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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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We just re-signed Colombo.

vincent sings?

I dont understand all of you saying we should draft blackmon with our 1st round pick. Why would you trade a guy who is better than the guy your going to draft? Blackmon will not have 1200 yards receiving next year with peyton manning throwing him the ball. This move is very confusing. still smh

don't know squat about Winston other than he played OT for the Texans and attended the U.

What makes him so special?

Ok, I've had some time to reflect.

Now I think this move was made to get the #1 pick next year. The plan is to shore up the defense this year. But with no offense we go 2-14 (Colts territory). Then we get #1 pick next year.

Instead of filling holes, this FO is creating them. So smart, huh?

man i hope they draft kirk cousins from msu dude is gonna be a star

lol clue. armando said miami had winston coming in

Blogs out there suggest we are releasing Long, LOL I was trying to think of more playmakers in our roster trying to make this funny but couldn't think of any.

NY "G" hey the Blackmon idea was mine. Lol just joking it would be a great move.

nhfin winston is a very solid olineman

I never say dumb things on this blog, but, what a stupid move. Stupid, stupid, STUPID. Only two third rounders, stupid. Stupid. Give up two seconds, should at least get a second back. Stupid. Unless is a condition of Peytons, which I doubt. Stupid.

If Manning told Ireland he wanted a BJ, guess who gets on his knees. Thats right Ireland.

Blackmon ran a high 4.4 he is very legit...

Very disappointed. Live or hate Marshall, he is better then anything on our roster right now. So instead of MAYBE watching Manning throw to Marshall, we could have Flynn throwing to Bess??? Really, that gets us excited??

We're not moving up to get Justin Blackmon. It would cost next year's first & a lot more. Look at how much the Redskins just gave up to get the Number 2 pick??? Not going to happen.

Slam, because this trade may be part of more moves, Winston, another receiver, and the draft.

Well, looks like Harline is our #1 WR....enough said

Skins are going to town and getting WR's. They are also rumored to be signing Josh Morgan from the 49ers. Beefing up the WR position for RGIII.

There's no news on Winston coming to the Dolphins!!!!

So do we pick up Winston off FA, or draft an OT in the draft with our new 3rd round pick from the Bears?

....just saying, it would be cheaper right?

That's why we got the 2 threes which would be in play for a Blackmon trade.

wow bobbyd with a negative post, stop the presses

If Manning told Ireland to grip his balls, guess who will do it. Here a clue.. Initals are JH.

Yeah. low third round picks, STUPID. What kind of people are we gonna get in the third round. Some negotiator.

Pierre Garcon just announced he signed with the Redskins so we're not getting him.

NY "G" hey the Blackmon idea was mine. Lol just joking it would be a great move.

Posted by: Michael | March 13, 2012 at 04:58 PM


I would love having that kid. We better hope that the pats and jets don't move up to take him. if they do we are even more toast.

The pats have a ton of picks to negotiate with and the Rex is in his desperate year as I see him being fired from NY if he doesn't make the Superbowl. he will go all out to get a play maker for his QB. very aggressive those teams unlike the Dolphins who are as slow as molasses.

NHFINSFAN, because he's young and one of the better RT in the league. He's started with Houston from day 1 of when he was drafted. And House is recognized as having on of the best lines in the league.

oopsie I mean JI

Ladies, calm down. The season starts in 6 months. We'll get another receiver.

The Marshall trade has NOTHING to do with Manning. Stop it.

Blackmon may be better than Marshall year 1... Just my opinion but I watched almost all the Oklahoma state games this year and he is the real deal... Best WR prospect ive seen since Andre Johnson and Fitzgerald.

josh morgan,lol

If it is about relationships with Peyton, as Armando wrote, none better than Reggie/Clark to catch his balls(err..I didn't intend it that way, youknow)

6 stinkin years later and were still fixing that 150 million dollar line. LOL.

