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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.


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.)


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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Brian, you are missing the fact at leadt 3 maybe 5 of these players can be replaced in the draft COMBINED for 6 million total. Fasano? No thank you.Long?? LTs can ce out of college and play from day 1. Hartline?? Possession receiver can be replaced. Sean Smith and Clemmons?? Same. Starks??!! 30 and replaceable. There are guys comparable or better in the draft that will replace these guys, all for rookie salaries

Yahoo is terrible for their Dolphins coverage, but this article is really good for once! http://voices.yahoo.com/miami-dolphins-fans-needs-wish-list-2013-12031863.html?cat=14


Take a player like RG3 for example. As a rookie in this league, even thjough he recieved a decent contract as the 2nd/3rd player taken, his endorsement money in 2012 most likely far exceeded his 2012 nfl salary.

Not saying RG3 is gay, but had a young athlete of RG3's stature had admitted to be openly gay. The giant advertising executives coudnt run for the hill fast enough.

Ah, better late than never ...

Stupid shite YG says ...

Cross genderism.

Hello homosexuality is not a gender. There are only two genders, male or female. There is not third for homosexuals.... homosexuality is a sexual preference, nto a gender.

What a moron.

So a pro athlete openly admiting he or she is gay could force themselves to take a huge hit in potential advertising millions.

Posted by: Yesterday's Gone 4Ever! | March 01, 2013 at 04:04 PM

So ture and so sad. People are so awesome...what's living the life comfortable, free and loving of who you are when we gots stacks of cash. Whoop whoop. I will buy lots of big, new flashy and expensive stuff, that'll make me feel better.


been out most of the day....but I read your comments....


You and Craig M are definitely must reads in my book as well....along with a few others from the day shift.....

You guys definitely help me make it thru day @ work.....

NeMo, I agree on Werner. His combine showing was a big red flag for me. Showed very average athleticism. Personally, I'd be more inclined to draft his booked Tank Carradine who was also very productive in a later round than I would Werner at 12.

Ansah and Datone Jones for me are the DEs that have a chance to live up to their billing with first round grades.

I'd also draft Dion Jordan at DE before Werner.

It gets tiresome thinking after years of failure we need to resign guys who are a little older and been a part of that failure. Anyone that believes we have to resign guys like Smith and Fasano and the rest need a reality check. I like Hartline, but he is a possession receiver, there are plenty of possession receivers in the draft. Starks will be 30 years old, there is a deep class of DT's that will be better then him. Fasano was never a #1 TE, EVER. Long hasn't finished the last 2 seasons. Give me a break. Not one is SPECIAL!!

Philbin was an idiot for playing Jake Long in the preseason. Even Tony Sparano knew enough not to do it.

As a city of Miami sports fan. I love all that I currently see from the Miami Heat. However, even in the midst of this great 12-0 winstreak run, its only a step in showing ther greatness.

IMO, what happens when this streak is finally broken, is what determines if they have arrived as being amongst the alltime nba great teams. Yes they won a championship last season,but that alone doesnt rank you as an alltime great team.

What I want to see, is this current team win at least 90% of their gmes the rest of the way, enroute to thier 2nd consecutive nba title.

Should this happen, along with no more than 3 playoff losses, then in my opinion this Heat team definitely enters the discussion amongst the alltime great mba teams.

Posted by: Mark in Toronto | March 01, 2013 at 04:11 PM

Need anymore evidence of the blog's chief cess pool resident?







Ross, save the Dolphins. SELL THE TEAM!

Here goes YG with his alter ego ALoco. LOL


I dont fight. How can you fight with an imaginary character? That's what we all here may as well be, seeing that the chances any of us ever have a face to face meet is even more astronomical than winning the Powerball Lottery.

Just that a few posters here are too dense to realize this. So they continue their king baby ways of dense ignorance.

Now YG is talking to his alter ego ALoco, what a but


Also some here have not a real life. This is their only reality. Because in the real world, they have no real friends.

So they seek out the internet to find thier real friends, Total strangers that they will never ever meet.

PS: They also use the internet to seek out their "real life enemies too. So pathjetically sad. LOL...

YG.... AGREE WITH YOUR POST @ 4;40 PM/////////


North Carolina is 10 pt favorites over the Canes tomorrow night. I'm planning on taking the Canes +10 for a medium size bet but I have to do it tomorrow.


I have no idea if Kris is employed, nor do I care. My financial well-being is in noway tied to that of Kris. Nor am I entitled to subsidizing Kris' financial situation. LOL...


Posted by: Yesterday's Gone 4Ever! | March 01, 2013 at 04:40 PM


Im afraid we will have to reject this as a word sir!


Also, many come here to vicariously live their lives thru others. They can come here and pretend(lie) to be who and whatever they want to be.

Since you dont know who they are and thier factual living situation, there's no way to "fact check".

