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Elvis Dumervil if Jake Long walks

Jake Long is back in South Florida after his marathon visit to the St. Louis Rams. Interestingly, Elvis Dumervil, a Miamian, is also in South Florida because the place is his home.

Both are unrestricted free agents.

Both are very accomplished players at their positions.

Both have flags.

Both have been to the Pro Bowl.

Both are likely to get around $8 million per season from the next team they play for. Both want more but, hey, that's about the market right now, guys. Maybe even less.

So if you're Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland do you continue to try to re-sign Long as he's been doing for a couple of weeks now? Or do you shift focus to Dumervil?

After all, the Dolphins would like Long back as a blindside protector to Ryan Tannehill. But they would love a pass-rush phenom to place at the other defensive end position opposite pass-rush phenom Cameron Wake.

Two possibilities. Can't do both. What to do?

I conducted an unscientific twitter poll about this Friday. I got over 200 responses in five minutes. Fans voted 95 for Long, 84 for Dumervil, 15 for both and 10 for neither. There were other smartaleck answers as well but they didn't get counted.

Of course, what fans want doesn't much matter to the Dolphins. Sounds harsh but it simply is true. They conduct business based on what they believe is the proper course.

But this is where I fall on this one:

I cannot fathom the Dolphins selecting Dumervil over Long because it would upset their salary cap structure specifically as it relates to Wake. Remember Miami's Pro Bowl defensive end signed a five-year, $33.2 million contract with the Dolphins last year.

It was a brilliant deal by the Dolphins because a 15-sack pass-rusher is worth much more than $6.6 million per season. Michael Bennett, a one-year wonder nine-sack guy just got $5 million for one year from Seattle after visiting the Dolphins.

Well, if the Dolphins add Dumervil at $8 million per how is that going to sit with Wake?

Maybe Wake is a saint and sees it as help for the team which is awesome. Maybe Wake even looks at it as a being a help to him because suddenly offensive lines cannot always slide their protection to him. But maybe Wake sees it as screwy that he's making less than a teammate who last year accomplished less elsewhere.

No, that's not simple Xs and Os thinking. But any team that only considers Xs and Os and doesn't think about chemistry in the locker room is shortsighted.

So I suppose I agree with getting Long over Dumervil.

But ...

What if Long goes to another team? What if all the effort the Dolphins have made getting him is for naught. What if the cap space they budgetted for him suddenly comes free?

Well, then I would say go chase Elvis Dumervil.

Turn a loss into a win if you can. Draft a tackle in the first round and replace Long cheaply while making the defensive line a monster.

(Peanut gallery: But Mando, what about that chemistry issue with Cameron Wake?)

I call Wake and tell him the plan. I share with him that the move is afoot and it is meant to improve the team and take the team to the playoffs and perhaps even shorten Tom Brady's days in the AFC East. I make sure he understands he will benefit from this move.

I make sure he's on board. I don't give him the opportunity to complain.

And then I add a proven 9- to 17-sack guy.

Yes, he's short. Yes, he's 29.

But yes, he'd be a great addition.

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Just FYI,

I agree. We can find another top corner in the top half of the draft and we can get by with Marshall and Patterson. The defense that Ireland and Coyle are trying to build is predicated on pressure on the QB. Which is why the makeover was made at LB; fast LBs that can rush the passer. It also explains why they were looking at Pass Rushers in FA. Don't be surprised if the first pick in the draft is a DE (pass rusher) and not a CB (Xavier Rhodes).

Posted by: superPHIN | March 16, 2013 at 08:29 PM

I agree in passing if the achilles isnt at least 90% healthy as we speak. Lower than that could be huge gamble.

Craig,

Before Monday

Ireland Had 2 People On His Bandwagon

Dashi(#1 Ireland Fan)

Craig M(Phony Ireland Fan)

Posted by: Dashi | March 16, 2013 at 05:07 PM
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Excuse Me?

I have been one of Ireland's harshest critics.

But I am also the FIRST one to start singing his praises when his performance improved.

I was the first one to "Jump On" the Ireland Bandwagon. As soon as the news broke and I realized we had nearly 50 Million in Cap Space and 5 picks in the first 3 rounds, I was singing it Proud and I was singing it LOUD!

