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Clabo signed: Dolphins may NOT be finished

This morning the Dolphins seemed to cross the line of no return in committing to Tyson Clabo as their right tackle and Jonathan Martin as their left tackle by signing the former Atlanta Falcons player to a one-year deal.

The Herald's Barry Jackson was the first to have the story.

Financial figures are not yet available but Clabo was hoping to recover the $4.5 million he was scheduled to make with the Falcons in 2013 before he was cut as a cap casualty.

And now Miami's offensive tackle issues are fully addressed, right?

Well, maybe.

The fact remains that while the deal to acquire Branden Albert is at best on life support and probably will not happen, it is not fully, completely dead. Yes, the Dolphins have moved on with Martin as their LT. Yes, the Chiefs have gotten Albert to sign his franchise tender and have declared that Eric Fisher will play right tackle.

The clubs have both privately said this issue is over.

Have you heard of posturing?

Did you know that teams return to apparently dead trades all the time? Years ago the Saints and the Giants haggled for months about Jeremy Shockey and failed to consumate a deal by both teams' imposed draft deadline. The deal was dead -- until it wasn't and was completed in July.

So this may not be totally over and here's the reason:

The way it has been explained to me, the Dolphins needed to get over three obstacles to land Albert:

They needed to get him in for a physical and needed him to check out fine.

They needed to agree to compensation with the Chiefs.

They needed to agree with Albert on a new contract.

The Dolphins never got over the first hurdle. They weren't allowed.

This deal stalled dead on the tracks because the clubs couldn't agree on having Albert drive from his home in South Florida to the Dolphins medical team and get an MRI and do other tests to see the condition of his back. You'll remember the offensive tackle missed five starts last year with back issues.

Well, the Dolphins wanted to check that issue out prior to going forward with the trade. The Chiefs wouldn't allow it. They wanted the Dolphins to do the trade and a deal and have it all be contingent on the physical afterward.

That, I am told by a league source, is hurdle that tripped this deal.

So what if somebody changes their mind after the start of training camp? What if the Dolphins get on the field next July and suddenly feel queasy (a Joe Philbin word) about Martin at left tackle? Remember, Martin allowed more hurries than any tackle in the NFL in 2012, according to ProFootballFocus.com.

What if that great leap in ability most players make from their rookie year to Year No. 2 doesn't quite hit like the Dolphins hope for Martin?

On the other hand, what if the Chiefs suddenly decide that Fisher is so good and so capable -- he was, after all, the first overall selection this draft -- and start to believe putting him at left tackle will be better for his career and the team longterm?

The door might re-open from either side.

Maybe the Chiefs relent on the physical because they see Albert as healthy. Maybe the Dolphins relent on the physical because of need.

Then there is this: The Dolphins could use another left tackle. No doubt about that. Martin today is the starter. But what happens if he's injured? The fact is the Dolphins are a better team with Albert as the starting and proven left tackle and Martin and Clabo fighting on the right side for the starting job. And if Albert goes down, then Martin can swing over and start there while Clabo starts are right tackle.

As it stands now, if Martin goes down, the Dolphins don't have a starting left tackle and there's no easy solution for replacing him.

The Dolphins could still use Branden Albert.

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ALOCO,

YOU DONT SPEAK THE TRUTH, YOU SPEAK THE OBVIOUS.

IF YOU SPOKE THE TRUTH, ONCE IN 5YRS YOU WOULD SLIP AND HAVE SOMETHING GOOD TO SAY ABOUT THE TEAM.

THE GREAT LIE IS THA EVERYTHING HAS BEEN TERRIBLE ABOUT THIS TEAM. THAT HAS NOT BEEN SO.

I HAVE NEVER EVEN HEARD YOU SPEAK NICELY OF CAM WAKE.

Love this signing. Martin needs to play and see if he is our future at LT.

Meanwhile Clabo is a very reliable option on the right side.

YG..

I KNOW YOU SO WELL ,NOT TO GET INTO A FIGHT WITH YOU ...........

BUT I SAY THIS, I WILL NEVER ABANDON MY PRINCIPALS TO GET A LONG WITH PEOPLE WHO LACK THE RESPECT FOR OTHERS ...THAT'S NOT SO OBVIOUS TO YOU ,SEEMS LIKE .

If Ross truly wanted to help the community and create jobs let him donate 100 mill to the school system and police and fire depts that desperately need funds for jobs. The stadium farce was a greedy scam.

