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ESPN: Dolphins calling about Charles Woodson

A few weeks ago the Green Bay Packers cut safety Charles Woodson, a likely future Hall of Fame candidate, in order to clear salary cap space.

That made Woodson a free agent able to sign with any team he likes. Now ESPN's Josina Anderson is reporting that multiple teams have inquired about Woodson -- including the Miami Dolphins.

Citing NFL sources, Anderson says the Seahawks, Jets, Dolphins, and Giants have called to discuss Woodson as a possible addition.

Hmmm.

I reached out to the Dolphins to ask if there is interest in Woodson and the reaction I got was like, "huh?"

Seriously. That was the text I got. It wasn't a denial, but neither did it seem like the Dolphins are fully in on the idea of adding Woodson.

Nonetheless, assuming the report is accurate -- and I must say Anderson is a crack reporter -- the Dolphins showing any interest in Woodson is a little out of character.

[Update: The report is accurate. Another Dolphins person is saying the Dolphins have called about Woodson.]

[Update 2: Now I'm told by someone else with the team the interest level in Woodson is "moderate."] 

Yes, Woodson played the last seven seasons with the Green Bay Packers after joining the team as an unrestricted fee agent. Yes, Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin was in Green Bay for six of those years as an offensive assistant.

But Woodson will be 37 years old in October. And everything the team has told me about its free agency approach includes the idea of adding young players in the prime of their careers that will be able to contribute for years to come. So I'd understand this if Woodson was 27 rather than going on 37.

There's also the matter of Woodson's health. He missed all but seven games last season with a broken collarbone. And did I mention he's going to be 37?

Nonetheless, the Dolphins do need help at safety. Chris Clemons is an unrestricted free agent. More importantly, Miami desperately needs a playmaker in the defensive backfield and Woodson is all that -- with 26 interceptions in the last five seasons. He also forced 12 fumbles during that span.

But there is a rub: 

Anderson tweeted she spoke with Woodson's agent Carl Poston and related this:

"Agent Carl Poston to me on Charles Woodson: 'I talked to Charles Woodson yesterday and we're discussing possible upcoming visits. There are a number of teams that have expressed interest in him. He is still interested in playing for a contender.'

Alrightie then.

Then why is he talking with the Dolphins?

The Dolphins are not today a contender for any type of championship. Sorry if that offends your fan sensibilities, but that's the truth. The club has had four consecutive non-playoff, losing seasons. The team has multiple needs. The quarterback has not yet proven he's elite. The team plays in the same division as the New England Patriots. And the last time the teams met, the Patriots dismantled the Dolphins in a season they swept the Dolphins and won five more games than Miami.

So if Woodson, who has said he wants to win another Super Bowl, is picking teams based on that, he might want to eliminate both the Dolphins and Jets from that group Anderson relayed.

But I guess anything is possible. (Not really).

 

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Phins 78, you are entitled to your opinion just like I am.

"that its usually those ppl who are insecure, overly sensitive weenies"

Yes, the guy who refuses to post under one sign in because he's deathly afraid to back up his opinions is calling me insecure and overly sensitive.

I have fed you up to now because I was bored. Now YOU are boring me. Meal time is over.


Mark the word on the two TEs is that Eiffert is the athletic guy in the mold of a Jimmy Graham type and Ertz is more like a Jason Witten type TE.

I have said from day one I want them to grab Ertz and I have not changed my mind on that. The kid plays with TONS of heart and I just have a feeling he's going to do some special things in the NFL.

Phins78,

Agreed. Ertz is legit.

DC, I hope you are right. Thats why I want to draft a QB. Dont want to be as unprepared if Tannehill is Henne 2.0.

I was always in the Ertz camp too but I've softened and come around to the Eiffert camp. I can honestly say, I don't know what the answer is. But I'm tired of these 3rd and 4th round projects. Nothing changes until we invest in the position. I'd even take Kyle Rudolph right now....I'm so sick of seeing other teams kill us at the TE position. No more.

Craig,

What do you mean even Rudolph??? The guy had a big year. Yeah I'd take 53 catches & 9 TD's from a TE too.

