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Dolphins rolling in salary cap space for '14

The Dolphins were expecting to have a large bank roll to sign any of their 21 unsigned players (15 unrestricted free agents) players before Thursday dawned. And then several media outlets, led by ESPN, reported the projected salary cap for 2014 is going to be larger than expected.

The figure now commonly believed to be available to clubs when the league year opens March 11?

A tidy $129-$130 million.

And that means barring re-signing some of their own free agents before then, the Dolphins will have approximately $36 million in cap space. That includes over $18 million in carryover from 2013. And that figure ranks the Dolphins in the top 5 among teams with the most cap space.

The Dolphins will lead the AFC East in cap space but Buffalo (approximately $22 million) and the New York Jets (approximately $23.7 million) will also have plenty of cap space. The Jets could actually add another $16 million in space if they cut quarterback Mark Sanchez and receiver Santonio Holmes.

But the Dolphins can create space of their own with roster moves and might do just that.

The Dolphins can gain an extra $5.4 million of cap space by cutting cornerback Dimitri Patterson.

Why, you may ask, would the Dolphins dump a solid cornerback when healthy? Well, because durability is a big deal in the NFL. It is a critical factor in judging players. You can't contribute if you can't play.

And of the 18 possible games Patterson could have played with the Dolphins since being acquired in late December 2012, he has started and finished only four of those games.

So new GM Dennis Hickey and Co. will have a decision to make on Patterson.

All this seems like good news for the Dolphins. Because they don't have a big mortgage on the quarterback spot (like New England, New Orleans, Baltimore and other teams with QBs with big contracts) the Dolphins have tons of maneuverability.

Obviously, they probably should not employ all that maneuverability because if things go as hoped by the organization, Ryan Tannehill will eventually want to join that club of high-priced QBs and, poof, there goes the cap space. So saving up for that possibility might be wise given that teams can carry over space.

But with the new TV contract on the horizon and the bump expected this year from a Thursday night TV deal, Miami suddenly has more room than expected.

And that leads us to this ...

Suddenly the franchise tag for cornerback Brent Grimes is more palatable if the team cannot get him signed to a smart two- or three-year deal that pays him but also insulates the team from him dropping off the performance table based on the fact he's going to be 31 years old at the start of the 2014 season. Most clubs don't want to commit to cornerbacks through their 34th or 35th birthdays.

(It should be noted there may be younger cornerbacks on the market, too.)

Suddenly, re-signing Nolan Carroll, who is a solid third cornerback and good spot starter, to a deal is not out of the question.

Suddenly the radical idea of keeping both Paul Soliai and Randy Starks isn't complete folly. No, it probably won't happen. Both players are shopping their services at the Combine through their representation. Both will have offers whenever free agency begins.

And suddenly the idea of adding an offensive tackle through free agency isn't out of the question. If I were the general manager, I'd weigh chasing an elite and young left tackle -- perhaps Eugene Monroe -- and then handle the rest of my offensive line business in the draft. I would not chase free agent guards until the secondary market because the guard free agent class is ... is ... not stocked. Richie Incognito is among the better ones available so there's that.

Also, please remember, this is a great year for tackles in the draft. There will be starters taken in the third round, that's how good it could be. So no more than one tackle in free agency, please. No high-priced guard in free agency, please.

And if you're going to chase a tackle, chase the combination of the best and youngest -- Monroe, who will be 27 in April.

(Peanut Gallery: But Mando, what about Branden Albert? He was good last year. He's really good. Plus, we've heard of him because of last year's flirtation with trading for him.)

He's 29 years old now and will be 30 in November. He had a fine year but how much of that was contract year excellence? And you remember the issues with the back and so forth, right? So he would not be my top choice. He wouldn't even be my second choice. I think I'd like Anthony Collins of Cincinnati more than Albert.

By the way, it's not possible to know if these players will even be available. Their own clubs can still re-sign them.

I should note here that the Chiefs have the least amount of cap space to re-sign their left tackle of the others we've discussed -- Baltimore and Cincinnati. So maybe Albert will be the only tackle on the market because KC drafted a tackle No. 1 last year.

I suppose there's a chance the Dolphins might throw everyone a curveball and opt to draft their left tackle and sign a free agent right tackle instead. The name you'll hear continually is Michael Oher.

Buyer beware. He hasn't lived up to his "Blindside" reputation the past two years. So one must not overpay based simply on name recognition.

Did I tell you I really like the tackles in the draft?


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I don't know about anyone else here, but, I still see it as a "TWO YEAR FIX" in becoming a consistent playoff tea.

Unless we have the luck of a lottery winner, the oline alone will be 2yrs for a "PROPER FIX".

