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Franchise, transition tags out today but not for Dolphins

NFL teams can begin applying franchise and transition tags to their most valued projected unrestricted free agents starting today (Feb. 10) and that is notable to the Dolphins and you only because of my post yesterday about Paul Soliai.

Following that post, several of you e-mailed me suggesting the Dolphins use either the franchise or transition tag on Soliai to keep him locked to the Dolphins in 2011.

Um, not likely.

First, it must be said that franchise and transition numbers have not been officially released by the NFL. Secondly, the NFL players' union has vowed to take the NFL to court over the placing of the tags without a new collective bargaining agreement being in place. Finally, the idea doesn't make much financial sense.

The franchise tag, you must remember, is valued at the average of the top five salaries for players at that position. The transition tag is valued at the average of the top 10 salaries for players at that position.

For a NT/DT which is where Soliai falls, the projections for either tag are staggering. According to the good work of Brian McIntyre at Mac's Football Blog, the projected franchise tag tender in 2011 will be a whopping $12.3 million. The projected transition tag tender will be a whopper junior $9.4 million.

There is no way on earth the Dolphins will guarantee Paul Soliai that amount for one year.

There is no way, by the way, the Dolphins will guarantee any of their unrestricted free agents that kind of money. Thus you can be relatively certain the Miami Dolphins will not use either their franchise or transition tags in 2011 unless the rules or projections change somehow.

Why, you might wonder, would it cost so much to tag a defensive tackle that much in 2011 when the franchise tag number in 2010 was $7 million and the tranisition number was $6.35 million?

Blame Albert Haynesworth, who skewed the averages when his 2010 salary was $24 million.

Simply, the Dolphins aren't in make-Paul-Soliai-instantly-rich mode this offseason. They want to re-sign him. They've made him a couple of offers. None were exceedingly impressive to Soliai. None are said to have been worth even half of what a projected 2011 franchise or transition numbers might be worth.

So why would the team use either tag on him?

Oh, by the way, there is at least one nose tackle in this league worthy of a franchise tag -- Haloti Ngata of the Baltimore Ravens. He'll very possibly get tagged and will not be on the market when/if it opens following a resolution of the labor dispute.

What does that mean?

Good news for Soliai because that's one less NT teams will have the opportunity to sign, thus increasing his value. This kind of reminds me of the year the Dolphins had to pay Vernon Carey.

They didn't love the player. But there were really no other choices in free agency and the team wanted to address other issues in the draft. So they paid Carey. And he's been inconsistent since.

I get the feeling that is where we may end up with Soliai.


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Anyone think Miami would be aggressive enough to go out and obtain Newton by any means necessary, even despite getting back a 2nd rounder?

Just because teams put franchise tags on players doesn't mean that the contract will be honored. The 2011 season starts march 4th. This means if the CBA is not resolved before that date. That the franchise tags do not apply because there is no agreement for the 2011 season. The union could take teams to court to allow these players to be free agents since in essance there can be no contract negotiations during the lock out. The league is saying go ahead and franchise guys. The Union is saying how can you do this without an agreement.

Dishpan...I don't know if Miami has the firepower to make a move up this year. Lets say Newton turns into a guy the Phins must have. This probably means he has impressed more then just us. And will no doubt be the new flavor of the week. If, and again big If we HAD to have him it will probably cost us picks into next years draft. Like a 1 or a two. So the question becomes. Is he worth it? It doesn't matter if you, or I, or anyone else does or doesn't. This may be what it takes to get him.

Now this whole scenario is dependant on Newton continuing to climb the draft ladder. If for instance he starts to digress. Would we still be interested? It just seems like we would have to give up an awful lot to grab him.

Understood. And yes, it would likely require substantial pick(s), but would this new, "forward thinking" regime pull that trigger? Does the value of staying at 15 or trading down and gaining a 2 outweigh doing what you "have to" do in order to get the qb?