I know Zonk and I asked if you would like to debate our differing opinions and you told me you would prefer it if I ignored your posts.

Remember when that happened way back in the day 20 minutes ago?

Zonk, you said no and should have left it at that, we would have been fine and I would have had my answer.

Craig, I really have. I mean I want to see the results of the pro days come in on some of these higher rated guys that skipped the tests at the combine but by these measures, he's one of the best atheltes in the draft for his position. I mean Lane Johnson to me is #1, Fisher #2, but realtive to his position ... Eifert is not far off.

Phins 78, what is it you want? Tell us.

Phins,

Troll, no troll, the question still stands: Is Tannehill going to be the real deal or not? It's the only question that really matters when you consider the future of the team. The true answer is we don't know yet. Anyone believing otherwise is deceiving themselves. The hope is that the coaching staff doesn't languish once they think they know the answer. If need be, they need to pull the trigger.

That's why this is an important offseason. Best thing the team can do to help their young QB (besides offseason training) is equip him with the necessary weapons so he doesn't have to do everything on his own, and can get help from the people around him.


I have fed you up to now because I was bored. Now YOU are boring me. Meal time is over.

Posted by: Phins78 | March 07, 2013 at 12:49 PM

wtf r u babbling about? ive never even addressed you until you told some1 to shut up. yet, youve fed me?

refresh my memory, did i thank you? it wasnt sausage was it? you dope!

I think Phins 78 is VERY onfused. NUFF SAID!

confused

I'm starting to like the potential Eifert pick more and more. Yeah it might be a slight reach, but Miami can't risk trading back.

I mean look at who will be there at 12. The top 3 OT's will likely be gone. Should we take a guard and will they even be there? Patterson, Allen, and Xavier Rhodes are appealing but WR and CB has great depth this draft. Ansah and Jordan will probably be gone, and Werner and Moore didn't have great combines. Vacarro at Safety also had a unspectacular combine.

Might be Eifert by default

Phins 78 is an out of touch out of towner = CLUELESS

Phins78, funny you compared Graham and Eifert's athelticism. Graham is probably the most athletic TE in the league .. off the charts really. But Eifert is nto far behind. He doesn't have great straight line speed or upper body strength but his lower body and core strength is mighty impressive. he blows Ertz away in every category. I'd put Eifert's athleticism on par with Aaron hernandez actually. They are prety comparable but Eifert also seems to have his head in a better place than Aaron did in college.

I'd take the better athlete with slightly less college production over the weaker athlete with the better colelge production anyday.

Eifert at #12 has my approval.

Mark,

Lane Johnson is a freak. No doubt about it but I think Fisher is the best LT in this draft. I have no idea how good Joeckel or Johnson will be in the NFL but Fisher is a physical bruiser.

The problem I have with the zone blocking scheme is that you look for the more athletic Tackles with food footwork like Jonathan Martin as opposed to the maulers. I'm old school in that I like the O-lineman who just physically dominate people.

WNPs,

Would you say Rudolph is one of the best TE's in the game? Probably not. Don't get me wrong, I liked this guy coming out. My only point was, we need to INVEST in the position and perhaps a high draft pick should be the way to do it. I'm tired of the re-treads and the average guys.

WNP I couldn't agree more about the TE position. It is sooo important in my opinion. Our last legit threat was McMichael and he even took games off. So really it was what, KEITH JACKSON?! That's how long this position has been ignored. A young QB needs an outlet TE, someone who is a safety valve that can get open regularly and threaten the seam. Teams are getting great return from their TEs especially in the passing game because the rules have changed so much. TEs are being targeted with far more frequency and are creating mismatches inside all of the time.

Ireland took Egnew (and has virtually ignored Fasano's lack of production in the end zone the past four seasons) so I basically have zero faith in his ability to find an acorn in both the te (and for other reasons) wr position. He needs to stop trying to outsmart the world , just grab one of the two top TEs in the draft.

Ertz is going to be a lot more like Anthony Fasano than Rob Gronkowski.. verey pedestrian athlete.

Eifert is going to work the intermediate to deep middle of the field... I can't take another 8 years of Anthony Fasano athleticism at TE, please.

