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The truth about the DeAngelo Williams love affair

The recurring theme I hear when fans and some journalists speak of the Dolphins' running back options going forward is, sorry to tell you, often myopic at best. Basically, a lot of folks are just saying stuff without really knowing the facts.

For example, the group that blindly repeats the, 'Let's sign DeAngelo Williams,' theme obviously is not aware of the facts that could keep Williams from going anywhere in 2011. Those same folks say Williams has said he'd like to play here without knowing he's also said he'd like to return to Carolina.

And no one seems to recognize that even if Williams is a free agent, he'll have a handful of teams vying for his services.

So let's seriously consider this:

First, if the appeals court denies the NFL's request for a stay of a lower court's decision to end the lockout and the league must return to work under 2010 rules, as many believe will happen, then Williams simply will not be an unrestricted free agent at all.

Surprised?

If the NFL is forced to operate under 2010 guidelines, only players with six years of NFL experience will be considered unrestricted free agents. Williams has five years of NFL experience. He would be restricted. This is such a serious reality that Carolina on March 2nd placed a tender on Williams, assuring its rights to the running back.

It is such a serious reality that during the draft, once Carolina drafted Cam Newton, new Panthers coach Ron Rivera spoke passionately about how having Newton would benefit Williams in the backfield.

"If the defense crashes down on the line of scrimmage, [Newton] can bootleg outside and make something happen," Rivera told the Charlotte Observer. "If they honor that too much, then DeAngelo cuts back on the backside and breaks it for a 60-yard gain."

The Panthers tagged Williams with the highest tender, meaning any team wanting to sign him under 2010 guidelines would have to compensate the Panthers a first- and third-round draft pick. What does that mean? It means the Dolphins will not be getting DeAngelo Williams if he is restricted because I believe the Dolphins have come to dislike the idea of always being down one or several high draft picks each April while the New England Patriots are replete with their picks and some of everyone else's.

Of course, it is possible sanity prevails in this labor situation and the league and the non-union union work out an amicable collective bargaining agreement that makes Williams and all players with five years of experience free agents if they're unsigned.

Does that automatically clear the decks for the Dolphins?

Well, working for Miami is the fact Williams is represented by Jimmy Sexton, who also happens to represent coach Tony Sparano and general manager Jeff Ireland. I'm not suggesting that gives the Dolphins an advantage. I am suggesting if the Dolphins want to pay top market value, Sexton will be happy to bring a client to another client. It makes for a logical business dealing.

Also making Williams a possibility if he's a free agent, is the fact he has stated to several media outlets he'd like to play for Miami.

But guess what? Williams has stated to several other media outlets he'd like to stay in Carolina, too.

My guess is Williams wants to be wherever the payday is most lucrative and his opportunity for collecting stats and wins is greatest. That combination will trump everything, in my opinion, and he's not going to close any door until a decision is made.

One more thing regarding Williams: Folks seem to forget his former coach John Fox is now in Denver. Fox held Williams in high regard. The Broncos need help with their running game. The Detroit Lions were linked last year to liking Williams.

What I'm saying is their will be a market for arguably the best running back on the market.

So before we start picking out a number for this kid, remember he might be more valuable -- meaning $$$$ -- to someone else. And remember if the NFL lockout is ended by the courts and we're back to working under 2010 rules, Williams will not be playing in Miami because he will not be an unrestricted free agent.

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Alex Smith? I'm having a hard time thinking of even a single accomplishment he's had in the NFL so far, with a pretty talented Niners offense around him as well.

Can't really see what Smith brings to the table at all. He's right at the precipice of being an official bust...in the 49es eyes, I think he's already there.

IT'S A SPORT AFTER ALL, GET PLAYERS LOVE TO PLAY AND NOT LOVE THE MONEY AS MUCH .................. THE PAT'S WAY...DON'T SIGN ANY ONE WHO'S DEMANDING A LOT OF MONEY ................... WE NEED CHEAPER TICKETS NOY HIGHER TICKET PRICES ..........

Darly D @ 4:59 PM......

Outstanding post.....thats why I come to this site....to get opinions such the one you wrote today (which I agree with).....and others that I disagree with completley.....which you have written on other occasions......

either way....its post like yours....(and many others who can state their opinions logically) that keep me comming back to this site......

However....if we miss ONE GAME this season.....I will not be back until after the draft 2012......

I SEE PLAYERS IN BASEBALL AROUND 40 YEARS OLD ,HOW IN HELL I PAY FOR A TICKET TO WATCH A 40 YEAR OLD MAKES MILLIONS AND HAVE A MUSTACHE .

KRIS ,

I BELIEVE IF WE MISS A A WEEK OR TWO YOU WILL BE THE FIRST AT THE TV LINE TO WATCH THE GAME /

Simon.....it worked out pretty good....