Dishpan..I guess it depends on how much they believe Newton(or insert any of them) is worth . If they think any of these guys is a can't miss,sure fire, best thing since your first blow job guy. Then I guess they will do whatever it takes. But I don't think any of these guys are worth that much. I think, in this climate with all the variables going into the offseason. If they could get a first and a second. It would be the better option then trading up, and giving away future picks. I have learned on this blog to never say never. But I can't see this happening.

@ 1:04 If they think any of these guys is a can't miss, sure fire, best thing since GETTING your first BJ guy.. I just wanted to make sure I included this. My first post could have been mistaken for an insult..I meant it in this manner.


I dont like Ingram at all...no break neck speed...just a bruiser that will get worn down...straight ahead type who is blocky and thick set...look for weight issues later on...

He is strong as an ox and when playing with kids he has a huge advantage...when against men, he will have no major weapon..
I dont see him as another Emmett Smith at all..Its just not what we need at all...
Id go for an Ahmad Bradshaw type....maybe Ronnie can go around again...for me I wish we had of picked BLOUNT last year....will be an animal with SPEED and BWALLS

Id go for ORTON with Colin "Kiper"nick as the development QB...has all the tools...maybe he has some bottle too....

You know if these boneheads just picked the next best rated player on the board for their needs theyd probably do a lot better...
For example...Oline...just pick the next best dude...dont try to outsmart everyone...I bet these numbskulls would hit a lot more...having said that...even if with a moderate draft we will plug enough holes to get playoff action...we are close...we need that ALPHA QB...as Cesar Millan would...." der pack leader...!"

Sheeyit...anybody up?

0x80/kris, Mornin!

Ok, saw your posts last night, and you're right. I'm more angry at Ireland (or Parcells or whomever it was that made that pick) than Odrick. He wasn't the one responsible to dig into a player's health history. So, I'll refrain from calling him a bust, I'll call the whole situation disappointing (that should go over better with you guys). I'm disappointed for another year that our 1st-round pick didn't produce in Year 1 (like you expect them to at that position). I hope he heals and is able to help the team in Year 2.

DC....Good Morning....

That wasn't me.....giving you rib shots about Ordick...that was 0x80....and Craig M....

I didn't weigh in on the subject but I originally thought much like you..."bust".....but after listening the other side of the argument and my (inner dolphin hope)...I am trying to convince myself he isn't a....their arguments were reasonable enough to give me hope....so i'm hoping......

Ordick is huge after all....he "looks" like a football player......if he becomes a servicable starter for the next 4 years I will be happy....if he becomes a SUPER STAR...I will be estatic...

What I took from all of the post is that "the jury is still out"....and that seems to me to be the most reasonable way to look ay it...

WHITE MOUNTAINS - Two articles published in the Dec. 24 2011 edition of The Independent that dealt with the controversial subject of chemtrails have brought in responses from people across the globe.

One of the articles, "Legislators confronted with chemtrail concerns," talked about former Senator Karen Johnson's trip to the Capitol to provide the Governor and legislators with a packet of information and a DVD documentary titled "What in the world are they spraying." Johnson was interviewed for the documentary and has been active in bringing attention to the subject of chemtrail spraying.

The other article, "Are the cloud-like streaks in the sky chemtrails or is it all a con tale?" presented information from government Web sites and documents, and researchers that support the facts that the government is involved in artificially altering the weather.

Within hours of the articles appearing on the paper's Web site, e-mails and phone calls came in from around the world, including Japan, Australia, Ireland and all parts of this country.

One of those that responded is from Snowflake. In her e-mail Toni Thayer said in part: "Wow, was I shocked to see your chemtrail article on the home page this morning! Thank you very much for having the courage to report this. I was an early activist and organizer against chemtrail spraying in 2000, but I received so much government interference and intimidation that I had to stop."

Ronnie Brown stays with the team this year, however Ricky Williams head is on the chopping block


Carson Palmer says he wants out OUT of Cincy....or he will retire....Back in NOV or Dec...I started talking about him being an option to come here....

