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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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just chiming in on this Harvin trade. How is it a reciever who had one yr remaining on his contract and who is known to be a locker room problem, plus the fact he hasnt stayed healthy of recent can garner a first rd pick plus if the speculation is infact true. This makes Ireland look even worse in the Marshall trade. Marshall was under contract for 3 more yrs when the fins moved him, was healthier and had prototypical size. The attitude of he and harvin was the same so it cancels out,but atleast one first rd pick should have been worth the price of Marshall. Instead we just give brandon away for two thirds. Its moves like that, that keep us looking up at the Patriots behinds.

ireland take note: vikings traded percy harvin and just landed seahwaks #1 nfl draft pick and badly need wr help now! Meaning competition for wr's in this draft just got tuffer! We "miami dolphins" may sign wr mike wallace, but one wr is not enough,still need to draft a young stud like vols wr patterson...and then we still need production from tight end position badly...

YG, what's funnier is that I'm supposed to be here when he is to supposedly "gang" up on him with you.

Yet, he's not here now & we both are. Comical!

What a turd. It's funny to me that anyone could be dumb enough to believe anything he says. It's nonsense.

Don't touch lb manti teo!!! When he faced sec offenses they shut his game all the way down!! Soft against big time offenses..

Marko, if Miami lands Wallace, along with resigning Hartline, I think a 1st round pick being a WR is slim n none. Maybe 1 of the 2's but, not a first rounder.

Jonathon Franklin is the ticket at RB 3 young studs to choose from. Franklin, Miller, and Thomas.

Harvin was the 22nd player chosen in the 2009 draft. Clearly, because there was no way he would have remained a Viking past this season. So why would Seattle be interested in trading a 1st rd pick for a player they very well could have gotten in 2014's free agency?

So, that's why IMO, giving up a 1st rd'er for him makes ZERO SENSE. The Vikes would have lost him for nothing next year.

Therefore, when the terms of the agreement comes out, I would be ABSOLUTELY SHOCKED if the SeaHawks gave more than a 3rd rd pick for him. The Jets only gave up a 3rd rd'er for Santonio Holmes and he was a far more accomplished wr at the time.

So, if the Seahawks gave more than a 3rd rd pick for a player that would have been a fa next year. The Vikes completely hosed them. LOL...


Posted by: LOL | March 11, 2013 at 02:08 PM

CraigM has a bs answer for everything. Us being here at the sametimes means Im having a conversation with myself. His bs has no limitations. Havent you noticed? LOL...

WOW! Vikes got 3 picks for Harvin! This should be worriesome!

They were rumored to be the other team heavily to pursue Wallace. They've cut Mike Jenkins AND Harvin now.

Clearing space to go after Wallace and Jennings and or Welker???

John Gruden just said if the Seahaws gave up a 1st rd pick for Harvey, they just hosed themselves. I 100% agree! LOL...

LOL,

Im looking at the PFT report. Vikes gave a 1st, 7th, and 2014 mid rd pick.

Wow! It wouldnt have been that expensive to trade up to get Tavon Austin. Some mocks have Austin 2nd rd.

Boy did Pete Caroll hose himself. Had Ireland did this trade dolfan nation would be screaming for his head right now. WTF was Pete Carroll thinking?

I'll say this, I have no problem with 5 year at 60 million. 12 mill a year is NOT breaking the bank for him.

If Wallace is indeed signed, no need to sign another FA WR. If they do, I see no WR being taken in the first 4 rounds of the draft.

A 1st & a 7th this year + a mid rounder next year. Chris Speilman! My how things have changed! What a great trade for them!

But, they have no WR's now! LOL They are definately making a play for 1, maybe 2 of the big 3 FA wr's available.

They're in the same boat as Miami. trying to get WR's for their young QB. I hope Ireland doesn't try to lowball whoever he wants the most because they'll have options!

