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Breaking down Miami's options at WR

The Dolphins have a problem, which is no secret to anyone who was paying attention in 2008 and, thankfully, is no secret to them. The Dolphins need more offensive firepower.

And they need it most at the wide receiver spot.

The question is how do the Dolphins address the problem? Well, the next three months or so will offer Big Tuna Bill Parcells and Tuna Helper Jeff Ireland the opportunity to address this, and their other personnel issues.

As it pertains to receivers the Dolphins are considering a three-pronged possibility for adding talent. They can draft a receiver, they can sign a free agent receiver, or they can trade for a receiver. I'm giving you their options in the order the team would most prefer to solve the issue -- through the draft is always the preference with this group.

So let's break down the possibilities and what is available:

The draft -- There will be 31 wide receivers at the NFL scouting combine, which begins Wednesday. The Dolphins would love the best-case scenario to play out and find a star among this group or among the list of draft-eligible receivers that will not be at the combine. That's because these players are the youngest, the cheapest and, in most cases, the ones most easily molded to Miami's culture.

But this is also the hardest area in which to find that star because it's a crapshoot with unproven players and, unlike last season when Miami had high picks in practically every round, Parcells and Ireland don't have more ammunition than everybody else.

Despite that truth, the Dolphins should be able to land a solid receiver among their first three picks if they wish. Miami has nine overall picks but two-second round selections in addition to their first-rounder. By the end of the second round the Dolphins will have had the opportunity to select players they are already tracking, with some of these being North Carolina's Hakeem Nicks, Georgia's Mohamed Massaquoi, Cal Poly's Ramses Barden, Kenny Britt of Rutgers, and Ohio State's Brian Robiskie.

All have excellent size. Barden is something of a freak at 6-6 and 227 pounds. All will be trying to run well either at the combine or at their pro days to show they have speed or quickness to go along with their size. As you read in my previous blog post, draft guru Mel Kiper has the Dolphins taking Maryland's Darrius Heyward-Bey in the first round.

Mel admits he will likely change that in his next mock draft, which will come after the combine. He believes the Dolphins might also take outside linebacker Clay Matthews of USC. Maybe, but I don't see Miami going to OLB in the first round unless a great player falls. The Dolphins did invest in Derek Cameron Wake for that position.

But I digress.

Some darkhorse, later-round receivers the Dolphins are studying include Marko Mitchell of Nevada, Dominique Edison of Stephen F. Austin, and North Carolina's Brandon Tate, who is a likely a second-day project based on the fact he tore his ACL and MCL in October and didn't really flash bigtime as a WR until that injury-shortened senior season.

Free agency -- The Dolphins like restricted free agent Miles Austin of the Cowboys but if he is tagged with a second-round tender as has been reported, that Miami interest is likely to wane.

New Orleans receiver Lance Moore, another restricted free agent, is a possibility as the Saints must tag him higher than his draft round because he went undrafted out of Toledo. Moore caught 79 passes for 928 yards with 10 touchdowns last season so, again, depending on his tender, he could be an option.

The group of unrestricted free agents, unlike the restricted players, isn't very good. T.J. Houshmandzadeh ... (gotta rest the fingers a second after typing that name) ... is probably the best of the group but, geez, the guy is soon to be 32 years old and he's a possession guy. He's also going to be expensive. So he doesn't make a lot of sense to me.

Amani Toomer, 34, should be available but he'd be a great fit if this was 1999 rather than 2009.

Parcells has kept his eye on Tampa Bay's Antonio Bryant despite a previous fallout between the two men, but I don't see the Bucs letting Bryant walk. There are also legitimate questions whether the sometimes troubled Byrant has matured enough to produce after signing a big contract.

Pittsburgh's Nate Washington is not a No. 1 guy today but could develop into something special. San Francisco's Bryant Johnson is an underachiever and not a playmaker. One other guy to keep in mind is Devery Henderson of New Orleans. He has good speed and his agent is Jimmy Sexton, who is also the agent for Parcells and coach Tony Sparano

So the pickings are slim here.

Trade -- The players available include or may eventually include Anquan Boldin, Chad Johnson, Terrell Owens, and Plaxico Burress.

