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Draft week: Will Ireland panic on Branden Albert?

Jeff Ireland has generally not been one to panic throughout his tenure as the Dolphins general manager.

Once he realized that Chad Henne was not the answer as Miami's franchise quarterback, he didn't panic and pick Ryan Mallett in the 2011 draft. He didn't panic and make the deal for Kyle Orton later that summer. He didn't panic earlier this offseason and give cornerback Brent Grimes or tight end Dustin Keller multi-year deals. He didn't panic and fill an offensive line need by immediately committing to Eric Winston -- either last year or this year.

Indeed, the only Ireland move I can really think would even come close to being a panic move was the trade up for running back Daniel Thomas in the second round of the 2011 draft. The Dolphins desperately needed running back help after moving on from Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams and apparently feared losing out on Thomas so the move was made.

Despite that one apparent indiscretion, Ireland has been a fairly cool customer when it comes to acquiring players. (No, he doesn't always get the right one. No one does. But he doesn't get flustered about going after anyone, either). He certainly played it cool with left tackle Jake Long and that is one reason I've confirmed Long went to the St. Louis Rams.

Seems Long didn't think the Dolphins showed him enough love or respect, probably by the structure of their offers to him, to return to Miami.

And that brings us to the Branden Albert situation.

Albert is the Kansas City Chiefs left tackle who is on the trade block. And the Dolphins have shown considerable interest. But the interest has not been to the point where the Dolphins had offered the Chiefs a trade proposal as of this writing. The interest had not been to the point where the Dolphins had worked out a contract with Albert's agent as of this writing.

Ireland had so far played it cool. 

As of Sunday afternoon, this was still in the pending file.

But as this is officially the dawn of draft week, and all three parties -- the Chiefs, the Dolphins and the Albert camp -- would like a resolution to the issue that involves them all, the pressure on Ireland is about to mount exponentially. And pressure often causes folks to panic.

Because the draft is less than four days away, the Albert camp wants the Dolphins to get a deal done. The Chiefs want to bring this to some sort of conclusion because they'd like to know if Albert is going to be on their roster or if they're going to have an extra draft choice -- a fairly high one apparently -- for Albert.

And there is a certain amount of pressure on the Dolphins to figure out both draft compensation and a contract for Albert if that's the direction they're going to go. And if that's not the direction they're going to go, the Dolphins need to figure out how else they'll solve their left tackle vacancy that apparently they're not thrilled with Jonathan Martin filling.

So, yes, there is pressure. And this is about the time someone might panic.

Will it be Ireland?

He's the most likely choice of the three parties involved.

Albert's camp doesn't have to panic. They've got a signed franchise tag they're holding which guarantees the player $9.8 million in 2013. Yes, they want a multi-year deal. But are they going to cave to get that done?

Absolutely not. Indeed, the Albert camp believes it is working from a position of strength. They have a guaranteed one-year deal. They have a player that can hit the free agent market next year and get major bucks because it's unlikely the Chiefs would franchise him again at 120 percent of this year's cap value. They also have a suitor on the line for a multi-year deal. So there is not real timing pressure on them.

And that's why I'm told Albert wants to get paid. He wants a contract that is better than the four-year, $34 million deal with $16 million guaranteed the Rams gave Jake Long.

Yes, Branden Albert expects to get a better deal from the Dolphins than Jake Long ultimately believed the Dolphins were offering him. Now, one can play with the numbers. It's possible the Dolphins' offer to Long might have been higher than the Rams' but was structured in such a way as to make it easy to get rid of him after one year if he was injured again.

But on the face, Albert wants to do better than the deal Long thought was the best one on the table.

And they're not under undo pressure.

The Chiefs are playing it coy, too. They've not giving Miami permission to speak with Albert personally or give him a physical until they have a signficant trade offer on the table. And as of this writing, that was not yet the case.

They can argue they'll draft as planned and simply keep Albert and there will be opportunities to trade him later. Of course, we know this is posturing. The Chiefs want the draft pick compensation for Albert by Friday the latest. And if they don't get it by then, they're losing the maximum benefit of trading him. But I'm simply telling you what they might be pitching as a stance.

Ireland and the Dolphins?

They seem more desperate. They don't have a left tackle. The veil of using Martin as the answer has been removed. That's not what the team wants. That would only be the last resort move.

