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No free agent contracts for Dolphins at midnight

It's midnight and it is now officially allowable under NFL guidelines for clubs to begin calling agents of prospective free agents from other teams. Yes, teams can continue to sign their own prospective free agents, but the activity with other unrestricted free agents is limited to merely conversations.

There will be no contracts signed until March 12 at 4 p.m. Indeed, the NFL sent a memo to all 32 teams on Friday to make sure they understand that even a sourced media report of a contract agreement -- either implied or express -- is out of bounds.

"Any announcement of an agreement or an agreement in principle by a club or another party, including, but not limited to, a certified agent, player, or media organization may subject the club to a tampering investigation," the NFL letter obtained by The Miami Herald reads.

The NFL is allowing communication but that seems to be the only thing that is allowed. Free agency does not begin until Tuesday.

This also from the NFL:

"Beginning at 12 midnight and ending at 3:59:59 p.m. (all times Eastern) Tuesday, clubs are permitted to contact, and enter into negotiations with the certified agents of players who will become unrestricted free agents upon the expiration of their 2012 player contracts at 4 p.m. Tuesday.  However, a contract cannot be executed with a new club until 4 p.m. Tuesday.

"Clubs (other than the player's current club) may not discuss or make any travel arrangements with prospective unrestricted free-agent players, their certified agents or anyone else associated with the player until the expiration of those players' 2012 player contracts at 4 p.m. Tuesday."

The Dolphins did take modest advantage of the ability to have their own free agents in for visits. The club had doctors examine Jake Long on Friday, presumably to confirm a YahooSports.com report that had Dr. James Andrews saying Long is recovering well and is one month from being 100 percent following his surgery to repair his torn left triceps.

Remember that Long also tore his right bicep in 2011 so I expect that was checked out as well.

This is not routine. It's obvious the Dolphins still value Long and could be preparing one more offer to the prospective free agent before March 12. I'm told no new such offer has been made at this time.

The club also might be willing to respond to an offer Long gets on the open market if it meets Miami's financial criteria. In that case, the Dolphins would be effectively letting another team negotiate the Long contract for them.

It's all a long shot. The more likely scenario is Long hits free agency and gets a big offer from another team. But the Dolphins are confident they have a good value set for Long and the market will bear that out.

The market for players cut prior to free agency, most likely as salary cap casualties, does not have to adhere by the unrestricted free agency rules. Those street free agents can sign anytime. To that, the Kansas City Chiefs reach a deal with former Falcons cornerback Dunta Robinson, according to ESPN.

Dolphins fallout?

Well, if Sean Smith's rumored flirtations with the Chiefs -- the ones circulated by former teammate Vontae Davis on twitter and denied by Smith on twitter -- are true, Smith might have one less suitor in free agency. Philadelphia is a team expected to kick the tires on Smith but the cornerback market is saturated so we'll see.

[Update: Looks like Vontae broke this story! NFL.com is reporting Smith and the Chiefs are talking.]

[Update: The Miami Herald's Adam Beasley is reporting between "three and five teams" are showing interest in Smith.]

By the way, Miami's plan continues to be to make calls on multiple free agents including Mike Wallace, Greg Jennings and others. Not all the calls will lead to contracts or even negotiations.

And, as the NFL is mandating, no contracts will be signed until Tuesday the earliest.

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Hope we hear about some discussions at least.

Leche

So Jake is still a possibility?

So far So good, Mr. Ireland.

I Am Better At Life Than You

Martin @ LT. Spend money on playmakers and corners. Let Jake walk.

Dr Love get a life........

Cant wait for you ninnies to see it plays out on the playing field this year. Then you want be as happy as your are now. This dumbass will have the last laugh!

Posted by: Yesterday's Gone 4Ever! | March 08, 2013 at 02:54 PM

YG has no class. He makes some of the dumbest statements here time and again, yet he resorts to juvenile name calling to anyone who doesn't agree with his bloated pompous opinions .

START THE PROCESS AND CLOSE THE DEAL!! SIGN MIKE WALLACE! EVERYONE KNOWS HE IS THE DOLPHINS #1 TARGET AND IT WILL COME DOWN TO OFFERING THE BEST DEAL AND MAKING WALLACE FEEL WELCOMED AND NEEDED IN MIAMI!!GIVE HIM A GOOD OFFER AND I THINK HE WILL BECOME A DOLPHIN NEXT WEEK. FORGET ALL THE OTHER TEAMS BIDDING FOR HIM, VERY FEW CAN MATCH THE DOLPHINS OR THE BEAUTIFUL WEATHER AND ATMOSPHERE OF S BEACH. WALLACE WATCHES SPORTS ALSO AND KNOWS THAT THE DOLPHINS ARE TARGETING HIM AND I'M SURE HE IS THINKING WOULD HE BE COMFORTABLE LIVING AND PLAYING FOR THE DOLPHINS!! HELL YEAH!! NOW IS HIS TIME TO GET PAID AND ALL JEFFY HAS TO DO IS CLOSE THE DEAL!

Draft WR's and CB's ... And a couple LB's

If the fins can Resign Jake .. To a Ireland Contract.

The Only Major Needs On Offense Will Be 2 More WR's. Even Hartline Admits The Fins Need 4 Capable WR's.

(From Hartline Press Conference)

"We always said, I mean, throughout the year you’re going to have injuries. You need to have at least, I think FOUR RECIEVERS that you can depend on. Not saying we can’t depend on the other guys, but that are big play makers to win in this league. It’s a passing league. It is what it is, and I think the more playmakers you can have on a team the more valuable the offense is going to be and it is what it is. It’s just the growth of the NFL.”

