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Ireland defends Wilson, suggests he's staying

Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland just finished speaking with the media and the most interesting thing from the talk, in my opinion, was his whole-hearted defense of Gibril Wilson and suggestion the free safety will remain with the Dolphins in 2010.

Ireland was asked if Wilson took too much of the blame for the troubles of the defense in 2009.

"He's playing a position with two young corners," Ireland said. "A lot of things you would try to blame on him ... those weren't always his fault. We have our evaluation of Gibril Wilson. We know what kind of player he's capable of being. I think he's going to be a very good player for the future. He was disappointed in his play last year.He will tell you that. I think he can play better. We'll just have to see. I think he will."

In talking to several reporters who attended the presser, including The Herald's Jeff Darlington, the clear indication they got is that the Dolphins intend to keep Wilson.

That even as the NFL is headed toward an uncapped year and cutting Wilson after March 5 would not cause any salary cap issues. Wilson signed a five-year, $27.5 million deal in 2009 that included a $5 million signing bonus and a total of $8 million in guarantees. 

So what do you think?

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I'm going to accept the explanation that he was used badly last year by the defensive coordination and that Nolan this year will straighten Wilson out!

They will talk up players like Wilson, Ginn, and Thigpen in hopes they can trade them away at some point. Would be nice to trade Ginn for another 3-4 round pick, Thigpen could get us our 5th round pick back, and Wilson could get us a 3-4 round pick. Those extra picks enable us to move around in the draft to get the players we want.

Mando,

The following is a list of high paid players who may or may not be back with the team next year, at least not at current salary levels. This makes up about 30% of our payroll for last year which would give us plenty of room to sign Dansby at $8-9 mil a year and also a top wide receiver (Marshall) if Denver will accept a 2nd rounder for him.

Porter $5.5 mil
Pennington $5.7 mil
Ayodele $3.0 mil
Ferguson $4.0 mil
Ginn $2.7 mil
Wilson $4.0 mil
Torbor $3.6 mil
Smiley $3.8 mil
J Allen $5.6 mil

These guys total around $37 million give or take. I almost got sick when I saw how much Jason Allen was making. Not bad for a special teams player. The only reason I included Smiley is that he can't stay healthy which might mandate a change at OG.

I also saw that management was talking to Detroit about a Ronnie Brown plus a first round pick for Calvin Johnson. If it is next years 1st rounder, then make the trade and pick Spiller this year. Hopefully we are a playoff team next year and that will be a low first round pick. As good as he is, Brown is constantly hurt and it is a lot easier to find a good running back than an elite wide receiver. CJ is nicknamed "Megatron" for a reason, he is a freak of nature.

What do you think?

GET THIS the Phins will not land a big time free agent,on offense or defense STATUS QUO is good enough for these clowns

Am not sure am sold on using a high pick on a player that only ran 10-15 times a game in college. Is he too small to handle the carries in college? What about when he plays in the pros with huge guys?

Spiller seems like a luxury we are not in a position to take.

My thing is, you have to defend players that are currently on your roster, wether you intend to keep them or not. You wan't to try to get the most in return from that player and by saying you've lost confidence in him or saying you'll be looking for another FS, potentially lowers the market value of that player. Any potential trades you could get from him would disappear.

I don't see why they can't just let Clemons take over. The worst thing a defense can do is give up TDs. Wilson does that the most. We can't do any worse with Clemons.

Gibril Wilson = William Judson

ADAM SCHEFTER REPORTED SPECULATION DANSBY WANTS TO COME TO MIAMI!!! WOOHOO

BUT HE ALSO SAID HE WANTS TO BE ONE OF THE HIGHEST PAID LB'S IN THE NFL SOMEHWERE AROUND THE 30 MILLION MARK--- WHERE DOCTOR EVIL WHEN YOU NEED HIM LOL--

YO I WOULD LOVE TO HAVE DANSBY BUT I WOULDNT PAY THAT MUCH FOR HIM I RATHER DO IT THRU THE DRAFT

HE ALMOST WIPE US OUT COMPLETELY

HES AWESOME BUT HE IS NO RAY LEWIS

HOW MUCH DOES RAY LUIS MAKE ANYWAY??

ONE FREE AGENT SIGING ISNT EXACTLY MAKING MOVES!!

MY BAD WITH THE GRAMMAR PEEPS AND THE CAPS JUST TYPING IN A HURRY STILL AMPED FROM THE GYM

Only one word with 5 letters says it best..."T-R-B-L-E".....just Trble (In your best Charles Barkley Voice)

I personally think this is trade value talk, keeping his stock up for a hopeful trade for a late round pickup of some sorts. If we pickup a safety in the draft or pull in Darren Sharper in FA, Wilson is gone...

Still waiting on Mando to answer my question.

Please outline your top 5 positions if you were the GM of a newly created NFL team?

No way does a ILB, OLB or LB in general make your top 4. If you can answer honestly then you will see we need to TRADE that pick away for something that helps the team. A WR helps the team. A ILB only puts a band aid on a sucking chest wound.

If Wilson is starting next year then we have all over estimated the intelligence of Parcells and his staff. I for one have not been impressed. This team is not even close to a championship.

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