I know he's owed a butt load of money...but if he restructured his deal would you be against it.....

What if he didn't restructure his deal?

I see him as a stop gap between him and either future Henne....or a future drafted QB.....

So his services are only need for 2 years tops.....

Its possible to cut him after year two and still not have to pay out all that money......

just some thoughts....

and I know...NO CBA IS IN EFFECT...i don't need to be reminded by CBA is not in effect and this talk is useless guy.......

Thayer first became aware of planes leaving trails in the sky that lingered for hours in 2000 in Flagstaff where she lived for almost 30 years. She started researching the subject and talking to people about it and was shocked at what she found out.

She went so far as to look up weather books about Flagstaff back in the 1930s and found out that the white haze that has spread across our skies is "not normal." She called the airport to ask about the jets doing the spraying and was told they didn't care.

"No one answered any of my questions. I contacted the National Weather Service office in the area and one of the employees said he couldn't talk about it on the phone."

Thayer, who is a business consultant, had worked for non-profits in Flagstaff, including the Friends of Flagstaff's Future, several environmental groups, and an animal rescue organization. She was active in the community and ran for city council in 2000 but lost in the primary.

Shortly after that she contacted a friend on the city council about chemtrails and was told by that person that they didn't want to know about it. She took a notebook full of research to the council and five days later was told by her friend that the city said to keep it quiet.

Because the subject of chemtrails has received such wide attention, she no longer feels it necessary to stay away from the subject and decided to talk about her experiences. Besides being a business consultant, she is also a writer and has written articles about chemtrails that have appeared on many Web-sites and in various newspapers.

Thayer has been involved in various environmental issues and was a speaker at the Freedom Conference put on by Sylvia Allen in Heber in October of 2003. She continues to research and study the issue of chemtrails because she believes it is harming our planet.

She's not alone. Many of those that responded to the original articles are also concerned and keep a close eye on new information.

It seems that despite the lack of media and government attention plenty of people are watching the skies.

Next thin on my mind is a QUESTION FOR THE BLOG....

With both sides (players and owners) refusing to meet yesterday,,,the possibility of a lock-out looms big.....

If there is a lock-out...

will you guys still be as passionate about football....about the Dolphins?

If this thing cost the NFL half a season....will you guys still support the NFL?

Or do you guys think the NFL could go the way of MLB.....and become the cellar dwellar of the BIG 3 Sports?

I'm not sure how I feel yet...but its time to start thinking about it......

I'll still support it the same kris. It's my passion. I much prefer it to any of the other major sports. It will be disappointing if ANY of the time is lost because quite honestly football is a 365 day passion for me and the offseason is just as much fun as the regualr season.

OK, we can go back to not talking again....

All we need is a reporter with a est of balls, one breaking a story much larger than Watergate,for one of the media giants to provide fair and in-depth coverage of the geoengineering-chemtrail crimes (similar to this local TV news segment, but much more in-depth) and the others will follow. The general populace will be awakened. There will be an outcry to elected officials to immediately stop the spraying (similar to what former FBI Chief Ted Gunderson said). This WILL lead to the truth being revealed and a worldwide stoppage of the spraying.

I for one am not buying any of the Cam Newton hype from yesterday. That's great that he looked good in an orchestrated workout in shorts and no pads but it means little. For me it's more about can he read defences, take snaps from under centre, be a leader of men, make the right decisions on the field, motivate others to be better and have a good work ethic wihtout being a distraction to the team. Lots of unanswered questions on this guy. They said the same things after Jemarcus Russell's workout (many said the best workout by a quarterback ever) and I'm not convinced this guy isn't going to be the same guy.

Craig M....

Thanks for the response....and like you, this is a 365 thing for me too....and i suspect for many others who are on a Miami Dolphins Blog site after the season has ended....but if they can't get this thing worked out I may have to find something else to do with my time.....