They aren't going to ransom their entire draft to trade up for Luke Joeckel or Eric Fisher as those two left tackles might go No. 1 and No. 2 when the draft begins Thursday. They're not in love with Lane Johnson enough to mortgage a signficant part of their draft to trade up for him. (Maybe if he drops to them, they go with him. But trade up for him? Not in the plans as of today).

So what's left? Pick the fourth-best left tackle and hope?

It's a time for lesser men to panic because there are not wonderful options.

But this is my advice to Jeff Ireland:

Do you. Be yourself. Do not panic.

Paying Branden Albert -- a good but not great left tackle -- like he's an elite left tackle is not a palatable move to begin with. And paying a 2013 second- or third-round pick to Kansas City for the privilege makes it less appealing.

So hold fast.

Offer a 2014 second-rounder instead of 2013.

If it must be a 2013 pick, make absolutely sure that it's the second of Miami's two second-rounders (Nos. 42 and 54) and make sure that a trade down from No. 12 in the first round is available so you can regain that extra pick to mitigate the sting of trading for Albert.

(That likely means waiting until Thursday because very few teams will be willing to make a pre-draft trade for the No. 12 overall selection before then). 

If the Chiefs don't want to budge, call their bluff. Seriously. What are they going to do after picking Joeckel? They have to trade Albert. So wait them out.

If Thursday comes an goes and Friday comes and goes, Braden Albert will still be on the trade block. And then the pressure on K.C. will indeed mount. They're not going to waive the guy. Make the trade for a '14 pick. Give them that second-rounder, tell them they beat you up, shake their hand and call it a day -- all the while knowing they didn't win because they didn't take your current picks.

Remember Jimmy Johnson's old axiom: A second-rounder next year is like giving up a third-rounder this year because experience and maturity will likely cause the third-rounder to produce faster and more. So giving up a second next year for Albert is more of a bargain for Miami.

That strategy would give the team Albert this year, plus its full complement of draft picks this year. And that 2014 pick you trade away might be a lower selection anyway if your moves this year pay the kind of dividends you expect and you're in the playoffs.

Does waiting out K.C. come with risk?

Of course it does. Maybe another team jumps into the picture. Maybe the Chiefs rethink their strategy and keep Albert.

But those risks seem marginal. Albert's been on the market for a while and no one else has stepped up. And Albert has made it known to the Chiefs he's dead set against playing right tackle so he's causing them some pressure on that front.

Look, this deal could be done by Monday night or Tuesday if Jeff Ireland panics. Yes, he'd immediately have the solution to his left tackle issue. But the move would seem unthoughtful in the wake of losing Jake Long because the cost would be higher on multiple fronts (trade compensation as well as big contract compensation to the player).

Or ...

Ireland could strap his belt a notch tighter and hold his breath. He could wait out the Chiefs and the chances he'd get Albert could diminish. There's uncertainty there admittedly.

But sometimes testing that uncertainty is better than being the guy that panics.

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Last year I gave the 3rd rd pick of Egnew a D. Ireland has a habit of taking players much higher than they are projected (think Daniel Thomas here). PFW 2012 Draft Guide had him projected as a 4-5th rd pick. A scout wrote, "He's not an elite athlete. His body is really underdeveloped. He can get in the seam, but I don't see him separate vertically. He has good hands but he's not an elite receiver."
Taken way too eary in the 3rd rd.

FYI - The Chargers look to have entered into the Albert deal and may snatch him from the Dolphins. They have better CAP space at this point so we'll see what happens.

I have a feeling the Dolphins put something out there that if it went through with Albert it would be very good and if it fell through, oh well, we have the draft to see what we can get.

Ray Finkle, Warmack is not a system fit either. Not a zone blocking w/c system guard. Jonathan Cooper is a much better scheme pick.

Cooper 6'2", 311, 5.07 40, 33.08" arms
Warmack 6'2" 317, 5.47 40, 34.08" arms

armando?
sources?
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How Did I Not Answer The P. Surtain in Question?

I Told You By 1999 Jimmy Didn't Have Faith Using His First Round Pick.

And P. Surtain Wasn't Even The Original Question. It Was The Value Of The Pick.

Future Picks Normally Have More Value Than Current Picks. Specially When You Are Trading With A Bad Team.

