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Dolphins interested in Rashard Mendenhall

The Dolphins will obviously add a running back to compete if Reggie Bush is allowed to walk in free agency as I've reported. Bottom line, they need more bodies because Lamar Miller, Daniel Thomas, Jonas Gray and Marcus Thigpen aren't enough bodies to take to training camp.

And a competition between Miller and Thomas for the starting job seems less that inspiring because Miller seems to clearly be the better back.

But Rashard Mendenhall to the Dolphins?

Well, that's the buzz going around the NFL as voiced most loudly by NFL.com's Daniel Jeremiah on his twitter feed over the weekend. Jeremiah, a former NFL scout, obviously has connections around the league so he's as credible as most.

But Rashard Mendenhall to the Dolphins?

Apparently the Dolphins are eyeing more than one prospective Steelers free agent. Obviously the Dolphins cannot sign Mendenhall until 4 p.m. on Tuesday when unrestricted free agency's signing period begins. So we're talking interest in the abstract right now.

But Mendenhall is an interesting guy.

Yes, he has loads of talent. Yes, he is a load himself at 5-10 and 225 pounds. Yes, he is very fast, having clocked in the 4.4s coming out of college. He was even fast enough to be Pittsburgh's kickoff return man earlier in his career.

Mendenhall, 25, also has two 1,000-yard seasons to his credit, those coming in 2009 and 2010.

But Mendenhall is something of an enigma and 2012 was a disaster for many reasons.

In January 2012 he suffered a torn ACL injury to a knee and had to spend his entire offseason rehabilitating the injury. Unlike Adrian Peterson who recovered from a similar injury like a champion, Mendenhall languished and simply wasn't the same player.

He not only played only six games but languished by gaining 3.6 yards per carry. And when coaches didn't think he was trying very hard, they deactivated him for a game against San Diego. Well, Mendenhall didn't bother to show up for that tilt. And so he was suspended for the next game against Dallas.

Mendenhall also stirred some controversy in May 2011 when he got on twitter and chided Americans for celebrating the killing of Osama bin Laden. One of his tweets seemed to suggest he didn't blame bin Laden for 9-11 by raising the possibility of a conspiracy theory.

Mendenhall tried to walk back his position by first tweeting he was just trying to stir conversation and then apologized outright through the Steelers. But Champion Sporting Goods dropped Mendenhall from an endorsement deal.

Mendenhall's, cough, interesting history, diminished production, and Pittsburgh's difficult salary cap situation are undoubtedly reasons the Steelers haven't re-signed the player. That the Dolphins are reportedly interested in Mendenhall -- something I've not idenpendently confirmed -- might be yet another example of the paradigm shift the team is undergoing in its approach to free agency.

The Denver Broncos are also reportedly interested in Mendenhall.

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There he goes, now WNP is in his hit list. He feels hes being ganged up on so hes going to attack everyone who even talks to the first person he was fighting with. When will he realize that everyone in here despises his every post? Dont hold your breath people!!!!!

If anyone cares - P. Harvin is now a Seattle Seahawk. Well after tomorrow at 4pm ET.

YG, we may not get either, actually it is more then likely we don't but you don't believe Bennett would be a HUGE upgrade over Fasano?? I mean, I think that would be an easy call, Bennett is 25, bigger, stronger and shows great potential. Why be so negative on that bro??

Texas Dolphan, why tomorrow after 4:00?? Harvin is not a FA, trades can happen anytime. If he is a Seahawk they can announce that right now

'I was one of the staunchest backers here of Long but I think it's time to move on. Contract sounds fair to me, I just don't know I want the Dolphins paying it. I'd be happier going with Martin and Winston or Loadholdt, at a fraction of the cost and spending the money other places. We drafted Martin and Miller last year. Let's see if they're any good or not and if they have to be replaced.'

Craig,

Is that REALLY you??? Wow!!! Could have had a LOT less arguments with that attitude. LOL.

So now its Craig M., Mark in Toronto, We need Play Makers, Ohio dolphan, JSIinLA, who am I missing? Is he still fighting with Phins78 and ALoco? And he will never realize the common denominator in all of the fighting is he alone.

If that's true about Harvin, I would say the Fins missed the boat again. Give me Harvin over any of the FA's on the market. This is the kind of playmaker the Fins are so sorely lacking.

Posted by: bobbyd12 | March 11, 2013 at 01:05 PM

Yes, and far more proven than Cook. However, IMO, even if we landed him, its still a nobrainer to keep Fasano too.

The downside to all of this is that I have read "NUMEROUS REPORTS" that the Giants will do everything possible to try and Keep Marcellus Bennett.

Well guess the fk what dreamers? You aint getting Cook or Bennett. Youre stroking yourselves, but would just just cumm already? LOL...

Mando,

Is this REALLY appropriate for a Dolphins blog??? Enough of this nut already!!! I come on here to talk football & this is out of control.

The league doesn't approve trades until the season starts. The season starts tomorrow at 4pm and there is a trade deadline. I believe it ends sometime in October and starts when the new season officially starts.


