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Will stadium vote cause the Dolphins to have more urgency this offseason to impress fans, voters?

This morning the Dolphins will make official what the Miami Herald confirmed on Saturday, namely that the team's attempt to secure hotel bed tax dollars and other tax breaks to help finance half of a $400 million upgrade to Sun Life Stadium would be put before the voters of Miami-Dade County in the next few months.

It's a gutsy move by the team. It's also something of a Hail Mary because even though local taxpayers are not generally having to fork over the money themselves, asking voters to  approve any tax increase of any kind (even when it's on tourists) is often not a winning proposition.

And it doesn't help that the county's elected officials did such a horrible job vetting the Marlins and dealing with that rogue organization as they negotiated a deal for the new Marlins Park. Public monies beyond bed taxes were used in that deal because the Marlins were losing money and promised to field a great lineup in exchange for their deal.

Except it was eventually learned the Marlins were making money. And the politicians never got the team to open its books before or after that fact came to light. And after one season of upgrading the roster, the club conducted a fire sale and will field a glorified Triple A team lineup this coming season to save money.

So the Marlins and the politicians that voted on their behalf screwed Miami-Dade.

And the fallout from that bomb threatens the Dolphins in this upcoming vote.

But ...

This vote also offers the Dolphins a grand, awesome opportunity. And, if embraced by the club, it can mend the recent narrow but apparent fissure between the team and its fans.

As you know, Dolphins' fans have not been thrilled with the recent direction of the team. The last four years of 7-9, 7-9, 6-10 and 7-9 were not great, but this break was coming well before that with Nick Saban lying and Bill Parcells splitting and Cam Cameron stinking.

So the love affair has been a little rocky and the historically low attendance last season was proof.

But, as I mentioned, this offseason, this vote, this time in team history is a grand and golden opportunity. Think of it, if the team reaches for greatness and that lights a fire under the fan base to turn out to the polls, we could go to August with:

1. A better team filled with promise and some actual proven stars.

2. A team whose house will be modernized.

3. A team that actually seems exciting to its fans.

4. A team that will remain in South Florida for a long, long time.

5. A team whose fans backed it at the polls.

And all this without winning a game. Indeed, all this without even playing a game.

So how does this happen?

Remember right after the season when I suggested the Dolphins handle this offseason in the fashion the Miami Heat handled the offseason in which they got Dwyane Wade re-signed, and added Chris Bosh, and LeBron James and Mike Miller?

Remember the offseason the Heat went big?

That's what the Dolphins have a chance to do this offseason with $46 million or so in salary cap space and five draft picks in the first three rounds.

And so that is the opportunity. The Dolphins can tilt the offseason, the roster, the fan base and the vote in their direction if they simply have the, um, fortitude to go big this offseason as the Heat did three years ago.

Get a bigtime playmaker or two in free agency. In other words, win in free agency. Then add talent in the draft that doesn't suggest you're going to be the same team you've been for a decade. Get that seam-threatening tight end. Get a promising safety to team with Reshad Jones. Get us some corners that knows how to do this thing recently foreign in Miami, what's it called? Oh yes, intercept the football.

Add a running back if you have to.

Hey, how about checking out the trade market, too. Percy Harvin might be out there. Explore, it! (I'm not ready to push for that move per se. But at least explore. Don't sit in a dark film room studying tape of the right guard from New Mexico, when freaking Percy Harvin is dangling out there.)

Dare to be great. And let your fans know as much.

Now, all this sounds like fanciful sportswriter mumbo jumbo, right? It's just a columnist with a vivid imagination sitting at his computer, eating twinkies and filling space.

Well, it would be that if I was lazy.

I'm not lazy.

I texted several of my Dolphins sources about this very subject Sunday. I asked if the team welcoming a vote would cause greater urgency to do something exciting?

The resulting answers were mixed.