I probably won't....but....i want to believe that I will at least think about it.....

Ok...no more talking.....

Hey Craig M, I'd really love to read some of those quotables describing Jamarcus Russell's workout as one of the greatest ever. I'm sure they're in an archive somewhere. If you happen to come across one, please post an excerpt if you have the time.

6.6 255 lb QB Cam Newton as Miami Dolphin starting QB
Chad Henne as career back up

I couldn't be more impressed. For one, I think this whole thing is genius," Dilfer said of the workout in front of the media. "People are knocking it. I think it's brilliant.

"He is a special talent," Dilfer said. "He's uniquely gifted. To be this much of a puppy, I mean, he hasn't played a lot of true quarterback in his life; to be this refined mechanically, you don't see this very often. This is the top of the top of the top. That's what you're looking at."

Time for the Dolphins to pull the trigger on QB Cam Newton


Try and find some of the stuff that Mike Mayock had to say about Jemarcus Russell. He went gaga about him. That's why he's been a lot more cautious about his take on Newton this time.

According to Tim Graham of ESPN Henne is the 2nd most productive QB in AFC East.

Regardless of Armandos ridiculous blog story on Patriots Logan Mankins becoming a FA and signing with the Miami Dolphins,Home once again thinks outside the box of ludicrous mainstream media misinformation.

Home is going on record saying Logan Mankins of the New England Patriots will in fact receive the Franchise Tag

Now way in Hell The Patriots let Mankins go and sign with AFC East rival the Miami Dolphins

So in the next few days we will see who is right on Mankins

Will it be Armando or Home, the outside the box independent thinker and seeker of truth and accurate reporting?

The Smart Money Is On ... Home

have a HARRPy day :(

DC @ 8:01 - thanks for the tag back - yeah, 'disappointing' works much better for me.

Yeah Craig, Mayock has entrenched himself in the camp of "should we take this guy seriously." I have no doubt that he was ra ra about Russell ... Newton, however, has some palatable personality, which at the very least shows "something" more than Russell, and even Henne to a degree. I'm a Henne fan, but we need to make a move that isn't so lockstep with the status quo, which at the moment stinks of mediocrity

I just read that "idea" that Yee (Brady and Sean Peyton's agent) said about how to fix the CBA agreement and still work a 18 game reg season...it's not a bad idea in my book. He makes some good points. Now nothing will please everyone..but his ideas make sense and could solidify us having an NFL season next year. Someone should look into that and add or subtract issues within his idea and see if it works to come to an agreement. If yu haven't read his idea please do, it's interesting. I really like his idea about developing young players by saying each starter would have to sit two games..that would force teams to get their young players on the field and it would make for an interesting game if you ask me...

CraigM...true about Mayock...I think he's a tool anyway lol

Trust your instincts cowkilla. You don't think he's a tool, you know he's a tool

Hey Chemtrail Watcher..go spew your garbage somewhere else. Your conspiracy theories do not scare me or anyone else..I'd like to spray you with something you fool

Dish...you are correct my friend...I do "know" Mayock is a tool lol. I can't stand that guy..I'd love to stuff his words down his throat and watch him squirm...

Lol. He's one reason I can't watch playbook or even some of the draft stuff. His opinion means nothing, but it's most of what the network offers as expert commentary.

Cowkilla, what say you about Newton and/or the Phins' usual methodology?


I feel very pretty today. I think I shall walk into the village in my pretty dress and get some ice cream.

Cowtippa...Sup homie?


Here is what Mayock said regarding the Cam Newton workout, for what it's worth.

“I really didn’t need to see the workout, nor do I need to hear about the workout. … I’ve watched five of (Newton’s) game tapes,” Mayock explained. “He’s got a classic overhand delivery, he’s got a big arm. You and I in gym shorts at the local high school can throw pretty accurately, so I would guarantee you (Newton) would look great in a pair of gym shorts.

