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A focus on the still lingering free safety question

There are some positions on the Dolphins that beg attention. The areas I'm talking about are unsettled, need adjusting or simply need more talent. One of the most interesting of those has been, and remains, the free safety position.

Free safety is a position that begs our attention because there are so many things going on. First, you should recognize there are "acorns," as general manager Jeff Ireland calls them, still out there that could be picked up and added to the roster.

Free agent safety Darren Sharper is not one of those guys. Sharper has two contract offers that he's considering -- one from New Orleans, one from Jacksonville. The Dolphins were not in the mix as of this morning and you should not expect them to get in the mix. Sharper, as I write this, has not been on Miami's radar all offseason so it would take a significant shift in direction for that to change at this late stage.

Sharper is an excellent player, a playmaker at safety. But Sharper is probably older (35 in November) than the type of player the Dolphins want to add to the roster now.

[UPDATE 4:41 p.m.: Sharper has agreed to a one-year deal with the Saints, according to a source close to him. Several news organization and websites, including profootballtalk.com, are reporting the same thing, citing a league source.]

There is the possibility the Dolphins might be planning to do something with O.J. Atogwe after June 1. The issue can get complicated but, in a nutshell, Atogwe is a restricted free agent who is not signing his tender. After June 1, the St. Louis Rams must extend his tender to keep him from becoming an unrestricted free agent.

But to extend the tender they must pay him 110 percent of his 2009 salary which was $6,342,021. Most observers don't see a way the Rams will extend a new tender of $6,976,223 after June 1. Atogwe simply didn't play up to that level last year after a very good year in 2008. So Atogwe may be hitting the market.

And the Dolphins might/should consider the 28-year-old as an option.

For now, the other options the Dolphins can consider are on the roster. And I would tell you the next month is important to those guys because how they perform in coming OTA sessions could impact whether the Dolphins chase an Atogwe or some other acorn in June and beyond.

That means Chris Clemons, Tyrone Culver, and Reshad Jones are on notice. They either answer the bell in May -- as much as they are allowed in Jones's case -- or the Dolphins will go looking for someone better in June and through training camp.

My feeling? Miami's 2010 starting free safety is not currently on the roster. Everything the Dolphins have done this offseason -- cut Gibril Wilson, chased Antrel Rolle and Ryan Clark, drafted Jones while seriously considering Earl Thomas -- suggests the Dolphins want to upgrade beyond Clemons and Culver.

No knock on either, those are just the facts.

Jones, by the way, is interesting in that he was all the rage during rookie camp. He visited the team priot to the draft and was thought to be a third-to-fourth round talent by many before going to the Dolphins in the fifth round. Although there have been past questions about his instincts, he has prototypical size.

"I felt him in the last couple of days," coach Tony Sparano said of Jones on the final day of the rookie camp. "He’s been around the football a bunch and made a couple of plays [Saturday] in the bubble. I think that he’s got the hardest job out there obviously because he’s got to get things lined up. I think from his standpoint it’s trying to figure things out defensively.

"We really didn’t throw as much at him defensively in this camp as we did maybe thrown at the offensive guys but we did throw a pretty good dose at him. It won’t be like when we get down the road here and he’ll be getting it fast, but, we threw a pretty good dose at him. He digested it pretty well; I thought he moved around great."

We will keep our eyes on Jones. Actually, we'll keep our eyes on all the free safety candidates -- because that's a position that if far from being settled.

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Mando is the best by far but don't discount Omar's observations, he's pretty good at it.

When a player quits on a play, it's real easy to see it. Especially when he does it more than once.

starting*

DAMN i wish i had a HOT TUB TIME MACHINE to jump str8 to the season! LOL!!!

I would like some elaboration on Omars observation.
I don't want to say too much based on second hand observations BUT............

How in the hell does a rookie go into his first NFL camp and look lazy? I mean this is your first chance to impress!
This sounds worrisome. How does this happen?

a 35 yr old proven veteran who still can make plays from a SB winning team vs a young telented but overhyped FS from a real bad team who will obviously want more $$$ than he might be worth and a longer contract.....

Geronimo

i agree dude, i too find it troubling. just the thought that jones wud slack off when there's an opportunity to come into camp and compete for an starting spot is upsetting and i hope it's not true.

CUBAN,

HOW THE FAMILY ? AND HOW'S THE DOG ?