Posted by: just sayin its obvious | March 11, 2013 at 01:08 PM

Are you just jealous I dont attack faceless and cowardly trols? Sign into your real screen name, I'll give you some love, I promise. LOL...

I would rather keep Reggie Bush or draft Zac Stacy.

No deal done on Harvin yet. Viking are pondering trading him (no pun intended) and talking to the Seahawks among other teams...according to espn.

Is it that hard to figure out that YG4E is the root of all that is wrong with this blog. Every time there is a fight he is involved and is caling people names. Seriously check it out, find one name calling fight that gets dragged out for days that doesnt involve YG4E, good luck.

YG, ok I get you like Fasano, but don't you agree he is a better # 2 slot TE?? I have no problem with putting him in that slot. We do need an upgrade at that #1 spot.

Bobby,

Here's a link of the imortant NFL dates. Trade deadline is in October.

http://atp.patsfans.com/2012/02/23/2012-13-calendar-key-dates-for-the-pats-the-nfl/

Posted by: Texas_Dolfan | March 11, 2013 at 01:05 PM

Since he didnt land with anyone in the afc east or with the fins...my answer would be I could give a shyte less.....better than him bieng traded to the seadogs than the pats...Just sayin!!!

WNPs,

Yep, it's me. I've come around on my thinking. I've seen the light. Mark will tell you this happened to me before. I was never in the school that we HAD to have a first round QB. After years of trying it the other way, I gave in and decided there was no pointing in fighting it. Mark and I used to go back and forth at it pretty agressively back then. He showed me the way (DC and Kris had a hand in it too).

By the way, WNPs, keep your head up. Looks like YG has you in his sights now, after your comments eralier about him. He'll be ridiculing everything you say going forward. It's how the kid likes to play.

Work calls fellas....have a good one!

Yesterdays Gone is the best poster here!


Posted by: We Need Playmakers | March 11, 2013 at 01:10 PM

Well, you c an always start your own pay for play blog.

Oh........ wait......... No one would attend.

Just like a I want something something for nothing handout bum. Give you frre bread and you want free meat too. ROTFLMAO........

Armando isnt placing a gun and forcing you to come here here cry baby troll. LOL...

Posted by: Dolfan Rick | March 11, 2013 at 01:12 PM

Its already a DONE deal rick...espn and nfl network confirmed it!!!

Rick,

The deal is done it is just pending a physical and the NFL approval for the trade.

Forgot about Texas and DC, watch out guys YG4E is running out of people to hate!

One last comment guys,

If it's true that the Harvin trade is official tomorrow, the Vikes will very much become players for Wallace or Jennings. I don't care what the media is saying about the 'Wallace deal to Miami being done'. I ain't counting on it, until it actually IS done. We've gone through this too many times in the past. Until 4pm hits tomorrow and deals start happening, this is just speculation in my book right now.


Posted by: Craig M | March 11, 2013 at 01:14 PM

Will your aliases be leaving with you? LOL....

Texas Dolphan, the deal has been announced. Like I said, trades at this time of the year can be announced immediately.

WNP you will also notice posters you have never heard of before attacking everything you say but dont be fooled. You hurt YG4E's feelings so he will now get his revenge, he has nothing better to do.

WOW, the Seahawks gave up their 1st round pick this year for Harvin.

I would bet that means T. Austin will be the Vikings first pick.


Posted by: Craig M | March 11, 2013 at 01:18 PM

Guys? Whaddaya mean guys?

Only two posters here holding you in esteem are Child Predator Alligator Mark, "He Needs A Brain", and that Pet Troll you unleashed in here.

Are those the "GUYS" you're referring too? ROTFLMAO...............

Jennings to minny is more likely...the minny gazzette has said that while they have interest in wallace..team sources say they will not pay him 12 million a year...jennings is probably more likely to fall in the 9-10 mil range...

Oh yes, they are announced as was the Smith trade to KC but the NFL has to approve all trades and that date starts tomorrow at 4pm. It is pretty much a given that they'll approve though.

I think Jennings goes to Minn. I really believe the "deal is done" with Wallace. I believe Fins gave Wallace what he wanted. South Beach and NO state income tax vs. well Minnesota.

there are no done deals when it comes to this FO and free agency...when its officially announced, then ill believe it!!!

lol

Posted by: bobbyd12 | March 11, 2013 at 01:24 PM

This guy "Incarcerated Bob" has been pretty reliable. He announced Miami already has a 5yr 60 million agreement in principle with Miami.

Plus, everyone familiar, is also saying Wallace to Miami. No one has said differently, Wallace nor his agent.

didn't clark have the pen in his hand and then he said f u to ire?
no. it was a bs ploy and a free trip 2 f'n so be but wallace b feelin' ayight.
lol

with Wallace

may be wallace just wanted a free trip 2 doral.
lol

Posted by: just sayin its obvious | March 11, 2013 at 12:55 PM

Since you appear to be a conspiracy theorist, albeit a bad one, perhaps you could help me with something i've always wondered about. It's right up your alley too.

