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GM Salguero's outline offseason plan

My offseason plan for getting the Miami Dolphins to the playoffs in 2013? I'm glad you asked.

First of all, you have to understand I come at this from a multiple-pronged approach. I don't just think the Dolphins are broken on the field. I think they need mending off the field -- as in with their fans. The truth is going to a Miami home game has no special meaning down here anymore.

Sure, the true believers and lifers do it out of loyalty and love for the sport or team. But I want more than that. I want Dolphins home games to be a must-attend events because the team has swag and plays with moxie and life and, yes, has a chance to do something exciting every week.

So if I were the general manager, I would approach this offseason in which the team can have approximately $46.8 in cap space as the Miami Heat approached the 2010 offseason -- the one in which they signed Chris Bosh, Dwyane Wade and LeBron James.

It's an all-in offseason, folks.

If I make the playoffs, I get a contract extension. If not, I'm fired.

That kind of offseason, if crafted properly, is going to create buzz about the team and make for a winning roster. That means the team will look improved before it even plays a game, causing fans to buy tickets. And the team will indeed be improved on the field, causing more ticket-buyers when they actually see the product on the field.

And do not scoff at the need for ticket-buyers. This year the Dolphins had their worst home attendance since 1989. There was no significant homefield advantage at Sun Life Stadium. I want that to change. I want that place to shake -- both literally and figuratively.

So the Dolphins need to be audacious to get people to the game and then need to prove their strategy successful to keep them excited and coming back and part of a home field advantage.

Having said that, my offseason plan would be an all-of-the-above approach. I would look at spending big on quality free agents, I would look at re-signing my own quality free agents and letting the mediocre ones walk, I would look at trades, I would approach the draft with the desire to add playmakers not grunts.

That stuff the Dolphins did last year when they have us sitting on the edge of our seats come final roster cutdown time because of the three or four players they're going to add when those players get cut from other teams?

That's a loser's approach.

That approach means you are relying on other teams' trash to be your treasure. That is going into a sewer and hoping to find a blossoming rose.

The Dolphins not only did that, they expected players such as Anthony Armstrong, Jabar Gaffney and others to be significant contributors. Are you kidding me? That's telling me there was no plan in place and you're making it up as you go.

I want my team to be together after the draft. I want them together most of the offseason. I want them to work and sweat together in the offseason conditioning program. I want them to come together as a team during training camp. I want them winning together in the preseason -- and yes, I said winning. To me, the team must win the first quarter in the preseason when my starters are playing their starters. I don't much care about the final outcome of any game except the third when my starters play into the third quarter. But if you're not winning the first quarter of the other games, something is wrong.

Anyway, I don't want to be adding guys a couple of days before the season opener and hoping they somehow fit the program. That means you don't have a clue about team chemistry. That means your plans went awry. That means you're flying by the seat of your pants.

Winning NFL teams are not constructed by the seat of the GM's pants. Poop is constructed by the seat of the GM's pants. Not great teams.

So what is my audacious plan?

Start with the offense. It has to start there because Miami's offense is terrible.

First thing I do is re-sign wide receiver Brian Hartline. The guy finished with 1,083 receiving yards and a 14.6 yard per catch average. The yardage was 16th best in the NFL. The average was 25th best but ahead of Andre Johnson, A.J. Green, Anquan Boldin, Malcom Floyd, and Pierre Garcon.

He had only one TD catch, but I can think of at least four plays in which he was wide open down the field and was either underthrown or overthrown, killing a handful of TDs. So I see value in this guy. And he stays on my team.

I also want to re-sign Randy Starks because Miami's defensive line is a strength that need not be dismantled. I want to re-sign TE Anthony Fasano at a cheap price to be my blocking tight end because he is not a downfield threat in my offense.

I also want to re-sign Jake Long but he would have to take a cheaper, incentive-laden deal that pays him more if he stays healthy. The truth about Long is not only has his play been declining, but he's not finished either of the past two seasons. My Dolphins will be in the playoffs and if a player is likely to be on injured reserve at the end of the season and not available for the postseason, he's worthless to me.

