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Miami Dolphins eying Ravens in free agency

And you thought the Dolphins were done with the Ravens after the playoffs last season?

In fact the Dolphins are monitoring the Ravens this week as two and perhaps three possible free agents from that team are Miami targets, in varying degrees, when free agency begins Feb. 27.

The Dolphins like linebacker Bart Scott, center Jason Brown and strong safety Jim Leonhard, according to an NFL source. But the source says it is unlikely the Dolphins will get more than one of those players -- at most -- because of other circumstances, not related to Miami, that are currently at play.

The source said no team, including the Dolphins, are likely to land both Brown and Scott because one of them is likely to return to Baltimore as a newly minted re-signed player before the end of this week. It should be noted that agent Harold Lewis represents both Brown and Scott and he recently told the Baltimore Sun he was negotiating with the Ravens on deals for both.

"My gut feeling is one of the two is going to hit free agency and the other one will probably sign," Lewis told the Sun. "That's just my gut."

Make no mistake here, the Dolphins hold both in high regard.

Scott is the explosive, running back-hungry inside linebacker the team wants. He's big at 6-2 and 240. He's quick. He's a great run-blitzer and is often effective when blitzing on passing downs. He also has excellent instincts.

If there is a downside on Scott it is that he will command a high price and there will be plenty of competition for his services, including within the AFC East. He is also 28 years old, which is slightly older than what is optimal in Miami's eyes.

Brown, 26 in May, is more attractive from an age standpoint. He has size at 6-3 and 320. He has a reputation for being tenacious. He is durable, having started every game the past two seasons -- he was the only Baltimore lineman to start every game in 2007. And he has started as both a left guard and a center during his career.

Leonhard is the least likely of the three the Dolphins would land because, frankly, he's probably headed to the New York Jets anyway.

Speaking of the Jets, the hiring of Rex Ryan as head coach is not exactly a good thing for the Dolphins. It says a lot that Ryan is a Bill Parcells protege' and has the Big Tuna's respect. In fact, Ryan was among the coaches interviewed when Big Tuna was lining up his Tuna Helpers in 2008.

So how does Ryan's presence in New York affect the Dolphins?

Immediately, Ryan will be adding talent he's familiar with and that means Ravens players. The scuttlebutt in league circles is that Leonhard, who started for the Ravens and was the object of some man love from some of the posters on here, is on New York's free agent radar.

Not coincidently, the Jets are also interested in Scott, which might cause another problem for Miami.

Leonhard, you'll recall, had an interception in the playoff game against Miami. And yes, the Ravens, with Ryan as their defensive coordinator, beat the Dolphins twice last season. Doesn't mean Ryan is more likely to beat the Dolphins while with the Jets. But he obviously understood Miami's offensive weaknesses.

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Thanks Big Tuna. I did forget John Beck as a possible cut. I guess we would need to see how much Beck, Allen, and Wilford salaries would be.

Monkey, Where i work iam surrounded by jet fanatics and most of my co workers carry guns so i pretend to be a jets fan as to not get "accidentally" shot on duty, but iam a life long fin fan, although the years beginning when they made Dave(no nuts)wannstedt head coach i started to root against them because i knew where they were headed with that moron(I remembered what he did to the once proud bear franchise) and knew what was going to happen to the phins,and lo and be hold my predictions came true(like i was a modern day Nostradamus) and then came the great Satan and then cam(cant win) camroon, finally after a 1 and 15 season Mr Money bags finally gets it right with the tuna,the last game vs the jets i proudly put on my dolphin# 13 jersey and strolled into work, it felt like i had on an extra bullet proof vest..long live the phins and good riddance to Mr (be kind and rewind)huizinga

I liked Jim Leonard. Hes lived and played high school football an hour away from me in a small suburb of Madtown Madison, Wisconsin. He wasnt recruited by any colleges. He was a walk on at University of Wisconsin and now hes been playin with Ray Lewis and Ed Reed. Itd be sweet for him to be a dolphin

Mr. Dodsworth adds a certain class to this blog and i hope for one that he's not banned..

And mr. Doddsworth may i also say," there's nothing wrong with a honest days work as long as somebody else does it" ....

menace....i just red the best writing coming from you in long time so keep it up and funny without ted ginn or crowder in the writing this way every bloger looks forward to reading you with great pleaure.tell us now in very real way what you think fins record next season will be?

Luggi, my grammatically-challenged friend -

Not only do your sentences not parse, but your ad hominem attacks are akin to a Chad Pennington long bomb - lame, ineffective, always falling short.

Nevertheless, I do salute you for being from Costa Rica, since, apparently, it is one of the few reliable votes in the United Nations for pro-American and pro-Western ideals.