Another Nugget From Hartline

(On how much money means if he could have gotten more elsewhere)

- “It’s important to me, but you know to me, I guess you can never have enough but then you always want more"

I Knew Hartline Was A Gold Digging Diva!! In His Own Words. Hartline Is Only In IT For The Money.

Posted by: Proof YG is a no class, immature hot air bag. | March 09, 2013 at 12:43 AM

Boy did your father really damage you. About the 100th time for the exact same cut and paste post. Get psychological help man.

Sean Smith "talking" with KC, from PFT -

According to Albert Breer of the NFL Network, the Chiefs “have shown an interest in CB Sean Smith early on in the contact period.”

Translated, they were on the phone a half hour ago, negotiating but not agreeing or anything.

Ultimate Free Agent Wr Coup

Wallace
Jennings
Hartline
Bess
Matthews

If Ireland Does This, Genius Supreme Better Not Hear A PEEP!! From You Ireland Haters.

Now This Move Will Certainly Mean That Is It In Free Agency And The Fins' Will Not Be Bringing Jake Back.

Answering The Remaining Needs Thru The Draft

1- LT
2a- CB
2b- FS
3a- TE
3b- RB
4- OG
5-7-LB

Genius Supreme Has Spoken

Hopefully, The Chiefs Do Sign Smith. I Have Never Seen A Case Of More Obvious Tampering.

The Fins Deserve At Least The Chiefs 4th or 3rd, For This Blatant Disregard For The Rules.

daShe, do us a favor and sit out until one of your kiddie dwellers arrive. You can come back then.

YG has NOOOOO life LOL

You make a deragorty post about him and minute of the 24 hour spectrum and he is on standby to respond!

What a loser. Either his wife is not doable or he can't get it up!

So It Is March 9th.

And Mr. Ireland Said He Wanted To have his Key FA's Signed Or Close TO A Deal. As Of Right Now

Hartline
M&M
Starks

Are Signed. And Jake Is/Might Be Close To Signing.

And Apparently Tannehill is On Vacation With Fasano. According To Hartline.

Another Excerpt From the Diva's Press Conference

On if he has talked to Ryan Tannehill since he signed

- “No I texted him. I think he’s travelling with (Anthony) Fasano, I think doing some stuff. But that’s about it.

Abraham is sitting there, waiting, they still have not signed him.

Imagine the line of Abraham, Casey Hampton, Soliai, and Wake.
Then you get the secondary: Pacman, Ed Reed, Reshad Jones and Charles Woodson.

That is worthy of a season ticket. But no, let's resign Harltine, Starks, and moore, money well spent. SMH.

Say Something Smart Or Refer To Me As Genius Supreme

Please No Players Drafted From The Last Millennia

dickShe, do us a favor and sit out until one of your kiddie dwellers arrive. You can come back then.

Are you MAD No One Follows You?

Why Get Mad In The First Place?

Hey guys Diehard Fins fan here and I just created blog and was wondering if you can take a look at it. We just updated a 7 round mock draft and I hope some of you can check it out.

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Fins Up

We need to petition NFL, all Miami fans including the media, to force Ross to sell the team.

When Wayne gave Dave Dombrowski money, dave went and got superstars, not acorns, superstars, and won the chip.

When Riley got the cap money, he went and got the superstar,

Opportunity favors the prepared. I don't blame the FO for being stupid. That's what they are. I blame Ross for keeping the stupid at an important time. This fanbase needs to pettition the NFL to force Ross to sell the team.

Superstars, Yes.

Old superstars, No.

Wallace
Goldson
Ellerbe
Avril
Yes.

Abraham
Freeney
Hampton
Pac man
C.Woodson
Even Reed
No.

What is your problem with Ross?

He Is The Second Best Owner The Fins Have Ever Had.

Ross Is Actually a Dolphin Fan.

Why Do You Act Like a Richard Sherman?

dream team WR Core
Brian Hartline
Mike Wallace
Victor Cruz
Tavon Austin

It's a dream while the Fins have to give up a first round pick for Cruz.

Why do people come on here and just talk complete garbage???
a bit of light hearted fun is good but some of it is just painful to read through!!!!!

anyway back to football, im expecting us to pick up at least 2 of the high end FA's available this year and will be more than happy should they be Wallace and either a CB,TE or pass rusher. I think the FO will do a good job this offseason and we will be a much improved team come the regular season

Hope the chiefs sign sean smith. That'd ensure he's gone from miami, and thats an instant upgrade in the secondary. With all the interest in wallace, my guess is miami will sign Jennings.

WR'S:
GREG JENNINGS
BRIAN HARTLINE
DAVONE BESS
RYAN SWOPES
RISHARD MATTHEWS
TE'S:
MARTELLUS BENNETT
DAVID REED (UNIV. FL)
CHARLES CLAY
MICHAEL EGNEW (PRACTICE SQUAD)
OR TE'S:
TYLER EIFERT (ND)
ANTHONY FASANO
CHARLES CLAY
MICHAEL EGNEW (PRACTICE SQUAD)

Some of you dumbasses think you are playing Franchise mode on Madden or running a Fantasy draft in here. Get a frickin clue before posting your gibberish. The Eagles assembled a "dream team" a couple of years ago if you recall. How did that work out???

Don't be stupid...

So the NFl is going to police this how?

what a joke. Belechick is cheatng, you can count on that!

Why Do You Act Like a Richard Sherman?

Posted by: SBJew | March 09, 2013 at 02:10 AM

Cause I'm better at life than you

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