CAM WAKE IS ONE SHINING ON OUR DARK LONG NIGHT IN THE CELLAR....WAKE WHO NEVER SPEAKS AND LET HIS PLAY SPEAKS FOR HIM ,DESERVE ALL OUR LOVE,RESPECT .............


THE REST OF THE TEAM IS JUST LIKE MUSHROOMS.........

(I better not get into this, they are both writing in Capitals)

ALOCO,

ALL YOU SPEAK ABOUT THE DOLPHINS SEEMS TO HAVE BEEN REHEARSED LINES OVER 5YRS TIME. YOU ONLY SEEK NEW WAYS TO SAY SOME OF THEM.

HOWEVER, MANY OF THEM ARE THE EXACT SAME LINE ORIGINATING 3-4-5YRS PAST. BLATANTLY OBVIOUS, JUST LIKE THEIR ORIGINATING MASTER(YOU).

ALOCO,

MANY HERE WOULD CONSIDER SPEAKING WITH YOU A DEGREDATION OF MORALISTIC VALUES.

SO GO FIGURE?

YG....

NO REASON FOR ME TO CHANGE MY LINES,MY LANGUAGE TOWARD THE FINS AS LONG AS ,WE LIVE IN THE CELLAR UNDER THE DIRECATION OF OUR GARAGE MANAGER'S WISDOM .........

GO
FINS.


(I better not get into this, they are both writing in Capitals)

Posted by: oscar canosa | May 05, 2013 at 09:10 PM

ROTFLMAO.......................................

Broward County was smart and immediately said no charity for Ross and his loser team.


GO
FINS.

Posted by: ALoco | May 05, 2013 at 09:13 PM


I think I'm going to cry. This is the most affectionate statement you've ever posted about the Fins.

And...... Oscar, I didn't use all caps that time either. LOL....

I CONSIDER MOST PEOPLE HERE ARE DUMB AND DESERVE OUR SYMPAHTY ......

Im going to take a break and play my computer chess program.

The OT from the draft from Tennessee with "short arms" is backing up at LT behind Martin but is a tremendously flexible and explosive athlete. Really burred guys in the SEC. Had a string performance against Jessie Williams the 330 pound 600 bench pressing DT from Alabama this year.

The OT Ward from Northwesters also bears watching at 6.7 and 307. He played LT only one year at NW but was dominant against Big-10 competition ans was a second team all-big 10 this past season.

Watch these two in the future.

Who cares about the superbowl in miami anyway lets just win one of our own ,note to Steve Ross move the team to Mexico

Who are these 2 People you talking about, Eddie?

TO
BE
OR
NOT
TO
BE....................

THE
CELLAR......

Hey miami how's the marlins and their new empty stadium doing

Hahahahahahahahahahahah win first get stadium second duhhhhh

Yes.

MARC/OSCAR....


JUST GET OUT OF THE CELLAR,THEN WE WILL THINK OF A NEW STADIUM ...

We are on the right track this team has potential to win 11 games and make some noise in the post season we did everything right now lets take it to the field to hell with that stadium it's. outdated anyway in ten years we will get a brand new one so lets do this

The fans of every team are all psyched up right now. They all love their drafts and think they can make some noise.

You know last seasons playoff teams got better too.

You think the OB was a state of the art Stadium when the Dolphins started playing there? Well, it wasn't. You complain now that the present Stadium smells? Well, apparently most of you didn't have to go to the bathrooms in the old OB. Then, trying to wash your hands to try to buy a hotdog or a beer. Still, I saw nobody complaining there. On the contrary, most were enthusiastic.

Steve Ross is a good man he will get what he wants some day , but what is it that he wants if I where him I would just want to win and you know what we will god bless our dolphins

Build a new stadium for the Dolphins in Canada and let them join the CFL where they might be competitive.

Ha ha. Wise move Oscar. Norhing good ever comes out of caps :)

Steven Ross is GREEDMEISTER!

Dirt and smell are a good thing for football the smellier the better

The Ravens Didn't Get Better.

The Pats Didn't Get Better.

Not Every Team Got Better.

The Jets Have Less Talent.

The Bills Got Worst.

The Rams Got Worst. They Should've Just Drafted RG3 and Traded Bradford For 1 Or 2 First Rounders. Fisher will be out In 2 Years Top.

I am the Wisest of the Wisest. Just letting you know, you know?

The South Carolina dolphins

I have always wondered how many smelly fartss those Players throw during the Game, Marc. Must be terrible.

Ravens Pats Rams all got better. Don't tell me Ray Lewis retired, he was already a shell of his old self and barely and average player.

