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What about (fill in name here) for Dolphins?

The last couple of days have served to fill up my Outlook box in Microsoft because many readers want to know what the chances are of Miami signing this veteran or that veteran, this aging receiver here, or that overpriced cornerback there, or possibly even that complaining quarterback over yonder.

So rather than spend an hour replying individually to everyone's e-mails on a day off, I figured I'd just work five minutes on here to answer everyone's questions in one fell swoop. [Blog effeciency note: 'Tis better to work five minutes than 60 minutes on a day off.]

Below you'll find the names of some veterans released or generally considered available via trade. And you'll find my take on whether the Dolphins will show interest or not. I have asked specifiically about some of these players. Others, I've not asked about and will tell you I haven't. But I have a guesstimate as to Miami's interest and will share that.

OK, here we go:

WR Torry Holt: The man nicknamed "Big Game" had his string of eight, count 'em, eight consecutive 1,000-yard receiving seasons broken in 2008 when he caught 64 passes for 796 yards. He also had a career low three TD receptions. And his average per reception, on the decline in three of the past four years, was at a career low 12.4 yards per catch. I have not asked about Holt because the timing isn't right for him to join the Dolphins. Let's face it, the Dolphins are going to draft a receiver. If this was May rather than March and Miami already had failed to come out of the draft with a receiver, this would be more of a possibility. But Miami is intent on adding youth and vibrancy and future potential to the receiver corps. Holt is none of those.

The Dolphins are going to take only five, and sometimes four, receivers to the game, as Tony Sparano would say. After Ted Ginn Jr., Davone Bess, Greg Camarillo and Brandon London (for special teams), there isn't a lot of roster room for a soon-to-be 33-year-old declining player, who doesn't play special teams, and probably wants to maximize his final chance at a contract. Other teams such as San Francisco, Pittsburgh or either New York team would be a better fit for Holt.

One more thing about Holt that all but erases his chances of playing for Miami. You recall last season's game between the Rams and Dolphins? At one point, late in the game, the Rams had the ball with a chance to win if they could author a touchdown drive. Throwing the ball on every down, the Rams scored a couple of first downs, but surprisingly, Holt was on the sideline at that time. In the game's most important moment, Holt took himself out of the game! He was not injured and he was not ordered to come out, I confirmed later. I asked cornerback Andre' Goodman what he made of Holt and Goodman told me he was surprised and that he had seen no fire in Holt's face all game long. That is not the reputation Holt carried throughout his previous 10 seasons. But it definitely is not the type of response or example the Dolphins need for their young receiver corps.

CB Pacman Jones: You guys that think this is a fit are simply trippin'. I know Adam Jones, as he supposedly goes by now, did an interview with Foxsports.com to rehabilitate his reputation. But that doesn't mean he's rehabilitated. What he is is a player three years removed from a good season. He is a guy who sat out all of 2007 on suspension, missed parts of 2008 because of another suspension, and is one misstep from another suspension. Oh, and he's not that good anymore. When he did play in 2008, he wasn't able to lock down many receivers, much less a starting job. He started six times in nine games, but that was only because the Cowboys were depleted at cornerback and they really had no other options. Bill Parcells, by the way, is a big believer in not hiring thugs. He hates the fact some of his players go to clubs because he believes nothing good ever comes out of those visits. He has told his players as much. So you think Parcells is then going to sign a player known for embracing the thug lifestyle and visiting all sorts of clubs, particularly ones with the word, "strip," in front of it? Stop it. Just stop it. 

QB Jay Cutler. Hmmmm. Very interesting. It is clear the Pro Bowl quarterback is on the outs in Denver. The Broncos considered trading him because Josh McDaniels is the new coach and the new coach apparently doesn't feel quite comfortable with the old coach's quarterback. And the old quarterback doesn't necessarily like the new coach, as every meeting between the two worsens a bad situation. So I look for Cutler, who is already selling his home in Denver, to be traded by draft day. Cutler would be an upgrade for the Dolphins. He's better than Chad Pennington. He's proven and Chad Henne is not. The guy took a team with no defense and no running game into the final game of the season with a chance to win the AFC West. That's how good he is.

