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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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Also, another lil tidbit about these 2 twits.

The phrase "lol" is actually the most comonly used internet, blog & chat phrase used.

So obviously, that 1 person using it as a name & 1 person using it in their posts must be the same person.

This is the intellect of the people you blog with.
Obviously, Mr. Obvious & Mr. M would lead you to believe their smart but in reality, they are gullable.

Never has anyone taken coincidence & turned it into a figment of their altered reality.

brother helping another brother. thats how they got him for nothing

dusty,

Again, I'm not saying Hall's the answer but he was a good athlete and is only 30. At the right price he's not a bad option. Not sure what he'd asked for but the guy can still cover.

Mike Wallace no es rapido, el es veloz. Please apply your Spanish in a correct way.

Posted by: oscar canosa | March 11, 2013 at 04:45 PM

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Mi español es perfecto! En cuanto a ti, creo que usted come más que caprino y carne de paloma y no tienen genitales masculinos como yo. Voy a tirar botellas de Jupina a usted en el estacionamiento Sedanos!

Apologies if I may be repeating something someone else here has siad.. I haven't read the whole forum.
But interesting news if it's not already been reported:

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1562126-mike-wallace-reportedly-expected-to-sign-with-miami-dolphins

Craig, my problem with that loser is he doesn't know how to disagree. Despite being wrong 95% of the time, he claims he's right, then if he disagrees, he gets personal and claims his opinion is FACT.

Like someone said earlier, important to distinguish between opinion and fact. he can't. Doubt his feeble mind knows the difference.

I believe Pitta will be a 2nd round tender and the Ravens would have a chacne to match our offer, so idk if its worth it or not. Might be able to pull it off since the Ravens are in cap hell thanks to Flacco.

NeMo | March 11, 2013 at 04:46 PM

Saw a report regarding this and remember they also have there other T.E. Ed Dickson (25) as RFA whose younger than Pitta (27) and also has great upside. One will get lower tender either a better option than what will be available in RD-3.

Using 'LOL' after a comment is also a sign of an unusually dull-witted and unoriginal poster.

It's as if they are trying to convince THEMSELVES how funny and/or clever they are.

They aren't.

I actually feekl a bit sorry for the Seahawks. Absolutely, one of the most exciting young teams in the league BUT you get the feeling the Niners are an emerging beast in that same division.

Fun to see them going nuclear with each other, though.

f4l, can't blame the colts for being all over Kruger, I'd be too if I deemed a pass rusher a necessity but it looks like we pegged WR to be our #1 need and I can't really disagree although pass rushers should always be premium needs.

Anyway, ravens are getting skinned as I expected them to. A lot of pressure on Flacco next year. he will have to elevate from good qb with an excellent supporting cast to franchise standalone QB like Brees, Brady, and Rodgers. Big friggin shoes man ...

I bet we gave Wallace exactly what he wanted and ended it right there

bobbyd12 | March 11, 2013 at 04:43 PM

Not disputing you here just hoping this doesn't get Wallace agent looking to push guaranteed part of deal higher. ESPN reporting (Clayton) that the Vikes missed on Boldin and probably settle for Jennings but have communicated with Wallace camp.

GRIM LATVIAN CASHEW SALESMEN BEDEVIL MY THOUGHTS.

PLEASE URINATE IN YOUR OWN COFFEE, MRS. GOLDBLATT. I HAVE NO MONKEY TODAY.

Mando is kinda peeshawing the report, and has asked sources himself. So we have Sources saying "Wallace is a done deal" to one reporter,
..
and we have mando's sources saying "Pfffft. Silly report".

So I guess we'll find out who is right ina day or so.

Geez, I wonder who 'Just an Observation' is. After all, that's a name we see here all the time....NOT.

Oscar, is hector accusing you of not having male genitalia like he does?

Wow, hispanics do go at each other in a very different way than everyone else ..

Giants tendered Cruz #1 so if someone wants to make a ridiculous offer he could be had for a 1st round pick as well.

@ 4:53 ... yeah LOL is definitely a commonly used internet acronym ... if you have boobs

not real excited about mendenhall rumors but getting wallace is huge. keep this going

I see Craig didn't take his medication today. Most people who live in a white gown with white slippers take their meds at breakfast time.

Mark,

Didn't you tell me the Ravens would 'likely only lose one good player'? I'm the guy who said they would get skinned. It's coming to fruition.

