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Ireland, Dolphins deserve praise for cap situation

Some of you guys are going to hate this post.

As the new league year and free agency nears -- it begins on March 12 at 4 p.m. -- teams must be prepared to be under the salary cap that is estimated to be around $121-$123 million, depending on what source you believe. The NFL will divulge the actual cap ceiling number in the coming days.

[Chris Mortensen of ESPN reports the number will be $123.9 million.]

[Update: The actual figure is $123 million. Mort's math isn't great, apparently, but what's $900k among friends?]

And with that number and March 12 looming, multiple teams have been scrambling either cutting players or restructuring contracts to get under the cap.

The Pittsburgh Steelers, Dallas Cowboys, Oakland Raiders, Philadelphia Eagles, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Buffalo Bills, Detroit Lions, and New Orleans Saints all either cut players or restructured contracts to help create cap room for themselves in the coming weeks.

Other teams, such as the New York Giants, might be ble to do little by way of re-signing their own players because they expect to be knocking their helmets on the cap's ceiling.

Meanwhile, all is well with the Miami Dolphins. All is quiet. Nothing to see here.

Why?

Well, because Jeff Ireland has done an excellent job saving his (or owner Stephen Ross's) pennies the past couple of years and the savings have added up to a boon in cap space this year.

Obviously, the idea that Miami will have major cap space this offseason is not new. I've been telling you about it for months.

But the idea that it truly is not happenstance -- that is took work, foresight and planning by Ireland and executive VP for football administration Dawn Aponte and their staff -- seems to have gone unappreciated. That isn't fair.

Look, when the Dolphins spent wildly after the 2008 and 2009 seasons and at one point had the most expensive offensive line in football and got minimal return on that investment, I pointed it out. Often.

Well, fairness dictates that Miami amassing approximately $48 million in cap space for this offseason -- the third highest total behind Cincinnati and Cleveland -- get equal attention.

It creates a grand opportunity to remake a mediocre team into a winner. And that opportunity didn't just mosey into the picture. It was every bit as planned as a group Harlem Shake.

(Peanut gallery: But Mando, the reason the Dolphins have so much cap space is because they're just a mediocre team that didn't make the playoffs for the fourth year in a row. If you're not in the playoffs, you should have cap space the next offseason.)

Wrong.

Let us refer back to the list of teams above that had to do invasive surgery on their contract structure to get out from under their salary cap ailments. The Bills didn't make the playoffs. Neither did the Jets. Neither did Dallas, Oakland, Philadelphia, Detroit or New Orleans.

Indeed, several had records comparable to Miami. So their rosters last year led them to basically the same results as what the Dolphins got on the field, but then took them to a much rockier path this offseason.

That's not getting optimal bang for the buck. Or quid. Or peso. Or yen. Or euro, which I predict will collapse within five years.

(Peanut gallery: But Mando, having no cap space is not a big deal. All those teams did restructures and they are fine now.)

Wrong again, gallery of nuts.

Restructuring a contract typically treats the symptom but doesn't cure the disease. It alleviates the pain short-term but because the cap burden is piled upon future years that are already burdened, it often creates a dire situation in the future. Some teams that continually delay the inevitable reach a point of saturation that leads to a cap dump.

The Dolphins of the mid 1990s had to do this when Don Shula added lots of players in 1994 and 1995 for what was billed as a final run at a Super Bowl. The franchise found itself in cap heck in 1996 and '97.

The San Francisco 49'ers did the same thing later in the decade and when the bill came due it led the franchise down the losing road from which it only recently detoured.

The point is there is no way to cheat the salary cap. It must be managed wisely to keep a team in position to enjoy its benefits.

Jeff Ireland and his team have done that for 2013. I recognize many of you don't like the idea of giving Ireland credit for much of anything. Those folks understand why I started saying you might not like reading this post.  

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Posted by: JUSTIN CREDIBLE | March 02, 2013 at 06:18 PM

I agree. That's why undrafted players go on to pro bowls while their are 1st rd guys who can't make the team. Giving a kid out of college a ton of money leads many to make bad choices in regards to work ethic and off field issues.

SIGN FINLEY OR WALKER, WALLACE,PACMAN JONES OR ROGERS-CROMITIE.

THEN SIGN THE REST AFTER THE DRAFT.