With the Fins set to lose Long, smith, bush, and clemons, that is 4 starters off our roster from the end of last season. what kind of compensation can we expect in the way of draft picks if all 4 sign elsewhere and how does signing a wallace or others affect how the NFL determines these picks

Vikings getting this much for Harvin and the Dolphins getting two thirds for Marshall makes Ireland look pretty bad now.

NeMo,

When you are as close as Seattle is, you make that move to get you over the hump. Seattle i a top 4 team right now.

MoKiki

Wallace can be the next Mark Duper.

Nemo, I was just thinking that myself! Two 3's for a healthy Marshall & Harvin nets 3 picks, including a first, and he's had a history of injuries?

Not good.

Posted by: Dolfan 29 | March 11, 2013 at 02:24 PM

The Nfl has some type of formula we dont understand that determines this. Its rare that a team ends up with a 6th rd compensatory at best.

Bellichik's the only one who has taken bst advantage of this formula by allowing players to walk in their most productive prime. Then replace them with players half as good.

Bellichik has recieved as high as a 2ndrd compensatory pick doing this. Ive seen no one else ever have that high a level of success.

Mendenhall is a no-brainer aquisition, the guy is a GREAT, yeah I said great RB who can do it all and he'll be cheap. Runs with power, runs with speed, can catch out of the backfield and blocks. He's just 25 and the ACL is healed up.

Attitude problems? Overblown. Tomlin's a great HC but not perfect, he constantly rided the guy.

What Mendenhall needs is a fresh start. With the Fins.

WNP,

We all hope so!!!

If this move is made, it says a lot about what Joe Philbin thinks of him.

Dashi....

Bush fans don't give a CRAP about Bush the RB....we like BUSH the SLASH...BUSH the PLAY MAKER....

please stop using the 1,00 yard scenario to make ur argument....nobody cares if Bush RUSHES for a thousand yards....that is GROSS NEGLIGENCE in the mis-use of Bush.....and I believe you are smart enough to understand that....

we like Bush the surprise....bush the Mis-match....Bush the heart and soul of the FINS OFFENSE the past few years....


With the Fins set to lose Long, smith, bush, and clemons, that is 4 starters off our roster from the end of last season. what kind of compensation can we expect in the way of draft picks if all 4 sign elsewhere and how does signing a wallace or others affect how the NFL determines these picks

Posted by: Dolfan 29 | March 11, 2013 at 02:24 PM

Losing Long may help to yield possibly as high as a 3 rounder but, no higher than that and more likely in the 4-7th round range. How many will depend on how many FA we sign from other teams. I'm sure they use some kind of ridiculous formula to figure it out.

Posted by: We Need Playmakers | March 11, 2013 at 02:28 PM

I posted this last week. Quit regurgitating my material knob polisher. LOL...

WNP....

we touched on this yesterday...

I'd love the pick-up of Mendenhall....

If Ireland can land us those two....well....we still need to draft some play makers...

Lets See:

Grove
Smiley

Now, Mendenhall. Yes, lets do it! LOL...

thanks yesterdays gone. Yeah i know the steelers have benifited in the past with a third rounder, but the whole process seems inconsistant. in this case it could be argued we are losing the best tackle, corner and running back who is on the market. i would think combined value should be at a second rounder atleast. Plus the fact none of these three guys are ancient in terms of age.

'With the Fins set to lose Long, smith, bush, and clemons, that is 4 starters off our roster from the end of last season. what kind of compensation can we expect in the way of draft picks if all 4 sign elsewhere and how does signing a wallace or others affect how the NFL determines these picks'

Dolfan,

First of all compensatory picks for the FA's that leave this year are not awarded until 2014.

We're going to be receiving a compensatory pick in this draft for Langford & Henne. The round hasn't been determined yet but it should be the 4th round.

YG....

Mendenhall should come fairly cheap....

