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Free agency has arrived! Bye-bye Brandon Marshall

The Dolphins have traded wide receiver Brandon Marshall to the Chicago Bears for two third-round selections, according to Jay Glazer of Foxsports.com.

[Update: The Herald has confirmed this move.]

The move clears salary cap room and could signal a precursor to the Dolphins landing Peyton Manning as well as several of his former Indianapolis Colts teammates, including Reggie Wayne. That is my hope.

The more likely scenario?

This move does not show intent to get Manning and is instead a move to protect the next quarterback the Dolphins bring to town -- anyone that is, including a lesser player such as Matt Flynn -- because Marshall has had a history of feuding with his QBs in Miami. This move is a way for the Dolphins to begin what will be a total revamp of the offense under new coach Joe Philbin.

[Update: Club source says this trade is independent of Manning chase. Manning didn't request it or anything such as being speculated. Been in the works since the NFL Combine in Feb. But, I'm told, if Manning comes it would mean other moves would be necessary.]

The trade reunites Marshall with former quarterback Jay Cutler which is great for the Bears. But does this make the Dolphins better?

Only if Manning and another player is coming or the Dolphins are somehow adding a bigtime playmaking wide receiver in free agency or the draftis this a net plus. This much is certain: If the Dolphins are not working on or ready to pull the trigger on a follow-up move, this shows the Marshall move two years ago to have been a bad move.

The Dolphins yielded two second-round picks to Denver for Marshall. They are not getting the same value in return. Yes, Marshall was a Pro Bowl player in 2011, but he was also often a problem in that he feuded with Chad Henne and made no bones of the fact he wanted a franchise quarterback.

Oh, by the way, NFL free agency arrives ... now!

It is 4:01 p.m. on March 13, 2012 and so bracketology schmacketology. The news at this hour?

Say good-bye to nose tackle Paul Soliai. The Dolphins do not expect to re-sign their 2011 Franchise player. Not only have the two sides failed to come to an agreement on a long-term contract the past two years but the Dolphins, apparently intent on making a quarterback splash in free agency and knowing Soliai won't come cheaply, haven't made the nose tackle any contract offers in recent weeks.

There has been no movement on this front whatever. Barring a major MAJOR change, Soliai is gone. So where is he going? Soliai will have suitors. The teams expected to show the most interest in Soliai include Kansas City, Denver, Atlanta, Indianiapolis and perhaps San Francisco.

[Update: The Dolphins have in the last hour reached out to Soliai and are talking. So there's still a chance he stays.]

The Dolphins have another starter on the open market in defensive end Kendall Langford. The sides have been in relatively frequent contact the past week or so. The Dolphins want Langford back. Langford wants to return. But Langford wants the most amount of money possible. The Dolphins want to re-sign Langford at a number that shows they like him very much but don't necessarily love him.

What a shocker: It's a money thing.

On the chase front, the Dolphins are obviously still hoping to land Peyton Manning. But, as I reported earlier today, they will move on to Matt Flynn if the Manning chase fails. A source tells The Herald's Barry Jackson that Flynn will be patient in free agency unless someone throws a huge offer on the table for him immediately.

Yes, Seattle and Cleveland could have interest. But the Flynn camp understands the Dolphins being in the chase would drive up interest and potentially drive up Flynn's price. And since money is the thing, patience will be something Flynn shows.

He's looking to go deep on this contract rather than get a check-down deal.

I am not certain the Dolphins will be major players in free agency -- at least not early on. The club is approximately $11-$12 million under the NFL's $120.6 million salary cap before the Marshall trade. Obviously that is more now, but I have to figure out the ramifications.

Miami's needs include pass-rusher, right tackle, and cornerback. Of all those, the cornerback market seems expecially rich this free agency period. Yes, right tackle Eric Winston and outside linebacker/defensive end Mario Williams are the prizes on the market, but they will be so expensive I cannot see Miami chasing or landing either. (Wrote about it anyway because I'm a dreamer and anything is possible.)

[Update: I have confirmed that Eric Winston will visit with the Dolphins. This doesn't mean he's signing. A lot of teams are interested -- up to a dozen -- and he is not going to sign a bargain contract. But he is scheduled to visit at this time.]

[Update: Eric Winston said on Sirius radio that he will fly to South Florida tonight and visit the Dolphins Wednesday.]

The Dolphins today did some minor contract laundry with their restricted and exclusive rights players. The club tendered RT Lydon Murtha with a second-round tender. The club tendered defensive end Phillip Merling to an original round tender. Both have signed their tenders, costing the Dolphins a total of $3.1 million.