Most teams probably did get better while the Dolphins got worse. And why spend any money on them if they're planning to move?

Theysss, can break a huddle.

It is going to take Philbin 2 years to figure out how to use all these new players. This isn't baseball or basketball, its a very short season.

We will take the phins here in VA we got the money unlike u socialist basterds lol!

Heck, it'll take Philbin 2 years to learn their names haha

Gonna b a good yr for the phins. I got us winning the east.

Name How The Ravens Or The Pats Got Better.

Not Just That They Are The Ravens And The Pats.

The Ravens Lost More Than Just Ray.

And Who Did The Pats Sign Or Drafted.

Just Keep Spewing Your Ignorance.

Dashi, ignorance is you who attacks like an upset teenager. It is not necessary and proves nothing.

I can't believe all the negative comments about our offensive line in May, this is absolutely rediculous and shows the lack of football knowledge of some of these idiots especially the ones who predict 1 and 15 this. offensive lines arent't always about the individual players, but how they gel with each other and play together. We are a LONG WAY from season predictions. By the way I bet Jake Long is out for the season by week #7 he's an injury waiting to happen,can you say Tony Boselli.

Being a florida resident and former dolphin season ticket holder all I can say is kudos to Mr. Weatherford. Mr Ross is a joke and has made the same out of the dolphins. He makes billions off of this once storied franchise and expects help from the taxpayers to renovate a stadium that was renovated less than a decade ago. Go cry on someone else's shoulder. If they want to sell the team and move it that's fine. Every time I went to a game more than 3/4 of stadium was full of the opposing teams fans anyway.

I would just add that the stadium is OWNED by the Ross. To insinuate that you would not maintain your own property out of spite is ludicrous. If its too much for him, I suggest he sell the team and the stadium.

Mando get a grip. You have wanted this creep (Albert) from the get go. The trade aint happening. Philbin is targeting next year to really challenge for the division. That's why all the one year contracts because they still need to get more of their own guys on this team through the draft.

Speed and good attitudes - I wanted Clabo all along. He comes from a playoff contender and has a winning attitude.

Seriously,

When Are You Going To Stop Acting Like A F'ing Little Kid.

STFU!! Or Answer The Question.

Dashi Was Attacking No One.

It Is Straight Ignorant Behavior. What You Do.

Somebody Says Something You Say The Opposite With No F'ing Facts Or Opinions To Disprove The Other Person.

JUST STRAIGHT IGNORANCE.

THAT IS ALL YOU DO. NO MATTER THE NAMES YOU USE. YOUR SCHTICK IS ALWAYS THE SAME.

GIVE IT A F'ING BREAK!! YOU FF!!

Hi there Dashi!

Claybo is better than Albert so why keep talking. Claybo made the pro bowl. Albert never did. Actually Wiston Is the best of all of them. But Claybo is another huge signing.

Just Keep Spewing Your Ignorance.

Posted by: Dashi | May 05, 2013 at 10:17 PM

This was an attack, so was your STFU comment. Punks like you don't deserve attention or a response.

Mike

Albert plays LT, Clabo RT. Ireland has drafted so many lineman and has gotten it right only once with Pouncey,

Comical how some you geniuses think that some of these teams actually got better.

If you're a sb or deep playoff team, how do losing players prominent in getting you there, is getting better? first you have to replace those players with equal or better talent, then add great talent you didn't previously have.

Did the Pats do this? Hell no! The Ravens? Hell no! If anything, both these two teams regressed from where they previously were.

When comparing key players lost, adequately replacing them with same level talent, while adding even more weapons. Only San Fran and Seattle even come close to qualify.

The Pats, with no earth shattering fa addition, another average Bellichick draft, and Father Time dealing the most serious blow(Brady's another year older). There's definitely a greater chip that exist in their 2013 armor, than was visibily present in 2012.

It would not surprise me in the least, if Brady and company makes a 1st rd 2013 playoff exit. Remember, you heard it first here.

Jeff Ireland did more to close the Dolphins/Pats gap this offseason, than the entire Brady 14yrs combined. No longer will we play "patsy" to the Pats.

We do now have enough defense to unseat Brady. It should come down to making just enough plays on offense. And Im not talking shootouts.

I believe we now have enough on this roster to match the Pats in pure talent level. Before, that never existed.