Ye here I see fixing the oline, rb's, mlb, safety, and even TE position, like "MAGICALLY" we'll be able to do it all in a single offseason. Not going to happen folks. We gotta be far more realistic.

Hell, it took 6yrs for our starting lineup to get this problematic. We're still a problematic "FRANCHISE". Making it an even greater degree of difficulty getting to where we truly need to be.


They are all German beer to me from that region. Dutch, Netherland, German. Like you said it is the style of beer. I consider that style of beer making, German Beer.

I know ignorance on my part.

Ah!, it's because beer is cheaper. Figures...

Posted by: oscar canosa


Run out to Total Wine and buy a four pack of St. Bernardus or Orval and then tell me how "cheap" beer is!

Anybody here knows what "mollies" are? They same is the same as beer but weight neutral.

Hey, I'm no expert like snob. But I know a thing or two about a thing or two.

There's no such thing as "CHEAP BEER" anymore. In the good ole days we paid $7 bucks for a 6-pack of good stuff. Now, even the bad stuff is $7 bucks.

Anyway, beer's no good for anything but pissing your bladder out, and "beach ball belly". I mean, that's ok if you're into building a tool shed over your man tool, but its hardly attractive.


You can kill someone while driving drunk. The worst you can do while driving high is drive the speed limit.

You get mildly drunk and your words start sluring, you start losing your coordination and equilibrium. You can get crazy High and you will still have control over your body.

The Big Tobacco companies are the ones who have been creating the negative propaganda. They have the most to lose. Weed doesn't kill people like Cigarettes.

Awesome beer discussion and thanks Mando for posting a football blog.

There is a little beer, cheese and wine shop down the street from me. Walk into that place for some beers thirsty and you will walk out broke!


I think we tend to think of "German beer" as all being that lighter pilsener style that we are accustomed to but the reality is that there is a VAST variety of beers produced there...with wheat(weisse)beers and Dunkels probably being at least as consumed and probably more so by Germans themselves.

And the ACTUAL home of the pilsner style (as well as the ORIGINAL Budweiser that exists to this day) is the Czech Republic--although nearby Bavaria also developed a taste for it.

I do prefer my J&B even if it costs me $23 every 2 days.


When have you seen M.Wallace make a catch with his hands.

Hartline is terrified to go across the middle. He still extends his arms, catches his slant, and falls straight down.

Some people like to make a basket to catch the ball with their body. And other people can just catch it with their hands.

You will never catch M.Wallace, Catching the ball with 1 hand. Why, because he can't catch with his hands.

Well, "NO FOOTBALL" talk today. So, I'll leave you guys with this:


Have a great day, guys! :)

Deity, there are some terrific craft beer outlets here in Philly (a couple that probably approach 500 or 600 different labels) but the state taxes on them are outrageous.

I go across the bridge to Jersey and stock up. Total Wine is pretty good overall.

Plus, I get to drink for free at work and it's all regional stuff like Dogfish Head, Yards, Sixpoint, etc. so that works, too!

Posted by: Dashi | February 21, 2014 at 01:18 PM

Agreed. Don't forget about the hemp properties though. Paper, tree, fabric industries squashed it too because hemp is a superior product. When you really get down to it, the fact that it is still illegal in most all places and on the federal level is the real crime. Also, weed is "associated" with the black poplulation for the most part and "whitey" wouldn't want the black man to get too much of a foot hold in this country. Sad, but true.

Dogfish Head! Yessir!

Dolphin to use franchise tag on Incognito.....

LOL couldn't resist....

Deity, agreed 100% @ 1:25.

The tide is obviously towards full legalization but it should have happened years ago. Few things in this country are dumber than the vast amount of money and resources we waste pursuing minor pot infractions and even incarcerating people who harmed nobody. It's ludicrous.


Have you heard the story of Charlotes Web? Not the kids book. Basically their was a little girlw ho had such bad seizures dozens a day, to the point it actually kept her from being able to speak.All the meds did nothing, they were going to actually operate on her brain. Her father(an army ranger) was so desperate he started looking online for anything. He saw a clip on youtube of a kid with similar problems who was given marijuana to help alleviate the symptoms. They found out that the CBD's(cannabanoids) in Cannabis were hugely helpful. The THC does nothing. So the family moved to Colorado and looked for a dispensary tht that had a strain that had high CBD's and low THC. Turns out that this plant sold poorly because it didnt get people high, THC does that! Turns out it almost alleviated all her seizures and has had a dramatic affect on her speech, etc. Her name was Charlotte, so they named the plant Charlottes Web

Okay, I am hogging all the blog space with non-football talk. Sorry fellas! Dueces!