First, the topic has not been discussed internally. Remember, the announcement is today. So there has been no grand strategy session within the organization to see if football operations can be helpful to the business side.

This, by the way, has to fall at the feet of owner Stephen Ross. He knows the business side has agreed to take the issue to the voting booth. He had to approve such a move. So once he got done with that conversation, why didn't he pick up another phone (my understanding is billionaires often have multiple phones) and call the football side and say, "Hey, general manager Jeff Ireland, we're doing this presser on Monday. We've got $200 million on the line here. The vote will likely be in May. I want to hear what you're going to do to help. And, you better help!"

That's the owner's job. He has business interests that represent $200 million dangling on a vote, it should automatically dawn on him to rally every asset within the organization to make sure the team does what most professional sports teams are in business to do: Win.

Win the offseason.

Win the fans over.

Win the vote.

(Peanut gallery speaking: "But, Mando, we want a team that wins during the season, not the offseason.")

Shaddup, ya foofs.

There are no games available to be played now, okay? And to win in the regular season, you have to build a team successfully in the offseason.

Anyway, I call on Ross, the head of the Dolphins organization, to get his business side hand and football side hand to speak to each other -- one hand working with the other -- and come up with a strategy that willl make the entire organization emerge from this victorious.

Is the business side into the idea?

Heck yes. In talking to a couple of people on that side, they completely agree that if football operations makes some significant advances or moves that convince fans the team is clearly going to be better, they are more likely to win the election.

"This would seem to be the time to make a statement," one source texted me.

That same source asked if signing a particular player would get fans fired up. I cannot divulge the name of the player used because my job is not to get sources in trouble for tampering. But suffice to say the player is a looming unrestricted free agent who makes plays.

I told the source it would help. But I believe it will take more than one player to light the excitement flames for Miami fans. Also, and more importantly, it's going to take adding more than one player to make the Dolphins much, much better. That's the beauty of all this. The business side would love signing several talented players because it helps them. The football side should love the idea of adding gobs of talent because it helps them.

Synergy!

So the business side would be pleased if this was the approach.

But, and here comes the newsy part of this post, the football side doesn't seem too excited with the idea at this point. I texted a couple of folks on that side, too.

I asked if the vote would bring greater urgency to get bigger name players.

"Nope," was one response I got.

"Doubtful," was another response. "We make football moves for the longterm well-being of the franchise, not to please fans."

Alrightie, then.

So, the football side is not on board at this time. It is going about things like this is another offseason that brings opportunities to improve. But it is not approaching this like it's make-or-break and $200 million and the long-term viability of the team in South Florida are at stake.

Do I agree with this?

Yes. And no.

I agree that winning rather than pleasing fans should be the goal. Always. But some people act like winning and adding bigtime players are mutually exclusive. BREAKING NEWS: Adding great players is what brings winning.

Also, if you're telling me that despite the need to please fans with a big name addition you would, as a hypothetical example here, refuse to pay Mike Wallace $15 million per year, I agree with you.

But, on the other hand, if you're saying you'd refuse to go to $10 million per year because you want to also add the $4 million per year guard, I'd think you're a certifiable dunce.

Deep threat. Imperative.

Guard. A grunt that isn't going to win you games.

(Peanut gallery speaking: "But Mando, you need good interior players too to win big in the NFL.")

Shaddup, ya twits.

You can't name the four guards that started in the Super Bowl and even if you could, you can't name one occassion when a guard scored in the NFL this season. And teams must score points to win. Also, the Dolphins have guards on the team already.

So where does this all leave us?

We have one side of the organization hoping the other side gets on board while the owner is in the middle having not yet broached the topic with either.

Let's hope this changes. There is still time before free agency. There is still time before the draft. There is still time before the NFL trade period opens. There is still time before the Miami-Dade County vote.

Most importantly, there is still time for the Dolphins to become a synchronized organization with all sides harmonizing toward a common goal. 

 

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Hello America, nice to meet you!!!