The Point Is To Already Have Picks For Next Year, Not Just This Year.

Yeah JJ Hit On Surtain But How Many Other 2nd Rounders Did He Miss.

1999-JJJohnson, R. Konrad
1998-K.Mixon
1996-Nobody


So 2 Of 6. AND You Are Asking To Trade Away Picks. To Increase Your Chances Of Failure. If You Don't Pick That Is Worst Than Picking Bad.

And Again The Point Isn't P. SURTAIN. THE POINT IS How Is A 3rd Rounder Better Than A 2nd Rounder? If The Very Next Season You Get To Draft A 3rd Rounder And A 2nd Rounder Again.

Specially With The New CBA Future Picks Are More Valuable.

Would You Want 2 First Rounders Next Year Or 2 Second Rounders This Season?

Simple If You Ask Me.

MassD, got to agree on the assessment on martin, but that one you got on Egnew is wrong. His problem is not physical. He has better speed than Eifert and is almost as strong and kills Eifert on the agility and explosion tests. Athleticism is not Egnew's problem.

Jake Long is like a curse. Do we have to relive letting him go over and over andoverand..........

It's done. Forget about it.

Our biggest mistake will be letting it screw up the other things we need to do. If Philbin says we let him go, we let him go. End of story.

If he finishes the season with the Rams and plays well, then we can give Ireland and Ross and philbin HELL.

In the meantime, please forget the woulda, shoulda, coulda's and lets move on.

My Point Isn't Comparing Qbs To TE's.

My Point Is Comparing 3rd Rounders. Mallet Hasn't Played A Snap And NE Won't Get More Than A 5th Out Of Him. They Will Probably End Up Releasing Him. I Don't Know how You Can Call Mallet A Success? Cause He Plays For The Patriots.

And Egnew Has Been Called A Bust By Many People Here. With Less Time And More Upside.

Any Fan Who Wants A TE With Any Of Our First 5 Picks Is Basically Calling Egnew A Bust. Cause I Don't Care If We Draft Eifert At #12. No Rookie TE Is Going To Beat Out Keller For The #1 Spot. Even Keller Knows This.

Keller And A Running Game Is The Reason M. Sanchez Still Has A Pro Career.

MassD, got to agree on the assessment on martin, but that one you got on Egnew is wrong. His problem is not physical. He has better speed than Eifert and is almost as strong and kills Eifert on the agility and explosion tests. Athleticism is not Egnew's problem.

Mark.

Yep. He's just an idiot. Eggnew the Eggplant ain't making this team.

I love a good game of Chicken, Hold tight JI

EK, leting Jake Long go at that price only compounded the idiotic decision it was to draft him to begun with when we didn't have a QB and there was a top 5 rated prospect at Qb right there on the board. It's left us scrambling in a possible bidding war for Albert or giving up addl picks for one of these guys in the top 10. NEVER MIND LETTING IT GO... it's a very real problem

WNP, you could be right. Egnew needs to mature A LOT to make this team but at least we know God gave him enough help on one end (physical) - hopefully he didn't rob him too much on the other (brain matter)

Dashi,

I don't understand what you're saying. Egnew had a chance to play last year & was so bad that he was inactive all season. In short, he was a waste of a roster spot.

I don't recall Mallett being drafted to compete with Tom Brady. Right now Mallett is a backup to one of the best QB's in the NFL so how does that make him a bust??? Eventually Mallett will get a chance to play somewhere. Clearly Mallett has a better chance to stick around in the NFL than Egnew.

Most of the value picks this Year lie in the 2nd Rd.

Mark In Toronto, you need more then one team to have a bidding war. The only team bidding on Albert is us at this time. We can't bid against ourself

Dashi, I agree. I would not want my franchise resting on Mallet.

I think we took Keller to give us a chance to win even if Egnew does not develop. I also believe we will pick up a project TE after the draft.

Tight ends are usually good athletes and if we can find more of them to develop into tackles that may be better than drafting fat-a** tackles.

See, We are helping you here now, but it won't continue forever. We will NOT help the Heat this year in the Playoffs like We did last Year with them(and You). You better learn to Win on your own, or you will forever be a Loser.