But he would not come cheap. The Broncos would want a first-round pick for him along with other considerations. It's the other considerations that cloud the picture. If Denver wants two first round picks, that eliminates Miami because the need isn't big enough to justify the move. Other teams such as the Jets, Vikings, Houston, San Francisco, and St. Louis would pull the trigger on a such a deal before Miami ever would. So the chances of this happening in Miami are slim. But to dismiss those chances as impossible is wrong also.

CB Chris McAlister: His agent made a pitch to the Dolphins about signing McAlister but as of this morning, the Dolphins had not shown interest. I am thinking the signing of Eric Green to a two-year contract with base salaries of $1.2 million in 2009 and $1.625 million in 2010 sends a clear signal of Miami's intentions at cornerback:

The Dolphins will give Green the opportunity to compete for a starting job this season and maybe next. But they intend to bring in an early draft pick this year with the hope that rookie also competes for the same starting job. Would McAlister have been a better veteran option than Green? I think so, particularly since Green isn't being veiwed as the long-term solution. But I don't make these decisions and the Dolphins know more about these players than I ever could. So I don't think McAlister is in the picture now. 

DE/OLB Jason Taylor: As I've reported first and exclusively, the Dolphins have not closed the door on a JT sequel. Given the right circumstances, Bill Parcells would love the addition of a proven pass-rush threat that he believes would bring double-digit sacks to the team in 2009. But ...

The window of opportunity is closing. The Dolphins are scheduled to begin their offseason conditioning program March 30 and if Taylor wants to wear the aqua and orange again, he would have to fully commit to being part of that program from the start, and indeed, being a star in that program. I am not sure Taylor wants to make that commitment.

There is also the small issue of MONEY. The Dolphins are not able at the moment to give Taylor the two-year, $10-14 million deal he could probably get elsewhere. They could pay him excellent money, no doubt, but not premium money. So as Miami would welcome JT back under the right circumstances, it would be up to JT to decide if those circumstances suit him.

If he's about getting the biggest payday possible, he won't play in Miami. If he's about taking a vacation until training camp opens, he won't play in Miami.

But if he wants to return home, work his tail off in the conditioning program to prepare for a comeback season, be driven by something other than the biggest available paycheck, and play with a competitive and up-and-coming team, then Miami is his answer.

OK, my five minutes are up. Discuss at will ...

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CUBAN menace,I agree with you in every point and also i agree about M.Ali from last night post. one question i need answer for is this,these fin fans how they are going to react to fat neck Henne when he starts delivering few interceptions and seeing his demise before their eyes?

Ok, what do you think about trading Camarillo, a 2nd rounder, and 7th rounder for Anquan Boldin....I don't believe in trading picks either, but come on this guy can give you a thousand yards easy and he is 28, about 6'3....I mean he is what Miami needs...

Plus I would jump right on JT for the sequel...Finish his career in Miami...I believe he would give a home town discount to be honest...Armando, 2 year 10-14 Mil deal??? For a guy who will be 35...Uhh nooo...No one is paying that money...I would give him 2 Years at 9 miliion and he would be lucky to come to the Phins again, finish his career here and leave with his head up, we need him, but he needs us more...

What about Cutler? Honestly If the broncos would be willing to take a second rounder, either pennington or Henne, and maybe another throw in player, I would absolutely pull the trigger, the guy is legit, cannon arm, and he is only 26...he can still learn, and under this coaching staff, he should learn fast....I would especially pull the trigger on this deal if the Anquan Boldin deal is made...Imagine Ginn and Boldin at WR being thrown to by Cutler...explosive...so what if we have to give up both of our second rounders and a good QB and a good WR...it is worth it, because its like an upgrade...

Peppers for a second rounder the patriots are reportedly asking for, easyyyy....If we don't get JT, I suggest the phins jump on it, offer a little more and get him before the patriots woop us up and down the field....

Well those are my two cents...In truth, Holt, Pacman (LOL), and Macalister are not worth it...all have declined and would not come to the dolphins price range but I think mcalister is the most attractive, signing eric green was a mistake...


In the end, I would trade any picks necessary excluding a first, and any good peices (camarillo, bess, ricky, pennington, henne) to acquire Cutler and Boldin, and sign JT....That would make us legit and make the offseason a success....and plus the draft, the fins would be set for a good 2009 season...