Hey poor low wage immigrants, my family was in the same boat. Now I'm here to represent you and trick you into thinking I have your interests in mind.


Of course, the truth of the matter is, I ONLY think and CARE about becoming the next president. AND I AM FKKING DESPERATE. (Imagine how much tail I'd get!)

Where's my water?

Philly Chirino, I'd go to a Dolphin game if it wasnt a complete waste of money.

Let's face it, going to a dolphin game has nothing to do with football. It's a place where rowdy latinos get smashed and fight over fat sleazy girls.

Dude i've been wasting my money since 97 myself and have had season tix in the family since 82. I assure u that many a time i have said to myself, thats it, no more. Ive sat thru 1-15 (although most of those games we got home by 3rd qtr) and over a decade of mediocrity, or worse! My point is that if the dolphins are ur team (like most people in this blog say is there team) then support them by going to the games and not by spewing negative talk, from a distance (like say, behind ur computers, on this blog with your mouse in one hand and the Juurgens in the other)!

Dear Marco:

PLEASE be the nominee in 2016.

Dear Marco

Please tell us 9000 more times how you're from a family of immigrants and how you would like an opportunity to screw them all over so you can rub elbows with the rich and famous and fornicate with staff helpers, of both sexes.

But if and WHEN we make the playoffs i assure u there will be 75,000 fans there at Joe Robbie Stadium (the owner who actually put out his own money to build what he wanted) back on the wagon saying that's my team, i knew all along we would do it! No u didnt! Then we wonder why we get the reputation for being $hitti fans.......cuz most of u are!

It's EARLY YET, but this has to be:

**POST OF THE YEAR**
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scourt,

First of all Jared Odrick was the 28th pick in the draft. Graham was what? The 13th pick? Big difference.
We were told by Armando and others that Graham was this pass rush beast that we HAD to have. He even wanted to adopt him (go back and check if you doubt me). He has 8.5 sacks in THREE years. So which part are you not getting? Which part are you defending?

I 'mocked' Armando and 'it's in bad taste'. Are you f-ing kidding me? It's a football blog? We share opinions. Where is it written that I have to accept what's written when I disagree with something? Do you need a blanket to cuddle with or something? I'll let you kiss Armando's a**. I'm here to talk football.
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We all know "Scourt" sounds very familiar to........to ah..........well, he sounds like about 15 different poster names here(most of them fake troll names), but.......ah........Yee-Aah!

Mostly though, on this one, he sounds like one of Omar's Old Turds. The ones that all had to agree on everything and took Omar's word as gospel.

Monkey - Boy! Armando is experienced enough and intelligent enough to fight his own battles. Whats more, unlike that Dweeb Omar(that would make you a **Dweeb-ette** ROTFLMAO!), Armando realizes that people have differing opinions. Matter of fact, he even encourages it(novel thought, eh(Duh)?).
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Just for the record, I was talking to a friend of mine tonight, a life long Eagles Fan, and we **TRYING** to remember Graham's names. In that we were **TRYING**, that says enough.

I thought Graham was going to be a beast, God knows he was at the collegiate level. That injury was devastating or his skills just didn't translate. Either way, he **MIGHT** get one last shot. The NFL indeed means Not For Long!

PS: Get Off Mando's Nads you turd. He doesn't suffer the same type of neurosis that Omar obviously does!

Bhwaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa Haaaaaaaaaaaa Haaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!!

Sorry, I should have attributed the Post Of The Year above to NONE other than:

Craig M.

Nice Craig!

Philly Chomo. Did you take a two week vacation this year in Tuscany or Paris or Cancun staying at the top hotels and eating like a god 3 meals a day? If not you are a sucker fan giving your low class wages to billionaire Ross so he can have real vacations like that while you spend 4 days at the Budget Inn in the mountains eating Steer Burgers and fries.