If Zack MArtin is there i think you have to take him. Maybe slide him over to guard but see how he comptes at LT.

solid 10 years of a guy you could plug in almost anywhere on the line. Build the line to be solid for a while.

Posted by: clee | February 21, 2014 at 11:05 AM

100% correct ... he is the most solid pick there and a 10 year starter....

Can you guys stop talking about beers my mouth is watering for one.. Secondly i agree with many of you about Kelvin Benjamin this guy was an absoulte matchup nightmare in college and will be in the pros as well.

My only fair is he will kill the combine and be selected in the top 10. I will literaaly jizz myself if hes there ar 19 and Hickey takes him. We need a big strong WR. Benjamin and Wallace with Hartline in the slot where be belongs!

Actually the Blog is better today than it has been in a while.

I think the Fire Ross, Philbin Sucks, Cut Pouncey crew has reached the saturation point. Even they got tired of the chit they were saying.


Also, this has to be one of the gayest comments I have ever heard on here..

"I mean, that's ok if you're into building a tool shed over your man tool, but its hardly attractive." - posted by Mike Sam I Am

Who cares if my Excalibur doesn't look attractive. Some of us are blessed enough that even if we grow a beer belly we can still see it while we take a leak.

Now a Chick with a Beer gut. Agreed. That is just nasty.

Admit it. You are leaving because you know, you just posted one of those gay ass comments which let's us know that you are really Gay.

Sam, When are you coming out the closet? We already told you we are OK with a Gay Dolphins fan. We won't make fun of you for being different.

It would be nice to hear from the Gay Guy's point of view. You know, How our uniforms doesn't look right. You can help us break down all the Wide Receivers and Tight Ends.

I rather sigh FA OL and draft a couple in later rounds. Rarley do you ses a college OL come in and dominate pros between fhe schemes and phsyicslly not as strong as grown men in the league there is a transional period for OL. There always the exxeption this is rare tho.

What if we did somethinkg like Draft Benjamin first round and Andre Williams second round this would be a pipe dream for me. 3rd and 4th get some athletic Guards.

Dashi, Texas, i see it the same way with benjamin. He way drop a few easy ones a year but he also brings an OMG factor to the offense and yes his hands are a weapon, has a chance to amke the catch no matter where it's thrown.

Anyone else watching this hockey game but me?

Sorry for the typos it sucks typing from the phone since Armando banned me..

I'm a big fan of the scotch. Problem is up here with all the tax our govt lays on spirits - a decent bottle of scotch runs over 150 bucks...

Dashi, as Ricky on Trailer Park Boys says

Get two birds stoned at once.


I haven't heard the story about Charlotte's Web. But thanks for dropping that nugget. I have heard similar stories about children with terminal illnesses being helped by Trees. The lady behind legalizing weed in Florida is also a sad story. She has ASD. Cathy Jordan.

Heineken is not German either, i don't believe

Heineken is Dutch.

I believed it is brewed with genuine Amsterdam sewage water.

You bunch of idiotic sub human nitwits have been crying, whining, pissing and moaning for a month about the bully gate blogs and saying geez enough of this when are we gonna finally have a blog about actual football, so now you get one and all you bozos are talking about is craft beer hahahahahaha priceless


I love my Trailer park boys. That show has no weak characters. Dashi have you seen this show? Its a bunch of idiots who are always thinking of the dumbest way to commit crimes. Like stealing meat at the grocery store and selling in in the parking lot. The series is streaming on Netflix and they made 2 great movies. Check it out. the pretty much smoke through the whole show

Beer and football have had a long, happy marriage.

Hi there Dashi!!

I saw the Idiotic Sub Human Nitwits open for the Ramones at CBGB's in 1989. Great show!

Another reason Pot is being legalized is because the Mexican Drug Lords make to much money off it. It is a billion dollar industry for them. That is a lot of money leaving this country without it being accounted for.

They have already hit them on the heroin front. Most Heroin addicts are now addicted to Oxy. So the pill company sees the money instead of the cartel.

The Medical Companies (Pharmaceutical, Hospitals, Health Plans) have way more power than people realize. Government works by lobbyist giving politicians money so they can pass laws for them. And the Medical Companies are one of the biggest lobbyist in this country. They have also realized that it makes more business sense to legalize it. That way they can charge the government more money.

It is my professional opinion that spending an inordinate amount of time thinking about athletic young men in tight pants grappling with each other over control of a ball is quite "gay" in itself.

Per the San Francisco Chronicle, the Raiders would be "very interested" in WLB Philip Wheeler if he were released by the Dolphins.
Raiders beat writer Vic Tafur has heard "a couple times" at the Combine that Wheeler may be cut by Miami. He had a strong 2012 campaign in Oakland. Releasing Wheeler would cause a $4.2 million cap penalty for the Dolphins, so we're not sold it'll happen despite a nightmarish debut season with the team.