DOLPHANKINGPETE,

I'm hoping it's not true as well.

We've had JasonGate, JerseyGate, Momma aint no HoGate, I don't think I could take a
Lazy A S S DraftPickGate!

Idiocrazy,Hmmm; the worst movie EVER, cant say honestly that it was funny cuz i was on the ohwee when i saw it and trust me when i say everything is funnier when ur stone!! and people tend to be more honest too, damn i need to put down this OHWEEE!!

There's no telling what you are going to get with Reshad Jones at this point. At UGA, he played on a really bad defense with a horrible D coordinator (Willie Martinez). The rest of the DB's he played with were a bunch of midgets so UGA's pass defense got abused a lot. He's got the size and straight line speed requirements, but I'm not sure he has the recognition skills and quickness required for the position. Ultimately we won't know until he gets into a game. I think he is better suited at strong safety. He excels in run support and can handle tight ends and running backs in coverage.

My bet is that Culver starts at free safety in our first game. If he can't handle it, then look for Sean Smith to get moved to free safety. It's probably a more natural fit for him anyways.

Idiocracy was great. Reminds me of the bloggers here

SMELL LIKE TUNA,

mark my words, no way is sean smith gonna play safety. check this, u cud make a great living in the NFL (and u cud quote me on this)"being a soft corner(deon sanders), but he wud'nt make it playing safety cus his assignments changes completely! u thought gerbil(yes gerbil) looked bad last year, u wud'nt wanna see what sean would look like back there trying to tackle backs and tight ends coming at him full trottle. it takes more than ball skills to play free safety dude, trust me!

Beef Supreme ruled....

Jones played FS. Period. He was and is a FS.
He filled in at SS because of an injury to another player.
A couple of erroneous "draft insider" reports and one mistaken talking head and Reshad Jones is better suited at SS. Alrighty then.........

Sean Smith to FS? DOLPHINKINGPETE we got another one on the OHWEEE!!
Every team needs at least 3 good quality CB's The third corner usually plays nickle and is there for depth.
We use a first and second round pick on CB's add in Will Allen and we're finally set at CB. Hey I've got an idea! Since we used 2 picks in the last 2 drafts on safties, let's move one of our CB's to safety.

NYScott did you actually poke fun at a guy saying Atogwe was old at 28. Saying he was a teenager and then followed up by saying it actually starting going downhill at 33! Hmmm are you showing your age.

Marc,

I heard the of the Devil wearing Prada, but
F U C K me pumps and mini-skirts............

CUBAN,

WHAT DID YOU THINK OF THE FIGHT BETWEEN ARMANDO AND NJ PHIN ?

That's what your wife wanted me to wear while I violated all her holes Geronimo...Pictures are on her phone

Marc,

Wrong again you duschebag. PriceMaster ain't my wife.

I'm pretty sure it was her. She kept yelling "Geronimo" every time I bottomed out in her pooper, then I'd have to put it in her mouth to shut her up...

Geronimo.. I do not believe you are right. Yes Will Allen and Sean Smith are corners.. but Will is coming off a terrible ACL injury and Sean Smith was just not that fast last year making old Randy Moss look good when he scored. Either way we need another corner not a FS! Will Allen is a proven CB and we are paying him big bucks to be #1 guy so he is not going anywhere!! Sean Smith is young and could be moved to FS where his height and athletic ability could potentially turn him into a Sean Taylor type player!! He can gain more muscle and get stronger to help with the big hits! more muscle will slow him down but allow him to fill his body better and take the blows. Jason Allen can cover nickel just fine. We do not have a FS that is proven on the roster. I highly doubt Jones is going to step in and make an immediate impact in anything but special teams. Culiver and Clemons are 5 rounders too and just dont have the it factor... Antrel Rolle came to the league as a corner and got beat repeatedly. Now he is the highest paid FS in the league!! I think that Smith can do the same. Knowing that the dolphins love to be innovative and more DE to Linebackers and DT to NT. I would not put it past them!

I cant agree that IDIOCRAZY was a great movie but the highlight for me was seeing SCARFACE trying to act. HE SHUD REALLY STICK TO RAPPING!!

is there any update on Ronnie Breezy, will he be ready for the season or what? we need our two headed monster to be at full strength to have a good start to our season, hope he's on schedule coming off that freak injury which got him the label as being injured prone.

say what u may but defenses has to respect breezy cuz he's still our best option at his position. dude runs with alot of power and has big body to take alot of beating.