No bro, just a fan of my team. When we suck, we suck (and have for too long). Never mind tho....Go back to strokin your junk, insert index finger back into anuuuuus (in best borat accent) So sorry to have interrupted you FemGM.

Philly Chumbo,

I've never been to a game, Would you like to show some kindness and take me one Sunday? I promise to be a fan and spread the joy.

Monte, if you think anybody on this blog is pretty sharp than you are too dumb to be allowed here. Are you a teenager? If not you are a naive sad sack. Nobody on this blog knows jack shet, just a bunch of fart-head pretenders.

Posted by: Oyster | February 12, 2013 at 11:38 PM
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This guy, AND ANYBODY that AGREES with him, OBVIOUSLY have their Heads Up Their A sses - LOL.

How does chosing a blog to share opinions on.........how does THAT reflect on ones intelligence?

I WOULD go as far as to agree, a large percentage here ARE, as **YOU** say, Dumb, Naive, Sacks.

But.......**WE ALL KNOW" that "Large Percentage" is really just **YOU**. Posting your ignorance over and over again using a literal Plethora of "STOOPID" sign-in names.

.......and with THAT, I believe things are pretty well "summed up" around here........

Truth Hurt?

Just Thank God for creating that little thing called "Denial".

ROTFLMAO!!!!

Hell, Everybody knows in what state the Union is in. We don't need Ombama or Markou to tell Us about It. We know.

YG,

And instead of trying to fill 15 holes we fill 5 and hope that raises the play of the rest of the players. No one will have a team riddled with All Pro players.

Posted by: bidniss | February 08, 2013 at 01:13 PM

I get what you are saying YG. And I agree to an extent. I think the folks throwing these guys the balls is a big deal also. Henne, Moore then a rookie with 19 college starts. Welker didn't score squat TDs while here either but NE is a whole nuddah story, right? I know, extreme example. Look at Marshall for instance...throwning out his rookie year:

DEN '07-'09 = 23 TDs 7.6 avg
MIA '10-'11 = 9 TDs 4.5 avg
CHI '12 = 11
3 - 7 LESS TDs avg per year with a MIA QB

Posted by: bidniss | February 08, 2013 at 01:32 PM
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Wow! Considering the QB's that Hartline was blessed with really helps put another aspect of the equation into perspective.

I still don't think it will matter to YG, I think a guy named Brian stood him up prom nite.

The matter of creating more holes before we fill ANY is what concerns me. If it's true Hartline is really **ASKING** for 5 million, I give it serious consideration.

They say it takes WR's a couple of years to develop. Well, Hartline just had a career year in a brand new offense. I'm convinced he'll benefit from having a better team around him too.

I would hate for us to help develop Hartline for his first 3 years, only to see him go to New England and excel.

Of course, in the not too distant Future, the highly Educated will Govern, thru Internet.

Oscar,

Probably within the next 10-15yrs it will require q license to use the internet just like it re4quires a license to drive a car.

With the license youre issued a code and it will require that code to gain access to the internet. Depending on conduct, just like a drivers license points are issued against you until you exceed the set amount to have your internet license revoked.

There will be certain rules, like you will have a certain username to already picked out for you by the government. You wont be able to change it or the system automatically logs you out.

If youre a convicted felon, you cant get a licensed, but will be permitted to use it if for work related reasons. Then a convicted felon will have access during that period at work only, and his code will restrict him from any sites except registered for use by his felony code.

Minors will have a code that only allows access to sites according to their age categories.

Oscar, there's more I could reveal to you, but then you would have to be terminated. LOL...