11-5

AFC EAST CHAMPS....

beat the jets in the last game of the season to WIN THE DIVISION AND SEND THE JETS AND PATS HOME FOR THE PLAYOFFS......

The only thing missing was a playoff win......

but without a doubt...the best season since 2001.....

So all in all......it worked out pretty darn good....

ALSO IN BASEBALL THEY ARE FAT AND ALLWAYS SCRACHTING THEMSELFS AND SPITING AND TOUCHING THERE PRIVATE AREAS LIKE OLD PERVETED MEN. I AM TIRED OF THERE MUSTACHES AND I WILL NOT PAY MONET FOR IT.

ALoco,

Take away Brady and I dont believe the Pats are any better than us. Bellichik isnt so smart, he just has Tom Brady. The Pats "OLINE" is the key to Brady's success. When they protect him well he looks like an abberation. When they dont he looks like sanitation.

Aloco.....if miami doesn't play on SEPT 12 2011.....

You will not see me post ONE THING......until after the draft 2012......

I will stop posting on here as soon as they announce a loss of a game......you can take that to the bank......

just like the billionare owners and players will do with your money

AGRRE DB........ WITHOUT TOM BRADY BILLICHICK WOULD BE A DC AT SOME CRAPY TEAM ..........

KRIS ,

THIS IS NOW IN THE HISTORY BOOKS,YOU WILL NOT POST UNTIL 2012 . REMEMBER YOU SAID THAT .......................

kris,

Being an avid die hard Dolphins fan, I'll be watching no matter where the season picks up from(no matter the games missed). What I'll absolutely refuse to watch is if the owners decide to bring in "scab players" to tarnish the team image I so faithfully follow.

DAMN!!! Still gonna be stuck with stutter steppin' Ronnie Brown!!! THAT SUCKS!!!

There is no way you guys believe that Brady makes belicheat.....

they guy has 2 rings without brady.....

Parcells swung from his nuts.....

and last I checked.....Brady doesn't play defence........

As an equally meaningful statement to the players and owners, I hereby vow to NOT purchase any Smoked Gouda cheese products if a single game is canceled!

Who says the fans have no say in this!? NO FOOTBALL, NO GOUDA!

KRIS ,

THIS IS NOW IN THE HISTORY BOOKS,YOU WILL NOT POST UNTIL 2012 . REMEMBER YOU SAID THAT .......................

Posted by: ALoco | May 16, 2011 at 05:16 PM

Aloco......I stand by that......just remember the conditions under which I said it

ANY GAMES MISSED.......

kris

the point is penne did nothing to make henne better. this talk of bringing competition for henne is senseless. either go with henne or cut him, competition won't make him better.

TOM BRADY IS THE REASON.

TUNA IS THE REASON.


WITHOUT BOTH BELICHEAT WAS W/ THE BROWNS AND GOT FIRED .........

Ronnie Brown is a powerback. They do thier damage once across the line of scrimmage. Due to no deep threat, 8 in box, and mixed in oline deficiencies. The effectiveness of a strictly "power rb" is greatly diminished.

Brown does have a bad injury history so Im not upset at all about drafting Thomas. Still I dont see him being resigned to become a backup "powerback". We now need to compliment the rb position with a legit breakaway threat.

I see both Brown and Ricky as Dolphins history.

Thomas goes down even easier than Ronnie. Single biggest mistake in this draft was trading up for him. Pouncey has to become a very good long term center or as well it will have been a reach. Take Gates out of this draft and we are left with a lot of question marks.

kris,

This is not an insult, but I think you need to re-examine your nfl history.

For one, Parcells nor Bellichik did the drafting for the Giants that netted 2 SB rings.

Two, left to his own devices Bellichik was a total flop in Cleveland.

Three, the instrumental defensive players in Bellichiks Pats SB run were drafted by Parcells. The Pats were only 2yr shy of a SB appearance when Bellichik took over. Highly suggesting great pieces were already in place.

Lastly, if Bellichik was such a genious he would have never waited until "6th rd" to draft a future hof.

Wonder if the New World Order is concerned about the adult kids playing childrens games for insane amounts of money ?

Think they are busy w their HAARP weather weapon of mass destruction weapon creating all sorts of severe weather and reeking havoc amongst the slaves

Snowfall in many USA states was OVER 200% above normal snowfall last season

and now the snow melts and runs into the rivers

HAARP created & stalled super storms drop record rainfall each month

and the results ...

At a rate of 2 million cubic feet per second, the Big Muddy is pushing 120 million cubic feet every minute or 7.2 billion cubic feet every hour.

In a 24-hour period, that’s 172.8 billion cubic feet of Mississippi River water gunning past. In a week, the number hits the trillions — 1.2 trillion to be exact.

Given the weight and power the water carries with it, the Mississippi bloated by record floodwaters is a snarling, powerful beast barging its way south.