But you really should stop sucking.

Tim . at this rate a JELLY DONUT can run against and beat obama.

Nathaniel...hillarious! Good list.

hey cuban menace u talk about the ravens game about ted ginn missing a ball! how about when he made 5 completions in a row on 1 drive! because pennington threw to him 5 times in a row he didn't drop a dang thing! i was at the ravens game at the playoffs i go to all there games! ginn is an awsome player he will come into his own trust me u have a QB who cant throw down field and he has had 2 different QB coaches playbooks and players in 2 years! but hey everybody when ted ginn starts tearing it up next year and espically when henne comes in there in 2010 watch cuban menace is going to be sucking ginns u know what. he is going to be all up on his butt saying he is the man! it's just another trash talking dolphins fan go be a jet's fan u will fit right in!

Nathaniel,your writing is very insulting to me cause you think a lot of your comments which amounts to nerdy lines as black swim suite and sophia loren.these lines are very from 1980 so that's my take on it.what makes worth that after you talk about my writing which is ok you end by using the word SUCKING .

worst

Cuban menace , you're a jets fan and even if you were a dolphin fan and switched teams because of wanny and saban , then you're not a true phins fan. I do have to give you credit because you did root for the dolphins to win the last game against jets ( for the division) YOU said you were rooting for the phins because you liked penny and didn't like the way he was treated.

Nathaniel,

Please find a cliff and drive off of it...and make sure your buddy Newt Gengrich is riding shotgun...

please nathaniel spare us your dumb and dumber list.

Rob, i do hope ginn proves me wrong but i think i have a better chance of hitting the 326 million dollar power ball up here in the north east... Monkey, the fish have a tough road next year, and remember the tuna had a great 1st year with the cowboys and got slammed the next year because his 1st year was successful dallas was forced to play division winners as the dolphins have to this year , i think the "boys" ended up 5 and 11 the following year so i kind of see that for the phins this year, but then again i might be wrong, it wont be the first time.(just ask my ex-wife, im sure shes got a 10 page list..)

Rob, "great players make great things happen.." Vince lombardi 1965

lets see, you say you can't stomach dairy, will never understand rap music, are attracted to sophia loren, think one piece bathing suits are hot, and dislike obama... what are you 90??? please tell your nursing home to stop letting you use the computer...and pull the plug!!!

Kilmarley, cutting wilford would cost miami about 4.7 mil in cap space this year and no way you cut beck when you can get a draft pick for him. BILL PARCElLS

Excellent memory nj phin fan... Excellent..

and please take obama with you off that cliff. He's a f'n disaster. Bill clintin had to sit him down and scold him like a schoolboy !!!

Souljahbeats, I think my friend mr. doddsworth is a republican...

And it looks like billy bob is too...

anyone can write but we don't have to lie abou how dumb and creepy nathaniel words are when you think about it.some words he used:
family guy
sophia loren
blak tube top
hyundai
feet
LIFE IS SHORT.

I think he soils his depends daily

and probably complains that the nurses keep stealing from him

Souljahbeats, I respond to your bill of particulars as follows:

Sophia Loren had something that women today are afraid of - curves.

Rap music can hardly be called "music" since music is ordinarily defined by at least an attempt at melody.

One-piece bathing suits will always be hot since women invariably look more curvaceous in a one-piece. One-piece suits give the illusion of curvature, even when the woman is not terribly curvaceous.

I detect anger in your comments. Perhaps you have lost your way. When I start to feel angry, I think of my Judeo-Christian values, the delight of a Cuban Menace quip, and the time that Armando and I swapped wives.

Now go and sin no more.

WOW Malcolm jenkins ran a 4.55 . Can you say safety or cb in the tampa 2 zone scheme.and can he drop to miami ? .HMMMMmm

cuban menace,

i think you are ed the fireman

Guy's not to get off the subject but, remember who we had to choose from # 1 candidate was 75 years old,said the "economy was fundamentally fine"(1 day later a financial giant and 2 major banks filed for chapter 11) he picks a nurse(oops sorry v.p) candidate that has a i.q somewhere near 80( which is boarder line special) and goes with the Joe(the plumber)as his main campaign strategy( i think cam camroon was is campaign manager) and then we have a smooth talking, handsome 43 year old guy that has a Harvard law degree so who would be the better candidate???maybe you all should have voted for Ralph Nader..

Nathaniel,

then your "judeo-christian values" should tell you judge not buddy, don't get self-righteous on me...people like you are the reason the world has lost faith in america...