I was even ridiculed here, I mean "BLazed" for posting what a Fantastic Job Ireland had done in this department.

This is also a good time to add, I like what he's accomplished in Free Agency. Could things have been better? Certainly, but Ireland "Rolled With The Punches".

(SIDENOTE): Those that prefered Cook over Keller, need to recognize. Cook is probably the better athlete, with a good looking skillset.

But Keller has something you just can't teach. Keller is a FOOTBALL PLAYER FIRST and an athlete second. The only thing that held Keller back was the archaic Run First system in New York and the nasty - Trashy A ssed QB's they had.

Keller is a Baller and he has the natural instincts. In this department, I'd say he's better than Cook and Bennet. I'm predicting a Breakout Season For Keller.

ValHalla!!!!

draft one of those highly rated tackles and sign Elvis--there are some good DE options but you never know how good of a pass rusher they'll be......plus who wouldnt want a guy named Elvis on the team?

We want no bums here. We want the Best of the Best. We want DeMarcus Milliner first, in April, in the Draft, here.

Alright, YG. Makes sense.

lebatard is moralizing again about how bad the dolphins are on the front page of the herald. in particular, he is criticizing the way the draft has been handled over the past 5 years, and using this and past free-agent failures of this regime as justification for not trusting ireland's decisions the past week. you know what, he might be right. but what is the alternative? to continue to be mediocre at best? the fact is, the success of these moves will be decided on the field, not in newspaper columns. i might also add he claims that one cannot objectively say the dolphins are better today. but how can they be any worse? at a minimum, the offense has been improved.

Windows 8 sukkks.

Heard very little of him(Dan LeBatard).


Windows 8 sukkks.

Posted by: oscar canosa | March 16, 2013 at 08:39 PM

I agree. The new layout is worrisome and really unneeded. Windows 9 will probably be a redo of Windows 7 with only slight upgrades.

Lebbie is right...........his healthy skepticism is what is missing here, as many of you go head-over-heels wild over this year's FA.

"Trust but Verify," as RR famously said.

So far so good..........but Jeff's got a long way to go to earn our trust.

Oscar,

Lebatard used to be one of the primary sportswriters for the Herald before moving to espn. Now he host his own little show on espn, I forget the name of it, but his father is on it with him.

Anyway, you havent missed anything with Lebatard(rhymes withe retard). He's a bore.


Posted by: Raylan Givens | March 16, 2013 at 08:46 PM

Im highly skeptical of listening to a guy whose last name rhymes with retard(Lebatard). This doesnt concern you? LOL...

Giants get Brandon Myers to replace Bennett. Good fit.

You guys might like this. I live in Wichita Falls Tx bout 40 miles from Vernon Tx (where Clyde Gates family is from. Anyway HIS PEOPLES told me he used to RUN from fights growin up. I mean straight haul ass. Swear to God, met his momma and everything (sweet woman). Was told these stories back when he was a Dolphin, just wanted to share em. LMFAO.

the fact is, if ireland hadn't done something approaching what he did, there would have been another column criticizing his ineptitude. lebatard cannot write anything positive about the dolphins. perhaps the rarified air at espn has gone to his head. his articles read like a strained attempt to show that his writing skills exceed those of his peers at the herald. give me barry jackson any day of the week and then some (information, not fluff).

Windows 8?-get a Mac

My padna married into his family so they come around when they visit him and his wife. You know bbqs and sh*t like that.

Honestly never thought id hear him brought up in here. Lol

They related to Bernard Scott and a couple other pros i think. Cant remember his name but the rb whos gonna replace steven jackson in st. Louis too.

Agree with Benz....

get a Mac....

Yeah, get a Mac and pay 30% more for the same hardware and specs. Nothing like paying through the nose to support Apples advertising and mall stores.

Screw Dan Lebetarded.This is a whole new team. No longer the team that went 7-9 last year and lost several close games.

We don't know what this team will be. They haven't played a game yet.

It certainly looks better though. We shall see.

Anyway thought yall might get a chuckle from that.

Dan Lebatard Is Overrated!!

Si o No?

Daniel makes A Living Out Of Being Negative. He Is The Cuban Skip Bayless!!