Same people, same boring comments. Day after day.

Posted by: Zonk | March 07, 2013 at 12:55 PM

I told you, you didn't want any part of a discussion, now it's over. Stop being dumb on purpose.

78 what gives, y u makin' new pals on the blog.?
lol?

WNP, both Fisher and Johnson are great athletes. You couldn't go wrong either way. May as well flip a coin.

I just keep looking at that 4.72 for Johnson at 303lbs ... wtf?!?!

He's faster than Davonne Bess

And people say white dudes aren't good athletes.

Mark,

I'm SO shocked by your comments on Eiffert. You're singing a totally different tune to what you said about Eiffert previously. I'm wondering if you're maybe not putting too much stock in the Combine? Just a thought....always dangerous!

"he blows Ertz away in every category"

Mark,

Not on the field. I've watched both of these TE's on numerous occasions this year & Ertz is a better player. That's not to say Eifert is not good--b/c he is--but I believe Ertz will be special.

I can't take another 8 years of Anthony Fasano athleticism at TE, please.

Posted by: Mark in Toronto | March 07, 2013 at 01:05 PM

Can I 2nd that emotion?

Would you say Rudolph is one of the best TE's in the game? Probably not. Don't get me wrong, I liked this guy coming out. My only point was, we need to INVEST in the position and perhaps a high draft pick should be the way to do it. I'm tired of the re-treads and the average guys.

Craig,

I don't disagree. Not having a pass catching TE is pathetic.

Wow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Unbelievele!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Stupendously Assinine!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Fasano had 5 tds last year. Yet you guys want to castrate him and draft a TE 1st rd.

Hartline scored 1 td and you annoint him indispensable.

And you wonder why any sane or resonable minded observer would consider any of your posts even remotely reasonable. Can you say, chicken littles?

Craig, I'm taking a number of factors into account besides the combine. Obviously I consider it because we have no other way of really comparing these guy's athleticism on a head to head basis.

However, I also consider college production, I consider the competetive nature of teh athlete's program, I consider how most people scout the athlete (i.e. consensus draft grade), athlete's general mental makeup (i.e. history of troublesome beahviour). All these factors point me towards Eifert.

Phins 78 bye bye bye bye bye.

Okay Mark, sounds good. Lets keep an eye on both players and see where their careers take them. I'm still picking Ertz because he gives me a lot of intabgibles and has a motor on him like Zach Thomas with a heart to match.

Not questioning Eiferts heart, just really like how Stanford develops their TEs added to the intangibles I believe Ertz brings.

Wherever they go they will both have very good NFL careers so we will be lucky to grab either.

u knuckle heads ever watch tape of 78's wop and actually c how much chiz he does on every f'n snap?
no, or u ain't b bashin him.
lol

no wop = traction 4 tannehenne.
lol

Its out of towner turd time!!

Idk, with Talib and Grimes out there, Woodward would not be high on my list.

WNP, both Fisher and Johnson are great athletes. You couldn't go wrong either way. May as well flip a coin.

I just keep looking at that 4.72 for Johnson at 303lbs ... wtf?!?!

He's faster than Davonne Bess

And people say white dudes aren't good athletes.

Mark,

That's Anthony Fasano's 40 time coming out of college but he looks more like a 5 seconds plus on the field. Fasano is too stiff & has very little fluidity.

I would be looking at Quin though to fill a safety spot

Im not even a staunch Fasano supporter, but, to hear you vociferously voice your disapproval over the TE position, then vote Hartline indispensable is beyond reasonable.

Fasano scores two less tds last year and we're easily 5-11 instead of 7-9. He scored 5 2012 tds. Hartline contributes at leas 5 td in 2012 and we're easily 9-7 to 10-6 instead of 7-9.

So if you can rip Fasano and give a pass to Hartline, I'll never reasonably understand.

From NFLDraftScout.com...

"Like Witten, Ertz is a strong, tough receiver who isn't an elite athlete but gets the job done, finding ways to get open and create separation. Neither will impress with a 40-yard dash, but show good route quickness and aggressive hands."

This is EXACTLY what I saw when I watched him as well this year.

Fasano has never played with a decent QB.