You guys are excited to get rid of Marshall to sign another OL lol!

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

Posted by: beerphin | March 13, 2012 at 04:51 PM
I'd give him a B minus if that happened. I think those three would max out the cap. So expect more cuts if that deal happens.

garcon sucks, nothing without manning. another awful signing by snyder

funny beer u only mentioned the good ones, they actually said best since dez and crabtree,lol

Bob, those picks may help us move up to get Blackmon. Besides we saved 10 million in cap space meaning we can do a lot of things now in free agency. RT, receiver, free safty. This was a great trade. We weren't going to get anymore for Marshall, a receiver with a propensity to drop passes specially TD passes.

good stuff oscar

i understand michael but you dont trade a pro bowl wr in his prime for a RT who just got cut.If we want to trade up to get blackmon it will cost more than a 3rd from the bears we just got. THe only was this trade makes sense is if we get peyton manning and this was done to appease him.

and we saved 5 mill in cap space not ten.

Yep if they're going to sign manning they can redo Long, Burnett, and a few others for additional cap space.

THE SCOUT Ireland is here and we hand over a 5 yr 1000yd play maker Marshall for a freaking 3rd round pick 2012 and 2013? THIRD round!

Just proves that THE SCOUT must be Fired.

More banners please, fly them around Ross house to fire Ireland. In fact, how about banners flying around Miami saying Ross SUCKS and sell the team to an owner who wants to win.

hennes agent got 2 calls from teams, one from toronto and one from mexico

Hartline is a plamaker in a west coast ball out fast and bess to qb can make anyone better

Why dusty that was all salary. Was there bonus money include in the 10 mill. I heard his contract was structure similar to 4 one year contract at 10 mill a year.

dusty, you might need to go support KC. I might need to go support the Skins and RG3. We don't need this crap.

(Of course I'm kidding, but I'm really done with this freakin' team).

WOW if trading Marshall to create cap space to get Eric Winston is the thinging along with a top notch w/r and Q/b ... and we also got 2 3rd rounders ... we can now use some picks so we can move up in the draft? trading the cancer B. Marshall that cant catch a TD is a gr8 move!
and we will have another extra 3rd rounder next year ... cant beat that.

hartline is a decent 4

lol dusty. HILARIOUS!

Seahawks are working on bringing Matt Flynn later today

So were solving one problem with the RT spot only to open up another problem at WR. Wayne is not a #1 WR at best he's a #2. So where do we find another #1 WR. Blackmon production is rookie season is not going to equal Marshall last season. 1200 receiving yards.

Marshall dropped a lot of balls, so did Roddy White. But he also made up some drops with spectacular catches, why dont anyone remember the bad balls that were thrown that Marshall snag.

michael im just going off what armando said it saved us

@ Dusty - Sorry bro but the bottom line is that the Brandon Marshall deal was a COMPLETE BUST..PERIOD. And if you tell me it wasn't then I'll know your smoking something illegal.

We have to wait and see what Ireland has planned. Hwowever, all we Dolfans have to say is you better make the right moves Ireland cuz your time is running out.

Blackmon may be better than Marshall year 1... Just my opinion but I watched almost all the Oklahoma state games this year and he is the real deal... Best WR prospect ive seen since Andre Johnson and Fitzgerald.

Posted by: beerphin | March 13, 2012 at 05:05 PM


I agree 100%. Blackmon is the best WR that I seen come out in many, many, many years.

Mario Williams meeting with Buffalo today

Trade Jeff Ireland for 2 4th-round picks.

Blackmon is better than Dez and Crabtree I don't know who "they" is but I've never heard that. Dez looked great coming out but he didn't have the senior year cuz of the sanders incident. His off field issues and production doesn't put him in IMO the elite company I mentioned... I think Blackmon will be elite.

Bro, this guy Peyton really knows his value. He's got everybody by their sacs. I hope he does the same thing to Brady.

That's interest Dusty, thought it was more.

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