The New World Order has done its best to control the massively strong current of the Mississippi and in the days ahead we’ll see how well that works in some places and doesn’t in others.

and the beat goes on.

Can DeAngelo Williams swim? or will he sink?

last yr, I thought the phins needed 3 additions in FA, but thought it was too $$ & they wouldnt pay it. Dansby, marshall, or boldin, & Rolle. I was damned they signed 2 of em, & shelled out the cash. Dont under estimate desperate managment ala Danial snyder

DB JUST BECAUSE YOU WRITE SOMETHING DOESN"T MEAN IT IS TRUE. YOU ARE NOT GODFATHER HERE.

kris

the point is penne did nothing to make henne better. this talk of bringing competition for henne is senseless. either go with henne or cut him, competition won't make him better.

Posted by: simon says | May 16, 2011 at 05:23 PM

SImon.....I agree with that line of thinking 100%......

My bad.....I missed your intial point......

Wes,

I watched Thomas highlights, many of them. Let's take away 130 of Thomas' 230+ yards against UCLA and you still have a rb who gained nearly 1400yds in 2010.

Some say he didnt do that outstandingly against certain opponents. Though true, you also have to consider, "How did his oline perform in those games?".

Powerbacks thrive at the 2nd level. I dont care who they are. Even Bo Jackson and Earl Campbell types, who had the rare combination of both speed and power, could be handled with shotty blocking at the line of scrimmage.

That's why I also now love the Pouncey addition. Some experts are considering him best overall olineman of the 2011 draft period.

"There is still a significant amount of water coming our way," he said.

Based on historical estimates, damages to agriculture alone in Louisiana could total well over $300 million, Jindal said.

A near-record HAARP crests is forecast in Greenville, Mississippi, on Tuesday, followed through the weekend by record crests in Vicksburg, Mississippi; Natchez, Mississippi; Red River Landing, Louisiana, and Baton Rouge, according to the National Weather Service.

The river at Natchez is expected to rise five feet above the highest recorded level of 58 feet, set in 1927, weather service forecasts show. The predicted HAARP crest is 15 feet above flood stage.

The U.S. Coast Guard has closed the river to navigation along a 15-mile stretch near Natchez, Cmdr. Mark Moland said Monday.

kris

yes, seemed like my point maybe wasn't clear. no worries.

I believe many here getting to caught up in "bring in competition for Henne". Have you guys checked the qb depth chart? There is no one but Henne.

We gotta bring in another qb period!

Thigpen isnt the answer and its highly doubtful we even attempt to resign him.

Dyingbreed. My concern is whether Thomas will be as effective in the NFL. I watched that clip you posted. Most of his decent runs were through big holes. He rarely broke any tackles other that some arm tackles when he was already in stride. Seeing is believe, so we'll see. Just saying I'm not convinced yet he was worth trading up for. Let him prove me wrong.

Thigpen hasnt even proven to be a solid answer at backup qb.

DB......I respect your much of what you say on this blog....and I believe you and I are way past the point of childish insults......however diagreement is what makes this blog great......and why I see your points about belicheat.....allow me to counter and introduce some of my own in the next post.....

TODAY IS LIBERACE'S BIRTHDAY!

wes,

Is Thomas Bo Jackson, Earl Campbell, or even A-Pete? Heeeeelllll No.........

But he does look to be a true powerback in size and stature. What I did notice about him is that he does have "deceptive speed in getting to the edge. If a defender expects him to be slow to edge and takes a "bad angle" he will shock him with his deceptive edge speed.

But overall, I expect Thomas will be as great as his blocking. The additions of Pouncey and potential deepthreat of Gates, should force 8 out of the run box and improve the oline blocking prospects in front of Thomas.

Trillions of dollars spent on Irag bombing, killing women & children
and then USA rebuilding their country for free

No oil taken for the USA to repay the costs

Dont think Republican Oil boys want the price to go below $4.00 and r hoping for $5.00 per gallon to be paid by the slaves by Summer 2011

Over 20 Billion paid to Afghanistan by the USA

Yet in Miami Dolphin Country are public schools are severely bankrupt

The Broward County School District is giving pink slips to about 1,400 teachers this week as it struggles with a $144 million budget shortfall, the teachers union said Monday.

Please join us next Saturday for a free lunch of 3 bean stew and fried pork rinds.

Donations will be accepted in the form of renewable energy.

wes,

I dont know how old you are, but the player I think Thomas reminds me most of is "possibly" Franco Harris. Harris ran upright, wasnt overly powerful, and had deceptive speed.

Franco Harris wasnt a guy who would bust long runs. But he did almost always seem to get the maximum amount of yardage from the holes his oline did give him. Though right now I cant verify it, I think Thomas may have more foot quickness than Ronnie Brown. Foot quickness is a little different from straitline foot speed.