PATTERSON IF NOT I WOULD TRADE BACK THROW IN A 3rd OR THE 4th FOR NEXT YEARS 1st AND GET ALLEN I THINK BOTH WILL MAKE PROBOWLS. (PLUS WE GET 2 ONES NEXT YEAR).

2nd TAVON AUSTIN. HE IS TO MUCH OF A PLAYMAKER TO LET PASS.

2nd 2nd. ELAM HE HITS HARD PLAYS FASTIF HE IS NOT THERE WAIT TO THE THIRD TO GET CYPRIAN.AFTER WATCHING HIM HE HAS GREAT COVER SKILLS AND HITS JUST AS HARD.

SO WITH THAT 2nd 2nd I GET SWOPE FAST AND ALSO A PLAYMAKER.

WE HAVE HOLES EVERYWHERE BUT WR WOULDN't BE ONE FOR MANY YEARS.

We have enough ammo to draft 2 WR's out of the 5.
Ireland better not F this up!!
Safety from LSU will gone by round 2.

Some people just dont have a clue. The idea is that Ireland is now working with a coach and staff that knows how to build a team for the long haul not the short run. Spend your money wisely Jeff. Dont give it all to one guy like Wallce who drops more balls than Marshall. Give decent money to hard working, dedicated players like Brian Hartline. If Tannehill was able to hit Brian on the multitude of times he was open he could have broken records this season. The point is find value, dont overspend. Thats how yopu build a perennial winner,not a one shot wonder. I give Jeff credit. Keep it going.

Philbin is picking the receivers, not Ireland.
The Egnew pick buried him in the dirt. He can no longer be trusted.

Philbin is picking the receivers, not Ireland.
The Egnew pick buried him in the dirt. He can no longer be trusted.

Posted by: Jcb | March 02, 2013 at 07:33 PM

Typical blogger in fantasy land. Where does he get this information if not his a-hole?

go finsssssssss

I don't think the franchise tag makes sense for any of our players this season. Either you can work a deal, or you can't and move on.

....here's a link to a story that Miami will likely receive an extra 4th round pick as comensation for losing Kendall Langford last year....

Posted by: mr. ham | March 02, 2013 at 04:14 PM
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I **Like** this story for obvious reasons and I **Love It** for an ecen more important reason.

Ireland's a Flash Point this time of year. A lightning Rod for criticisms and aspirations alike.

So now he'll have:

A 1st Rounder.

Two 2nd's.

Two 3rd's.

And now, Two 4ths.

a 6TH AND A 7TH.

(I believe we have another one in there as well. We had 9 before the Langford pick if I remember right.)

The point being, Ireland now has 10 picks to work with. 7 in the First 4 rounds! He'll either hit a Grand Slam(In which case we FINALLY make the playoffs again), or he'll whiff big time and be shown the door(In which case we'll know he's NOT the answer and this Nutty Fan Base can rejoice.

I'm looking at it from a TRUE FAN's point of view. If Ireland can even manage to bat .400, we should have 6 new starters/upgrades this year. Two from Free Agency and 4 from the draft.

A DE, CB and Safety for the defense and Two WR's and a TE for the offense.

If these 6 player positions could all be quality starters, maybe tagging Long wouldn't be such a bad idea.

**Go Jeffy**

ValHalla!!!!

Very bold Carl but I agree !!!!!!!!! Go dolphins screw these greedy loser bastards and bring in some new playmakers

Odin

We don't have a 6 but we have two 7s

Philbins staff is very good at teaching and developing young players lets hope they can get through to egnew or he will be gone

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Posted by: Marc from nj | March 02, 2013 at 08:41 PM
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Thank You Marc, we are missing our 5th as well......right?

Anyways, I asked about it because Walker at ESPN said we had 9 picks total, BEFORE getting the Langford pick. Walker could be wrong too, who knows. But I'm pretty sure the Langford pick gives us 10 altogether.

Do you know who is right?

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Posted by: YG Is Now Barbara Gordn | March 02, 2013 at 03:58 PM

FREAKING HILARIOUS!!

I suspect Susan is the BIG pie eater during these contests were Barbara is always excusing her obesity by blaming it on a thyroid condition. Little Pete is almost 18 but a HUGE Transformers fan who rolls his buggers up into tiny balls and sucks on them, by the way Barbara's Cinnamon Basil Honey Pumpkin Pie won last years Edina Middle School contest and it was delish !

