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Marshall trade ultimately means less talent at WR

Whatever you think of Brandon Marshal.l or the trade Tuesday to Chicago, or the current wide receiver market, or what is left of that market, or the amount of wide receiver talent in the draft, there is no denying one thing:

The Dolphins have wide receiver issues now.

And in this case we can define the word issues as problems.

To recap, the Dolphins rid themselves of Marshall pretty much because he got in trouble again and the team is obviously tired of his foolishness. Fine. But in getting rid of the foolishness the Dolphins also unfortunately had to part with their best WR.

And because the timing of the foolishness came just before the start of free agency, the Dolphins either didn't have time to plan or simply didn't plan well enough for replacing Marshall. So now the Dolphins are now diminished with few prospects of getting, um, minished.

(No, minished isn't a word. I mean the Dolphins have little chance of doing the opposite of what getting diminished is. Whatever. Work with me, here!)

Miami's first 2012 free agency move might have helped the team's chemistry and helped in keeping the team off the police blotter. But it also hindered in that it subtracted rather than added talent.

The Dolphins pulled the trigger on Marshall but by that time other No. 1 WRs were already spoken for because Vincent Jackson was already in Tampa talking to the Bucs, Pierre Garcon was already locked into Washington and other WRs were set up with visits elsewhere.

Fact is even Laurent Robinson, who the Dolphins view as an avenue for increasing the club's wide receiver talent, was already booked to Jacksonville. And although Robinson appreciates the attention from Miami and isn't eliminating Miami, he was not about to cancel his earlier Jacksonville plans. The way I understand the dynamic here is Robinson is only coming to visit the Dolphins if something goes wrong in Jacksonville.

Again, the Dolphins couldn't shoehorn themselves ahead of the Jaguars. It was apparently too late. And Robinson, it must be noted, was the Cowboys' third-best wide receiver and a luxury that team might not be able to afford keeping. He has never been a No. 1 WR.

With teams swallowing top flight WRs quickly, all that the market has left is No. 2 caliber talent. Mario Manningham is now on Miami's radar. He was the third best receiver for the Giants. Yet he's about as good as it gets on the remaining free agency market.

Indeed, the point here is Miami's wide receiver options are limited. They got rid of their No. 1 receiver and we should get used to the idea that they aren't getting one back in free agency.

So what does this mean?

First, it cannot help in the chase for Peyton Manning. That's right, the Dolphins are still hopeful of landing Peyton Manning even if signs point to him not coming here. The club is still in the sweepstakes and conducting financial business with an eye on not abdicating its opportunity to sign Manning unless he picks another team.

But it seems to me that when Manning finally sits down and weighs his options and looks at the Dolphins, the Marshall trade cannot possibly be considered a plus by him. He cannot believe that losing the best receiver talent on the team is good.

Oh, and please don't even suggest Manning will think better of the Dolphins because he sees one less troubled soul at wide receiver. To Manning, Marshall was an asset, a target, YAC (yards after catch) and touchdowns waiting to happen.

Unlike other QBs, Manning doesn't worry about prima donnas at WR. He eats prima donna WRs for lunch. Ask Marvin Harrison.

They fall in line.

I can see it now: Manning sits down and looks at Miami's current WR talent and sees Brian Hartline and Davone Bess and Marlon Moore and Roberto Wallace and Clyde Gates. Two of those guys are coming off injuries. One is coming off an unimpressive rookie season. With all due respect to these men, not impressive.

The Marshall trade and Miami's apparent late jump into the WR market also puts draft pressure on the team to add at least one receiver. Suddenly a receiver in the second, or perhaps even first round has to be considered an option where it probably wasn't before the trade.

Things have changed. Everything has changed.

And from a purely talent level ... not for the better.

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Oh no, strangers on a blog find me annoying, whatever shall I do? Bwaahahahahahahahaha Pal,,too funny.

Hoping we can land Stephen Hill with our 2cnd round pick. Kid has the size and the speed.

So Ross made it VERY CLEAR that he wanted(past tense)Manning.

So, as free agency starts, the very first move reported is Ireland trading away our Pro Bowl WR.

So, Ireland boxed himself in by commiting to Manning's waiting game. Wasn't prepared to do ANYTHING but wait.

So, he guarantees that we look worse in the eyes of the Manning we're stuck on hold for.

So, Ireland basically made sure we miss out on Manning and become a worse overall offense all in one fell swoop.

NICE!

I wish I could get away with this kind of incompetency and still have a job!

NFL TEAM: FAIL

Could Miami be using Marshal as a scapegoat for loosing Manning? Stranger things have happened.