The Dolphins need WR help. Many fans want a deep threat. Therefore, in spite of assumed salary requirements, Mike Wallace's name is at the top of the FA list. Maybe it will come down to a choice for the Dolphins to go with Brian Hartline, Greg Jennings or Mike Wallace. How much more valuable would Wallace be to Miami as a deep threat over the other two, based on 2012 performance?
Total # of Targets - Wal- 116 | Har- 118 | Jen- 58
Targets@ 20+ yds - Wal- 31 | Har- 25 | Jen- 8
Catches@ 20+ yds - Wal- 6 | Har- 11 | Jen- 1
Drops@ 20+ yds - Wal- 2 | Har- 1 | Jen- 1
Total yds @20+ yds - Wal- 263 | Har- 421 | Jen- 27
TD's @ 20+ yds - Wal- 4 | Har- 1 | Jen- 0
% catches vs targets@ 20+ yds - Wal- 19.4 | Har- 44 | Jen- 12.5

A guy at SI is doing a redraft of 2012 and wrote the Jags should have taken Tannehill at 5. Furthermore J. Martin should have been drafted 18 by the Chargers.

You no get lisense YG den

And then there are the Girls...here...= or better than Kim...many... Think about them.

Of course billcale that doesn't take into account how teams would defend Wallace different compared to Hartline. While a defense would probably play to prevent Wallace from getting open deep by the double team or with deep zone...would teams have that kind of respect for Hartline? I would not think so which means teams can keep safeties and corners closer to the line of scrimmage and get more players in the box.

dadsmith, exactly...I was about to post the same thing but you beat me to it...LOL!! Bottom line is Wallace would make everybody on offense better...Including Hartline (assuming we re-sign him), Bess, Matthews and all the rest of them...He should be priority number one..

I would love the Dolphins to sign both Wallace and Keller, but a friend of mine living in "Joysey" as they call it down there told me Keller isn't going anywhere...He's priority number one for the Jets apparently...We'll see...

So I've watched Tannehill in both college and pro and have no idea how he was a 1st rd pick.

Julio, this year you'll see why he was a first round pick...

Again. Priority #1 is to better protect T-Hill. Why? Well...

Usually, the ball gets first to the QBs hands than the receiver's.

oscar, thanx for the earth shattering info.

The Jets are 23 mil over the cap and they may have little choice what happens with Keller. We'll see.. but it's fun watching them squirm in any case.

dads, I love to see Keller here too but it sounds like the Jets will be more than willing to sacrifice their overpaid linebackers instead. David harris and bart scott are on the books for big money.

dadsmithwest, Wallace surely does bring intangibles with his game but at what cost? The Dolphins will need a TE as Fasano is a FA. They could be giving up Hartline, a good TE and a good OG (or 2 TEs) for most likely less money than just acquiring Wallace and a TE in FA.

While I'm sure that defenses game plan for Wallace, how much of that is because of Roethlisberger? Teams this year against Pitt were about stopping the run while Big Ben was out; not so much afraid of Wallace.

GREAT chance for the Dolphins to make some noise in the AFC....GREAT chance! Jets are a mess, Ravens are going to lose some key pieces if they keep Flacco, talk is the Steelers are going to lose three guys on their OL and their running game is non-existent (plus they have to replace Wallace's production somehow).

So who's our competition? Well there's still the Pats and the Broncos. The Texans should be good again and the Colts will continue to be good as long as Luck is their QB. I like a lot of the things the Bengals are doing and they have about $50 mil in cap space (btw, WHAT a trade they made with the Raiders for Carson Palmer!! Where are all the 'what a great trade for the Raiders' guys now?).

So to me we've got to close the gap on the Pats but with the right moves this offseason we're right there fighting with for those two wildcard spots. Unless of course we find out the Pats have more holes than we think (Gronk injuries, release of Welker and Lyoyd and a porous secondary). It's right there if we can get this stuff right.

David harris and bart scott are on the books for big money.
Posted by: Mark in Toronto | February 13, 2013 at 08:32 AM

It's been reported that will be cut, nearly guarenteed

I need to thank Monte and Odin for addressing Oyster or whoever he may be on his rant about us dumb bloggers. I'm sorry I missed it last night but apparently my opinion of how much money Reggie Bush should get or not get ruffled his feathers.