WNP, you could be right. Egnew needs to mature A LOT to make this team but at least we know God gave him enough help on one end (physical) - hopefully he didn't rob him too much on the other (brain matter)

Mark,

What concerns me is that Egnew was drafted specifically to be a pass catching TE. Fasano had to carry the load & even with Clay doing very little, Egnew still couldn't sniff the field. Now with Keller on board & a potential draft pick coming in the first few rounds, I've got to say that Egnew's future in Miami doesn't look too bright.

He's just shy of contact. HMM...

My Point Is Comparing 3rd Rounders. Mallet Hasn't Played A Snap
Posted by: Dashi | April 22, 2013
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Wrong dummy, Mallett played in two (2) games 2012.
BTW, you might be liked more if you didn't pretend to know so much.

Mark, even if everything you say is 100% correct, we still need a good serviceable LT. And I do not want to give up a #1 and a #2 to get one.

Bite the bullet and get Albert. We are not marrying him. If a better option presents itself, kick him to the curb. A couple million in cap space is not going to hurt us or Ross.

See, some of these People are shy of some contact, but not of others.

"NFL.com's Daniel Jeremiah believes Florida DT Sharrif Floyd could fall out of the top-ten picks if Oakland doesn't take him at No. 3.
We've been getting the same vibe; and don't believe the Raiders will take him at 3. The teams picking at Nos. 4-9 either "don't fit Floyd scheme-wise," per Jeremiah, "or they are set" at defensive tackle. We wouldn't be shocked if Floyd fell all the way to the Panthers at No. 14. He only appeals to 4-3 defenses."

Gotta love the NFL draft. It's just ridiculous how the so-called 'experts' have these guys so highly rated & then four days before the draft it's potential 'free-fall' for certain players. If Floyd was never that good in the first place then why was everyone hyping him as the best DT in this draft??? And now the reports about Milliner's shoulder being an issue are being thrown around....

Bottom line is the draft is a crap shoot.

If you really, really need someone to play a specific position and he is available in free agency. Get him.

Tannehill, if you read this; Would you rather have a rookie unknown or Albert protecting your blind side???

Never understood why anyone had Floyd rated as the top DT & higher than Lotulelei...Mayock has Star listed a 3-4 DE instead of DT which I believe is wrong. Not even so sure I'd take Floyd over Richardson.

Having the NFL Network for a year now I still haven't figured out what people like about Mike Mayock yet. He's not a former scout, he's not a former personnel guy, & he did zero as a player in the NFL. He brings nothing original to the table & he changes his mind on prospects every day.

The other guy who sucks on NFL.com is the dorky, poor man's Adam Schefter. And how many concussions has Brian Baldinger had??? When everyone knows you dye your hair red then you should probably leave it alone. Is this REALLY the best the NFL can do??? It's just sad.

Sit tight at 12! There will be 2-3 QB's taken well before they were projected. As soon as the 1st one goes, panic will set in. I could see the Raiders,Browns and Bills taking a QB early. The Jets might too now that they have an extra 1st rd pick.

Bottom line is someone will be available that we aren't speculating will be or someone will want to move up to 12 to get one of these guys that unexpectedly fell back.

Im expecting a draft shocker:

3 QB's Going In The Top 10

1. Gino Smith #6 Cleveland. Possibly #2 to Jaguars
2. Ryan Nassib #8 to Buffalo
3. Matt Barkley to NY Jets

Draft's loudest boos will come when Jets select Barkley to replace Sanchez. Why? Another USC qb.

Also, the Raiders are a great threat to select qb at #3, Southern Cal ties could have them take Barkley at #3.

So, I see great possibility 3 qb's can be selecte 1st rd. Meaning any number of top ten players can possibly fall to us at #12.

YG,

It looks like great minds think alike. LOL!

You just spent a helleva lot of time talking about nothing Armando, because I smell smoke screen all the way with Ireland - meaning he does not need a LT as much as you think!

J. Martin is a viable option at LT. Will he be elite, no. But good, yes.

Ireland is talking to the Chiefs to suss out if he can upgrade the LT spot - at the right price. Albert wanting Jake Long money means this deal WILL NOT HAPPEN!

If Albert comes down on his price, and the Chiefs take a 3rd pick, maybe Ireland does the deal.

Think about it - if Ireland and Philbin and Sherman were so down on J Martin at LT they never would have let Jake walk.