So Long has to undertand that I want committed players and in his case that means, he'll have to agree to a hometown discount. If he wants to get paid the most he can and be something of a mercenary go elsewhere. Here, he was treated like a king as the first overall pick. He earned more money than any offensive lineman for years and years and years. Here, he didn't quite play up to his salary the last two years.

So if he wants to build on the roots he's laid in South Florida and wants to be part of something special and is truly committed to the Dolphins, he's going to have to play for less here.

Remember the Heat analogy? Wade, Bosh and James took less money in Miami than they might have elsewhere. If it's good enough for them, it has to be good enough for a guy like Jake Long.

If, however, Long is all about the money. He walks. I keep Jonathan Martin at left tackle and I draft the best available tackle sometime in the second or third round to play the right side.

By the way, the free agent tackle business is a two-way street. Sebastian Vollmer is slated to be a free agent. So are Ryan Clady, Branden Albert and others. Maybe, if Vollmer is on the market, I sign him, improve my team and put a hole in the New England Patriots offensive line.

What about the other free agents?

Reggie Bush is a good guy in a tough spot. He's likely to go into a free agent class that includes Steven Jackson, Shonn Greene, Rashard Mendenhall and others. And he plays a position that Miami is already strong in (with Lamar Miller, Daniel Thomas, and Jonas Gray on the roster). So if he wants to come back, it has to be on the cheap.

He's a great leader. He's a great worker. But he's a luxury. And, in the case of Miller, he's something of a progress-stopper.

So I want him on my team. But other teams may want him more. And I'm okay with that.

Sean Smith? Very interesting to me. He was nails when asked to play man-press against big receivers such as Larry Fitzgerald and A.J. Green early in the season. But then he kind of fell off the table in November and wasn't that much better in December.

He struggles with smaller, quicker receivers. He doesn't seem totally comfortable with the Dolphins system.

One publication said the Dolphins are going to put the franchise tag on him. The Dolphins told me that's hogwash. He's solid but not a playmaker. My goal this offseason would be to upgrade at his position and that doesn't mean keeping Smith and paying him nearly 10 times more than he made in 2011 to do it.

I let him walk.

Chris Clemons? Solid but not spectacular. He can stay at a bargain. Jairus Byrd is a free agent and more of a playmaker than Clemons. The Bills are shaking things up so no idea if Byrd is in their plans or if he wants to get away from a team that hasn't made the playoffs in 12 years and is starting over. Just sayin'. Dashon Goldson is also scheduled for free agency but I doubt San Francisco lets him go.

Tony McDaniel? He can stay at the veteran minimum salary with no guaranteed money, otherwise, phfft.

Onto free agency outside the roster:

My goal, again, is improve the offense first and quickly. That means if Mike Wallace or Greg Jennings are available, I sign probably one of them. If all is wonderful and great and amazing and the dollars make sense and I have the opportunity to get both, then I get both.

A four-wide of Jennings, Hartline, Wallace and Davone Bess might be the best four-wide in the NFL.

A three-wide of Jennings, Hartline and Bess or Wallace, Hartline and Bess is pretty darn dangerous, too.

Wallace to me is the priority. The Dolphins need a deep threat. Yes, Wallace bascially only runs 9-routes. But he's the best in the NFL at it.

The reason I add at least one veteran wide receiver (in addition to Hartline) is because I need the offense to be immediately improved. Rookie wide receivers take a while to get it. I need a guy that already has gotten it and is ready to produce the second he hits the field.

GM Armando Salguero passes on Dwayne Bowe. He is not a deep threat. I don't love his target-to-catch ratio (almost 2-to-1) and I'm not sure he's a winner. Plus, the kid wants big, big, big money. No thank you.

I'm looking at cornerback Darius Butler in free agency. He's a former high-round draft pick. He's improving. He is very small. He's very young. He's an excellent person. I like him in nickel situations. He has something he wants to prove. He's from South Florida, so this is the place for him to do it. He also might come sort of cheaply.

Onto the draft:

Yes, yes, yes, the Dolphins should draft the best player available. They have the No. 12 overall selection. And, by the way, I do not trade down in the first round. Miami has enough picks already. I have five picks in the first 90 selections. That's more than enough.

This year is NOT about quantity. This draft has to be about quality.