Lose. Losing.

Loose is what some women are.

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really. what the hell is going on down there? this offseason has been terrible. It can only get better I hope.

How does ireland get away with walking around in public without being punched or hit by an unforseen vehicle....I mean even his security people have gotta have it in for him as well...unless of course their hired help from the jets side of business...just sayin!!!

DC I've told you for 2 days to stop being so hysterical. I think I figured it out: you *are* a woman. Your wife posts under your name sometimes.

GUARANTEED the two 3rd rd'ers recieved for Marshall will result in two players that eventually get cut!

I know YG and agree, I'm just having a hard time believing Jeff is the one holding the whole process up over Manning when Ross has been publicly blowing Peyton for weeks. It seems like Peyton is Ross' guy no matter what anyone says and I really believe he is the one putting a hold on all other signings until he has an answer. Jeff has made some mistakes but he's Ross' puppet now after the Sparano fiasco. He has to do what Ross says and Ross wants Manning BADLY to recoup lost revenues.

I just can't sit here and throw it all in Jeff's lap when we know all of these things.

superPhin,

What WR would you take at #8? Floyd?

i forgot to add odinseye to my list.

odinsey, you *are* that incompetent. proof is that you sit here all day on this blog doing nothing

superPhin,

Nevermind. Meant for Phin4Life.

this is one awful franchise

I'll be back when we have some real news.

The Dolphins are putting me to sleep with their

WIN NOW
mantra!

manning looks to be a titan

Im out Fans, its late here. When I get up maybe I will read they traded Bush,Moore,and Long..Just so I can start my day off right..

Deshawn Jackson signed a 5 year 49 million dollar contract. Thats not bad for a playmaker like him

nyone that sits here all day and switch between 10-15 different blog hit names is "REALLY STUPID"! LOL

A-okay there comfortablynumb....

I havent even thought of who would be our first pick...chances are neither have ross or ireland, there more of gut feeling bunch!!! Chances are it wont be somebody you want....hope that helps....well, not really!!!

Players signing all over the place in Free Agency and the only thing this team has done is get rid of its best offensive weapon !! No Manning, no Flynn, no Marshall, no Tannehill, NO WAY, NO CHANCE, NO FANS, get lost... MOVE TO LA. I am done with this fupped duck organization

It could be worse people. At least we didn't sign Robert Meachem to 25.9 million deal.

THE DOLPHINS HAVE SAVED IN THAT MOVE OF MARSHALL ABOUT 7 MILLION .......

Ross is now officially worst owner to play for in the Nfl. This idiot really thinks Peyton's coming here to play for him. ROTFLMAO!

THEY ARE GONNA RUN THE BALL MORE THATS WHAT IT SEEMS LIKE..LAURENT ROBINSON IS A GUY THAT NOBODY WANTED BEFORE HE SIGN WITH DALLAS ...HE PLAYED A COUPLE OF GAMES WITH THE FALCONS AND CAUGHT A 74YARDTD WITH THEM..SUDDENLY HE GOES TO WR FRIENDLY COWBOYS OFFENSE..THAN HE BECOMES HOT ..GO FIGURE.

Still waiting for even a hint of what the Ireland/Philbin plan may be. Maybe they feel that with their "system" they can just plug and play. I hope that's the plan because it's starting to look like Miami is the abyss for any top level players/coaches.

Soliai is re-signing to the Dolphins, who cares about this fat fukk. We need a QB.

No you don't troll people, you just condescend to them when you don't agree with their opinion. Much better.

My attitude comes out when people act stupid, plain and simple. When my posts become annoying you can damn well be sure that someone said something ridiculous or treated another poster disrespectfully. I only disrespect when disrespected first. I only make fun when someone spews out myopic opinions and garbled statements. That is my right, as much as it is your right to find me annoying.

But hey, glad you're still reading my posts, I'm doing something right to keep your interest otherwise you could just scroll over every post that is signed in as Phins78 IN BLUE. It's pretty easy to see considering I'm one of maybe 5 people who take the time to sign in (so you know I'm not using multiples.) So every time you see blue, read the name, if it's Phins78 ignore it.

I wish I could do the same but there are so many different sign in names and only like 10 of us in here so it's difficult to sift through the garbage. Therefore I just make fun of it. Why? Because it amuses me. Now leave me alone gnat.