If Dolphins have no interest in Tavon Austin (currently graded at #10 in NFL Draft Tracker), it could set up the possibility for a trade back with Minnesota for either their pick 23 or 25. It also could give Miami the Vikes 2nd rd @52 and possibly more...

yes you are correct "we need playmakers". I dont expect much for henne and langford but a 4th would be great if we get that for those two guys. So as a believer in building through the draft, i cant wait to see what these players would warrant in the 2014 draft. Still hoping we sign Mike Wallace so we can give Tannehill much needed help

I think the Vikings just made the Wallace sweepstakes a bit more interesting!

I don't think they'd cut BOTH starting WR's & not be prepared to spend mega money to replace at least 1 of them.

Don't lowball any WR's Jeff!

Posted by: Dolfan 29 | March 11, 2013 at 02:35 PM

It really doesnt mean anything about how the guys played with your team or how highly you valued hem before their departure.

Its based on how high a level they play at on their new teams, vs the level of play of fa's that you brought in. Whatever that formula measures the difference is, that's the compensation you recieve.

Bellichick would let players who are playing at a very high level walk and bring in players with lower levels of playing, knowing he'll recieve a very high compensatory pick in return.

So if we bring in Mike Wallace and he makes pro bowl. while the players we let walk dont. We probably recieve zero in compensatory picks. The only player we allow to walk that even threatens to become a pro bowler is Jake Long.

WNP....

we touched on this yesterday...

I'd love the pick-up of Mendenhall....

If Ireland can land us those two....well....we still need to draft some play makers...

Kris,

I'll say this--it would certainly be a start in the right direction. With ten draft picks & five in the first three rounds I like our chances with Philbin & the other coaches involved. Eggnog appears to be a HUGE miss & obviously Cunningham was a miss but other than that--there's still potential in all the other picks

As long as we don't re-sign Long or Smith I'll know that Philbin has FINALLY stopped the bleeding.

agreed yesterdays gone. Maybe sean smith grows a pair of hands to go along with his size and takes that next step. lol

I think the Vikings just made the Wallace sweepstakes a bit more interesting!

I don't think they'd cut BOTH starting WR's & not be prepared to spend mega money to replace at least 1 of them.

Don't lowball any WR's Jeff!

LOL,

Cut both??? They just traded Harvin for a first round pick. They cut Michael Jenkins last week.

Wouldn't it be fitting if Speilman is the guy to ruin our chances at getting Wallace? I mean you wouldn't have been able to script it any other way!

If Dolphins have no interest in Tavon Austin (currently graded at #10 in NFL Draft Tracker), it could set up the possibility for a trade back with Minnesota for either their pick 23 or 25. It also could give Miami the Vikes 2nd rd @52 and possibly more...

Bill,

The guy is 5'8". He would be the smallest WR that I can ever remember being taken in the first round.

Meant to say "got rid of both". You couldn't deduce that's what I meant? COME ON!

Posted by: We Need Playmakers | March 11, 2013 at 02:38 PM

For one, quickly tell us where Langford is playing? Had to look it up didnt you? LOL.....

Knob polisher Henne and Langford's departure combined wouldnt bring us a 4th rd'er. We'll see dingleberry doddler. LOL...

Wouldn't it be fitting if Speilman is the guy to ruin our chances at getting Wallace? I mean you wouldn't have been able to script it any other way!

It could easily happen. I'm hoping they've seen enough of Jennings over the years & now they have a chance to shove him down GB's throat.

You couldn't deduce that's what I meant? COME ON!

Posted by: LOL | March 11, 2013 at 02:52 PM

Please spell things out for people here. If not, they will assume & go on a 5 page rant about how you are wrong, confused, misguided, weird, unstable etc.

You aren't dealing with the sharpest tools in the shed.

For one, quickly tell us where Langford is playing? Had to look it up didnt you? LOL.....

Knob polisher Henne and Langford's departure combined wouldnt bring us a 4th rd'er. We'll see dingleberry doddler. LOL...