He Doesn't Get That The ESPN Head Only Have Him On TV As Comic Fodder. He Is Being Bamboozled Daily!! You think Dashi Would Let His Dad Go On National TV and Embarrass Himself? Hell NO!!

If Lebatard Doesn't Get He Is A Part Of The Joke!! And Not The Actual Comedian!!

Dashi Doesn't Know What To Tell You!!

Rather Hear Armando Be Cautiously Skeptical Than That Retard!! Lebatard!!

Lebatard Is The Cuban Omar Kelly!!

You Guys really have Fun there, Armando, Adam, Barry, et al, don't you? Except Greg Cote.

pear, c'mon.....can get lower priced macbooks that arent 30% more and guess what.....I've used both for many years and there is really no comparison--the Macs work, plain and simple.....and the Windows-based sometimes work but are frustrating as crap plenty of times--dont know why, dont know squat about hardware....they just work.

I hear you're moving to Doral...

I really don't know why so many hate on Cote. He is the only competant writer on any South Florida newspaper. His grammar is always correct, he is insightful, he has wit, he is not utterly boring like the rest.

Armando is dumber than a snail, has no wit, no humor, rarely if ever a provocative thought. Just daytime TV gibberish with poor writing. Armando should be covering the elementary school class trip to the zoo, not pro sports.

HoHo!

we need jake back bottom line and 2 cb in draft or one in f.a and one in draft...im done waiting as a fins fan , i want the w now not next yr or yr after , and bess is a great reciever for u guys saying cut n trade him, with wallace he will become r most productive reciever watch...w/o a line we suck still!!!!without cb we suck still, de can wait untill draft as well!

Oscar,

Rating The Herald Sportswriter

1. Barry Jackson(He Is The Sports Section)
2. Mando
3. A.Beasley (Know He's New But The Guy Does Good Work)
4. Linda
5. Joe Goodman
6. The UM Guys
7. Ed Pope (Even Though He Is Retired, His 1 Article A Year Is Better Than These Clowns Work The Whole Year!!)
8. G.Cote(Cause I Can't Think Of Anyone Else)
.
.
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100- D.Lebatard( Lucky He Went To ESPN, Was About To Join The SS Because Of His Horrible Writing)

You Can Go Back To Headquarters With My List. Dashi has Spoken.

You must give way to the Asian Enterprising...

Cotes blog should be the hot one. Not Armando's drivel for dropouts.

Does Linda write in this Blog, Dashi?

The only reason Mac computers exist is the ipod saved the company years ago. Mac could never get more than 2% of the market. The company was on the verge of going out of business before the ipod. Now they have a chic name and everyone overpays for their products.


I've used both too for many years. My last 3 Windows notebooks I've had for 5 years each and not a blip of a problem from day one. Also there is far more software for Windows.

There is a very good reason why 99% of all businesses world wide use Windows based computers. Not only that, it is not yet fashionable to hack a Mac, all the viruses target Windows, which is infinitely more secure than a Mac. I know this as I work in testing software.

Get A Mac And Have Your Computer Outdated In 6 Months With No Chance Of An Upgrade. What Happens To Mac Users Every time A New OS Comes Out?

How Much Does A Mac Cost That Can Run 6 Monitors At The Same Time, with No Flaws?

Having Problems With Your Slow Computer Get A Faster One. Or Build A Dashi.

Harder To Find Pirated Software For A Mac. Virtually Impossible. And Before You Guys Go N A Self righteous Rant. Try Buying All The Adobe Products, and CAD Software, Or Music Software. You Will Easily Spend Over $10k!!

Get A Mac!!

So Your Mouse Only Has 1 Button!! How Gay Is That.

Apple never invented anything really. The stole the graphical user interface from Xerox where it was developed. Touch and multi-touch was all developed by other companies.

Samsung is now destroying Apple in the cell phone market. Jobs died and so will iThis and iThat.

You must keep it Humorous in order to fully survive. Look at poor Omar at the SS, surrounded by clogs...

I do not here anything about RB am I the only one here that believes we need Rb depth? A rb will b drafted as well as CB, OL and passrusher.

pear, i know this--my Mac (and others in the house) works, while 2 Dell laptops sucked/virused-out/frozed/crashed, etc......sucked--bottom line.....AAPL is over $400/shr and has rocked, while MSFT has been flat or close for 10 yrs......INTC has lost money--thats MY business.