Woodshed,

Looks like great minds think alike. You just posted 2 qb's can be taken ahead of us and I posted 3.

Like you, I suspect draf day shoker, and as many as 3 qb's get taken top 10. Especially now since the Jets have 2 1st rd picks in the first 13 picks. Bye-bye Sanchez!

Dashi...

WHO SAID that Mallett was a success....please cut and post that with a TIME an DATE STAMP....MR.FACT'S....

There you go again with your STRAW MAN argument....if you write it enough times....somebody is bound to believe you right???

ex: "You guys want Bush to be our EVERY DOWN back"...."Delvin is better than Moore"....

Nobody has made any predictions on Mallets carreer othan of course YOU (Dashi)...Mr. FACT'S...

You have already DEFINETVELY labled him a BUST....again...the FIRST 3rd RD BUST in NFL HISTORY....congrats man...nobody else in the NFL or this blog is dumb enough to think a 3rd RDer will be a bust....not NOT YOU...and you know BETTER than the rest of us....I mean...you POST FACTS before they even hapen....

By the way....WNP and Cocoajoe laid it out perfectly for you....but I doubt you will take time to even acknowledge that they were right...and YOU (Dashi)....MR. 95% are wrong.... AGAIN....

Doesn't really matter tho....you will be on to the next OPINION laced post....tell anyone who will listen that it is FACT because you wrote it....

Bottom line is the draft is a crap shoot.

If you really, really need someone to play a specific position and he is available in free agency. Get him.

Tannehill, if you read this; Would you rather have a rookie unknown or Albert protecting your blind side???


Everybody Knows,

Unfortunately that's exactly how we built our existing team. How many players will make the 53 man roster this year who were drafted by us???? Answer: Not very many & many of those players are on the way out.

At the end of the day teams that build through FA flame out in a couple of years at best. It's not a financially sustainable model which is why the draft (much more than FA) is the best way to build a team. It's the ONLY way you can have a team that consistently compete. Quite frankly--Going into the last year of his contract Ireland has not other choice but to spend & pray that it works out.

Woodshed Gang,

Its just that too many teams ahead of us need qb's worse than anything else. sure they have other great needs, but nothing truly happens until a team 1st has a qb.

At east 5 teams ahead of us have great need for a qb. That's why it doesn't surprise me in the least to see 3 qb's fall in the top 10.

Wrong AtlFin, J Martin played well at LT last year.

If Jonathan Martin is our LT I feel sorry for Tannehill. He got shut out when turnstyle Martin played LT last year.
Posted by: AtlFin | April 22, 2013 at 08:53 AM

Bobby, SD needs a LT. If you don't think you can bid against yourself, remember Wanny? he bid against himself many times.

Trading up for Carey, David Boston trade, Junior Seau trade, AJ Feely trade, Lamar Gordon trade, hahaha, what a wreck.

This is hilarious!!!


"Two separate NFL scouts say Florida DT Sharrif Floyd is overrated, with one going so far as to call Floyd a media creation.

It's worth noting Floyd had only 4.5 sacks in three college seasons. He's been touted hard by Greg Cosell, Mike Mayock, and Daniel Jeremiah, among others. "Those idiots on TV made Floyd," said one scout. "He's not that good. He's not better than Ziggy Hood." Asked if the Warren Sapp comparisons are valid, another scout replied "No. There's none of that. (Sapp) was just was more gifted than Floyd. Floyd is a good effort player. He's got shorter arms than (Sheldon) Richardson, and I think it shows. He gets kind of Velcroed on blockers."

Qb's always seem to become in greater demand as draft day approaches closer. If this happens, perhaps a Eric Fisher becomes a much greater and less expensive trade up option.

You never know?

YG,

I agree. Teams will reach for a QB. If I were the Jets GM, I would get a 1st rd QB just to get Sanchez off the team as soon as possible. He is the main reason why the Jets can't afford to pay their players.

EK @ 2:13. Agreed, rather trade a 2nd for Albert than spend a 1 and 2 for a LT.

I wuld've rather re-signed Jake than do either though .. and that was in our control.

Bobby, SD needs a LT. If you don't think you can bid against yourself, remember Wanny? he bid against himself many times.

Trading up for Carey, David Boston trade, Junior Seau trade, AJ Feely trade, Lamar Gordon trade, hahaha, what a wreck.