Tannehill will not make it through this season with Martin at LT. Martin let Ryan get hit more times last year then any starting linemen should. He could be a back up but starting at the NFL level is just not for him. Tannelhill is not a quick player and just can't avoid the hits that will be coming his way with Martin in the line up. It is the biggest weakness of the Dolphins now (on the field) with the GM and owner the biggest weakness over all. I still have lots of doubt in this second year head coach too. Still seems a bit lost on the sideline when the stuff hits the fan. Not good under pressure running things. I'm spoiled from the Shula years when clock management was a given. This coach is caught off guard with changing situations too much. I guess this is just what 500. ball looks like, but I still hate it. I remember the 70's and 80's and I'm spoiled by years of winning more than losing.


Ross made his beaucoup bucks in real estate. He’s buying a billion dollar business and the building that houses that business and he didn’t bother to do a thorough check on the then-20-year-old building? Don’t cry now.

• Finger-pointing: House Speaker Will Weatherford got the brunt of it for refusing to allow the bill to be heard. While that does seem unfair on the face of it, this smacks of players blaming the referee.

After all, Weatherford acted knowing he wouldn’t face retribution from the entire Miami-Dade regiment of folks in the House.

The team effort from down here the Dolphins and Ross needed to push such a contentious proposal forward never coalesced. Not everybody agreed with the game plan, memories of the Marlins and an angry voting populace fresh.

• Threatening: Dee compared having a competitive stadium in Super Bowl bids to having a good quarterback. Not satisfied to reiterate the no-more-Super Bowls warning the NFL and Dolphins have been pushing really since the freak rainstorm Super Sunday six years ago, Dee didn’t out-of-hand rule out the Dolphins moving.

First on the Super Bowls … most hotels enjoy full occupancy in February. Money and celebrity migrate to the Miami metropolitan area anyway.

But Super Bowls and college football national championship games give hotels the best excuse for multiplying even high-season room rates, parking rates, service fees for room service. Clubs do the same. And the party people pay happily, drink big and, occasionally, tip big.

The economic impact falls well short of the numbers Super Bowl host committees trumpet. To discount the bonus dollars out of hand, however, is foolish.

Also, let’s just say right now: the NFL isn’t moving the Dolphins anywhere.

History restricted neither of the Colts move from Baltimore nor the original Browns from Cleveland. Nor does nostalgia for 1972 and No. 13 whistling touchdown passes moor the Dolphins to South Florida. Numbers do.

The NFL lives off of television money. Like our other professional sports teams, the Dolphins television reach includes the No. 16-ranked Miami-Fort Lauderdale market and the No. 38-ranked West Palm Beach-Fort Pierce market.

That combination means, in effect, this is the No. 8 market, just ahead of Washington D.C., and Atlanta.

That’s why the NHL’s Panthers, despite their troubles of the last 13 years, aren’t going anywhere. The NHL won’t find another market that large that’ll give up an arena lease as sweet as the one the Panthers have with Broward County.

Similarly, the NFL’s not letting a team move out of the No. 8 market unless those trucks have a military escort. Out in the No. 2 market, NFL-free-since-1995 Los Angeles, stadium plans plunge ahead with no tenant. That would be a true threat without potential moves of Buffalo, San Diego, Jacksonville and St. Louis each offering the NFL a bigger market upgrade than the Los Angeles Dolphins.

Stephen Ross and the Dolphins need to move forward. Make the stadium improvements they can without public money. This is still South Florida. If the NFL and major college football don’t want to bring their big parties here, fine.

If not, we’ll live with having a good time with someone else.

YG you are delusional.

Hello, I am Victor the Squirrel.

Today, I successfully evacuated fecal matter from my bowels and ate lime gelatin while thinking about Uganda, the Land of Enchantment.

I have carnal fondness for many of you here and will allow you to caress me and apply ointments to the soles of my feet while I sing Vietnamese lullabies.

Also, you have to remember that the Pats play the same exact schedule this year that we do. Except for they play a 1st place schedule for their two of their 16 games. We play the 2nd place schedule.

The Pats have Denver and Houston as the 2 first place schedule games.

The Dolphins play Indy and San Diego as our 2 2nd place games.

How the Pats perform in those 2 games, vs how we perform in our 2nd place 2 games, may decide who wins the afc east. do not be surprised.

Brady lost both his 2 first place schedule games last season. He was beaten by both Flacco and Kaepernick.

Flacco beat him in the afc playoffs too.

Last season Brady beat Peyton Manning in game 5. Manning will be more prepared for him this year.

Brady owns the Texans. But sooner or later even a blind squirrel finds a nut.

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