Tony shoes, spot on bro, guy has a GUN ...he'll Fit right in dade county where 9 out of 10 are straping heat.

i have news for you fin fans .......peppers is comin to new england this week to eat some CLAM SHOWDER AND BAKED BEANS.one more reason for you to PANIC,

Tony shoes, spot on bro, guy has a GUN ...he'll Fit right in dade county where 9 out of 10 are straping heat.

Ok, what do you think about trading Camarillo, a 2nd rounder, and 7th rounder for Anquan Boldin....I don't believe in trading picks either, but come on this guy can give you a thousand yards easy and he is 28, about 6'3....I mean he is what Miami needs...

Plus I would jump right on JT for the sequel...Finish his career in Miami...I believe he would give a home town discount to be honest...Armando, 2 year 10-14 Mil deal??? For a guy who will be 35...Uhh nooo...No one is paying that money...I would give him 2 Years at 9 miliion and he would be lucky to come to the Phins again, finish his career here and leave with his head up, we need him, but he needs us more...

What about Cutler? Honestly If the broncos would be willing to take a second rounder, either pennington or Henne, and maybe another throw in player, I would absolutely pull the trigger, the guy is legit, cannon arm, and he is only 26...he can still learn, and under this coaching staff, he should learn fast....I would especially pull the trigger on this deal if the Anquan Boldin deal is made...Imagine Ginn and Boldin at WR being thrown to by Cutler...explosive...so what if we have to give up both of our second rounders and a good QB and a good WR...it is worth it, because its like an upgrade...

Peppers for a second rounder the patriots are reportedly asking for, easyyyy....If we don't get JT, I suggest the phins jump on it, offer a little more and get him before the patriots woop us up and down the field....

Well those are my two cents...In truth, Holt, Pacman (LOL), and Macalister are not worth it...all have declined and would not come to the dolphins price range but I think mcalister is the most attractive, signing eric green was a mistake...


In the end, I would trade any picks necessary excluding a first, and any good peices (camarillo, bess, ricky, pennington, henne) to acquire Cutler and Boldin, and sign JT....That would make us legit and make the offseason a success....and plus the draft, the fins would be set for a good 2009 season...

JT for right price -- OK, I'd welcome him back. But, Jay Cutler has very mediocre numbers and is nothing but a punk. Let someone else overspend on him...

Kenny Britt
Kenny Britt
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As a Dolphin fan it really sucks to see how quick you guys turn on your own. Get real some cry baby crying over a team mentioning trading him is ready to leave his teammates behind. That alone shows he's no team player. Shows he thinks he's bigger than the game. Kinda sounds like T. O. But since Bills got him its a different story.

Penn is biggest reason for that division championship most of you brag on. Anybody ready to throw him under the bus then I guess you're a traitor too.

Before you give me that crap bout those ints in playoff game let's remember a few things. The whole season his td to int ratio was one of the tops in the league. Seeing how he doesn't call the plays isn't it more on the coaches calling plays with deep routes. Balt was playing off the whole game giving us all the under 10yd stuff. How many ints did he have on those throws. NONE!! So why continue to try to force it down field. That be a good question for the coaches. The Wildcat we ran what 3 times for around 15 yards. Guess that was CPenn fault too.

Peace I'm out of here. Bunch of traitor so called fans

Patsfan, If mia. lucky enough to get cutler, they wont have to see the fat neck freak throw ints, denver will witness the ints.(there use to it already)but then again, atlanta traded britt farve to green bay so who knows, all i know is ive got no beer in the house and iam off work tommarrow, so i gotta dip for a few, like gen. d. mccarthur once said(i shell return)..

NYScott you got the wrong guy.I think you are refferring to someone underthe name of Dolfin4life. I dont complain, I observe, enjoy, and look forward to smart ethical decisions.

miami needs a big play wide out to open up that wild cat. and some pass rush on the other side of joey and where good. chad can get us there,but teams got to respect our passing game to drop that saftey out of the box.that makes a better run lanes for the wildcat.

One thing you gotta admit that cardiac fan has heart...