Can you tell me who was on the grassy nole?

YG, I believe that. Even if Minn decided to match that, Miami has much better atmosphere and no state income taxes. Plus Ponder can't throw the ball far enough to hit Wallace.

Right now, I 85% belive Wallace is a done deal. All left is to announce. Then how Ireland chooses to follow up the signing.

Brandon Gibson or draft?

Bobby - there were also rumors that the Patriots wanted Wallace. I'm not sure if those were squashed or not.

wallace = i fry, how is his down field blox?. fry would level u.
lol

ayight homeless,lol. = clueless homers.
irecorn don't f it ^.

A few Incarerated Bob folower tweets;

Ray‏@munchmontano

@SteveRosa024 Yes sir. Ever since he announced the Manning signing I've been riding with @incarceratedbob


Retweeted by Incarcerated Bob IBN


Sean Bettencourt‏@SeanB812

@incarceratedbob dude is PFT bitching about you getting the scoop before them? Looks like sour grapes #sad

Retweeted by Incarcerated Bob IBN

Ray Ray Smith‏@edwardethan

@incarceratedbob @ProFootballTalk Haters gonna hate. Keep your lame ass away from #iBN florio.

Retweeted by Incarcerated Bob IBN

Incarcerated Bob IBN‏@incarceratedbob

@Profootballtalk < mad he's late again. Oh i said "DONE DEAL" on Wallace #ULate again http://ibnsportswrap.com/ #Florio btch slapped by #IBN

Read more here: http://miamiherald.typepad.com/dolphins_in_depth/2013/03/dolphins-interested-in-rashard-mendenhall/comments/page/4/#comments#storylink=cpy

A few Incarerated Bob folower tweets:

Ray‏@munchmontano

@SteveRosa024 Yes sir. Ever since he announced the Manning signing I've been riding with @incarceratedbob


Retweeted by Incarcerated Bob IBN


Sean Bettencourt‏@SeanB812

@incarceratedbob dude is PFT btching about you getting the scoop before them? Looks like sour grapes #sad

Retweeted by Incarcerated Bob IBN

Ray Ray Smith‏@edwardethan

@incarceratedbob @ProFootballTalk Haters gonna hate. Keep your lame ass away from #iBN florio.

Retweeted by Incarcerated Bob IBN

Incarcerated Bob IBN‏@incarceratedbob

@Profootballtalk < mad he's late again. Oh i said "DONE DEAL" on Wallace #ULate again http://ibnsportswrap.com/ #Florio btch slapped by #IBN

LOL....

Double posted. OOps............ LOL...

De'Angelo Hall released by the Redskins. 29 year old CB. Sean Smith can't be smiling.

And you're right, his good friends LOL and truth hurts will be here any second. They're at the park with the kids (wink!wink!).

Posted by: Craig M | March 11, 2013 at 12:50 PM

Oh Brother! Totally in this guys head! First with last months "who cares" post & now this? He can't let anything go!

I'm lobo, I'm YG, I'm anyone else who dislikes him. What a creep!!

When are you gonna learn that PEOPLE SIMPLY DONT LIKE YOU & THEY ARENT ALL THE SAME PERSON! You hear that? That was your ego deflating!

Armando, where for art thou Armando! Enlighten this creep to the truth to shut him up once & for all. HE'S CREEPY!

Posted by: bobbyd12 | March 11, 2013 at 01:44 PM

If Smith could tell dumbass Vonte he's talking to Chief pending tampering, then yes, Smith could be smiling. LOL...

Seems there is a moratorium of so much as rumors by our esteemed SoFla reporters. I wonder how they managed that?

If it's true that the Harvin trade is official tomorrow, the Vikes will very much become players for Wallace or Jennings. I don't care what the media is saying about the 'Wallace deal to Miami being done'. I ain't counting on it, until it actually IS done. We've gone through this too many times in the past. Until 4pm hits tomorrow and deals start happening, this is just speculation in my book right now.

Craigm

The trade is done for Harvin & I agree about the Vikings being SERIOUS players for Wallace. I'm also throwing in the Rams too b/c they have no WR's.

You really don't want to see that Task Force again, do you...

Posted by: LOL | March 11, 2013 at 01:48 PM

Already happened. Armando publically embarrassed him telling CraigM I dont use aliases. Yet still this creep is insuating I do.

CraigM never lets facts get in his way. ROTFLMAO.......

hehehe...

Posted by: We Need Playmakers | March 11, 2013 at 01:50 PM

Will you and your boyfriend CraigM just get a room already. Youre just pubically embarrassing yourselves. LOL....

Seahawks acquire percy Harvin

Only 3 Posters Ever Agree With CraigM:

1. Child Predator Alligator Mark
2. Tampon mate WNP
3. His unleashed troll

There you have it. Its a wrap!

The Child Predator Alligator's Back.

Your Brokeback Mountain buddy left. Take a hint....

LOL....

I would rather have reggie bush back, but if not maybe we can sign him "cheap" until he proves his injury is not a problem with production....

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