So what, he is gone. He was just a receiver. He was 6 for 12 in the endzone. As Shania Twain says, that don't impress on me much.
They got 2 3rd rounders for him. Better than the jail term and the missed games he is gonna get. Wait until the frozen turf hits him in the ass with a 250 linebacker on top of him. He will be whining like a gutshot dog for the soft turf in Miami.
What are they gonna replace him with? Why that is easy. An acorn out of Dallas or the CFL

Dwayne Bowe to Miami.

u heard it here first

Why not go hard after Brandon Lloyd or did he already sign with the Pats?

i forgot to add odinseye to my list.

odinsey, you *are* that incompetent. proof is that you sit here all day on this blog doing nothing

Posted by: MM | March 14, 2012 at 05:07 PM


I knew this was coming.

However, for the record, I've posted 3 times in the past week and a half.

If you're going to continue trolling here, at least get your facts straigtht.

Thank You Very Much!

PHIN78......... YOU HAVE A GREAT POINT ...AGREE @ 5;15 PM ...

Daaaah Beeearsh!

They couldnt pay LA enough of ross's and irelands wealth to get them to take on this dysfunction, no im afraid ross and ireland tore this organization from the proudest traditions to anything worth selling for/to.

Oh and like I commented earlier in a different blog of yours, I hope the NFL voids this trade!

If Archie Manning thought that the San Diego Chargers front offices were a mess, and didn't want Eli to play there then why on earth would he want his "Hall of Fame, fresh off a neck injury" Son to come to THIS mess? We now have no tradeable assets or draft picks. But hey, Ross has his man in Ireland.....

THE FINS ARE PROBALY GONNA BUILD THRU THE DRAFT HOPE TO WIN THERE HOME GAMES THIS YEAR AND WAIT FOR TOM BRADY TO GET OLDER ...STARS RUN THIS LEAGUE!

ALoco,

Marshall was due $9 million both this year and next year. Still it puts at $16 million under the cap right now.

Manning isnt coming here and Flynn would be wise not to come. So after we sign our draft picks and the available acorns. We should be around $8 million under the salary cap this year. Wait and see. LOL

Hoping we can trade back in the first and take Stephen Hill later in the round. 6-4, 215, and ran a 4.36 40. Kid has wheels

Don't know if it's a big deal to anybody but Paul Solai
will resign with the Dolphins.

Daaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah Beeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeaaars!!!

Bears

Just a garbage franchise.

The entire Nfl would be "in shock" if Peyton signs here. Archie would probably have a coronary.

Remember, Archie forced a draft day trade by San Diego, to prevent Eli from going to what Archie viewed as a dysfunctional fo. So Peyton coming here is a HUGE PIPE DREAM!

Hear that Mr. Ross?

bowe,lol he was franchised

robert, who care about Solai, we need a qb, de, s,qb,cb, pr,kr,wr. Holes everywhere

Ireland call up Chargers gm AJ Smith and ask him does he think Peyton's coming here. Ask him about the draft day Eli Manning rights trade and why it was done.

BOYCOTT THE FINS UNTIL IRELAND IS FIRED! HELP MAKE A CHANGE!

odinseye it is widely reported that Ross is the Peyton fan. I'm having a hard time understanding why anyone thinks this call is in Irelands hands. That's exactly why Ross kept Jeff on IMO. To be a puppet, someone that wouldn't argue that waiting for Manning will hurt their chances in free agency.

I don't think Ross gives a crap about anything but selling tickets and being popular. Winning games seems to be secondary to him. But who knows, maybe we are in for a surprise. Not holding my breath.

But seriously, Jeff shouyldn't be taking the blame on this one. The guy is following orders as I see it. Much like fans still wanting to blame him for Pat White when even Parcells admits that he himself made that call.

Everybody that is doing nothing but complaining, why don't you go root for another team? Tampa Bay made a big splash in FA, maybe you can become Buc fans.

Maybe ross/Ireland feel that RGIII will fall to #8 on the draft board.......seems draft logical when it come to those two....

YG....... WHY WOULD YOU SAY FLAYNN SHOULD NOT COME HERE ?

I THOUGHT WE HAVE A GOOD HC AND A NEW OC WHO BOTH USE TO WORK W/HIM .

PHINS78...... WHAT THE HELL THAT MEANS THAT ROSS IS A P.MANNING FAN ?

YOU BELIEVE THAT CRAP ? IT'S ABOUT MONEY AND THE MIAMI DOLPHINS, NOT ANY THING ELSE ....

Fins re signed Solali.

Where is Ross in all this mess. Armando you should try to talk to this clown

Bored. Out.

Clue,
I know we need a QB if Manning falls through do they go after Flynn? WR is now a position of need now Laurent from Cowboys will visit. It would be nice if Blackmon falls to 8. Sign Winston and maybe Nelson at safety. Believe me it is hard to watch this team operate.

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