Marc, Geronimo, PLZ, there are children present on this blog, we dont need to feed any more ammo to youngens like ALoco whos lurking, Probably taking notes*lol*

Did that guy just compare SEAN SMITH's sorry tail to SEAN TAYLOR? Sean Taylor was a BEAST! I'm done with this. Outrageous

Marc,

Ewwwwwwwww....................

You're a little too out there for me. You have some sick desires man
well......ah......then again you are the self admitted transvestite.

I guess that explains the fascination with poopers :)

Geronimo, Marc cant help it, he was taught in a all boys Roman Catholic school....

miamitomol13,

Vontae Davis more so than Sean Smith both stepped in right away and contributed big time.
There's no reason why Clemons or Jones can't do the same thing.
I know everybody loves Davis so I'll probably get some flak for this. Smith took a little longer adapting to the NFL. Now that he's had a season to get his feet under him, he's going to shine. He's got height and ballskills better than Davis or Allen. Smith will be the best corner we have and very soon.
He ain't moving to FS.

MARC AND GERONIMO.........PLEASE LISTEN TO SUPERPHIN....YOU DON'T NEED THIS UGLY TALK TO COME OUT ....HOLES AND DIRTY STUFF.

GROW UP .

miamitomo,

can see ur point refering to antrel rolle cuz he suck at corner so moving him to safety was a way of finding value for him and his team. with that said i think sean and vantae had a steller rookie season and shud only improve.

not to mention if we move a good corner to safety then we gonna have another glaring hole at corner once again. have u forgotten how long to took us to find two studs since the departure of sam and patrick.

at this point they're better off signing a free agent shud what we have on our roster cant get it done! IMO!

CUBAN........YOU R THE ADULT HERE , TELL THESE GUYS TO STOP IT AND TALK FOOTBALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL

One quick question, when we drafted Pat White did we get his family, too? If not I think we got cheated...

Geronimo, Marc cant help it, he was taught in a all boys Roman Catholic school....

Posted by: Cuban Menace | May 03, 2010 at 05:01 PM


Isn't that the same school his boyfriend PriceMaster went too?

I heard they were co-MVP's on the all-pro alter boyz team.

Dear Mr. Salguero

Who is Omar ?!

I'm having dinner last night when the phone rings....Caller ID says unknown number.

I'm thinkin Telemarketer.
So I pick up the phone and this is what I get.

Omar : Hello ser my name is Omar and if I may have a moment of your time I would like to tell about our Superior defensive front 7 Defensive scheme.

With this Superior front 7 defence it will virtualy eliminate any need for a free safty.

Does this sound like somthing that mite interest you ser ?

Me : Shouldn't you be trying to sell me window sideing or a new phone plane or somthing.

S.S...Omar.....I laughed so hard I farted.


Soiled :)

Aloco,

I mentioned clothing only.

The transvestite brought up the ATM stuff.
Again......Ewwwwwwwwwwwwwwww.........

One quick question, when we drafted Pat White did we get his family, too? If not I think we got cheated...

Posted by: finfanman | May 03, 2010 at 05:05 PM


Good question! It makes me wonder.........
is his Momma Hot?

Yeah, Those priest really were hard on them i hear....

IM STARTING TO WONDER IF SOME OF U GUYS ARE SPORT FANS OR STR8 PERVERTS!!!

LETS TALK FOOTBALL DUDES!!!


IM STARTING TO WONDER IF SOME OF U GUYS ARE SPORT FANS OR STR8 PERVERTS!!!

LETS TALK FOOTBALL DUDES!!!

Posted by: DOLPHANKINGPETE | May 03, 2010 at 05:15 PM

Just Starting to wonder?????????????

Dez Bryants prostitute mother had officially requested Jeff Ireland to apologize to her.

Dumb ho need her mouf hit

Perverts?! I take offense to that!

I like to think of myself as more of a retarded wannabe p o r n s t a r!

SUPERPHIN...............THE AMAZING THING IT'S NOT FUNNY BETWEEN GERONIMO AND MARC.............YOU GUYS CAN SAY ANY BUT NOT STUFF MAKE US THINK YOU R SEX OFFENDER .