So no trade down to acquire more picks. It's fools gold when you already have plenty of selections.

Miami's draft needs? It depends on how well I did in free agency. If I got the veteran star WR, then WR probably isn't the direction I'm going at No. 12 unless the quality of that WR is miles ahead of the CB or DE.

I'm going cornerback or defensive end in the first round. Let's face it, the Dolphins need to make more plays on offense and defense. Yes, they need to score more points. But they need to cause more turnovers and make more plays on defense against the opposing passing game.

The defense did a very poor job of giving the offense the football in opponent's territory after a turnover this year. That's one way to get more points, and I'm banking my defensive additions will help in that department.

That's why cornerback and defensive end is so important.

I want CBs that actually, you know, catch interceptions. I'm looking at Alabama's Dee Milliner ornMississippi State's Johnthan Banks (that's how he spells it) as cornerback possibilities.

I'm looking at Texas A&M's Demontre Moore as a pass-rusher, knowing Mike Sherman knows a thing or two about him. I'm looking at FSU's Bjoern Werner as a defensive end. I'm looking at LSU's Barkevious Mingo as a pass-rushing DE. I'm looking at Oregon's Dion Jordan, who at 6-6 and 239 is built like Jason Taylor, as a pass-rushing defensive end.

Look, Jared Odrick was drafted as a 3-4 DE. He's clearly not suited to be a 4-3 DE. He can move inside and the Dolphins can add a DE to compete with Olivier Vernon and probably beat out Vernon as a starting DE. More pressure is necessary from the side opposite Cameron Wake.

Moving Odrick inside might also help get more pressure from the inside.

By the way, New York defensive end Osi Umenyiora will be available in free agency. Pass. He's a 10-year veteran. He's slowing down. He wants to get paid. And the Giants pass rush let the team down significantly this year. Not the answer.

By draft's end, I want to have a couple of corners on my drafted board. I want an early-round wide receiver, assuming I landed a playmaker in free agency. If I sucked in free agency, I better have found a couple of wide receivers in the draft.

I need to find a couple of starting corners. I need a defensive end -- and there are plenty of options. And later on I want to add a tight end because Michael Egnew did zero to make me think he's the answer.

And, of course, I want to fill in later at right tackle (assuming Jake Long is gone and Jonathan Martin is my left tackle) because Nate Garner is a good backup, but I want to upgrade there.

By the way, I said previously that I'm for an all-of-the-above strategy. Well, that includes trades.

It has been reported that Jermichael Finley is on the outs in Green Bay. Apparently, he has maturity problems, his production is down and his work ethic isn't what it can be. So the Packers, according to the report, will either trade or release him this offseason.

Well, Salguero is open to trading for him because Salguero is sick and tired of mediocre tight end play by overachievers and perfers very good tight end play by an underachiever.

This year was a down year for Finley. He caught 61 passes for 667 yards. Fasano and Charles Clay caught 59 passes for 544 yards combined. So Finley has a bad year and he's still more productive than every tight end on the Miami roster because only Clay and Fasano caught passes for Miami.

And he's not worthy of getting? Are you kidding me?

The guy is 25 years old. He was more productive when Joe Philbin was the offensive coordinator -- with eight TDs in 2011. He is valuable in the red zone and he can work the middle of the field.

Give up one of Miami's third rounders for that guy? In a heartbeat.

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mando

I wouldlike to see u be more specific as opposed to "sign cheap" etc.. put out there what your TOP offer would be

I disagree on some point, i think we need to additionally consolidate down the age/ exit fasanodansby/long

I wanna se us add some more draft picks

Its Banks by the way, not Parks. I'd also be looking at Andy Levitre as FA signing as a new starting guard for us. Jerry isn't getting it and Levitre would be a solid addition. I also like Michael Johnson, the DE from Cincinnati. Coyle familiarity and I think would be reasonably priced. Also I would look into Derek Cox if Smith walks or even if he doesn't. Very underrated corner with some injury issues but talented.

