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Dolphins still looking at free agent CBs [Update]

Contrary to a report the Dolphins were finished with free agency, the team announced Wednesday a visit by free agent cornerback Demarcus Faggins.

Although Faggins was not signed as of 6 p.m. (which was the last time I checked), you should know the Dolphins have had intentions of signing every player they've brought to town so far in free agency. So do not be surprised if Miami extends a contract offer.

The Dolphins brought Joe Berger, Jake Grove and Eric Green in for free agent visits prior to Faggins and signed all three.

Although Faggins has started 36 games in his career, he is not considered a starting caliber cornerback but rather a role player, a nickel or dime corner and specifically a slot cornerback.

This is what ESPN's Scouts Inc. says about the 29-year-old Faggins: "He has been an on again, off again, starter for the Texans in the previous six years. He is a good athlete with quick feet and fluid, supple hips that he can flip to open and run with receivers, as they get even with him. He is quick in transition and drives on the ball with a decent burst of acceleration. He can be beat by speedy receivers on fly patterns and needs to bail out early when he thinks receivers are going to try and just run by him. He is a smart corner who shows good route recognition when in off coverage and does a good job of reading the quarterback's eyes to get a jump on the ball from zone. He can struggle to make a play on the ball, when lined up on bigger receivers and seems to find his success when lined up on the inside slot receivers. While he can line up and start at corner, he is best suited as a nickel back who covers the inside routes."

Faggins is an original Texan who wanted to return to Houston but the team has decided to go another direction so he needs a new gig.

[Update: Miami's continued interest in corners, who have been no better than average, is troubling in that Jason Allen's fall from grace is almost complete. If the Dolphins had any confidence in their resident 6-1, 200-pound player, Allen would be a favorite to win the starting job vacated by Andre' Goodman's departure in free agency.

The Dolphins wouldn't need to mess with players such as Faggins.

The idea would be to allow Allen, who is 25 and entering his fourth NFL season, to finally fulfill the promise of his size and draft status. But the signing of Eric Green, the flirtation with Faggins and the probable selection of a rookie CB in the coming draft leads to the conclusion the club has zero confidence in what Allen offers.

In fact, the only time the coaches under Bill Parcells seemed to have any confidence in Allen is when they didn't really know him. Remember he was handed the starting free safety job at the start of training camp last year. Of course, this is when coaches were still learning what players could do.

Once practices and scrimmages and preseason games began, coaches saw they made a mistake and Allen got shelved. Coaches had seen what they needed to see. Then Allen was moved to cornerback. And forced into the lineup as the starting nickel or dime package corner, Allen lasted only one game before getting shelved again. He finished the season primarily as a special teams grunt. This guy was the 16th overall selection of the 2006 draft!

Now, with a glaring need at cornerback, the Dolphins are seeking answers among mediocre free agent vets. Allen may still get an opportunity to compete in training camp -- but that feels like it will be more like a battle for a roster spot than an attempt to become a starter.]

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I agree Marcus and J-P. People seem to ignore all the good stuff and progress J. Allen made. I seem to remember early in the very game that people keep saying he got burned on (covering Moss), him causing an interception that another DB(was it will allen) capitalized upon. Maybe he broke hi hand then and struggle the rest of the game. What you said was misleading Mando. He broke his hand and thats why he was out and then he lost the job. And werent you on his tip, MAndo...and I quiote "this kid is always around the ball!" Lets just see what happens, Mando.

THE NAME SAYS IT ALL THIS ONE I LIKE

AND IT's THE AFC EAST CHAMPS GO BE LIKE MIKE NOT ME HI HATERS

COME ON FIN FANS THIS ONE I GOT AFTER THE PATRON KICKED IN.

Would you like a job on my staff NYSCOTT?

Mandos form of "journalism" and utter lack of Football knowledge has allowed this site to become laughable and only one or two people here have common football sense so if you ever need a job just let me know.

I love faggens especially when he wears overalls and a straw hat . GIT-R-DONE !