Let us not mince words here: There is no chance the Dolphins acquire Johnson, Owens or Burress. The Second Coming happening Wednesday is more likely than Miami spending picks and new contract money for Johnson, Burress or Owens.

Boldin? That's a different story.

Boldin is out there and the Dolphins know it as they received the same letter agent Drew Rosenhaus sent the 31 other teams about Boldin being available. And although the Cardinals are publicly saying they will not trade Boldin, I dismiss that because that is what they must say now to drive up the price on him. That decision is not final and the proof is no one in the Arizona organization has definitively said Boldin will not be traded. They may eventually arrive at that stance, but not yet, not even close.

So it remains a possibility. I asked a Miami team source recently if there was a possibility the Dolphins might try to land Boldin through trade if he becomes officially available. His reaction surprised me. He didn't say, "No." He didn't say, "That's ridiculous."

He said, "Anquan Boldin is a very good player under contract with another team and I'm not at liberty to discuss him because that would be tampering." At which point I reminded the person I'm not publishing his name, and he said, "That's all I'm saying on that."

The point is my question was not dismissed. It was dodged. And knowing this source, he dismisses questions that have no roots in facts or serious possibility. And he dodges or double-speaks on some legitimate ones he doesn't want to address.

Am I saying the Dolphins will be the team Boldin ends up playing for in 2009? No. But am I saying you should definitely excuse them from an interested group of suitors that might include Philadelphia, the Giants, Bears, and Raiders? Absolutely not.

So those are the scenarios. The Dolphins have a receiver problem. They know it. They are going to try to solve it. How do you think they should do it? How do you think they will do it?


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Wow, I counted 5 posts with the imposter using my name. I guess he's got nothing better to do. Think about it dude, you're a loser.

Are you afraid to post on the Sun Sentinel anymore because they know you're a troll, have your IP address and they contacted you about it?

To the Herald crowd, anytime you see crazy statements and stupid trade proposals, it's not the real Mr. Bungle. You may not always agree with me, but I'm not a psycho! LOL

I have a stalker who spends all his time posting as me because I guess... he gets off on it? Kind of creepy I know.

Half the posts you see with my name on it are not me. Isn't that awesome?

Adam: Tuna Helper is officially tired when I stop laughing. Not until then.

I wonder why scouts don't look at college ** TRACK STARS ** that can be turned into wide receivers (ie. Jerry Rice). They would come with 4.1 - 4.2 speed and certainly be as cable as Ted Gin without the need for a high draft pick or the big $$.

Maybe even an average *** MBA player *** woud have speed, quickness and moster height and become a great receiver.

AN ATHLETE WILL ALWAYS BE AN ATHLETE - Doesn't matter what sport he is in provided he has the right attributes.

BUNGLE ,who cares? Get lost . OH , by the way ,I was on the SS the other day and you know it. Now go back to the SS with your IMAGINERY FRIENDS !!!

BUNGLE , why don't you address the HERALD crowd like you did on super bowl sunday ? HERALD crowd , this is how BUNGLE feels about you and how he addressed you guys." Go ahead dorks , start your B.S " Posted by Mr Bungle. Nice!!

We just need to get as physical presence at WR anyway we can!!

In a couple of years when we look back at this draft we will all the best WR in this class with definately be Darrius Heyward-Bey. If he is available with the Dolphin's 1st second round pick (I doubt it!), Miami has to take a shot at him. He is the strongest, fastest, and biggest WR in the draft. If Bey is not there then go after Kenny Britt. Building through the draft is the wise decision. Thats how great franchises are built. FYI Kiper is an idiot and hopefully he is wrong saying that Ryan is better than Henne.

I think Michael Clayton from the Bucs could be an interesting pick-up. 6-4, 26 year old former 1st rounder who may just need a change of scenery, signed to a cheap contract with incentives he might just return to his rookie form.

If we can get P. Burress and he isn't going to jail I would do that. Boldin is expensive but worth it. Houshman has it still but how much longer? Johnson hells no! TO hells no x 100! As for the draft I really like a lot and don't have a problem going WR in the 1st 2nd or 3rd I like Percy Harvin at 25 in the first. but he is alot like Ginn jr. then again that might just work as dual deep threats with two great slot receivers in Bess and Camarillo. But my favorites are Hakim Nicks and Ramses Barden. Barden is a beast but at the same time moves well and cuts strong. really like that dude would be a first rounder if he played at a big school but he came outta a very very small High school.... Nicks and Robieski I think they are NFL ready and would be good picks with our late 2nd or third to help anyways those are my two cents.