I too also disagree with Armando on some specific scenarios. Starks fell off as the season started, just move Odrick to the inside. Starks started off fast just fell off. Odrick needs to be playing on the inside. Also while SS isnt the best Corner to me, why would you let him go and draft a rookie corner and expect the rookie to be better. JMO

Please please please improve the offensive line. There wasn't a clean pocket for Tannehill all year and no real push in the running game (couldnt run the ball against the Colts, which is embarrassing).

If they dont improve the offensive line, I dont think anything else is going to matter. It could sink the whole team.

Tannehill got his face beat in against NE, an above average but not elite pass rushing team. Please improve the offensive line.

"I also want to re-sign Randy Starks because Miami's defensive line is a strength that need not be dismantled."

Consider instead moving Odrick inside and picking from a group of stud DEs at #12. DL solved and we have more money for shopping.

starks very good, we could live wout him if his price gets to high

Armando,

Ted Ginn could run 9 routes. With Wallace, I keep hearing it popup time and time again with Steeler fans, about his hands. Better than Ginn but still a problem.

BTW, like others, youre entitled to your opinions. But Armando the gm, absolutely scares hell out of me, and even if attendance rose to begin the season. By the 2nd qtr of the season it would be back to 2013 levels after the 1-3 start.

Too bad we have a GM that will do the complete opposite of this. He'll sign below average OL and DL players, then scour the waiver wires for acorns. Fire Ireland and we might have a chance.


I gotta say after watching the LSU Clemson game on New Year's Eve I would be thrilled to get DeAndre Hopkins from Clemson with one of the 2nd round picks.

He's 6'1" and had 18 TD's this year. He had 2 big TD catches and a clutch 4th down catch as well against LSU,which was one of the best defenses playing against SEC competition.

Only problem is his game was so good, he's shooting up other teams draft boards as well.

My fear is Ireland will spend most of the money to resign our own FA's, spend the rest on the draft picks, and then sit on the rest of the money to save Ross some bucks. We were 9 million under the cap last season, whats the point in saving that money?

Armando,

Youre not going to get a "4 wr set" of Wallace, Jennings, Hartline, and Bess either. Where are you getting this stuff from?

Signing Wallace, Jennings, and Hartline youre looking at easily ionvesting $115 million into the recievings corps with those three alone. Wallace and Jenngs are right 90 to $100 million for both and Hartline 15-$20 million. That's far too much invested in 3 wr's.

As your assistant GM in the All Care and No Responsibility dept my recs are:

1. A TE that can stretch the field (and block) - I would target one in FA to complement Fasano.
2. Agree with your strategy at WR.
3. Yes, move Odrick inside and also sign Starks.
4. Sign Cliff Avril or Michael Johnson at DE.
5. Let Long walk and draft an OT in round one or two.
6. Agree on CB strategy.


My Free Agent wish list,

Mike Wallace, Mike Wallace, Mike Wallace!

I have seen first hand that he had Desean Jackson syndrome this year. He dropped a ton of balls, didn't give maximum effort to go get balls and justr had a bad year all because he didn't get paid.

Well if Miami is willing to pay him and why wouldn't this crap offense want a guy with his speed and play making ability on it. Wallace got better as the games got more important down the stretch. He suddenly cared again. I know this isn't the attitude you want always but athletes are ego-maniacs and why is he any different. He can take a 7 yard slant and make it 50 yards because he is just that much faster then everyone on the field.

Not bad salguero
I agree with keeping Hartline and going after Jennings.
The familiarity with Jennings and the system and the fact he is an elite route runner put him over the top.
Wallace is very fast but a product of big Ben extending plays with his feet. DONT SPEND BIG ON A ONE TRICK PONY!!!
I would be good going after Dustin Keller to pair with Jennings, Hartline and Bess.
Of course Jennings, Keller and D bowe might be slightly better but more expensive.
Let starks walk to save $$ and move Odrick next to Solia.
Sign Jarius Byrd to play next to Jones.
The tricky part does come down to Long and Smith.
I agree tha as long as he comes back on a discount you keep him. If not we are forced to draft OT too early and miss on those playmakers you talk about.
Drafting Banks or Jordan should be the priority with the other position taken in second.
Let Bush go....dont overpay for a position that relies on good blocking
unless you have Foster, Peterson or Rice, they are mostly scheme guys.
I predict L Miller will be a stud!