I would trade him and a 7th for nothing!


I have seen one of the Trailer Park boys movie. It was pretty good. They are funny. Their comedy is funny cause you can picture 3 guys acting like that in real life. If the series is as good as the movie, I have to add it to my list on Netflix.

I can see Incognito hanging out with the Trailer Park Boys.

rdubs, have you seen the episode where the siphon gas and try to sell it in the trailer park?

Ricky: [about their illegal gas station] Unleaded, blue container. Supreme, red container. Diesel in the green. Okay, are we clear here, guys?

Cory: Yeah, but how can you tell which is the Supreme?

Ricky: What, are you stupid? You fukkin' taste it. Unleaded tastes a little tangy. Supreme is kinda sour, and diesel tastes pretty good.

At least you guys have good beer as an expensive vice. I am addicted to men's fragrances and it has become a painfully expensive habit!

I probably have well over a thousand dollars worth of fragrances in my collection. Some for different times of the year, some for day or evening, some even to evoke a certain mood or memory.

I have two Creed scents, Aventus and Bois de Portugal that are both over 300 dollars a bottle!! I do so love how they smell, though.

The series is tonnes better


I own them all on DVD. Except season 6 and 7. I was buying them all. Then I realized they were all streaming and said Phuck it.

Dashi, the show is so much better. Even though the characters were stupid, you really start caring about them.

my favorite episode was when Bubbles was worried about the Samsquantches(sasquatch)that they thought was eating their weed. Turns out it was just a mountain lion..Steve French

Canada has won. The American dream of gold is crushed.

Take the cap hit and get rid of wheeler... looks like Jordan may move to OLB then to keep him on the field full time..

addition by subtraction...

Just don't draft M.Sam, I had enough with the media attention..


Mark is right. Series is much better

beware of the Samsquantches!

Heineken, Bud, Coors, Miller, Corona, ALL CRAP.

I would not serve any of them to a cat.

Nothing more than Hobo Water.

Posted by: Dashi | February 21, 2014 at 01:38 PM


I would love to blame this "TOTALLY UNPROVOKED ATTACK" on you being drunken as we speak. But, we both know that would be disrespectful to "SCHOLARLY" drunks everywhere.

Look in the Mirror at Dashi "STARTING SENSELESS CRAP" again. Beyond this you are not worth GOD's energy for good to "stoop your ever descending level" my friend.

Have a DASHI-NG day. You always do.

Plus Benjamin hnd size is 0 and a quarter. He should be fine. 6'5 240 - I might blitz him once in a while. haha

Plus Benjamin hnd size is 10 and a quarter. He should be fine. 6'5" 240lbs - I might blitz him once in a while. haha


Do you think M.Sam is one of those guys that is worried about a getting a beer belly because he won't be able to see his man tool.

Just calling it a Man Tool, makes Sam super gay.

I don't know if a Gay person can be any Gayer. But that was the Gayest thing I have ever heard on this blog.

Dashi, it's a shame your significant other Odin has vanished so the two of you could take turns seeing who can mention gay themes more often in their posts.

Dashi, Dashi, Dashi

Whatever are we to do with you. You are less useful to yourself than trusted nails. I'm sure that you are your parents pride and joy.

Hopefully not. Everyone makes mistakes. I'm "SURE" your parents are "VERY MUCH" wiser. So, I'll only weep with them for having a "severely brain damaged at birth" son(Dashi).

I pray and morn with them. My deepest sympathies for their family tragedy(Dashi).


I also pray your parents do not read your "BRAIN DEAD" comments in this blog. You've already put them through far enough.


Dashi hasn't had a job since he painted faces on coconuts for tourists in the DR.

Posted by: experienced coconut painter seeks job | February 21, 2014 at 02:29 PM

Still lmao!


Im sure youre still very unaware the blog turns to cesspool when you show up. It's always something that "YOU" personally do, to send it there.

Boy, do I pray, your parents had no more at the house like you. God, Dear Lord, I pray!

I have to say it's the jag offs that are obsessed with Dashi and proving him wrong that ruin the blog. Dashi just wants to talk football to my knowledge.

gotta sign a FA starting left tackle, to solidify that spot--its too important to trust to a rookie, we saw how much it hurt us last year.....might have to overpay but so be it--Albert, Monroe or whoever.....then I'd still draft an OT in Rd 1, Martin or whoever, and move him to the right side, plus it adds depth at LT--sign or draft another in mid/late rounds, and lean on Thomas and Garner for depth

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