O and Lance Moore is a great idea I used to live in T-town for a while and I watched him and think he will become better

Mando great Post, love the info. I was looking a few weeks ago at the recievers available in the draft and I liked that Cal poly kidd also. Not only does he have massive size but his numbers are crazy good. I know its not against the same type of talent that other schools play, but some very good recievers in the game came from small schools (Jerry Rice, crazy T.O. , Randy Moss, & Brandon Marshall to name a few)

From are choices of veteran recievers Boldin does seem like the best option for us. I just hope we do not have to give up too many picks for him. Hopefully we can package a player and high pick like a 3rd or a 4th or maybe a 2010 pick and get him cheaper. That probably won't get it done but I've seen it happen with other recievers before hopefully we can get lucky.

Mando I also have a quick question that hopefully you can answer:
What ever happened to that Dolphins section with the pictures and the computer wallpapers of game shots. That used to be so cool and its been gone since before the 2007 season or around that time.

Thanks Mando for what you do

Go Phins


I saw we bring back the Mark Brothers... and just release me, so I can sign another big contract...

Hi Armando! why are you being mean to me?/

I think the Dolphins have too many real needs (LB, offensive line, secondary) to take a WR in the first 2 rounds. The earliest I think they will take a receiver is in the 3rd round.

I am ok if receiver is put on the backburner this year and they just bring in another posession #2 type receiver (like Camarillo or Bess). You cant fix everything in one year. They are just starting a rebuilding process, and they are doing things the right way.

Hey Mando!

Why bother getting a #1 WR? Pennington can't hit somebody with any consistency beyond 10 yards anyways!

Nicks is the best WR in this class (in my amateur opinion) and would fit well with Henne when he takes over next year.

I hope we get Boldin, and I think its more likely than we all think due to the fact that we have no real experience amongst our WR corps, Boldin is a beast and at 28 is proven and about to enter his prime. He may cost a 1st rounder and why not throw Wilford in to get him off the cap. Ted Ginn could be good trade bait too, lets be honest we could draft a guy to replace Ginn he's hardly been special!

I'm keeping an eye on Hakeem Nicks from North Carolina. A lot of what read on him so far compares him to Anquan Boldin. And remember, 40-times aren't everything. Jerry Rice ran a 4.6 and Larry Fitzgerald ran a 4.6

Can anyone tell me why NO one is talking about Percy Harvin. I've watched this kid develop over the past few years. He has blossemed into a GREAT receiver and Miami can definately use him just as New England uses Welker. I'd take Percy over Ginn any day of the week.

The Fins struck gold last year after the draft snatching up Davone Bess. They should do the same this year and I've got one name that really comes to mind. Greg Carr. If the Florida State big man slips through the draft, I'd love to see them take a chance on this guy. He needs to learn to run crisp routes, but his size and ball skills are pretty darn good. He's 6-6 217 and has nice hands. He averaged decent yardage totals in all of his seasons, all while playing for a poor passing offense and enduring a slew of quarterback changes. I really think this guy would be a nice project that could turn into a gem.

The problem at wide receiver will not be solved through the draft. Unless the Dolphins can land a polished receiver at 25 anyone coming in will probably not contribute much as a rookie. I hope they steer clear of drafting a wideout in the early rounds. The starting receiving corp would be Ted Ginn (1st round bust), Devon Bess (undrafted), Gregg Camerillo (undrafted) and a rookie. This doesn't seem to be the upgrade they need. Lastly, part of the problem last year was that Chad Pennington's weak arm didn't allow Ginn to stretch the field. This will still be an issue. Draft a potential starting corner back who can also return kicks in the early rounds.

I think the player they should go after if he is not tendered too high is Lance Moore. If you look at his numbers when reggie bush was out last year they were extremely good. Them i would take a WR with one of the 2 second round picks and see how it plays out.

The dolphins simply won't spend an early draft pick on a receiver, nor they should. There are many greater needs than receiver. I agree that our receiver corps is not Arizona's, but, Ginn will come around and Camarillo, Bess and London will keep playing hard and making some plays. Besides, as long as Pennington is still our QB, you can take away the deep routes, so no need for a Randy Moss guy.