Ray Lewis is retiring as soon as Ravens season is done.

The Dolphins honored Tim Tebow at halftime during a game. Ray Lewis is the only non-dolphin player deserved of being honored at halftime in Miami.

If Ross were smart, he could pack the home stadium for one game, just by honoring Ray Lewis at halftime.

ALL OF THE CANES PRESENT AND PAST FANS WOULD BE THERE!!!!!!!!!!!

JUST GET AN ELITE QB!

NeMo,

I agree on Hopkins he is a player. LSU is known for it's stingy defense and there were times in that game where he was covered and covered well but his hand/eye coordination and abilty to track a ball double covered was very impressive.

Hopkins doesn't say #1 to me yet and by round #2 when Miami selects he will probably be gone.

Only a shortsighted fool would want their team spending to the cap limit. It does nothing but create future problems and the inability to have any flexibility at all.

You NEVER see the top franchises doing this. Instead, the manage theior cap expertly and never go on wild FA spending sprees.

Miami finally has their cap in great shape. It needs to stay that way for the team to have any shot at a run of lasting success.

By the way, I'm not suggesting Miami shouldn't target (and sign) the occassional free-agent. They should. I'm just saying that wild spending on FA NEVER works in the NFL and the best teams totally ignore their fans bleatings to sign everyone out there.

RAY LEWIS IS THE ONLY NON DOLPHIN PLAYER I WOULD ADD TO THE DOLPHINS RING OF FAME.

A CATEGORY OF GREATEST MIAMI PLAYER EVER TO NEVER BE A DOLPHIN NEEDS TO BE ADDED TO OUR RING OF HONOR!

THE RAVENS WERE THE WORST OFFENSE EVER TO WIN A SB LED BY RAY LEWIS AND THE BEST DEFENSE EVER TO WIN A SB.

THE CITY OF MIAMI NEEDS TO FIND WAY TO HONOR RAY LEWIS' RETIREMENT. IM 100% FOR IT.

That cheap SOB Ross will keep the payroll low and pocket the money. He's shown he couldnt care less about winning.

I think you have to keep Smith, just to keep the secondary from getting worse. It isn't a lock that a rookie CB will out play him. All depends on what Smith will accept for money I suppose.

I'm not sold on Wallace, seems undependable. Though they clearly need something and the draft apparently isn't very WR friendly. Definately don't get Bowe... Binns and Matthews might end up playing next year as well. They showed some promise.

lol

Bah Blah Blah. Please.....don't quit your day job. But again........maybe......you should!

Adding Greg Jennings and Jermichael Finley would be AMAZING. I really really hope we do that.

I dont really agree with the Wallace idea. My thoughts are this. Persue (if they are not resigned) Keller, Cook or Bennett for our starting TE. Then try and get Dallas Clark (short term answer 2 yrs) as the backup. find a starting OG or OT in FA and draft the other in the first 3 rounds. Must resignings are Starks and extend Jones. All other signings are optional depending on price. Draft corner or DE whichever is bpa in 1st round and receiver in 2nd and late.
Keller and Clark at TE would open up all underneath passing to Bess and the backs. FA alpha-receivers are too risky. Too much depends on the relationship with the QB. Only alpha receiver in the league I would want is Larry Fitz because he has played with so many QB's in his career and been successfull till last year.

Harmel, how many times do you have to be told how ridiculous that comment is?

Wallace knows he has a problem dropping balls, so his price should go down.

Mando,

Where we agree:
- NO to trading places for more picks; LOSING STRATEGY
- YES to a more aggressive FA period (don't wait until AFTER the Draft to realize you need more talent on the team)
- YES to CB/pass rusher upgrades
- YES to FA WR + drafted WR (though, like YG, I'm hearing from ALL my Steeler-fan friends that Wallace has bad hands)

Where I may disagree (slightly) from you:
- Reggie Bush. I don't see him as a luxury, I see him as the #1 playmaker on this team. Miller, while promising, can't do what Bush can out-of-the-backfield. He's probably a better runner, but not a pass threat (at least more than Bush). And I wouldn't bank my backfield on Jonas or even Thomas when healthy.
- Chris Clemons. I disagree he's solid. I think he's a liability. Consistently takes poor angles, out of position, absolutely no ability with the ball in the air. He's a definite upgrade in my opinion. ESPECIALLY if Byrd or Goldson are available.
- You didn't mention him, but Carpenter. That's the 1 position we KNOW that if we had a lead-foot kicker, we'd have won 2 more games. So I look to upgrade (or keep Kaeding).

