- WR Hartline cut after 6 seasons WR Gibson was also released
- Mike Tannenbaum hired... ...as Dolphins' executive VP of football operations
- Philbin retained Coach Philbin was given a contract extension
- Fins season ends on low note Jets down the Fins to end their season 8-8
Despite a reported late push by Miami, Jake Long ultimately decided to move to the St. Louis Rams. Early reports indicate Long signed a 4 year $34 million contract, with a $16 million signing bonus, a $4 million dollar roster bonus in 2014, and another $2 million in incentives (which would make the deal $36 million).
The deal averages $8.5 million before incentives and is at least a 2 year deal (since cutting/trading him after one year would accelerate $12 mil in prorated signing bonus into the 2014 cap) averaging at least $10 mil for those 2 years.
If I had to speculate, those terms were probably at least slightly higher than what Miami was offering. I also bet Long’s agent, CAA, was pushing for whichever team offered the largest contract seeing how the entire tackle market has been on hold waiting for Long to set the market.
The question for the Dolphins now is do they pursue zone blocking scheme RT Eric Winston, another free agent alternative, or draft a tackle? Seeing as Miami was willing to investheavilyintackle, Continue reading
As day two of the NFL free agency period begins to wrap up, there was still a tremendous amount of activity with Dolphin free agency. But unlike yesterday, Miami saw several key plays move on to other teams.
Yesterday we say TE Anthony Fasano sign a 4 year deal with the Kansas City Chiefs.
This morning, RB Reggie Bush signed a 4 year deal worth $16 million with the Detroit Lions.
I always liked Bush. His work ethic and attitude set the bar high for all the other players, and I wish him well with the Lions.
In the afternoon, big Jake Long passed a physical, and is currently in discussion with the St. Louis Rams. Although no deal has yet been signed, many sources are reporting it is close to being finalized.
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Miami Dolphins 2013 Draft Scenario’s
Current needs: OT, CB, WR, DE, FS, TE
Point of note: It is in my opinion that whatever occurs at the Left Tackle position with Jake Long and at the Cornerback position with Sean Smith will shape Miami’s early draft rounds more so than any other position.
*Each scenario holds precedence over the scenario that follows it.
1st Round Draft Scenario’s
|Jake Long leaves and Jonathan Martin stays at RT|
|1st round Priority: Focus should be on LT|
|OT||Luke Joeckel||(Top 5)||6-6||310|
|OT||Eric Fisher||(Top 10)||6-7||305|
|OT||Lane Johnson||(Top 20)||6-6||302|
|Jake Long leaves and Jonathan Martin moves over to LT|
|1st round Priority: Miami may wait till 2nd or 3rd round to draft RT|
|Note: The top RT DJ Fluker is a beast who can be a perennial pro-bowler. But DJ Fluker is suited for a power based MBS. Miami may wait for a prospect at RT that can fit into their ZBS in the 2nd or 3rd round. Miami can therefore pursue CB, FS or DE with its first selection.|
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Jeff Ireland has planned the work. It’s time for him to work the plan.
The Dolphins have the second youngest team in the NFL, a potential franchise QB in Ryan Tannehill, a projected $46-$47 million in cap room, and 5 of the first 82 picks in the 2013 NFL Draft.
WR Brian Hartline should be the only “must” among the Dolphins 11 Free Agents impending Free Agents following a 74-catch, 1083 season at 26 years old. Hartline’s camp likely will ask for the same $5-$7 mil/year contract that Pierre Garcon, Mario Manningham, Robert Meachem, Josh Morgan, and Laurent Robinson signed for last off-season. Robbing Tannehill of his go-to guy in Hartline will be counter-productive to building the skill positions. It’s simple: losing Hartline will require replacing a player of Hartline’s caliber.
Several Dolphins FA’s are in limbo. RB Reggie Bush and CB Sean Smith are likely on the outs given their expected price-tags, but could return for the right price. QB Matt Moore, OT Nate Garner, DT Tony McDaniel, FS Chris Clemons would be valu Continue reading
OT Jake Long will miss the rest of the season with a torn triceps in his left arm. The Dolphins placed him on injured reserve Tuesday night. The Dolphins also released safety Anderson Russell.
In their place, the Dolphins signed offensive tackle Patrick Brown, who played for the Vikings last season, and safety Tyrone Culver, who spent the past several years with the Dolphins.
Whether or not Jake Long, who will be a free agent at the end of the season, is resigned remains to be seen.
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