Unless of course youre a master internet hacker. LOL...


Well, if some are recieving unemployment, that is taxable income. If a guy's a single male, it's doubtful he recieves more than $50 max amount in food assistance. Absolute zero in govt financial assitance.

Meaning, most likely he blogs from mommy's basement and is still chiefly a financial burden to only mommy and daddy. Even their "former real life friends" no longer "freely share their drugs with them.

So all they have left to feel they have a real existence, is the internet. Mommy and daddy's paying for that too. LOL...

Ireland has done a fantastic job with the abundant cap space we have this year. I tink he should get kudos for our coaching staff as well. Our roster was filled with quite a few luke-warm players and should have had the number one pick in this years draft. The coach's have shown there abilility to get the most out of the players they have. They also have shown they can make a solid game plan to utilize the players strengths. If Ireland and crew can have a solid FA and draft I can surley see the Dolphins in the playoffs next year.


Also, many come here to vicariously live their lives thru others. They can come here and pretend(lie) to be who and whatever they want to be.

Since you dont know who they are and thier factual living situation, there's no way to "fact check".

Unless of course youre a master internet hacker. LOL...

Posted by: Yesterday's Gone 4Ever! | March 01, 2013 at 04:57 PM

Are you laying out your complete autobiography before the posters now? You know its okay to admit your broke and suffering from a lack of unemployment, just remember though, that they do employ agencies of this kind of nature who will help you find success in life at what you do in it.

I just think stating that factual evidence to complete strangers about your lifestyle may not represent you well going foward.

The blog now grows painstakenly silent. The truth does have a great tendacy to hurt.

Im now out too. LOL...


If you're here, this from the last blog.


Yes it was me that you were discussing Lane Johnson with before the combine. The kid is an absolute beast of a Tackle. Unfortunately, I think he has performed well enough to be top 10 and maybe even the 1st Tackle taken. I could see him and Fisher overtaking Joeckel on draft day.

-First I want to say **KUDOS**. You absolutely nailed it on Johnson. PRE-Combine you were talking about how good he looked. Then he put all questions to bed.

-I think you're right about him "Testing" himself into the Top 10. With team needs ahead of us, he could go Top 5 IMO. He AT LEAST Leap-Frogged Fisher in my opinion.

As I see it there are a few key questions are FO has to honestly ask themselves:

1) Can Martin develop the strength and balance to be a good LT? If not, we should consider trading up to grab one of these top 3 guys.

-Yeah, we should "CONSIDER" all options. But I think the "COST" of trading up that high would be **TOO MUCH** for Philbin/Ireland to spend on an Offensive Lineman. Johnson, Fisher and Joeckel will be great Left Tackles. But the cost of trading up that high would approach what Washington gave up for Griffin. Not QUITE that much I'm sure, but MORE than our FO would be willing to spend on an O-Lineman.

-We do need O-Line help, but the need for early round "PlayMakers" I think tips the scale away from any **FIRST ROUND** trade ups.

To Be Continued.......

Posted by: Passing By | March 01, 2013 at 05:09 PM

Here's living proof that even human tumbleweeds can "blow by" in the wind. LOL...

Posted by: Yesterday's Gone 4Ever! | March 01, 2013 at 05:12 PM

You need a job son, and not one that involves flipping burgers every night. A stable income to help you get back to at least middle class society. Let me know, maybe I can help you in business where others have just turned a blind eye to your growing issues with humanity.

Posted by: Passing By | March 01, 2013 at 05:17 PM

Cess pool alert,

Yo really do enjoy ruining the blog with your excessive cess pool-nessiveness, dont you?

Is it real life attention you lack? Well, I guess those who know you best, really know you best, dont they. LOL...

People talking shi- as usual here. Here, who do you think they will place the Franchise tag on,
1- Long
2- Starks
3- Sean Smith
4- Nobody And don't say, I know who they will NOT place it on...

So, Tom Brady restrucures his comtract to open over 15 mil more in cap room... Rumor is that they will resign Welker and make a big push for Wallace. What does that do to our plans with the Fins?

Time for you People to commit.

Franchise tag Starks, try to resign Smith and let Long go. My comment.

I've been getting very bad vibes from this Blog for sometime now. Something terrible is going to happen here. Time is short, ALoco.

C'mon, c'mon, somebody else. Time is short.



2) Did any of our CB's show enough to be considered a starter next year? If yes, we need only draft someone for the other spot in the 1st 2 rds. If No, we need 1 FA and another guy or 2 in rds 1-3.

-Agreed and this sucks. Marshall is the only one that played good enough to start. But the problem here is 3 fold. Until given this chance, He's only PROVEN to be a good 3rd/nickle corner. THEN, he's only played a game and a half here, prior to the injury. On top of THAT, who knows if he's FULLY recovered or if he will FULLY recover? Back injuries are hard to figure. Especially with older players.