And Kruger in Indy makes a LOT of sense, playing for his old DC, Pagano. To me this one is as good as done.

However, with the trading of Boldin, I wouldn't be surprised to see Ellerbe resigned before 4pm tomorrow.

These Walalce rumours remind me of the "harbaugh to miami deal is imminent" stories. Not believing it until it's done.

And I'm sure Wallace's agent is on the phone right now angling for a few extra bucks with the Vikes looking for a star WR

lobo,

Out of the blue, appears.....what's the chances?

Swing time over?

It is with great anticipation one sits now awaiting the dawn of TOMORROW with its GODEN PROMISE for our Dolphins of Miami. Yes, I have been there for many, many years..back to our GRAND DAME the ORANGE BOWL and those amber-skied days of yesteryear when the gladiators clad in aqua VANQUISHED ALL FOES and our city swayed back and forth in unison and joy, heaping garlands of praise upon them astride the POLY TURF.

And now it is so many years hence. Like H.G. Wells THE TIME MACHINE we see from our vantage point the ever-changing fashions and events transpire and yet the love for our DOLPHINS beats ever strong even though wounded and battered by misfortunes. Yet I awaken tomorrow with renewed hope that the fountains of fortune shall again erupt and Mr. Lombardi;s trophy shall again grace our blamy shores as all turn as one in praise and song and pageantry! The mist is clearing, the fog lifts. ONWARD!

kruger def a colt or brown. browns gonna offer him a huge sum of cash

lobo,

Did it take you a long time to go up with that name? Is it like 'los lobo'? You're a new guy here, lobo, right? And now magically you're here all the time but never with the other two. What's the problem? Couldn't come up with three computers to long in under?

Seems like if the Vikings were willing to pay big money for a reciever thay would have extended Harvin.

I actually feekl a bit sorry for the Seahawks. Absolutely, one of the most exciting young teams in the league BUT you get the feeling the Niners are an emerging beast in that same division.

Fun to see them going nuclear with each other, though.

david t. | March 11, 2013 at 05:02 PM

Not necessarily these 2 teams mirror each other more than any 2 Div. foes in entire NFL right now. The Harvin trade is more significant in rivalry than the Boldin one as well were Hawks have the DB's to keep Boldin in check.

Looks like the Vikes offered a 7th for Boldin. Maybe not feeling too great about their chances of signing Wallace?

My guess is that when it's done, Jennings will be a Viking and Wallace a Dolphin.

rick harvin wanted no part of being there. he may of just made seattle the super bowl nfc favs

Anybody know if the 'Hawks were able to extend Harvin? If they didn't and they're not able to, a first and conditional is a lot to give up for a guy for one year. Better win it all this year.....just saying.

However, with the trading of Boldin, I wouldn't be surprised to see Ellerbe resigned before 4pm tomorrow.

Craig M | March 11, 2013 at 05:14 PM

All reports indicating he is the #1 priority, I guess Ozzie feels last Yrs. Rookie Courtney Upshaw (Alabama) can fill the shoes we will see.

craig trade cant go through until ext is signed. lets hope they wait till after tomm or wallace price could go up. my moneys on wallace and cook signing with fins tomm

He's going to be an exciting addition for Seattle, no question, but they also gave up a TON for his services and I still think they're sitting behind the Niners in the talent department when all is said and done.

Yu only give up a Kings Ransom like that when you truly feel you are one guy away from having a championship team. It would be insanity for most others (including a team like the Dolphins) to do it.

It's a feast or famine thing. With the 49ers around, though, Carrol is also taking a chance of an huge backfire here by giving up so much.

And I'm sure Wallace's agent is on the phone right now angling for a few extra bucks with the Vikes looking for a star WR

Mark in Toronto | March 11, 2013 at 05:15 PM

My point exactly and the only reason I hated to see this trade go through also for post regarding the Vikes resigning Harvin it was well documented last Season he wanted out of there in the worst way.

