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  • Sports Buzz: Dolphins free agency notes

    Barry Jackson notes...

  • #2
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    • With Mario Williams signing tonight, the questions now turn to how Miami will surround him at defensive end. A few points:

    1) Yahoo reports tonight that the Dolphins are expected to remove the transition tag from Olivier Vernon. This would be welcomed news to Vernon, who doesn't oppose staying in Miami if the money is right but is fully aware that the Dolphins don't want to pay him what other teams might.

    2) In a perfect world, the Dolphins would prefer to use Cameron Wake as a pass-rush specialist in a rotation with Mario Williams and potentially William Hayes, who remains a top Dolphins target.

    Whether the Dolphins will bid enough to land Hayes remains the question. But the Dolphins want a third defensive end who can play a ton of snaps, especially on run downs.

    CBS and NFL Net reported today that Wake is staying with the Dolphins, even with Williams' addition. We reported last week that the Dolphins have told people they intend to keep Wake, though they've stopped short of giving him that assurance.
    • The Dolphins would like to upgrade longterm over weakside linebacker Jelani Jenkins if they can because they don't view him as an ideal fit physically in their defense, even though he's cheap and productive.
    They remain interested in Bengals free agent Vincent Rey, among others. But Jenkins would remain a starter if Miami can't find someone better at a reasonable price.
    • The Dolphins have shown interest in re-signing defensive tackle C.J. Mosley, who was released Dec. 1 after injuring his calf. If that happens, Miami could return with mostly the same group of defensive tackles: Ndamukong Suh, Earl Mitchell, Jordan Phillips and Mosley.
    • According to the Houston Chronicle, the Texans have zeroed in on Lamar Miller and reports he would cost$6.5 million per year --- more than what Miami is willing to offer. The Dolphins would have had interest in Chris Ivory, but not at the price Jacksonville agreed tonight to pay him ($6 million per).
    If Miller leaves, Miami will look to find a running back at a reasonable price from a group potentially including Bilal Powell, Ronnie Hillman, and maybe Matt Forte, plus restricted free agent C.J. Anderson (has a low-round Broncos tender) and Alfred Morris (some inside the Dolphins like Morris).
    • Please see the last post for more Dolphins free agent news from Tuesday.


    • #3
      Team's not happy with Jenkins it seems and thinks he's too small for Will...

      Apart from Suh and Jones - every veteran defender from last season is on the hot seat it seems. Good.


      • #4
        I like Forte the most out of that list and then Ivory, but I wouldn't pay him 6 million either. He has had one good season and I would need to see more then that to pay him that kind of money. A lot of people think Forte has too much wear on his tires but I disagree. His numbers are a little off since his rookie year he put that team on his back and carried the ball over 300 times. After that he was used on a normal basis for a starting running back, unless of course you are a starting running back for the Dolphins. With Ajayi on the roster Forte won't have to carry to load, so he can be a change of pace back as well as a 3rd down specialist. I think he would be worthy of 5-6 million, unlike Miller and Ivory. JMO
        "If everyone is thinking alike, then somebody isn't thinking." - George S. Patton

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        • #5
          Actually i loved Chris Ivory when he was with the Saints, the guy is a violent runner but just like Marion Barber, that style of running tends to catch up with you real quick..There's no way i would've come close to 6 mill. per for him...I agree DF, i'd take a long, hard look at Forte, an excellent all-around back who it seems would be a no-brainer to help ease the load in a Gase-run O..


          • cuchulainn
            cuchulainn commented
            Editing a comment
            I still prefer Ivory... 3 years younger and less than half the carries of Forte - 883 vs 2,036... but, it's a moot point now that Ivory is a Jag.

        • #6
          I'm glad we're showing interest in Vincent Rey. I wanted to sign him a couple of years ago on the old forum.


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