One thing you gotta admit that cardiac fan has heart...

One thing you gotta admit that cardiac fan has heart...

I See chad(neck fat) henne after his football career ends joining the circus, where he'll be in the sideshow along with jojo the dog face boy and the bearded lady.

Cardiac fan, no one is throwing Pennington under the bus. He had a hell of a year last year, a career year in fact. Still, Cutler would be an upgrade, a smart upgrade at that. Cutler is younger, more athletic, stronger arm, and cocky as hell. Gotta love those qualities in a Pro Bowl caliber QB. Yeah, Cutler has issues but you mean to tell me Parcells and Co. couldn't set him straight within the first meeting? The league is all about improving and winning, not about loyalty, sorry to say. Pennington was great for us last year, but do you honestly see Pennington leading the Fins to a Super Bowl? Or being as good as he was last year for the next 2-3 years? Gimme a break, this league is all about the bottom line. The bottom line is Cutler has a cannon arm, allowing him to launch the deep ball with ease. That also happens to be Pennington's biggest weakness. What's the point of having Ginn or any speedy receiver on the outside if you can't exploit their speed advantage?

It's all about getting bigger, faster, stronger. Cutler would do that for the Fins, and for a lot longer than Pennington will.

I think we should trade wilford and a cond 7th round pick for cutler . Thoughts ?

Damn , I Forgotto sign in.

Damn, , I forgot again.

how about peppers and taylor together up front. boldin, harrison, or holt take your pick, to teach the young receivers how to play some real football and get open once and awhile. because miami wr core needs to improve and oh yeah get cutler remember the playoffs 4 ints. not a way to win in the playoffs. miami is losing the off season already to buffalo,jets and new england they are busy improving there teams now. they ain't waiting for rookies to develop. the season has already started.

Jason Taylor could come back to Miami but first the Tuna would have to leave and the Phins would have to return to their losing ways. Great idea.

Gabevaldez

Read my post from lastnight@10:41pm. Explains a lil bout those 4ints you talking bout.

Far as Peppers he's on his way to NE too. Its ok thou Long held his own late in the game at the probowl. Sametime Cutler took over for AFC and lead them to VICTORY!!!!Cutler is the man. He lead Denver to the Div tittle lastyear chasing down SanDeigo. Yeah SanDeigo got same problem we got. Just a smart accurate qb that can't throw deep. I take a gunslinger like Cutler that got the balls to make those throws. Go Cutler!!!

Jay Cutler 2008 QB rating - 86.0
Jay Cutler Career Qb rating - 87.1

Chad Pennington 2008 Qb rating - 97.4
Chad P. Career Qb rating - 90.6

enough said

What ever the Dolphins decide to do they need to do it fast. The Jets, Bills and Patriots are adding depth to their roster with decent veteran players. Miami is going to be fighting for last in the division.

You guys kill me...The Dolphins said all along not to expect them to make big moves in free agency and to build through the draft...let them do their jobs before you scream the sky is falling

The Jets have no qb, no receivers, and their new d is over-rated...The Bills have a bad o-line, no defense, and a diva reciva...The Pats have Brady coming back as a question mark and they have signed alot of old vets...

Dolphins will be competing with the pats for 1st place while the Jills and Paper Airplanes fight it out for last place

Cutler and Taylor are the only guys that I think are an option. I don't think you should ever pass up the oppurtunity to get a young franchise qb. It is the most important position on a football team. Getting him sets us up for the next 10 years. He's definitely worth a 1st rounder, but not two. If we could package the 1st round pick with Pennington we would clear up most of the cap space for signing Cutler. I hardly ever suggest trades, so I don't know if that is feasible. However, we get our future starting qb and Broncos get a temporary solution for their qb situation while, getting our most valuable draft pick aswell. It seems fair.

Taylor is exactly what we need on the outside, except he's old. Don't forget, his best year was in the 3-4 when they were moving him around. With Joey Porter on the other end it would be tough for teams to account for both of them. But, as Mando said, he would need to sign at a substancial discount and come in and practice early.

I also vote none of the above. One more thing, some of you must have trouble with short term memory. Jason "the traitor" Taylor?