Franco Harris didnt have great straightline foot speed. He did have very nice foot quickness. That's why I expect Thomas to look similar to Franco. A not overly powerful rb, but one who will maximize his gains thru "open holes".

IT'S FUNNY KRIS, YOU R WARNING DB ,YOU R GOING TO POST A DIFFERENT VIEW THAN HIS AND ASKING HIM NOT TO INSULT YOU EVEN BEFORE POSTING ...FUNNY .

KRIS,

I THINK DB HAS GROWN UP A LITTLE BUT STILL HE CAN SHOW US HOW NICE HE WILL BE WITH ALL OF US ...EVEN IF SOME ONE INSULT DB ,HE SHOULD TELL THEM THANK YOU .

When will Dying breed finally die?

A lot of people may have compared Ingram to Emmitt Smith coming out of college. But the thing making Smith one of the greatest of all time was his toughness and heart.

To truly compare Ingram to Smith one just truly can not omit this. This may be thee most important factor of all in Smith becoming what he is recognized today. The #1 yardage rusher of all time from the rb position.

soon?

patient blogger,

Sorry to inform you, I have already died and have been resurrected. No I'm not Jesus. I'll just say Ive died and come back to life.

So though I know you're being " a patient blogger". Please dont hold your breath, you to may become a dying breed! LOL.........

Chapter three of Rex Ryan's book is a discussion on foot fetishes.

Chapter four of Rex Ryan's book is a discussion about his secret mancrush on Mark Sanchez.

Franco ran between the hash marks and made yards where their weren't. Can Thomas do that? I don't know. I do know I didn't see that in the film, I saw a guy easily stopped when there was no wide open hole.

Listen guys: Forget about the Dolphins, getting
good starts at the top. There is no chance in
hell, that the MORON will get any wiser, or cla
ssier. He keeps taking steps that really are aw-
ful & demoralizing.Cut 20% of the salaries but
still goes out & hires another executive. The
best thing that can happen to them, is that the lockout lasts all year, and somehow the head Mo-
ron sells the team to a football savy owner, than
in turn will fire President, the Ceo,the Cfo,e tc
And since he'll be cleaning house,don't spare Jeff
Ireland> I'll never ever watch another Fins game
til they have a new owner.

Ray

Chapter six of Rex Ryan's book is a discussion on how to stop global warming by way of him shutting his mouth.

OWNERS GOT WHAT THEY WANTED ,APPLES COURT RULED FOR STAY .

IT'S FUNNY KRIS, YOU R WARNING DB ,YOU R GOING TO POST A DIFFERENT VIEW THAN HIS AND ASKING HIM NOT TO INSULT YOU EVEN BEFORE POSTING ...FUNNY .

Posted by: ALoco | May 16, 2011 at 06:02 PM


Aloco.....what I said was....I didn't take his (DB) post to me as an insult......I never asked him not to insult me.....

Aloco......post a link....I don't see this on-line.....google

PFT,KRIS

I agree with one of the posters. re-sign brown and try and get sproles.

Link please......PFT is not a link.....

There are 3 things to take into consideration when thinkning about D.Williams and a Court ruling the lock out unconstitutional.

1) D.Williams has in his 5 NFL seasons completed one !!! Without injury people, last year alone he missed 12 games. I can`t believe I am the only one who sees all kinds of red flags in handing another big contract to a player with an injured history, thinking Smiley and Grove here while remembering this little fact, when you let him go because he is always hurt you still absorb the pro-rated part of his signing bonus in your Salary cap.

2) It`s not etched in stone that a higher Court ruling with the lower Court to end the lock out will bring a resolution to the matter because while Mando may not post it, I am tired of reading Florio`s posts over at Pro Football talk quote a source that has said the owners may simply opt to cancell the season until a resolution is found and there is nothing that can stop them from doing that.

3) I believe we can get A.Bradshaw for a better price tag and believe his scat back quick ability would translate nicely while having proved more durable, Sproles is another interesting option and don`t forget lightning fast J.Norwood in Atlanta is due for FA as well.

NO FOOTBAL.....COUPLED WITH THE IMPENDING MLB AND NBA LOCK-OUS = HARD TIMES FOR THE US AND WORLD ECONOMY....

These Billionaires live in a world that most of us can't even concieve.......

They don't play to lose...and if they are willing to cancel a season....its becaise they know the events in the near future will far out-weigh any potential profits......even with those projected gains to be in the billions

If they cancel the season.....everybody had better start praying to whatever they call GOD.......

Kris,

It`s amazing to me that this has been the hot topic on every credible NFL blogg (possible cacellation to the season) yet Mando never mentions the possability. The owners are looking to squeeze there investment and rest assured are not looking at another uncapped year as the resolution because in there minds it will turn into a few uncapped years to end up right back were they started which makes no financial sense to them.

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