I don't get what all the Fasano hate is for. Saying he's not a redzone threat I definitley don't agree with. He averages about 5 TD's a year. I hope Ireland resigns him as the number TE at the right price.

Jeff Ireland's gong to crush your hearts in clinched fist again when draft none of the TE's you guys so glowingly reference. Remember to bring your hankies to draft day.

I think it's unbelievable you spell the word that way.

Go back to your hole you bum.

Posted by: Mark in Toronto | March 07, 2013 at 01:05 PM

Mark did you watch the Rose Bowl? If so I can't see how you would come to this conclusion. The guy is 6'6" runs a 4.65 and catches everything with his hands. He makes one handed grabs look easy. Not sure which games you were watching.

Also, he's coming from a pro style offense at Stanford. Out of any college team in the nation Stanford is near the top at developing players for pro style offenses.

Notre Dame just switched over, they ran a hybrid last year so it wasn't full pro and the years before that where Eiffert was getting his experience the offense was a mess week to week. They were trying to run a spread offense that turned into a running attack that went back to spread.

I like Ertz and could go on but I will save you the boredom.

WNP, I value athleticism a lot. Give me the better athlete every time as long as he showed he produced in college.

2 must have for dolfans on draft day:

Kleenex and Chips

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8OPC5Iy-NJo

Everyone watch this and tell me Ertz isn't athletic.

ps, turn the sound down unless you like hip hop.

Posted by: Mark in Toronto | March 07, 2013 at 01:33 PM

Prison library closes soon. Back to hole with you Child Predator Alligator(CPA).

Fasano is not a #1 TE. When Martin came in, Fasano was moved to #2 and played much better. As far as which guy I would take in the draft, definitely Ertz over Eifert.

Ireland will definitely get a TE, whether it be through FA or draft, and it won't be Fasano

Nemo how many of those tds came from within the red zone? And we were one of the top teams in getting to the red zone and one of the worst in scoring there. We have no TE who can create mismatches and we have no wrs who can out jump opponents.

Fasano is a fine player and has a role with the team. I like the guy a lot. Using him as a #1 TE is wrong especially considering the fact he can not stretch the field or get open on seam routes.

Watch Ertz and Eifert work the seam. Very impressive.

WNP, I value athleticism a lot.
Posted by: Mark in Toronto | March 07, 2013 at 01:35 PM

Translated:

Child Predator Alligator likes to actually chase down his prey. What a sicko!


refresh my memory, did i thank you? it wasnt sausage was it? you dope!

Posted by: truth hurts | March 07, 2013 at 12:57 PM

It's true. I hear Mr. 78 is quite liberal with his sausage.

Its ridiculous to judge any player off his You Tube videos. They are highlights and everyone looks great on their highlights. You'd have to see the low lights also in order to make a fair evaluation.

Absolutely, I put my sausage in soup. I also like to put it in lasagna allthough you have to make sure the noodles aren't too hot or you could ruin the sensations.


Absolutely, I put my sausage in soup. I also like to put it in lasagna allthough you have to make sure the noodles aren't too hot or you could ruin the sensations.

Posted by: Phins78 | March 07, 2013 at 01:48 PM

You forgot 1. Putting your sausage into bloggers.

Phins78, Ertz ran a 4.76 but who's counting?

In the rest of your blurb you didn't give me one reason why I should like Ertz as an individual athlete over Eifert. I will concede that Ertz was more productive but so what? That's not what I'm absing my judgement on. I'm saying Eifert's skill set will translate better to what we've been lacking

Jeff Ireland:

"I think Michael Egnew will be a very good player for us this year."

So I gather you guys believe Ireland is creating a smokescreen with statement. If Ireland isnt, guess what, you had better have your hankies on draft day! LOL...

mike, I've seen low lights, highlights, no lights, bright lights, and the northern lights and imo after watching him play for so long, he is my guy.

Period. The highlights I posted are accurate. That is who he is, makes catches routinely with his hands, stretches the seam, gets open, out jumps opponents, fights for extra yards. Plays like a warrior.

It is my opinion formulated by watching him play not from finding one of a thousand highglight videos of the guy.

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