I think Miami biggest needs are both safeties and ILB. If we could just resign Bell, the rest wouldn't be so hard to fill, although the free safety position is the one that worries me the most, as there is simply no elite talent coming out of the draft (I haven't seen any "expert" list with a safety in the top 25).

Here's a thought...Trade Ginn for Bolden and a 3rd round pick next year that could move up based on incentives...Arizona loses a disgruntled player and gets immediate and potential value in return. Miami keeps their draft picks this year an uses one of our first three picks to select a speedy young receiver if it's the right fit. If not signe Nate Washington from Pittsburg, with Bess and Cameron (should be back next year) we suddently have 4 solid optiions at receiver for several years to come. Your welcome Chad Pennington.

Salguero, if that makes you laugh, you must have a spectacular sense of humor. Because it isn't one bit funny. Smirky at first? Sure. 18th time? Tired.

Silver, you sound like somebody whose underwear are too tight. Have a coke and a smile, bud.

North Carolina's Hakeem Nicks is a beast. That's the one we want. Get him and you'll have your superstar. Watch his highlights from the Carquest bowl against West Virginia and you will see why.

i wouldnt go after Bolding his price tag is to high, get ither Bryant , nate or miles austin from dallas develoop the ones we have and draft secondary and the lines

We already have a young and up n coming WR group in place.
We are in much better shape than when we had overpaid underachievers like Chris Chambers & Hagen.

I love the potential I saw in our BIG WR London.
I look forward to the further development of Ginn.
Year two of Bess should be good too as his confidence grows.
Camarillo back healthy will be great.
I think money wise we are stuck with Wilford, who may come into camp with a chip on his shoulder hopefully.

So my thoughts are unless a worthy UFA vet WR really wants to be part of what Miami started last season and sign a reasonable, not all about the money deal, then we will look elsewhere.

IMO, we most likely add WR's in Day 2 of the draft or pick up a undrafed free agents like Bess to compete in camp.

No one here mentions WR Brooks Foster, the other UNC WR besides Nicks and Tate.
Nicks will probably go too early for trifecta, Tate is a huge injury concern, but Foster has a ton of upside, is BIGGER and FASTER than both Nicks and Tate, plus he can be had in Day 2 of draft unless he moves into the 3rd round with strong combine/pro day.

A lot of talk about Percy Harvin, but no one talks about UF WR Louis Murphy, who is a big fast, and talented kid that I believe can be had in 3rd round or maybe Day 2 if he slips under the radar a bit.

I am also intrigued by the Ducks WR Jaison Williams 6'5" 240lb 4.6 speed. This kid has that look of being a possible great NFL WR if he really focuses at the next level and gets good coaching. He can also be had in late rounds or undrafted FA so far.
Nevada's Marko Mitchell another big WR shows some Day 2 promise.

This guy catches my eye, he's only 6'0 180lb, but 4.45 speedster Ole Miss WR Mike Wallace gets some serious YPC avg. during his college career at a sick 18.9 yds per season over 3 yrs, plus he avg'd. the same YPC in the Senior Bowl and caught a TD for the winning South squad. He looks likely as a Day 2 pick for now too.

Well those are some thoughts.
My point being we may already have most of our game day WR's already on the roster.

I don't think we over pay in FA, or reach to early in the draft as the needs and past history of thr trifecta seem to point to PASS RUSHERS & BLOCKERS early on!

Surely if T.O becomes available hes too good to turn down, if the Fins are looking at a receiver in the draft how about trading up for Crabtree?

Mando is smokin threes. Theres no point investing tons of money or a high draft choice in the WR position so long as Noodle arm is our QB. Bulk up the oline, solidify the defense, and hope for the best with late round and free agent selections. I love Boldin, but so do half the teams in the league so he'll cost a 1st round pick at least (too high). Houshmanilly is 32 and will be overpaid by some sap GM. We'll use early picks on de/olb ans safety. then add ol depth in the mid rounds, and take a couple project recievers late. CB? this is the year of the CB in free agency. Asomugha, Bodden, Haden, Foxworth, Bartell, McFadden, C Johnson, Dunta Robinson, P Buchanon, D Hall, A Goodman, Jabari Greer. Better to sign one of those guys, you wont have to overpay, and you wont have to take a chance on an unproven draft pick, My thoughts...