DUSTY BOTTOM AND CRAG, WHAT WILL BE OOH LA LA MOMENT OF FREE ANGENTSY?

pete all he gave up was a first rd pick for a dynamite young player not even to his prime yet

Adib Calib & Rogers-Cromartie are availabile to the Dolphins.

craig trade cant go through until ext is signed. lets hope they wait till after tomm or wallace price could go up. my moneys on wallace and cook signing with fins tomm

dusty bottoms | March 11, 2013 at 05:26 PM

Already reported that the ext. has been agreed to by Harvin. This deal is done tomorrow at 4:01 PM.

pete @5:29,

I don't agree there is a big gap between the 49ers and Seattle. It's going to come down to which QB can continue to grow in 2013 regarding that Div. race and who gets past Fisher's Rams twice. By the way reports have J.Long as good as inked in St Louis as well.

i agree seattle just as good as san fran, destroyed sf in seattle last year.

dusty,

How quickly could Seattle get a deal done for Harvin? This the kind of thing they could do in 24 hours?

Bolden to the 49ers, 6th round pick and $6M... Here we are and WATCH as the clock ticks down Tuesday and Wed, Thur, next week, month and we pick up some punter in FA.

Until Ireland is terminated we will cont to stink. The FISH STINKS FROM THE HEAD DOWN.

Another thought regarding the J.Long to the Rams rumors is that we took Jake #1 overall in 08 with the Rams taking C.Long #2 overall making passing on Ryan all the more significant right now.

Look at it from this prospective, what would the value in trade be for Ryan FRANCHISED right now with Long's being ZERO.

I agree dusty. Seattle and SF are on the same level. Seattle's done a nice job adding talent outside of the first round. These two teams could be good for years.

Gotta run fellas....be good!

Niners are gonna be uncontainable next year. Ireland better have landed Wallace.

ESPN reporting (Clayton) that the Vikes missed on Boldin and probably settle for Jennings but have communicated with Wallace camp.

I can just here that conversation now;

Vikings: We would love to have Mike Wallace

Agent: Do you have warm weather?

Vikings: Haha, well no, but...

Agent: Do you have attractive women?

Vikings: I think my wife is the most Beauti..

Agent: Let me rephrase that. If you were a wealthy, single, 26 year old male, would Minneapolis be where you would want to live?

Vikings: Uh..well..There are some really nice looking...

Agent: Who's your starting QB?

Vikings: (Whisper voice) Ponder

Agent: What was that? who?

Vikings: Sigh, Christian Ponder

Agent: And Wallace, his favorite rout is what again?

Vikings: .....9 rout...sigh...but...The Draft...we can..

Agent: (Hangs ups)

Percy is definatey pesky to cover when hes on the field.

Carroll is taking alot of risks though and spending a ton of money. He better hope the injury bug doesn't hit them.

I really wouldn't be surprised if Wilson has a little bit of a sophmore slump either.

dusty,

How quickly could Seattle get a deal done for Harvin? This the kind of thing they could do in 24 hours?

Craig M | March 11, 2013 at 05:42 PM

Agreement in principle regarding #'s already done!

rick he could but seattles d is damn good, corners are unreal

ARMANDO,

IF THE GUY HAD A TORN ACL IN HIS KNEE ,WHY IN HEL, YOU R TALKING ABOUT HIM ???

Jon | March 11, 2013 at 05:45 PM

Probably accurate, LOL!

SOME DONKE SAID,

(( REPLACE THE INJURY PRONE D.THOMAS WITH ,KEE TORNED ACL MENDENHALL ??????


IT'S NOT EASY TO BE A DONKEY ...

Is Mendenhall over humping quarterbacks?

We can't forget about their rb either dusty. I had Lynch in fantasy last year. He's definately beastmode.

SOME DONKEY SAID .....

KNEE TORNED....

Lobo should know what this blog is about. It's not about dialouge or anything like that. It's about Craig M having a place to piss & moan & try to belittle other people.

When someone says they are sure a person is posing as someone else because they use the most common internet catch phrase, this is the type of grade school intellect you're dealing with.

Peter King reporting not much competition for Wallace at the price Miami is willing to pay.

So I guess I'm not the only one who thinks he is not worth his asking price.

yes rick, seattle will go 8-0 at home so great chance to win div

great insight carl, love getting wallace, whole field now open for buisness

XY

SOME DONKE SAID,

(( REPLACE THE INJURY PRONE D.THOMAS WITH ,KEE TORNED ACL MENDENHALL ??????


IT'S NOT EASY TO BE A DONKEY ...

Posted by: ALoco | March 11, 2013 at 05:53 PM
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You and YG always seem to be in LOCK STEP......

Aloco character....if you are know by the company you keep....you speak volumes.....

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