Also, you think you'll be able to sign all those FAs, good players who will ask for fair compensation PLUS sign Long back. Sure, he'll need to reduce his price, but would he come dirt cheap? I doubt it. Why? So I don't see how both happen. Either we sign Long back and scale back our FA signings, or let Long walk and go all out in FA. I see that as more realistic.

Wow. This is the first time I have read a GM Salguero article and came away thinking that he is actually hoping the Dolphins do well.

Who are you, Mando? The Yankees?

Please somebody show me evidence that going all in with free agency in a sport like football actually works. There are many examples of teams trying to buy superbowls. Redskins. Dolphins in 95 (Shula's last year) . The Jets recently. Seems to me, the teams who can draft avoid signing huge free agent contracts for outside players have done better. See New England, Pittsburg, Greenbay.

I agree on Starks. Good player but I don't see $6m a year plus for this guy. I think Odrick would be more than capable ..

Excellent suggestions Armando...We all have them...But the difference between the Heat and the Dolphins is MANAGEMENT...Pat Riley is a name well respected all around the NBA...He was able to convince Lebron and Bosh to come down to Miami and win a Championship...So they took less $$$ and signed on the dotted line...Do you think Ireland can do the same???? NEVER!!! Most players in the league don't even take him seriously. Ask Ryan Clark or Peyton Manning...So that's a BIG difference in my opinion...You want to get the best players out there to sign for you for less $$$, you better have a proven track record. Ireland's track record speaks for itself...Won't happen.

bubble--100% agreed.

It is the teams that DON'T listen to their fans demands to go on wild spending orgies that do the best job.

The most boring offseasons almost always belong to the best organizations.

YG, I agree. Mando's dreaming if he thinks he can get all those players, AND RE-SIGN LONG, and still be under the CAP. Won't happen, no way, no how. Wallace AND Jennings? Keep dreaming.

MAndo, I agree with most of what you said. The only thin is I also think we need to upgrade the guard position. Our guards aren't fit for west coast offense. They can't pull and they are not athletic. I think guard position has to be upgraded and I would start with Jerry

Wallace would be enough...No need to break the bank for another WR...Get me Dustin Keller instead...

Besides, I think that Matthews kid can become a very good WR for us...Just my opinion of course...

Boulder, I agree with you on Jerry...He's just AWFUL...Another Ireland wasted pick...3rd rounder...Unreal...

Honestly does anyone really take Ryan Clark seriously? I had a feeling going into it that he was just using the Fins as leverage... Do you not think Ireland may have had more knowledge on the matter and low balled him, not giving him the full experience? Most all FA's that come in say that the experience was good. Maybe Ireland called Clark on his bluff bc with alot of FA's that the fans want IE Orton, Flynn ect he either didnt give up the farm in Ortons case or over pay for Flynn.. both were good turn downs.. Its always one outspoken person that doesnt get their way or is treated the way they want to that spews off at the mouth. If anyone tries to bring up Dez and the question he was asked, didnt Dez say his dad was a pimp and admit his mothers drug abuse problems before that question was asked?
Im not saying Ireland is or isnt respected as a GM but taking the word of one person isnt the voice of all..

Montreal, agreed on Riley vs. Ireland. Miami is NOT a sought-after destination for players (though some here think it is). It's a terrible organization (recent history, in terms of winning). The Heat HAD won a championship in their recent past, so they hadn't been as mediocre as the Dolphins have been last decade. And Ireland doesn't seem to have a great reputation with the players (as much as he does with the organizational NFL types). While he's good at getting his price, he's not as good as landing top talent.

Mondo for GM!

pampa, long run success? I'd setle for one year of success right now ...

Winning NFL teams are not constructed by the seat of the GM's pants. Poop is constructed by the seat of the GM's pants. Not great teams.

LMAO!!