Isn't Ashley Lelie a UFA?
He was a star his years in Denver, but hasn't had a good QB to throw to him in his travels since.
He could be a very affordable FA.
However if Wilford's cap hit requires us to just keep him, then maybe we should just see if ol Ernest can come to camp with a BIG CHIP on his shoulder and prove something.

I just don't see Miami throwing anymore big coin at a FA WR after being burned by Ernie!

Future Gm is right about this year's crop of FA DB's. This why we have yet to see any resigning of Bell, Goodman, and Hill.
Something is brewing with the trifecta and they know their FA dollar is better spent on a good DB, LB, DL, and OL, rather than a WR bust like Wilford did to them.
Foo Tuna once...but not twice...lol

I think the Fins should go after Boldin for sure. Give them Ginn plus a pick, because Ginn is not a number 1 and Boldin is. I also like the idea of trying to bring Laverneous Coles in. He and Chad have a great relationship and that would be good for about 4 more first downs a game.

As for Kindry's comment about Chad not being able to throw to anyone deep, Have you ever heard of Randy Moss. When Chad and Randy played together at Marshall, they hooked up on a lot of bombs, check the stats. Moss once made the comment that Chad was the only QB he has ever played with, that never underthrew him. A lot has to do with confidence in the fact that your receiver will either beat the guy on him or be where he is supposed to be on the route. You can't wait until they are open, you have to anticipate and throw to where they should be open and let the WR do the rest.

My underwear is too tight because I'm tired of reading an over-used unfunny phrase? At first I was just trying to give you constructive criticism in a slightly jovial way...look how sensitive you are!

I say we find out "diamond in the rough" through the draft. Hey, we got Duper & Clayton out of the draft...why can't we find our own guys again?

If we can land Boldin without giving up the farm, that's another option, because that guy is a gamer, but if he's going to cost us numerous valuable picks in ensuing drafts, forget it.

I'd like to see the trifecta work their draft magic!!

Ah, post deleted? Awesome.

I'm glad no in this chat is running the fins, what we needs is a right guard and coner back. Than we can add a wideout with our 2nd of 2 picks in the 2nd round. If any listen to the coach the right guard was a HUGE problem all year, and our pass def, was bad any remenber the texas game or the 2nd game vrs the pats...

I don't think it's a stretch for them to take a WR at 25. Didn't the Tuna spend the first overall pick on Keyshawn "Just give me the Damn Ball" Johnson. That said I wouldn't be suprised to see all three first day picks spent on defense and o-line. There are other needs.
It would be nice to see a playmaker added to a deep group of complimentary WRs. I believe they should focus on defense in free agency and the draft. Using a second rounder to try and get a steal (Nicks,Barden,Britt)like they had a chance to do years ago when they passed on Boldin for Eddie Moore. Wow, Wanndstedt that was dumb.

I'm a dolphins fan from maryland and i have watch hayward-bay play for three years. He is a very good reciever, the only problum was he was on a running team in maryland. Dont sleep on hayward-bay. He WILL run the 40 faster than Chris Johnson from the Titans.

I for one would love to get Boldin and possible get Tate at a discount in the draft. I know its a gamble with the injuries, but I watched him play several games this year and he seems to have all the physical skills to be a top NFL wide receiver, plus it will add one more guy with return skills (not wanting to remember the debacle of Ted Ginn). Tate is a great punt returner and what makes him much better than Ginn is that he is polished route runner!

Forget Boldin, AZ will not let him go for anything reasonable.....Dolphins need pass rush!!..... just watch last years games and count the number of seconds (mediocre) QB's had to throw the ball without any Dolphin player even being close to touching him.... there is no NFL DB, LB that can cover any receiver for 5 or 6 seconds.... not the way the rules favor the offense... and thats why Pass Rushing is key... the game is won at the lines not with great receivers (although it helps ofcourse).... just ask the Detroit Lions and Matt Millan... drafting WR every year with their #1 pick and look where the franchise is now.... 0-16. Nice work Matt!!!!

This message is for the guy who obviously isn't a dolphins fan. Larry C. u moron! go back under the rail road tracks with the jets! LOL

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