No, to all of those except JT ... but that's for sentimental reasons ... if we could get him on the cheap ... take him. Holt would be a good stop-gap at WR and as a mentor.

Absolutely NO to Cutler. The guy is a head case. And the only thing stat-wise he is better at than PEnnington is his age. His INTs were 3x as high, his QB rating was lower, his completion percentage was lower. He had more yards, but he threw the ball 150 times more than CP ... plus he's got better WRs.

WOW! Jason Taylor is a free agent and we haven't signed him yet? We're giving 14 million guaranteed to Grove but we can't get Taylor? He fits perfect into our scheme. Besides, one needs a strong pass rusher team to have a chance against the Patriots. (NY Giants 07)

As for Cutler... YOU DON'T PASS ON A FRANCHISE QB!!! Besides, the signing of Taylor would leave us with only 2 holes to fill in the draft. WR and CB. Both of which could be filled in the 2nd round.


44. Brian Robiski WR
56. Sean Smith CB
87. Pat White (wild cat/special teams)

I dont see any of those players going to miami. I believe miami might sign 1 more free agent and that stock up in the draft. Bill is not a quick fix guy from what i've seen. I wouldn't mind a vet receiver coming in for a season like an amani toomer to help out our young crop of wide outs

If the kid they signed out of Canada isn't going to cut it then make a move for Taylor. Otherwise, I'd leave well enough alone.

Holt will want huge money so again it's a no go. I'm guessing his fire would come back once he's on a winning team again. So if he's willing to sign on the cheap I say do it. If I were Holt I'd sign with Indy.

McAlister would have been a better signing than Green. Especially if the plan is to let Green go in 2 years; however, Green could develop into a dominate corner in the next two years and get resigned.

Cutler...IDK. I think Henne is going to be the man once he gets his time to shine. He's learning how to be a professional from Pennington and I think it will eventualy seperate him from Cutler.

Adam Jones: LOL

Good work Mando - that was a lot of output for 5minutes effort.

This response took me four minutes and I have nothing to say!

Cutler a better quarterback than Pennington? Could be , but who's better for the Dolphins?

Seems to me Chad and the lowly Dolphins were able to beat the Great Jay Cutler IN Denver!

When Cutler came out of college I was hopeful the Dolphins would draft him. Watching him for four years , I'll take Pennington on THIS team.

A strong armed quarterback is but ONE way to win a football game , but not the only or ultimate way!

What about Ken Lucas? Any chance that the Trifecta give him a shot? I know he's an elder statesman, but he's got to be better than Green...

As good of a leader chad is and as good of a year that he had he will never win you a superbowl.

Mando:
I dont agree with you on J.T. I think He wants one more year to play football. His family wants to stay in miami where they have lived at for 12 years. If it was about the money he would have stayed in washington. But it isnt about the money anymore for Jason. He wants to be with his family as much as possible. In Fact, I bet taylor would play in miami cheaper than anyone thinks, just because he lives there, and he could see his family daily. Trust me, it is not about the cash anymore for jason, So Mr. Tuna, if you read this, Jason Taylor wants to stay in Miami, He wants to Have his jersey retired, so please make him a deal.

Love the way you analyze Fins player/personnel situations. Keep talkin Fins every day cause nothin else matters in S. Fla. JT is our best bet at getting healthy at cornerback. We need the dual threat (maybe triple threat) of JT, Porter, and the Canadian. Buffalo receivers are going to move the ball on us unless somebody besides Porter puts pressure on the QB.

What about Aquain Bolden we need a hard nosed reciever that has sure hands put him on the other side of our young recievers and we have a room to get better LINEMEN or SECONDARY in the draft. LETS GO DOLPHINS

I say &*%$ Taylor. Do you not remember him bailing on the Dolphins not too long ago, starting mid 2007 season. Has noone realized we picked up Cameron Wake from the CFL. I know he was drafted and released by the Giants his rookie season, but he was defensive player of the year his two seasons in Canada with 39.5 sacks. I know it's Canada, but &*$@, we loved to see Ricky come back.
Let's roll with Pennington, he fits the short game system the Dolphins implement and we don't have a receiving corps to fit Cutler. Henne will be ready when the time comes.

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