I just got reading through some of the draft board analysis on WR's. With so many speedy, sure handed receivers that are going to be available, I am still mystified why so many still want to give crazy money to land Mike Wallace. He dropped the most balls in the NFL last year. It looks to me like we can do better in the draft for a lot less money.

No we have our 5th , we are only missing our 6th
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Carl
Mike Wallace is a proven nfl receiver and a star

If you were going to take the time to write this garbage. At least you could have taken the time to make it funny.

Im just so sure youre the life of the party amongst your friends. Oh, Im sorry, Im sure you have no friends after that boring ass post. Lame to new depth of sinkabiliy. LOL...

Posted by: Yesterday's Gone 4Ever! | March 02, 2013 at 04:05 PM

You really are clueless and don't seem to get that your SNOOZER response on the funniest post about your retarded self in sometime is what's really LAME ! What an A SS WIPE you are !

Mike Wallace had an average season last year and dropped more passes than any receiver in the NFL. Not my idea of star material.

Plus reports are that he is not the best locker room guy and his ego is well beyond his ability. He said himself he deserves Fitzgerald like money. He is nowhere in the same league as Fitz and never will be.

I'd prefer to take a shot at 2 of the fast WR's in the draft. The chances of them having worse hands than Wallace are slim, ditto for their route running.

Carl

Do you watch football the guy is a threat from anywhere on the field he runs a 4.3 and he score like 9 Tds a year ,his presence scares the crap out of everyone

Oh and bess had more drops than him

I'm not saying not to draft a few wr in addition to Wallace

Marc, you are wrong about everything.

I may be Carl but I think the guy is explosive

Wallace had a so so year with one of the top QB's in the NFL throwing to him. He is one dimensional. His fair value is not among the top elite receivers in the league, he is not even a true #1 alpha receiver, so they the hell pay him like one? Why? Especially when there are some speedsters in the draft that likely have better hands.

I just feel that we need 1 veteran wide out from free agency a true game changer

Both Philbin and Ireland have stated that the # 1 most important thing for any receiver is to catch the ball. If they really mean that, they won't go after Wallace, they will just fake it in hopessome other team takes him and then eliminates some competition in the draft.

The draft is full of risks they have never done it before at this level

You have a good point Carl but I just want to beat the crap out of New England

Only losers are afraid of risks. You don't get anywhere without taking risks, nothing is a sure thing anyway, that we've learned looking at the top ten picks of every draft.

Imagine game 16, down by 5, one minute left and we need a win to make the playoffs. Bomb to a wide open Wallace and he bumbles it. Ugh. Can't have that now.

wallace is one of the best deep threats in all of the nfl. that is exactly what we need to open up this offense

Carl we all have our opinions and I respect yours but he's scary fast man

Carl with 47 million to spend you don't field a team of rookies , you spend the cash,,,,,,straight up cash homie ,,,,,sign Wallace and start winning

There are receivers in this draft faster than Wallace. So why overpay for Wallace? It does not make sense. He is no alpha receiver, he is a one trick pony. Let him price himself reasonably and then I will listen. Let's not be stupid. He didn't get Pitt in the playoffs last year so don't assume he will take his next team there either.

carl wake up dude

Alot of people on this blog like posting the stats regarding M.Wallace and his drops last Yr. ect....

Mike Wallace didn't report to camp until the week before the Reg. Season (didn't really have to either showing up week-10 would have gotten him credit towards a Season an UFA)

The drops and slow start were part of the beginning of the Season. Later in the Yr. when Pitt. had a do or die game in Dallas (still in contention Mid-Season) Tomlin went with the future in Emanuelle Sanders and Antonio Brown.

They were quickly down 10-0 when Tomlin went to Wallace who lit Brandon Carr and the Cowboys DB's up single handedly bringing them back. He caught a TD were he had gained over 10 yards of separation deep on the D that Big Ben underthrew and Wallace had such a lead he was able to stop for it and still out run the D to the Endzone. All of this after a Sanders Fumble and Brown drop kept blowing O possessions for the Pitt O.

More on Wallace and last Season..........

At the end of the game Carr picks a bad Rothlisberger pass off in the right flat that was intended for Wallace really looking nowhere else. The following week in the game that broke the Steelers Season it was a late pick on a pass to Wallace that wins the game for the Bengals as well.