Mark,

Just sad.

EK @ 2:13. Agreed, rather trade a 2nd for Albert than spend a 1 and 2 for a LT.

I wuld've rather re-signed Jake than do either though .. and that was in our control.

Mark,

You & I also weren't privy to the medicals on Jake. If Jake makes it through this season I'll eat my words but he looked done.

WNP, I never liked Milliner but Floyd I thought was a good first rounder but Richardson and Star are clearly better. Could even argue that Jesse Williams will be a good one too but kind of raw.

Eric fisher would fall right into our laps at #12, if Chip Kelly thought that EJ Emanuelle I the perfect qb for the system he'll run on offense. Actually, I believe that he is. Just hope Kelly also sees it this way.

Philly is peg to take Fiaher at #4. If they don't, he can possibly fall to us at #12.


EK @ 2:13. Agreed, rather trade a 2nd for Albert than spend a 1 and 2 for a LT.

I wuld've rather re-signed Jake than do either though .. and that was in our control.

Posted by: Mark in Toronto | April 22, 2013 at 02:45 PM

I said this all day yesterday. Great to see you've finally caught up. LOL...

The best news/rumor I've heard all day is that the Chargers also want Albert. If they pick him that is just one less team competing for Lane Johnson's services.

We Need Playmakers - what exactly are you smokin with this comment?

Yeah, the Fins have a lot of FA's, but most of our players - 50+ % were drafted, not FA's. Hartline, Bess (undrafted) Lamar Miller, D. Thomas, Tannehill, Pouncey, J Martin, John Jerry, Wake (not drafted but not an FA either) Reshad Jones, Clemons, Misi, Odrick, Soliai, Olivier Vernon, Nolan Carrol, Jimmy Wilson, Josh Kaddu (who Philbin is high on) Kheeston Randel, Derrick Shelby both got in the D line rotation last year and will only get better.

Unfortunately that's exactly how we built our existing team. How many players will make the 53 man roster this year who were drafted by us???? Answer: Not very many & many of those players are on the way out.

WNP,that's the only way I will recant that not signing jake Long was horrible - is if he's not physically able to play.

Until then - as we can see ... it's a mistake.

What most people don't get is you have to compare the cost and results of jake long vs the next guy in line to take the job. Not vs Ryan Clady or Joe Thomas.

And I'd rather have Jake than any FA OT and I'd rather pay him than pay Albert more and give up a pick or trade up in the draft. the cost of replacing Jake Long is so so very expensive.

Short of 9 million a year, we never had a chance to resign Jake. Jake is a greedy, self over-evaluated IR list waiting to happen slob.

We hugely overpaid him during his 3 successive declining IR ending season. He wasn't even thoughtful enough to consider this upon bolting to sign with another team.

Good fvcking riddance to Mr. Jake Long-Gone!!!

I think part of the issue drafting players correctly is caused by the Senior Bowl and the combine. In the Senior Bowl, these guys have not played football sometimes for months prior (they are rusty) and are completely limited scheme wise. It's really just the combine on steroids. The combine is nice for judging over athleticism but it's just a bunch of drills which aren't that significant. Scouting and tape study is still the only true indicator. You watch, Ziggy Ansah will get over drafted because of this.

"WNP, I never liked Milliner but Floyd I thought was a good first rounder but Richardson and Star are clearly better. Could even argue that Jesse Williams will be a good one too but kind of raw."

I just love how the 'experts' act like they know everything leading up to the draft but at the end of the day a LOT of these players will be disappointments. It happens EVERY year. No matter how many people analyze it, the draft will always be an inexact science.

The REAL question is who is going to draft the next Revis or the next Clay Matthews or the next JJ Watt b/c EVERY year there's a game changer that people pass on.

YG, I wasn't here yesterday. I actually socialize with real people on Sundays. However, I was firmly in the re-sign jake Long camp all year. For one reason only, because I knew it would cost a mint to replace him. Either costs your your first pick, first and second, your second, or your corss your fingers with a retread like McKinnie or a scary 2nd year guy in Martin.

Mark,

Like I posted, I don't believe Jake Long ever had any intentions of resigning in Miami, short of being offered 9 million a year. Perhaps even 10 million.

I'll even go on record as saying by 2013's end we'll all be applauding Jake Long's exit out of Miami. Rams fans will be in mourning when they find what they've really gotten in him.