The club did not tender either running back Lex Hilliard or defensive lineman Ryan Baker.


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Back up the truck, Back it up!!!! Tear down the stadium and build a parking lot. There toast!!!!! Trade away your best offensive player for what? Peyton aint coming there. How stupid would he be to go there and have to play Brady twice a year. This organization has really became a freaking joke. Just to bad I can't force myself to root for someone else. Been a fan all my life so I will just take it up the A** and hope for the best but aint gonna happen till Ross and Ireland are gone!!!!

The trade does 2 things it increases Miami's cap number to about 20 million from 9.8 million. It also gives the team flexibility to move up in the draft to number 3 maybe to draft Blackmon. With the extra cap space they mey be able to go after Flynn, Garson, V Jackson, Brandon Lloyd that may be better receivers than Marshall. They may also be able to sign a rt with the extra cap room.

There is no number 1 WR we can sign out there. Vincent Jackson wants B Marsh money, Wayne over the hill. Ireland couldnt get a better deal than 2 3rd rounders. Ireland can go f himself.

Is this the same team that traded Wes welker too? This organization is freaking insane!

Volin is now saying the picks are undisclosed draft picks. So are they 3rd round picks or not?

You can come up with every excuse under the sun but this makes no sense.

2 3rd rounder is pretty good for Brandon marhall actually! dont know why everybody thinks he is worth more? he isn't as young or as good when we spend 2 2nd rounds on him ...

I'd be very happy if we sign Winston BUT trading Marshall creates an ENORMOUS hole at WR.

Garcon is signing with the Redskins.

Marshall is a childish punk, like many of his kind. A cancer in the locker room. We were losers with him. Good riddance.

Keep blaming Henne, you stupid sheep who get your opinions fed to you and are not smart enough to read between the lines.

All those who said the Marshall signing was a bad move have been vindicated I suppose. I was not one of those people.

Garcon is rumored to be signing with Washington.

buckeyephinfan, NO that was Wannie that traded Welker a long time ago.

but if it's a play to get manning, stupid. wouldn't trade marshall for manning straight up

Michael, you also are on drugs. We still don't have a QB!! These idiots blew the best chance they had with RG3 and then dismantled the team anyway. Ireland is a complete idiot. Quit drinking the look aid. The longer you guys buy into this crap the longer we will suck. It's time for pitchforks , torches, and storming the castle.

2 3rd round picks!! thats it?? what the hell!!

I like it!!! Other than the fact we gave 2 2nd rd picks

Too many unknowns but so far I can't help but to be pessimistic. If this move is not clear way for another type of player(s) they does that mean we are in a full blown rebuilding mode? If so why did we not trade Jake Long who had some injuries and whose contract is due next year and will cost us a ton?

If Ireland had his doubts why not trading Marshall last year for more value before the trade deadline. Maybe because Philbin did not want him around, ok so then why we could not get more value for him. Even a 3rd and a 4th/7th combo this year has more value than a 3rd this year and a 3rd next, I mean WTF! If the Bears have a good season that could be more like a 4th next year. How is that a decent value for Marshall? It is pathetic, I think we can agree or disagree on the move but we can all agree what we just got shafted big time with the value we are getting in return.

Dude. For once I am in total agreement with everyone else. This was one of the most boneheaded moves I've seen. You're gonna trade one of our two playmakers, for what? In the hopes of a maybe? On a wing and a prayer. Jeebus!!!! Totaly retarded move. There is no guarantee of landing Manning and even then who is he going to throw to? Instead of decreasing our areas of need you create another one? -smh- Total idiocy. Unless Jeff can pull a miracle out his a**, I'm in firm agreement.. He needs to go...along with Ross.

albert is correct

except ochocinco is already gone. forced retirement. he's done. arena league with owens

The only way to make up for this loss is to sign Wallace & give up the 1st round pick. He's a perfect fit in the West Coast Offense & is young.

Jeff, 2 years later and we get 1 3rd rounder in 12 and another in 13. Your an idiot.

Let me guess you think Hartline is the #1 type WR LOL

By the way Garcon signed with Redskins, so what exactly is the plan?

The DAAAAFINS are quickly becoming the worst franchise in the NFL. Ross is a puckered anus face and Jeff is a driunk.

I've been posting for over a month that we need to move in and grab WR Justin Blackmon. All i heard was complaints that he is to slow. Slow my butt. Blackmon is going to be a play maker and will be on the Sunday evening ESPN highlights all season.