We are in a great position with draft picks and cap space this is what we've been waiting for

We can retain who we choose too and the rest is addition thru subtraction

The "trade for Carson Palmer" people are right there with the "draft Brady Quinn" gang and the "trade for Kevin Kolb" group.

They are clueless, but are expert at the art of convenient amnesia.

David Harris is a good linebacker. To bad we couldn't make it work. I like this guy. Mark, I gotta disagree with you, I think this guy is UNDER-rated, not OVER-rated. Now if you mean in relation to his slary cap figure, then maybe. I just don't think this guy gets the credit around the league he deserves. Were this NEXT year, he's a guy I'd want us to pursue.

tj turner,

Right on, man. They all disappear when it comes time to pay the piper...

dadsmithwest, Wallace surely does bring intangibles with his game but at what cost? The Dolphins will need a TE as Fasano is a FA. They could be giving up Hartline, a good TE and a good OG (or 2 TEs) for most likely less money than just acquiring Wallace and a TE in FA.

While I'm sure that defenses game plan for Wallace, how much of that is because of Roethlisberger? Teams this year against Pitt were about stopping the run while Big Ben was out; not so much afraid of Wallace.

Posted by: billcale | February 13, 2013 at 09:10 AM

bill brings up a couple good points (I'm starting to come around to) in this post. First off, Wallace WITH Big Ben is a beast. Would he be as effective with Tannehill?

Second, if ONE Wallace = 1 good TE + 1 good OL, and you can still draft a WR high, could that be the better direction for a team that has as many holes as ours?

I say this as a fan who felt burnt by Brandon Marshall. I was (besides Kris) his biggest supporter on here. I rarely blamed him for anything. I STILL think he's the best WR we had since Clayton/Duper. I would have liked him to remain on the team (with a better attitude and understanding of the team concept). But for ALL he did (100 rec, 1000 yds), he didn't add any wins. He didn't make any of the other players better. He didn't take a leadership role in the locker room.

I do want a dominant WR on this team. But I want one that will be PART OF A WINNING TEAM. Not just for the sake of having a dominant WR. And I'm not sure Wallace alone is the answer. We have a lot of money, but we also have a lot of holes. Ireland needs to be smart on the business side to get the MOST bang for his buck.

The Carson Palmer trade was one of the dumbest moves I can recall. Especially when you consider that if Carson would just have got re-instated and tried to stay on the roster they would have cut him. Raiders are a mess.

I'm all for us going NUTS this season or as someone have said 'being aggressive'. CHECK.

But one thing I think we need to consider (and I'm sure NONE of us have looked at) is what does next year look like. I'm sure Ireland and his staff have already done that. For example, who are the FAs NEXT year? What should we be doing in the draft NEXT year? What if Tannehill really disappoints this coming season? Do we look at QB again in the draft or FA? What do we do with our two LBers NEXT year? Possible that we replace one or even both of them. I don't have the answers to any of this stuff but it's why we need to be smart with what we do this year. I don't care what anyone says, I don't want us to be in the position the Jets are in right now. Not EVER. That's just bad planning. I don't care they went to the Championship games two years in a row. They lost and they FAILED and now they're paying for them. It's likely to be a while before they are good again.

So I'm all good about spending money and being aggressive this year but not at the expense of future years. It's not a 'one shot and we're done' opportunity we're looking at.

Quote from NFL.com:

"So I expect a team like the Dolphins to make a bid on Jennings, probably overpay -- because that's what the Dolphins do -- and wind up disappointed."

Buyer beware!

DC,

I think we have to take the chance. The alternative is to resign with Hartline and draft young kids in the draft. There's no guarantee the kids work out and there's no guarantee we get better doing that.

I think we want our GM and team to take the chance. It's like drafting Tannehill last year. No guarantee it works out but sometimes you have to take chances. Safe and conseravative just isn't going to get it done. QB needs help.....NOW.