Sounds like a great plan in fantasy.

The problem is that we have trouble attracting Free Agents as it is, you think that any of the above guys will give a 'discount' to the Dolphins to sign here?

Also, you seem petty confident that the draft board will fall JUST RIGHT for us so we can pick up all these pieces you assume we can add in the draft.

I agree that Jennings is my first choice because he knows the scheme. Wallace is my second choice while Bowe drops WAY too many passes.

Don't get me wrong. I HOPE the Dolphins do something similar to what you suggest.


P.S. I agree with most of the other fans that commited a SERIOUS oversight by not suggesting we upgrade the RG situation. Incognito is enough of a liability in pass protection. Jerry can't adequately do EITHER PBlock/RBlock.

Ray Lewis to thee Dolphins Ring of Honor? Is someone on crack??? Fukk Ray Lewis ...

I love our new logo! That alone will lead us into the playoffs. I say status quo on the players. Move down in the draft and stockpile picks for next years draft which is going to be loaded with Tight Ends.

Do you not think Ireland may have had more knowledge on the matter and low balled him, not giving him the full experience? mattyb, no, not really. I think you're giving him too much credit. He's not that smart...LOL!!!

Lol #1, just trying to look at it from a different stand point..

To those saying not to spend freely on free agency - facto fo the matter is - this offense will probably need three capable veteran outside additions to next year just to be considered semi respectable. OL (if Long isn't re-signed), WR, TE will all be areas in need of addressing from hired labour.

Byrd is the word in FA...

G upgrade would be good as well, T will be 1st priority if Long walks though.

S/WR/CB are more pressing needs than G at the moment, imo. Could even throw TE in there.

Some good ideas, but J.Finley from Green Bay is someone that I hope doesn't land in Miami, he is a nightmare to work with, Philbin will know this.

I hope that CB Dee Milliner falls to No12 in the draft, we have 5 picks in the first 85 I believe? Might even be worth trading up for a playmaking CB or top pass rush.

Going all in with 3-5 big time free agents in a sport with 22 + positions sounds more like a plan the Marlins had than in a sport like the Heat where you're buying 3/5ths of the starting line up.

Armando

Its a pipe dream but if they were to sign both wallace and jennings to FA contracts then there would be absolutely no need for hartline to stay becuase miami would already be paying two potential #1's big money as it is, and if that were to happen i dont see how miami would be able to add a TE in keller or finley considering their markets...As much as miami fans would slobber over that prospect...its just not reality and miami needs more help than just two true elite recievers...Just sayin!!!

Whatever happens, let's just hope we've seen the last of Nolan Carroll, John Jerry, Jeron Mastrud and Daniel Thomas...Those players are just awful...

IN FREE AGENCY THE CHOICE IS SIMPLE MIKE WALLACE ! I DON'T CARE ABOUT DROPS AND NOT INTERESTED THE GUY IS A DEEP THREAT PLAYMAKER. ALL WIDE RECEIVERS DROP PASSES AND WHEN THE STEELERS LOST THEIR QB AND REFUSE TO PAY HIM WHY WOULD HE RISKS HIS CHANCE OF CASHING IN! HE SHOULD BE TOP PRIORITY FOR THE DOLPHINS IN FREE AGENCY! RESIGN HARTLINE,BUSH,STARKS. (YES RESIGN BUSH BUT AT A DISCOUNT ONLY) MILLER NOT READY YET. WE NEED TWO GOOD CORNERBACKS (ONE FA/ONE DRAFT) AND WE NEED A GOOD TACKLE ON THE RIGHT OR LEFT SIDE. YES MAKE THE TRADE FOR FINLEY. WITH THESE MOVES BARRING INJURIES THE DOLPHINS WIN 10=11 GAMES EASY. HOW ARE YOU GOING TO COVER WALLACE,HARTLINE,FINLEY AND BESS? YOU CAN NO LONGER STACK THE BOX SO REGGIE GETS MORE LONG RUNS! THE DOLPHINS ARE SET TO BECOME GOOD IN A HURRY BUT ONLY IF IRELAND DON'T SCREW IT UP!

Free agency is fool's gold. It never works.

Only the dumbest fans still think it does.

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