LET's FACE IT WILL SUCKS AND HE's OUR BEST BACK AND THAT SUCKS

If anything, I suppose signing Faggins would add more depth to the secondary. The issue obviously, is finding a starting CB to pair with Will Allen who won't get exposed play after play. The draft will net the Fins a solid young prospect, but whoever that may be won't be good enough right away to just be plugged in. Seems like we're looking at a CB-by-committee approach opposite Will Allen. Good grief!

p.s. Jason Allen must be the dumbest player on the squad. The guy has all these physical advantages (6'1, 200 lbs., speed), but he constantly gets broken down in coverage so if it ain't a physical thing, it must be mental. The guy's psyche is made of glass!

C'mon. Wake up and be realistic. Last year was a fluke. We will be .500 at best this year, and you all know it. It doesn't matter who we get at this point, whoever it is is unproven or a mediocre cast-off from another team. The big "fish" got away from us in FA. I mean, we all root hard and wish for a Super Bowl, but in the end we don't have the talent. It's better to be pleasantly surprised than extremely disappointed. Don't set the bar so high, and you'll feel better during and after the season.

Nathain, Ian not a jets fan nor a pats fan ,but i do like the air breathing swiming mammals, my 1st true team would sound rather strange so i just wont say at this moment.

AFTER TAKING TIME TO LOOK AT A FEW DRAFT PICKS I SEE THE DOLPHINS GOING A BUNCH OF DIFFERENT WAYS. WITH NEEDS IN DIFFERENT SPOTS. LETS TALK CB , I HEARD DAVIS AND SMITH MIGHT BE AROUND SMITH IS SO THEY SAY A 2ND ROUNDER BUT THEY DON'T MEASURE HEART BUT BOTH MEN HAVE IT BUT THE SLIGHT EDGE GOES TO SMITH BECAUSE HE ALSO PLAYED WR AND HAVE MUCH BETTER BODY CONTROL AND MUCH BETTER HANDS. NO STARS BUT SOLID CB's. WR's DEPENDS ON WHO's THERE BUT IT ALSO DEPENDS. ON YOUR TASTE OF WR's FOR ME I LIKE BIG AND FAST SO MY FAVORITE IS HEY-BEY-BEY. BUT AFTER LOOKING AT THEM ALL NICKS,HARVEY,BRITT I REALLY DON'T CARE BEST WR DRAFT IN YEARS. BEST HANDS NICKS. BEST SPEED HEY-BEY-BEY,GAME BREAKER FLORIDA's OWN AND IF YOU WANT A BIG PHYSICAL YOU GO BRITT I LOVE THEM ALL BUT THER's NO WAY THEY DON'T GO EITHER OR 1 AND 2

And Your right about the pats, it is remarkable what the've accomplished(even if they cheated a couple times)

H=LL WITH THAT ALWAYS SHOOT FOR THE STARS

Faggins is just another guy. Come on, we need players!

The last shut down corner in the NFL was "Primetime". The closest thing now is the guy in Oakland. Other than that you better have a pass rush cuz with the talent level and all the new rules in the NFL, "shutdown dbs" do not exist.
Todays game is won at the line. Get to the QB, then you have a secondary. I thought this was made obvious during the Pats/Giants supberbowl. Who were the Giants dbs???

Billy P,,,,,,if you know how to wash dishes ,i have an opening for you 7 days a week,so if you are interested let me know.btw you will get a cabbage meal twice a day w/pink beans.

Menace, the only thing that your the chief executive officer of is Uranus. Yuk, yuk, yuk... "what a mental patient." PS: The line is, Get your "stinkin" paws off me, you damn dirty ape. The operative word being stinkin. Sort of like what your breath must be doing.

i see us trading out of 25th pick w nyg because we are acting like we want wr harvin.
we will go 1cb,2a ng,2b olb, 3og, 4cb, 5a t,
5b ng 6 wr, 7a dt 7b cb

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