Sharper back to the saints for 1yr/deal....BUMMER!!!lets hope carrol or reshad can make an impact as rookies this year.

TO ALL ................TALK FOOTBALL ......PLEASE .

I AM SURE WHAT WE HAVE IN RESHAD IS AN PLAYER ,ALSO W/WAKE AND SEAN WILLIAMS .

Blog should have parent advisory ratings with bold print---VIEWER DISCRETION IS STRONGLY ADVISED----unless one has no concept of comprehension.

This could be considered football talk......
I think?
Has anyone noticed how much progress Tony Sporano has made since being a rookie Head Coach.
It looks like he's trimmed down some this off season.
He's obviously brushed up on his "presser" skills.
Who knows? At this rate he might actually figure out when to call time outs and when not to do that "Field Goal Fist pump" thing.

I think we were in the top 2 in the league in sacks last season which was both good and bad.

THE GOOD; well we had alot of sacks.

THE BAD; very misleading cuz dudes like porter stop playing after getting a sack from wat i saw, i quess feeling like they did something so the hell with the rest of the game.

won't happen this season simply becuz these young beast we drafted are hungry and relentless going after the QB which shud make up for their lack of so call experience which is so overrated. if u can play ur gonna have success no matter what, history have proven that!

CUBAN IS HAPPY W/THIS CRAP .HE KEEPS PUTTING GAS OVER THE FIRE .

Just Starting to wonder?????????????Really, Where have you been???

GENRONIMO, GOOD JOB , STAY AWAY FROM THE LOW BELOW .

Aloco,

Seriously, what did I say?

Marc, as usual, is the one that brought up poopers.

I'm not trying to argue with you Aloco. What did I do?

NO THING GERONIMO , WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THIS LINE UP;


WAKE
SEAN.SMITH
ODRICK
MISI
JONES

MARSHALL
BESS
HARTLINE W/ HENNE

I WONDER WHERE'S CARLITO THE BEST BLOGGER ?

Genronimo, In your "Warrior" Culture, are people like pricemaster and Marc Shunned???

we were #3 in the league with sacks recorded behind steelers and minny. but very misleading cuz we were 18 in rush yds and 24th in pass yrds so one could assume by those numbers...we had more oppurtunities than most others.

Finally on Reshad Jones, I don't see where this kid lacks instinct as some have suggested. I've watched a lot of tape on him now and he always seems to be in the right position but more importantly in the case of his instincts, he's always around the ball. Whether he's the one making the tackle or not it's not too often that he gets faked out by what the opposing offense is trying to do.

And from what I saw the kid is a wrecking machine when it comes to tackling. He doesn't just want to make the tackle he seems to want to make the ball carrier pay for having the nerve to come near him!

To be fair in my assesment I also think he needs to work on his foot speed when turning in coverage as he seems to lose a step when trying to turn. His saving grace there is that he has excellent closing ability when the ball is in the air. But how that translates to the pros is another thing. These qbs are throwing bullets on a dime so we'll see.

So the two biggest questions on him in my mind will be how he does getting his feet and hips turned after being coached up a bit and how he adjusts to the pro game mentally. Meaning will he be able to make quicker decisions against better talent and will he study hard enough to pick up on tendencies in opposing offenses.

I think the sky is the limit for Reshad if he wants it bad enough. If he works his butt off we could have something special. If not he could end up being another FS bust, it's all up to him. Get to work Reshad, we need you!


Just Starting to wonder?????????????Really, Where have you been???

Posted by: Cuban Menace | May 03, 2010 at 05:33 PM

No,no,no,no,no Cuban, i wasn't starting to wonder , I know ur all Malcontents and Perverts*Lmao*..I WAS SPEAKING RETORICALLY TO THE COMMENT MADE!!!

NYSCOTT, WHAT DO YOU THINK OF BESS AND HARTLINE ?

I agree Jersey every reporter makes mistakes. Some people have other reasons why they don't like someone but they don't divulge that info. Like the guy who comes in here posting under Harvey kooky and Omar whatshisname. You can't tell me there's not an axe to grind somewhere there. He makes fun of them every day yet he always knows what they're doing over there. I guess he must be a fan that was slapped down at some point or I would think he would just ignore their blog.

Malcontents and Perverts, I'll take that as a complement sir, thank you good man....

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