hickey fulfilled my top two requirements this off-season when he re-signed CB Brent Grimes and signed LT Branden Albert. Bringing back DT Randy Starks at 2yrs-$12-millionwas a pleasant surprise, and Earl Mitchell could be a steal as the #3 DT.

Unfinished business lies ahead.

It would be in the Dolphins’ best interest to pluck 3 pieces of low-hanging fruit off of the Free Agent tree: RT Tyson Clabo, RB Knowshon Moreno, and FS Chris Clemons.

1) Re-sign OT Tyson Clabo.
GM Dennis Hickey landed Pro Bowl LT Branden Albert, but struck out at RT in a deep class that included Austin Howard, Michael Oher, and Breno Giacomini. Clabo played very well in his final 9 games after being re-inserted into the starting lineup following the Richie Incognito/Jonathan Martin ordeal. He will turn 33 in October, but would bandage up the position in 2014 if he plays like he did in his final 9 games. The key is to get Clabo’s heir apparent in the 2nd-4th rounds oft Continue reading

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Dolphins Draft Board #10: 5-1

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TE Jace Aramo would look great in a Fins uniform

***4 RULES FOR THIS LIST***
1) NOT INCLUDED in this list are: All QB’s (Teddy Bridgewater, Johnny Manziel, Blake Bortles, Derek Carr), DE Jadeveon Clowney and Anthony Barr, OT’s Jake Matthews and Greg Robinson, WR Sammy Watkins, and LB Khalil Mack. The Dolphins are not going to draft a QB at #19, and the odds of one of these non-QB’s slipping to #19 is between slim-none and unworthy of the conversation.

2) I am assuming 2 things happen in Free Agency: the Dolphins retain CB Brent Grimes and sign at least 1 OT among a deep FA class (Branden Albert, Eugene Monroe, Jared Veldheer, Rodger Saffold, Anthony Collins, Jordan Gross, Michael Oher.).

3) Trust me: I know where each player is projected to go as of today. Don’t waste your time with comments like “Mike Evans won’t fall to #19!!”, because I’ll probably agree with you.

4) This board will change between now and May 8th. Dramatically. Case in point: WR Keenan Allen, DE Damontre Moore, and DT Johnathan Hankins were 1st Round “locks” a Continue reading

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Dolphins Draft Board Top 10: 10-6

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OG Cyril Richardson would look good in a Fins uniform.

1) NOT INCLUDED in this list are: All QB’s (Teddy Bridgewater, Johnny Manziel, Blake Bortles, Derek Carr), DE Jadeveon Clowney and Anthony Barr, OT’s Jake Matthews and Greg Robinson, WR Sammy Watkins, and LB Khalil Mack. The Dolphins are not going to draft a QB at #19, and the odds of one of these non-QB’s slipping to #19 is between slim-none and unworthy of the conversation.

2) I am assuming 2 things happen in Free Agency:the Dolphins retain CB Brent Grimes and sign at least 1 OT among a deep FA class (Branden Albert, Eugene Monroe, Jared Veldheer, Rodger Saffold, Anthony Collins, Jordan Gross, Michael Oher.).

3) Trust me.. I know where each player is projected to go as of January 14th. Don’t waste your time with comments like “Mike Evans won’t fall to #19!!”, because I’ll probably agree with you.

4) This board will change between now and May 8th. Dramatically. Case in point: WR Keenan Allen, DE Damontre Moore, and DT Johnathan Hankins were 1st Round “locks” at this point last season,a Continue reading

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Dolphins-Steelers: 5 key matchups

Wallace 150x150 Dolphins Steelers: 5 key matchups

1) WR Mike Wallace vs. CB Ike Taylor.

Mike Sherman would be wise to use WR Mike Wallace’s speed to dictate matchups in this game. Wallace has caught fire over the last two weeks (12-209-2) as he continues to get more comfortable with QB Ryan Tannehill. CB Ike Taylor, 33, has been burnt repeatedly over the last several weeks and ranks 107/112 among CB’s by PFF. It would be in Sherman’s best interests to use Wallace both in the perimeter and in the slot.

2) CB Brent Grimes vs. WR Antonio Brown.

This matchup features two players in the middle of Pro Bowl caliber seasons. Brent Grimes recorded his fourth INT last week in a 23-3 blowout win against the Jets. Antonio Brown (85-1106-5) is not only QB Ben Roethlisberger’s favorite target, but the player GM Kevin Colbert gave a 5-year-$42-million dollar contract to instead of paying a steeper price for Wallace two years ago. Grimes will cover him for the majority of the game, but don’t be surprised if Nolan Carroll gets extended action on him.

3) NT Paul Soliai vs. C Cody Wallace.

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