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Free agents on display during live blog today

NEW ORLEANS -- One reason I love covering the NFL playoffs is this is where the best teams are, thus this is where the best players are.

I'm covering the Saints and the Cardinals today and some of the players I'll be watching are the ones that could be available to the Dolphins in the coming offseason via either free agency or trade.

This list of the top free agents shows today's game includes several free agents that will be restricted (assuming no collective bargaining agreement is reached). But there will be one guy -- Arizona inside linebacker Karlos Dansby that is completely unrestricted. He is the 11th rated free agent on the Scout.com list but you'll also note he is the No. 2 unrestricted free agent (players with six or more years of experience) behind only Julius Peppers of Carolina.

Another player I will try to catch up with after today's game is Arizona WR Anquan Boldin. He isn't playing today because he's injured. But he's here and on my radar. I want to ask him if he will renew his request to be traded after this season. I want to ask him his thoughts of playing for the Dolphins. As I have reported to you in the past, the Dolphins have much respect for Boldin and would consider adding him in trade if the price is right.

We'll see what happens. 

Hopefully we'll see what happens together as I am conducting a live blog during the game. So join me here and we'll discuss the game with the community of thousands of Dolfans that regularly visit this blog.

Remember, the live blog begins at 4:30 p.m. ET. Follow me on twitter.

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This offseason will remind us of what teams did when the Texans came in as an expansion team. Teams dumped a ton of salaries to get under the cap without penalty. Obviously, there is no cap, but teams can right themselves for the future by canning some bad contracts.

I wonder who those names are?

Cards win the toss and get the ball first.

Kenny Albert and this crew SUCK as an announcing team....I would take a booth of Cefalo and Omar Kelly over these guys.

Hope this a good game.

Tim Hightower!?!?!

Is Dean Pees making the calls for the Saints?

Saints need some better D.

LOL at Wayne

Man last week it was Rice, This week it is hightower. Two weeks back to back and 150 yards on the first play of two different games.

Nice, Baltimore started out same way

I cannot help, but think of the Miami Monday Nighter with all that energy and Manning goes play action for 6. What a kick in the pants.

How didn't Marques Colston not make the Pro Bowl?

Those of you that were here for the live blog last week know we've got something of a streak going with this looong TD run on the first play bit.

Mando- I like the link for the free agency list. However, why is Ronnie Brown not on there? Omission on their part?

Ronnie Brown is not a free agent if they don't have a collective bargaining agreement.

He is signed for $5 million.

Why is Siragusa on TV?

Armando is Darren Sharper a FA and do you see Miami doing anything to sign him or Miami drafting a potential FS and allowing Culver and the player to battle it out make more sense.

Guys that is a WR

Sharper is a free agent. But they didn't make any effort to sign him last year when he was available for $750K so I doubt they make a try for him this offseason when he's one year older.

My bad, Mando. I get it...so he is not even a RFA?

Thanks.

Do you think he is back? I cannot imagine getting much value for him unless it is player for player trade. Which btw, will another interesting part of the offseason- the idea of not cap issues of player for player trades.

Bush is playing like Balls

Wow. R. Bush is runnin hard. Where the h$$l is this commin from. He's usually soft as wet tissue.

Shockey is such a doche.

Kim Kardashins ass will make you play like that.

We got ourselves a shooting match, folks.

Agree with you Wayne.

I thought Bush and Kardashian or however you spell it were no longer an item?

Looking at these playoff teams, we've got a long ways to go.

Robert,
Yeah. if you like dirty skanks.

Loooong way on offense, cocoajoe

We are in for another 51-45 matchup.

Mando do you see Miami making any attempt at interviewing Rob Ryan?

Also given Parcels history with Antonio Bryant do you see Miami trying to sign him. I have heard they have made up after the whole Dallas thing.

Keep dreaming Armando. AZ will slap a tag on Dansby. Book it.

Cocoa,
Yeah, but not that far. If we can get our D together. And a few pieces on O, we'll be right there.

VA, the rumor is that in agreeing to the be Franchise player the past two years, Dansby was given a promise not to be tagged a third year in a row.

Oooops

woops, fumbleitis.

what a shock, a loose ball in the new Orleans secondary and Sharper picks it up. That's what a true NFL free safety is supposed to do.

Rob Ryan? He's already a DC.

Mando who would you want more Dansby or Wilfork both are gonna want to be shown the money.

Armando,

You mean he's not supposed to get lost in coverage and get dragged down the field by TE's?

One guy in free agency to keep an eye on is Ben Watson of NE.

forgot to mention him.

Dansby on Colston is not a good idea.

I totally agree with Watson, but funny you have not mention Dean Pees as a possible defensive coordinator replacement.

Mando, y u so down on Fins? First u write Groh wouldn't work as DC cuz he's old school & when he signs elsewhere, you say fins I'm wrong direction by losing him?

Pees has physical issues right now.

FinFan13, yeah but we got to stop shooting ourselves in the foot. Looking at year 3 and no cap. Not much room for mistakes.

Jeremy Shockey catches a TD pass and heads for the trainer. Story of his career in many respects.

Arizona looks confused.

Armando,
Watson is a tease. Talk shows up here constantly talk about how he's "underutilized" but he's not. Brady would find him if he was consistently open. He also has his fair share of drops. Not an upgrade to Fasano IMO.

Armando I have you heard the retarded rumors of Parcels coming in to coach the defense. They are the funniest thing I have heard.

It is LOUD up in here!

That's fair, dinisa63. I think he's better than Joey Haynos, though.

Miami could have Watson-Fasano on the field instead of Fasano-Haynos.

Are you at the game Armando?

Yup, I'm at the game, beerndrums.

Cocoa,
I think you can look at it two ways.
1) no cap means less FA and rich teams will outspend everyone else. This is the bad side of no cap.
2) We can dump players like porter and wilson with no cap hit. We can spend as much as the owner is willing to, to bring in the guys we want. This is the good side.

... that's the reason I said I was going to go looking for Boldin afterwards.

Montreal,

NJ Fin Fan is mando's little lackey. Just ignore him. Pretty soon he will get drunk and fall asleep.

Who said Parcells is gonna coach the D ?

So many people are sour on Todd Bowles. He does not make me want to buy season tickets, but he is solid choice. I go by his 2008 work and he was superb. Working with 2 rookies at CB, losing Will Allen and Wilson's suckiness is not all on him.

Put it this way, IF they did have success with Wilson, Bowles should be a HC.

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