All this tells me he's the guy his QB is looking for in the clutch and he's shown time and again what his speed can do. He really is sooooo fast it makes R.Bush look Incognito slow by comparison and yet you guys post silly crap about this or that regarding drops in a Yr. were he had no OTA's or Camp and saw Pitt. give the offer he didn't sign to A.Brown (It was the deal Wallace turned down which is backloaded to help the strapped Steelers) basically insuring he was gone in FA and still was game showing up when it counted unlike teamate Lammar Woodley who rubbed everybody the wrong way taking last Yr. off after signing his long term extension.

Anyone who feels Wallace doesn't make our O much better by simply being in our huddle is clueless from my perspective.

Carl

We all love Wallace we want him in aqua and orange

i def want wallace, but no worries carl it appears as though he will sign with carolina

Fin4

You only add to my point. Is that what you want??? A receiver who doesn't show up to camp? Talk about making excuses for someone. If he did it to Pitt, he'll do it to us. You know what that means?

Wallace is not a team player. Fk him.

I see how he can help. I don't see how anyone is going to pay him the salary he wants. You can toot Wallace all you want. Mike Wallace is not a #1 alpha receiver and should not be paid like one.

Money talk guys whoever pays the most gets the prize 5 years 60 mil. I think that gets it done

i dont marc, hes already said he wants to play with cam and carolina set to offer him the bank

Wow I didn't know that, well screw him then he can have a ball in caralina

That might just be a ploy to get bidding higher

Anyone who feels Wallace doesn't make our O much better by simply being in our huddle is clueless from my perspective.

Posted by: fin4life | March 02, 2013 at 09:38 PM

Do you see Wallace as a #1 alpha receiver and should he be paid like one?

Lots of players would make this team better, that doesn't mean you squander any amount of money on them...especially when their ego is too big for training camp.

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Pittsburgh made their choice on receivers, and Wallace wasn't one of them. Hmmm.

Greg Jennings anyone ,,,,,cheers

Also folks, I was a very fast runner in my day. You don't keep that speed forever! Wallace in less than two years will be 30 and no way will he have that same 40 time! It's against nature.


Think people, think.

Man no know shat time will tell

No we have our 5th , we are only missing our 6th
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Posted by: Marc from nj | March 02, 2013 at 09:03 PM
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Thanks again Marc.

Do you know how/when the compensatory picks are awarded? If Long or Smith walk, when would we get the picks?

Fin4

You only add to my point. Is that what you want??? A receiver who doesn't show up to camp? Talk about making excuses for someone. If he did it to Pitt, he'll do it to us. You know what that means?

Wallace is not a team player. Fk him.

Carl | March 02, 2013 at 09:45 PM

Carl,

He was a FA but Restricted by NFL rules any team that would have matched the offer Pitt. put on the table of 6 years / 42.5 Million (majority backloaded) would have had to relinquish compensation in the draft which is rated on the size of the contract compared to 10 highest paid at position (look it up and read the rule)

In his case it would have meant giving up a #1 for a player that was going to hit the market the following Yr. at all of 26 Yrs. of age.

Right before the start of the Yr. the Steelers played HARDBALL and gave the very contract offered to Wallace to Antonio Brown.

The deal gave Brown an 8.5 signing bonus but kept his base pay at 540K and will pay guaranteed 2.5 Mil. in 2013 with 2 Mil. he can earn in incentives. In 2014-15 the base is 6 Mil. and doesn't pay an average of 8 Mil. till 2016-17. The 8.5 bonus is spread over the life of the contract or counts at around 1.3 Mil. over 6 Yrs. it's friendly to the Steelers like a Mother F'er.

By the way Marino held out in 85 till the week of the Season opener as well, I guess Shula should have traded his his selfish A S S as well! Emmitt did it the S.B. Champ Cowboys in 93 ect... Your reasoning doesn't hold water given it's a business and some of the best all time have had longer hold outs.


Most of you will hate me for this, if you don't already...but...you know all those really stupid dumbazz beer commercials? Well they are targeting non-thinkers just like many of you!

Also folks, I was a very fast runner in my day. You don't keep that speed forever! Wallace in less than two years will be 30 and no way will he have that same 40 time! It's against nature.


Think people, think.

Carl | March 02, 2013 at 10:02 PM


Again he'll be 26 this coming Season and by my Math that puts him 4 Yrs. away from 30 and all of 32 when his 6 Yr. deal expires, again sorry this argument you make is for arguments sake from were I'm sitting. Your entitled but I couldn't disagree more!

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