Good fvcking Riddance to the self over-evaluated greedy slob! 3 highly overpaid injury filled and declining seasons wasn't enough for him.

I've said it before and I'll say it again, We never wanted Long back this year!

A decision was made to put a reasonable offer out there for him to:
A) Help Jake land a lucrative deal as a courtesy
B) Put on a front for Fin fans so our FO didn't look stupid for picking him 1st only to admit we didn't want him.

The fact is Long is a man scheme run oriented OT. That is why we picked Martin, a zone scheme, passer friendly OT.
The fact is Long will be better with Fisher as his HC than he would've been here under Philbin. That is with money not even as a consideration!

Jake Long made 55 million(11 million a year) his 1st 5 seasons in Miami. Even Vontae's Grandma knows he only earned that money his 1st 2 season in Miami.

The last 3 seasons, its highly questionable, if Long was even a 7 million a year LT. Good riddance that he's now "Long-Gone"!


So, Albert doesn't want to play right tackle...doesn't sound like a Philbin guy...and he wants elite LT money when he's not...doesn't sound like a Dawn Aponte/Ireland guy. Don't do it - we'll either have to over pay or he'll be a malcontent or both.

Personally, I think they are downplaying interest in Lane Johnson as a smokescreen. His athleticisim make him the perfect LT for this zone blocking running and roll out/move on the run/west coast passing attack.

WHO THE HELL IS MEL KIPER JR????

WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME HE PUT ON A JOCK STRAP????

I say To Hell with Braden Albert and to Hell with KC.

Offer KC a 3rd(at best this year or next). Then if that's accepted by KC offer Albert what translate to about 2/3rds of what Jake Long was offered.

Ireland needs to be like a Viking Warrior and take the initiative by taking away any and all fantasies they have about positions of strength and upper hands.

Pssssssssssfpt! Ireland can sign McKinnie and draft Brennan Williams(whose expected to last until the mid 3rd - 4th round).

Williams was expected to be rated a lot higher until a SHOULDER injury. A SHOULDER injury. Williams could prove to be a STEAL because of this.

Albert is talking crazy money and KC wants to much compensation as it is. Forget these Ass Clowns. We're not going to serve our own best interests and rebuild our team by acquiescing to others ridiculous demands.

McKinnie and Williams will do for this year. The Kicker, we get to keep all of our picks too!

Yeah, the Fins have a lot of FA's, but most of our players - 50+ % were drafted, not FA's. Hartline, Bess (undrafted) Lamar Miller, D. Thomas, Tannehill, Pouncey, J Martin, John Jerry, Wake (not drafted but not an FA either) Reshad Jones, Clemons, Misi, Odrick, Soliai, Olivier Vernon, Nolan Carrol, Jimmy Wilson, Josh Kaddu (who Philbin is high on) Kheeston Randel, Derrick Shelby both got in the D line rotation last year and will only get better.

MJZ,

First of all Wake, Shelby, & Bess don't count as draft picks b/c they weren't drafted. Let's see;

1) Daniel Thomas--On his way out.
2) Odrick--Disappointing first round pick. On his way out.
3) Nolan Carroll--Horrible player & should be cut ASAP.
4) Jimmy Wilson--Not good & on his way out.
5) Misi--Showed major improvement last year. Going to be a FA & not sure he stays.
6) Jones--We actually got a pick right however still about to be a FA.
7) Clemons--Like but don't love. Signed to a one year deal. Might be last year in Miami.
8) Pouncey--Not a good pick but a great pick.
9) Egnew--Goodbye.
10) Martin--Too early
11) Tannehill--Too early
12) Miller--Too early
13) Clay--On his way out
14) Vernon--Too early
15) Matthews--Too early
16) Jerry--Going into his last year. On his way out.
17) Kaddu--Too early

That's not half of 53. I've got Pouncey & Jones as being our best draft picks. Other than that, it's either too early to tell or the player is on the way out.

Woodshed,

Long has had 3 consecutive IR ending seasons. So it can also be argued he doesn't have the durability to last in a power-blocking run scheme.

Its seems Long's body just doesn't have the durability to absorb the rigors of a 16 game season. 3 consecutive seasons, around game 12, is body begins to fall apart. This is fact.

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