Sybil,

Langford was a 16 game starter for the Rams (I remember the Rams overpaying) & Henne started 6 games for the Jags. We signed Richard Marshall & he only started 4 games before he got hurt which is why we're going to receive a compensatory pick. Why do I even bother...

Please spell things out for people here. If not, they will assume & go on a 5 page rant about how you are wrong, confused, misguided, weird, unstable etc.

You aren't dealing with the sharpest tools in the shed.

YG,

The only people who like you on this blog are your own creations like 'Just an Observation'. Pretty f#cking sad actually.

Tavon Austin is a very good receiver. It would be nice to sign Wallace and the receiver from St Louis. Then u can address the corner situation in the draft or get Ogaltree. And draft another receiver.

Please spell things out for people here. If not, they will assume & go on a 5 page rant about how you are wrong, confused, misguided, weird, unstable etc.

You aren't dealing with the sharpest tools in the shed.

Posted by: Just an Observation | March 11, 2013 at 02:59 PM

Silly me, I knew that! Thanks for the reminder!

WNP, here's an idea...Instead of worrying about who you think people are, why not just talk about the phins? Not bad, right?

Leave the conspiracy theories to those who have nothing else to do. Whaddya say? It's a phins blog, not a Nancy Drew who done it novel!

I see the appeal in Austin but he doesn't really jump out compared to the guys available in the 2nd round. Don't see why anybody would go crazy in the top half of the first for any WR.

WNP, we are weeks away from the draft and positions may move a little but I'm betting someone in the first 15 is going to take Tavon- size and all. He has moved up recently so I think you'll be reading more about him in the days to come and see him higher on more mock drafts. The guy is a terror with the ball.

I dont think this Minny trade affects the Wallace to Dolphins scenario. I think jennings is a better fit for Minny, since he runs all the underneath routes. I think Wallace would be wasted with Ponder's noodle arm, but I think they would be in play for Austin to replace Percy Harvin. "Yes Minnesota, you may have our #12 pick for your pair of 1st rounders, would you like us to throw in an all world TE as well for a 2nd rounder? His name is Michael Egnew and he is a beast!"

Mark in Toronto, agreed. The only WR that I see as 1st rd material is Patterson but not he is very raw and some team wil be taking him on future potential not immediate help.

I'd get Tavon Austin in a heartbeat at 12. Then go out and fidn the bigger bodies later. First two picks should be Tavon Austin and Jonathon Franklin.

Adam Scheftner reporting Wallace to Miami is a done deal.
Tannehill arm 10 X's stronger than Ponder.

Posted by: We Need Playmakers | March 11, 2013 at 03:02 PM

Couldn't help but observe that you're wrong again. YG & I are not the same. But, as does he, I find you & you're Canadian ally to be abhorently obnoxious. I simply delight in making note of it when opprtunities arise. And you provide them in ample supply.

No question Tavon Austin looks explosive but where can he play apart from in the slot? If we did'nt have Bess,i'd want him but he's simply not a need imo.

I'm really starting to think we draft Xavier Rhodes in the 1st. He looks good and would fill a huge need especially if we lose Smith in FA and dont sign anyone to replace him.

Tavon Austin = best offensive threat available this draft

Multiple sources have the Fins receiving a 4th RD compensatory pick for Langford. The guy started 16 games last year.

They need to load up on playmakers on offense. Bess and Hartline can't be your best threats at WR. Franklin replaces Reggie perfectly.

Reed or Woodson at FS and try to resign Smith. We still have Marshall coming back off injury as well.

Hey LOL,

You have REPEATEDLY said, 'I'm done with you', but I disappear for a little bit to get some work done and see you and YG playing patty=cakes together @2:08pm (wink!wink!). What's the chances? Again with this BS?

I guess The Herald didn't like your BS to me this morning, as they took all your BS down. Maybe they should just ban you, and save their IT guys the time and aggravation.

I know you're 'done with me' but here comes your rebuttal in 3,2,1.....

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