IT'S THE QB STUPID.

Craig, he's going to get cut because he's on the books for $13M next year. i said nothing about his abilities other than being overpaid. Only guys who throw the ball well and the top 1-3% of players at their position should be on the books for that much. Not guys who are "good players". And when talking over or underrated, I don't compare to some arbitrary subjective opinion, I compare it to what he costs. i.e is he worth his weight in gold???

When I look back on all the players we could have "taken a chance" on, like Sidney Rice, like Anquan Boldin, I see missed opportunities. Chancing on a 30 year old player with recent injury history is unwise. If it's a matter of 1-2 mil difference, then go with Wallace.

My choice remains Dwayne Bowe. Use his history against paying him big. Give him an incentive-laden contract. If he goes for it, you didn't break the bank. If not, on to the next. He won't give you the speed, but he can give you the possession WR we need as well as the endzone option. Then get speed in the draft (Steadman Bailey, etc.).

wuld bh have like 9td's w/ brady throwing to him.?.
uhhuh.
lol

Speaking of the Jets, looks at all these players set to count more than $8M to the cap next year ...
David harris, mark Sanchez, jason Smith, Calvin Pace, Antonio Cromartie ($1m per kid), D'Brickashaw Ferguson, Nick Mangold, Darelle revis, and bart Scott. Now who besides Mangold and revis deserve that kind of money ... NOOOOBODYYYY

I find it critical to resingn Hartline, not sign Wallace and go for either Jennings or Bowe. Draft a young WR and TE, then go after OLine and Defense in the draft after that.

..I would be happy with any of these guys. All of them are immediete upgrades. As far as the money goes. We will forget aboout what a lot of people are fearful of if said free agent performs on the field. But the reality is they will probably never perform to the level of the contract they are recieving. Name one free agent reciever that has? There may be some, but off the top of your head who sticks out?

This doesn't mean they can't have a big year. This doesn't mean they will not help the team(and I guess if they help make the team better, to me that is worth the money) But who is worth 10 million dollars a year? There are a select few. None of these guys are. But they will probably get it.

Mark,

We said.

Sorry I missed your earlier point. I read that you were saying 'OVER-rated' not 'OVER-paid. Agreed.

Cromartie would be an interesting guy for us if he were to come available. Bit of a mouthpiece but I like him more than Sean Smith. I'd rather pay him the money than Smith.

Mark,

I've always been a fan of Ferguson. Not sure what he's making (around $12 maybe?). He was right there with Long before the injuries to Long. He's probably a top 2 or 3 LT in the league. I guess it depends how people value the position. We're about to find out how a good LT can help your team in the case of Martin (good or bad), I think.

It would be wise business to only buy one high priced free agent - Mike Wallace maybe. We can afford to do this without upsetting the apple cart too much down the road because it is replacing jake Long as our big ticket with Mike Wallace - an even up trade in effect. Shop in the middle tier the rest of free agency and sign your own that seserve it and get your high end talents in the draft (no trade downs but maybe a trade up or two). That's how you continue to manage the cap and stay viable ...

If Martin plays LT.. Tannehill will suffer badly.

Mark,

I don't disagree with your theory but the real question is how do you spend the roughly $46 million we have in FA and how should we go in the draft? We all have our theories on this but I think how Ireland and his staff choose will to a large extend effect how we do in the next 3-4 years and whether he's allowed to continue in his role. Tremendous opportunity but it's also fraught with possible disaster too.

I just don't see that signing too many of our pending FAs is the way to go. A couple maybe but then what?

Ferguson is on the books for $10.7M next year. High but not outrageous. he ranks 5th in the NFL in cap hit next year for tackles. I cherish tackles but unless the guy is Anthony Munoz, why bother paying any guy playing that position THAT much??? I'd take a Michael Roos at $7.5 any day of the week instead.

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