Oscar Does Cote Write In This Blog?

We Talking About Writing Articles. Linda Is A Pretty Good Writer. A Little Soft For My Taste, but Still A Very Efficient Writer.

What do you need cad for Dashi. You the architect of our new team?

Omar's Problem Is A lot Like Craig.

Omar Knows It All And Is Never Wrong!! Plus He Doesn't Like To Be Criticized.

His Blog Was Doing Fine Til He Pulled The Plug!!

Who knows? If they don't sign a CB in FA, it is a clear indication that Ireland is cool with one of our present CBs. I believe the same with RBs, but they will draft one of those(not a deep Class at all).

sean,

you are right on the rb depth. I've lost track of who's still out there. Bradshaw I know but not sure who else.

agree sean, definitely need more RB depth but I'd only draft one mid/late--they're too disposable, get too beat up--or maybe Gray can play a little?

I've never read anything by Linda, Dashi.

Benz

If you are happy with your product, then fine. If you had all those viruses, its because of clicking away on too many dangerous links. Hackers have not even begun to attack mac because the business world is well over 98% Windows, that is where the hacking recognition is. Once it turns to mac, if they survive, watch out.

Even still, why is it so very, very, very rare to find a mac based business on all 7 continents? Must be a reason.

Hey bro, no disrespect bot all of these negative writers can suck it! They'd be making negative comments insomuch as whatever we do. I very much would appreciate a non-biased perspective of th Fins moves but it ain't gonna happen bro.

agree about omar dashi, well said

I am, I cried
I am, said I
And I am lost, and I can't even say why

Rick,

Dashi Does A Little Bit Of Everything. Been Using CAD Since High School And Studied Machining After High School. I Like To Draft From Time To Time. Also, Use Photoshop, Sonar, Dreamweaver, and Many More. Dashi Has 4 HDD!! 1 Solid State To Run Windows and My Basic Stuff. Plus 3-1TB's. 1 For Movies And Music, 1 For Most My Software, and 1 For Backup. The Back Up Is External. Dashi Also Has 32GB of Ram. Dashi Does A Little Something Something On His Computer.

Even If You Were Going To Get A Full Version Of Office!! Can't Get That On The Mac For Free.

Plus, You Can't Build A Mac With Your Own Hands!!

I would let Long go, or sign him on an incentive based contract plus he did not care about the Phins,he is not worth more than 5 mil. Move Martin to LT sign Vollmer at RT 6 mil. Bring in grimes (incentive) and Doom. Draft Lane and get banks in the second (OT/Cb?S). If they wanted to sign M Bennett why would the not go after Doomerville?

Pearl..

I agree..Samsung is kicking Apple's butt in the cell phone market....The Iphone has pretty refused to get useful upgrades...and rather relied on cometic changes..and APPs to sell the product....

but as far as computers go.....

MAC is the way to go for me....

Have had mine since 2008...and it still starts up in about 5 seconds....and turns off in about 3....

No problems...no virus...and even did a tour in Iraq in 09....

MAC has a customer for life...in me....

I don't pay for a cell phone...cause my job provides a blackberry....but if/when times should change...and I do need a commercial cell phone...I think Samsung has won me over...definitely will NOT be an Iphone....

Nahh, We cannot be diverted from our intent, We need to explore Windows more.

sean,

Kevin Smith ufa with the Lions would be interesting. He played at UCF. Had good rookie season in 2008 almost 1000 yds. Then got injured and lost starting job to Best.

Oscar you've been on the herald 20-25yrs and you don't know who Linda Robertson is?

http://www.miamiherald.com/sports/columnists/linda-robertson/index.html

A liitle one sided, No?

salvaje

Only fans care about the team. The players are businessmen first. They all sell their abilities to the highest bidder. If the offer is close, then it depends on if they want a change or one team gives them a better shot at a ring.


Many players, MANY...do not even want to go to the playoffs. More work, more practice, more chance for injury. They already make enough, especially the hotshots.

Kris,

You bought a product. It works for you. You are happy with it. That is all that matters.

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