“…But I would also (offer) one cautionary note, and that is the best Pro Day for a quarterback I ever attended was JaMarcus Russell. That same day, even though I admitted it was the best Pro Day I ever saw, I also said I wouldn’t take (Russell) in the first round.”

Marc loves big ugly men with big banana .

Hooray for the Egyptian people! May this help unleash the desire for democracy across the Middle East and make every despot quiver with fear.

And by the way, that includes YOU, Israel, and your illegal settlements and unwillingness to recognize the Palestinian right to self-determination. You are every ounce as guilty of preventing peace as any other party there.

It's reported: Pats' will slap a franchise tag on Mankins. Drat!


Abe, don't be so naive. There is no democracy anywhere, its all fiction. The USA is a one party system disguised as a two party system, in the end they both do whats best for big business at the expense of the population. Just take a look at the stock market. Despite record unemployent, weak dollar, worst housing market in our lifetimes, the stock market is booming, big companies routinely are making record profits while the middle class slowly fades away. Wake up.

Well, there is no football right now and because this lockout will destroy much of the next season ebcause it will be long and bloody, which the media refuses to accept because it scares the living daylights out of them, I think it's time for a time filler. A new poll.

Which Miami Dolphins minority owner would you most like to have sex with?

A. Jennifer Lopez

B. Fergie

C. Gloria Estafan

D. None of them.

E. I prefer Eva Longora so the Dolphins should make her an owner.

D. I prefer Minka Kelly(Derek Jeter's girl) so the Dolphins should make her an owner. She's in Miami filming a tv show for ABC anyway.

Vote away. I refuse to discuss football seriously until the new CBA is signed.


How many times can I vote.....whatever the limit is.....I vote Lopez for all of them.....

Which Miami Dolphins minority owner would you most like to have sex with?

Posted by: Coach Shula | February 11, 2011 at 01:58 PM


Actually, I'd take Marc Anthony (you forgot there are gay bloggers here, too, lol)

And it's 2011, so I could care less what anyone thinks about it!

To be fair, though, since I've also had sex with PLENTY of women in the past (more than a lot opf straight guys I know, to be honest) I'd have to go with J-Lo on the female side. She remains very hot.

Gloria Estefan?? Not even with somebody else's equipment, lol.

Why are some people talking about free-agent targets when there probably isn't going to BE any free agency this year?

For the record, JLo is not a minority owner. Mark Anthony is. But who cares?

I choose G: Mila Kunis

Here's another polling question: who screwed us the most?

A. Tony Sparano
B. Dan Henning
C. David Lee
D. Chad Henne
E. Bill Parcells
F. Jeff Ireland
G. Stephen Ross
H. Dan Carpenter
Yeah, Dan freakin' Carpenter! He was so good that Sparano chose him over TDs.


None of the guys on that "who screwed us most" is even in the same universe as Spielman and Mueller.

Yeah I agree with ALoco...Armando, Where are you? Do you need help with ideas for the blog?

By the way. Does anyone know the whereabouts of Mr. Soiled Bottom and Mr. Odinseye?


Posted by: ALoco | February 11, 2011 at 02:32 PM


Looks too much like a chipmunk.

ALoco...I made the bone marrow flans for Valentines day dinner I put black truffle peelings in the flan....Going to be good. Serving it with filet mignon(my least favorite cut) and balsamic gastrique.

Smebody said up there that Armando looks like a chipmunk. I don't know about that, but I know he owned some kind of monkey in the past.

It is true that all those tasteless cuts of meat can be made to taste very good using the proper techniques(see France). But, who really has time in the US to do that?

At this moment, I am consuming mofongo(fried green plantains with garlic and pork crackling) and some fried pork strips. Courtesy of the med reps.

Oscar..one of the best cuts of beef not popular in this country. But easily obtained if you have a cool butcher. Is Hanger steak. Butchers used to keep this cut for themselves. It looks a little like Filet, but with fat marbled in the meat. It is freakin awesome, and cheap.

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