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Antrel Rolle loves idea of joining the Dolphins

The Pro Bowl squads have finished their walk-thru before tomorrow's game and I had the opportunity to catch up with a player who has his eyes set on playing for the Dolphins:

Free safety Antrel Rolle.

Rolle, a former University of Miami star in the Pro Bowl for the first time, is in a sort of limbo right now because the Cardinals are scheduled to pay him $12.1 million in salary and a bonus in 2010. The idea behind having such a whopping figure in the final year of Rolle's contract is to force both sides to renegotiate a new deal or simply cut ties.

And while Rolle insists he loves the Cardinals, he also loves the idea of playing for the Dolphins in South Florida, where he grew up, played at South Dade High and The U.

"That would be nice," Rolle told me. "You know what I mean. I would love to take some of the burden off of mom and dad seeing as they travel to every game. Miami is home for me. I haven't played here in five years, but hey, we can make it happen."

Rolle repeated that his parent fly across country to every game he plays. That's 16 weeks of travel and he'd like to lighten their burden by giving them eight home games in Miami.

"I'm still a Cardinal right now, you know," he said. "I don't know what's going to happen. But I love the Cardinals and their organization. I've been good to them and they've been great to me also. Let's just see what plays out.

"I don't know what's going to play out. They haven't given me any indication. I know they want to keep me there. We're trying to keep our franchise together, but I don't know what they're thinking right now."

What Rolle is thinking is that if the Cardinals decide not to pay him his $12 million and release him he will be on the open market. And the first place he will look is Miami. It is important enough a topic to him that he has studied Miami's personnel situation at free safety and is aware Gibril Wilson was something of a bust last year and could be cut when the league year begins anew in March.

"I'm more than aware," Rolle told me.

This season Rolle had 72 tackles, four interceptions, eight passes defensed, one forced fumble and 1.5 sacks. Wilson had 91 tackles, eight passes defensed and one sack. He had no interceptions and caused no other turnovers. 

Rolle, who lives in Homestead in the offseason, is not completely disconnected from the Cardinals yet. He said Kurt Warner's retirement was "bittersweet."

"I'm happy for him," Rolle said, "But he's defintely going to be missed. He's one of the persons that has been my inspiration and one of the leaders I've looked to."

Matt Leinart is expected to take over for Warner.

"Leinert, I think his time is up right now," Rolle said. "It's time for him to produce and be the player that Matt knows he can be and the player we all know he can be. We're going to be behind him 100 percent of the way and I think he'll do a good job there."

Assuming Rolle is there with Leinert. Big assumption.


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And it is me. Just using the app - the one I'm sure everyone bought. Lol

back when I was pledging they called me that. Took me a while to figure it out.

Dear Dick Nibbler, WRONG WRONG FAIL

To funny richard.....

Mando, I know height isn't as big a deal to me as some, I just think it's te areas of concern I mentioned. Playing more than the role of strictly pass rusher. We already have a guy like that in Cam Wake. To the Crowder haters, put him in the field with a guy like Weatherspoon, Wake, and a Graham or Kindle or one of those, guys who make the huge plays, and I think Channing plays even better. Good complimentary player

By the way, working today but really enjoying this blog today....informative and enjoyable

Sounds like Mando, the tone and all.

I would just like to see one NFL throw by tebow. And don't mention a 8 yard curl, there are guys still in high school who can make that throw.

They always want to talk draft and players as long as we agree with them.

That's the people I despise. Is it so hard to just ignore something you don't agree with? Or if you choose to disagree for the record can you do it like a civilized human being? Not like the animals that patrol this thread.

Bootang . i agree on the crowder point.

All I'm saying is I've seen him rush. I've seen him defend the run. That instantly makes him a good wolb. Can he cover too? I don't know. But he looks quick. Looks like he can run. I'm just pitting it out there.

Bobbyd12 , i'm glad your enjoying my live blog. welcome aboard and feel free to give your opinions. LOL !!! :)

The South can’t stop fumbling.

Mandi, I LOVE Graham, he could be in MIA and I would be excited

" pitting it out there : ???? that's not armando.

Cody has looked good too. I hope he loses weight by the combine

Wow mccluster is not that good he's fast but fumbles the ball and goes down way too easy

The only QB not to make at least one great pass today has been Tebow. Don't wanna beat a dead horse, but he just doesn't have it

That's going to cost McCluster some money in draft standing.

And another point re: Brandon Graham. As a DE, being 6'1 is a big problem. As a 3-4 OLB - not so much.

And Bootang, I agree completely about Channing Crowder. he is a force in run defense. pair him with a guy like Weatherspoon inside that can cover all over the field and an OLB that can rush the passer and that's a fine unit.

poor coverage but nice catch gylyard


It's the iPhone keyboard NJ

McCluster looking real small today

I and the U are close on the board NJ, He sounds like Mando, He phrases statements as questions.

mark , right !!

This is like watching the coledge version of the phins

LOL wildcat I've been thinking the same thing.

C'mon PO. LOL !!

North running inside on Mt Cody.

B Graham would be a godsend to Miami as a 2nd rder. Any chance Miami moves down and gets both Weatherspoon and Graham?

I know he is tiny but Jacoby Ford has always been a great player to watch. McCluster is just to small for the NFL. Imagine if Ray Lewis had hit him instead of some senior. He would of had to of been scraped off the field with a spatula.

I'm talking graham as WOLB not a DE. Let me prove it's me:

Dolphins need WRs!

1 more qt before we go into football withdrawals for about a month until the combines in late feb.


great defensive stand

No tellin CM.....

LMAO @ MENACE !!!!! still ????

Mark , no chance !!! sorry lol

Too good to be true to get weatherspoon and Graham. Remember, there's also Hughes, kindle, sapp, Sheffield, so manygood OLB options

Good throw by tebow

You guys must remember Parcells likes Michigan guys.

I agree Jacoby Ford > Dexter McCluster. Ford is faster and stronger.

Menace, here's what u tell ur girl...go grab me a beer, make me a sandwich and don't worry about East-West dividing lines

See NJ,

He phrases statements as questions.

tebow had problems handling the ball all week.

Po , you're to gulible. you want to by the george washinton bridge ???? LOL !!!

good advice by bobbyd12.

Sign him up.

Good damn throw....

For u guys with iPhones, real time profootball is a great app. Especially the 'press' part of it. Must have for football fans

This game reminds me of the last three games I watched the Dolphins play

Gylyard , has redeemed himself.

Tebow 3:16 says NFL Bust. this guy is garbage.

Mando, I thought of the Michigan bloodlines before. Graham worked for 2 years against Jake Long. That will come into play.

Gilyard again. Stop doubting NJ!

How much ya selling it for?

Oh yeah,Be for I buy, can ya fish of it?


You don't want that George Washington Bridge... it probably covered in snow right now... I can make a real good deal for you on the 7-mile bridge in the keys, very nice this time of year

It seems like this years draft options at WR is the year of the 5'11's. Who do you all project as a potential number 1 between Tate, Gilyard and Shipley??? Are they all to short???


Sounds good carlito, better fishin down there.

Tebow is GARBAGE!!!!

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