PS. THE SCOUT once again proves how much he has no business being a GM. A 5yr in a row 1000yd receiver and Ireland trades him away for a third round pick in 2012 and third in 2013???

And for those that say this is clearing the way for Manning... YOU had better HOPE that Manning picks the fins otherwise we gave away a play maker with the right QB that can throw to him.

What a waste.

I am a IRELAND HATER and so far I LOVE this move.
I want to see what the Dolphins have planned!

Seems like they have a real plan!

By the way, I don't think Miami is rebuilding. I think they are trying to win. No way Philbin was going to put up with Brandon Marshall's crap.

I think Ireland realizes they made a ton of mistakes the last 4 years and they are going to fix them EVEN IF THEY WERE HIS MISTAKES.

Good for Ireland.


This must be a joke. One of the few offensive treasures we have was traded for two measly 3rd rounders.


I'm just waiting for the "Ireland trades Bush for 5th round pick and a tight end" post.

Knowing Ireland's past, he probably cleared Marshall out to sign a RT.


Winston/ Wayne/ Manning? that'd be a win for Ireland... plus extra draft picks...

What a waste of $$ with Murtha...I would also say that our top need may be a #1 WR but I am unable to think straight at this moment.

This just in.... Ireland trades Brandon Marshall to clear the way to sign Pat White!!!

cocoajoe, it makes sense from a cap prospective and a flexibility prospective. They can move up and draft a Blackmon with the extra 2 threes that they received. They can sign a free agent receiver that doesn't drop TD's, Jackson, Lloyd, Garson, Wayne, Clark, and they can sign Winston for RT. Or they can go after Flynn with the extra cap space, or draft Michael Floyd.


No Balls, you can't possibly believe this is indicative of wanting to win. They just set team back to when we "needed a wr"

No mention of Winston scheduling a visit with the Dolphins. Where did that come from????

Man...Just add WR to the list of needs. I wonder if Ross still thinks we can win a SB with this team.

The Winston move to solidify the OL is another sign that Manning is probably on the way here.

flynn no way

It's a great trade, this isn't the only move.

Pierre Garcon is gone...WTF Miami will be quiet all night and day

As I predicted, most of the regulars are 180 degrees wrong.

This is good news. Marshall is a loser and his 1200 yards didn't get us past 6-10, did they?

It's about *winning*. Tim Tebow wins. We want guys like Tim Tebow.

Those Chicago 3rd rounders are going to be very low 3rd round picks. The Bears were a serious contender last year before Cutler went down. And that was without a #1 WR.

Vincent Jackson negotiating with TB.


Marshall hasn't been the same since he started taking anti-anxiety meds - they took away his aggressiveness - all I know is...they better sign another #1 WR or we are going with a #2 (barely-Bess) and a bunch of #3's and #4's.
Here is the summary: in a passing league - we have no QB and no WRs - wow!! Super Bowl, here we come!!

I think this move has everyone guessing all over. Every fan and site has a different opinion. No ones, and Manning is playing games with many teams now.

Manning didnt want to play with Marshall, so Ireland got rid of him

amsmith965, it's a great trade see what they can do with my post just before yours.

garcon sucks

Winston would be a great move. But it still doesn't explain the Marshall move.

Marshall hasn't been the same since he started taking anti-anxiety meds - they took away his aggressiveness - all I know is...they better sign another #1 WR or we are going with a #2 (barely-Bess) and a bunch of #3's and #4's.
Here is the summary: in a passing league - we have no QB and no WRs - wow!! Super Bowl, here we come!!

This is ridiculous. How can we be glued to our computers for over a week waiting on Manning to sign, only now to see we gave our best receiver away.

What a freaking joke. People, i live in Ohio. Only thing I can say is quit going to the
games those of you in Florida

Didn't I tell you? People are going to complain anyway-Lose-Lose situation. Fukk'em, Peyton.

Clue, that may be very true as well. It's a great trade.


I haven't been able to find that report on Winston. I think someone on here was talking out of his a##.

good point chris

thank god idiots like rob m aren't making the decisions.

wayne is 153 years old and he's 5'7"

Forger about Vincent Jackson. He is singing with the Bucs. It's a "done deal".

You people are insane. As the team stands now, we will be dreaming of 6-10 for years and years and years. I'm done. I'm 46 years old. Spent 40 years on the dolphins. Time to move on.

If Manning ask Ireland for handjob in order to sign, I'm pretty sure he'll do it

I guess it would explain the Marshall move is Peyton was coming here. I don't see Peyton working behind a weak oline. So Maybe Winston is part of the montage.

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