-Call me an extremist, but I think we have to draft two corners AND get one in Free Agency if POSSIBLE. REGARDLESS of what the rest do.

I would like to get an established CB in Free Agency. It doesn't have to be a "Name" player. But it SHOULD be a guy that can start. THEN, I would target one with the 2nd-Second rounder or at the latest, the 1st-Third rounder. Then a "Flyer" in the 4th or 5th rounds.

-Our secondary HAS to improve. Simple as THAT. I would like to see us land a starting safety via Free Agency and/or the draft as well. Clemons, in my opinion is BARELY adequate. I would like to see a "Killer" with Reshad Jones and Clemons as depth.

To Be Continued....



3) Finally, is Hartline what Sherman wants as his #2 or #3 WR? We all know he isn't a number 1 but I think he could excel as a 2 or a 3 guy. What our #1 is will tell whether Hartline is better suited to be a 2 or 3.

-I edited this for brevity. Well said, totally agree. Not only how our No. 1 affects Hartline, but how it will affect how we draft our Wide Receivers as well.

I can't wait to see how this plays out, As FA unfolds we should see this get cleared up.

Posted by: The Woodshed Gang | March 01, 2013 at 04:11 AM




Though I would ate to see the herald eventually take this blog down. I could very well move along in life without.

What many posters fail to realize is that this blog is a privaledge, not a birth right. Some here depend on this blog to feel they even have a real existence. Then for some its only a pass time. For me its a pass time.

However, those among you who depend on this blog to actually authentic your existence. Be very careful what you post. Because once this blog is down think long and hard what becomes of your pathetic existence.

You may be reduced to sitting all along in mommy's basement strumming your lips to a totally incoherant rubish of undiscernable vibes.

Yes, your sad state of existence does get even worse. While the rest of us go on with our "real lives". You will be soooooooo........... left behind. LOL...

I'm keeping fingers crossed on a LT falling to us at 12. My other hope is that since there do not seem to be many clear cut studs, a team will take less for a short move up.
Personally, I hope Martin is hitting the weight room and practicing MMA with Egnew to get that strength and balance he lacks. Then we have our LT guy and can get a RT in a later rd.

Other options at 12 that seem viable:
1) CB- both Trufant and Rhodes look like a safe bet here. I researched what Coyle went after as far as attributes go while with Cincy. He seems to prefer a Trufant type CB over a lengthy guy like Rhodes. How that meshes with what Ireland looks for is anyone's guess.

2) WR-I just don't se this FO or this coach putting an emphasis on a true Alpha receiver. The best I see them doing is doubling down in the 2nd Rd but that is only if they miss big on WR in free agency. I think we resign Hartline and make a play for a big name. I see guys like Da'Rick Rogers, Justin Hunter and Robert Woods being 2nd RD possibilities.

3) TE- While he passes the eyeball test on film, Eifferts measurables seem to indicate he doesn't merit top 15 consideration. TE is just one of those positions that each team values totally different. If we can trade back and get more ammo, then hell yes to Eifferts.

4) Guard- Warmack is too big and slow for a zone scheme line. Cooper would be a perfect fit but again, does he add enough value from a position stand point? I think he would likely be taken only in a trade back scenario..

Anybody else? Going once, going twice, You lost.

Our general manager has done a fantastic job with out cap and with acquiring draft picks , now is the time to use our resources to build a powerhouse team , that will compete for many years so hold onto your hats , all of you doubters ,,,,,,,yep that's right losers

This new Facebook login is cowardly and has hurt the readership of this paper. The Herald needs to reconsider it's position. They have acted to silence the public.

No diva WR has ever won a SB.....not that I can think of....so he get the benifit of the doubt.....

Posted by: Kris | March 01, 2013 at 09:36 AM

You are telling us there were no diva receivers on the Steelers and Dallas and St. Louis and Denver SB winners?

No more Jake please!!!!!!! I would tag Starks

Hey Chris

Remember Lynn swan or Jerry rice or mike Irvin or sterling sharpe you my friend are dumb

We need a top wr period a real deep threat

I would tag Starks but if their gonna tag anybody they better get on with it.

We have till Monday to use the tag

Posted by: Yesterday's Gone 4Ever! | March 01, 2013 at 05:41 PM


You continue to offend us with this disrespectful nature sir!

Please proofread your remarks.

Armando no offense but I think we need see how the plan works out before we offer Mr.Ireland keys to the city.

I know Marc but the suspence is killing me.

It will work Jeff knows talent and his handcuffs are gone (parcels) no one gets it tuna shopped for his own groceries

Me too this is crazy stuff

We all want to win so bad

Well, I guess it was too much with the Anonymous sh-t. Less see how this Facebook works out.

Clady got tagged. No surprise there.

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