DID EVERYONE FORGET THAT SPARANO STILL HAS THE LINEMAN THAT HE THINKS IS THE SMARTEST LINEMAN HE'S EVER COACHED(A.JOHNSON)? HE REPLACED SAMSON IN SOME PLAYS LAST YEAR AND EVEN THOUGH I STILL THINK THEY ARE GOING TO DRAFT A "VERSATILE" LINEMAN BUT JOHNSON IS PROBABLY GOING TO REPLACE SAMSON. UNLESS OF COURSE SAMSON UPGRADES HISSELF IN THE WEIGHT ROOM. SCOTT...HE'S NOT THAT BIG OF AN UPGRADE OVER CROWDER BECAUSE HE'S GOT SIZE BUT THE TACKLES ARE ABOUT THE SAME COMPARED TO CROWDER AND CROWDER MISSED SOME GAMES. WE STILL GOTTA GET SOMEONE FOR THE MIDDLE BECAUSE AYODELE AND TORBOR DID NOT DO GOOD AT ALL FOR THE GAME THAT CROWDER MISSED. MAYBE THEY SHOULD PUT ROTH IN THE MIDDLE (6'4 275). THEY SHOULD GROOM HIM BECAUSE HE DID GOOD AGAINST THE RUN AND THE BATTLES AT THE LINE OF SCRIMMAGE BUT NOT SO GOOD AGAINST THE PASS.

and if you sense anger, its because yes, I get annoyed when people try to turn a football blog into their own political soap box

sophia loren is 85 years old and he still thinking about her ,that's Carma?
2-armando ,this is very good point of this attraction to people it's not only football which i love.

Or maybe you should be glad that you live in country that elects its leaders as opposed to some places that half the people in this country would want to endure..

oh yeah, and any curves that sophia loren had at one time have now sagged into oblivion...you are obviously not from south florida, we have the curviest women in the country down here

Remember the blogs motto kids"nothings taboo"

Souljahbeats, you seem unreasonably perturbed. When I get perturbed I think of my Judeo-Christian values, the delight of a Cuban Menace quip, and the time Armando and I swapped hanging chads.

Now go and be annoying no more.

NO SUBJECT IS TABOO,NO DEADLINES,NO SPACE CRUNCH.

Nathaniel,

then your "judeo-christian values" should tell you judge not less ye be judged buddy, don't get self-righteous on me...people like you are the reason the world has lost faith in america...

Now go and play on the turnpike...

Can we all just get along??

Souljahbeats, I want you to consider the following question:

If a tree falls in a forest, and Jim Mandich is not there to say "Alrighhhhhhhhhhhhht," does that explain your contempt for Judeo-Christian values which, along with the Protestant work ethic, Catholic industry, and Jewish comedians, made this country great?

Think about it. Really think about it.

not that it makes a difference, but I AM A CHRISTIAN! I find it funny that you feel the need to cite religion to make yourself feel superior...get off your high horse

I haven't gotten off on a high horse since I had that accident with Black Beauty. Since then, I've opted to ride side saddle.

so what will we do with Samson Satelle

he is a member of our football team

no, he will compete for center, be moved to guard to provide depth, or traded for draft picks

Samson Satelle will never achieve his full potential until he abandons Souljahbeats' false God of secularism and embraces the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, and the only "isms" that make this a better world - Americanism and Capitalism.

I thought Steele was good at center, why go after a FA?

i agree with nathaniel that you can embrace any god you want as long as you don't kill pi bulls

Tedd ginn is the truth i don't blame him for protecting his body Wes welker does the same thing he refuses to take hits. its smart way to play longer BTW when u can catch a ball with Lewis 5-10 yards away from u then u can talk until then get of his jock

i agree with nathaniel that you can embrace any god you want as long as you don't kill Pit Bulls

satele is ok, he didn't open alot of holes up the middle and he is a little smaller than parcells and co would like...someone like Jason Brown would be a major upgrade...our O-line would be set to dominate for years

kilmarly it would hurt us to cut j.Allen and Wilford besides every time i see j Allen at safety he makes plays so what he cant practice he is a true gamer, the same could probably be said for Wilford

It's good to see you all holding up the post while I do other things. Keep up the good work I'll check back in a couple months.

J- p al johnson is a free agent, He's as good as gone.

ANTI Christ ( MENACE) , are we talking about the same socialist , smart guy from harvard , cocaine user prez , who tried to appoint as many as 5 candidates to his cabinet who either didn't pay taxes or were getting indicted on corruption charges. By way i'm a registered independent.

Armando, do the Jets have enough cap room to get into bidding wars for free agents?

Sorry, now I see you already answered my question.

billy bob is real idiot and it shows,it's sad when people used as a tool . you can register any thing but as long as you aren't smart enough doesn't matter even the name billy bob sound like Red neck.

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