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Dolphins concerned about what you think of them

Early Friday the Dolphins, looking around the free agent market for a right tackle and finding very few left, tried again to get Zach Strief of the New Orleans Saints to visit.

He declined.

And the news was reported by The Herald's Barry Jackson thusly: Free agent right tackle Zach Strief declined an offer to visit the Dolphins. Indications are that he prefers to return to New Orleans.

And the nugget was picked up by ProFootballTalk.com.

And the Dolphins apparently freaked.

The team that has suffered its share of notable rejections -- Jim Harbaugh, Peyton Manning, Jeff Fisher, Nick Caserio, Ray Farmer, Tom Gamble, and Lake Dawson -- is sensitive to the idea that it is being rejected on any front by anybody.

And the club apparently felt there was a perception the Strief decision not to visit stirred the rejection pot again. This despite the fact neither report by The Herald nor PFT mentioned the words "rejection" or "spurned" or anything close to it.

The Dolphins complained to Strief's representation, anyway.

And so this morning agent Ralph Cindrich went on his twitter account to correct the record that, frankly, didn't need correcting because the facts were all there and the perception he was trying to correct wasn't shared by everyone, anyway.

So Cindrich tweeted:

"I was made aware from the Dolphins that there was an incorrect perception the Dolphins were spurned-not the case. Saints negot's heated up."

As I've been reporting on my twitter account, the Dolphins like Strief. He's actually the only proven right tackle left on the market. But he's 30, has roots in New Orleans, loves the team and wants to stay there. The Saints want to keep him but their salary cap situation is so problematic they're being forced to trade or cut good players. 

So Cindrich, a longtime good agent, was hedging his bet by seeking other teams -- including the Dolphins. Cindrich has no issues with the Dolphins. Strief has no issues with the Dolphins. They don't talk on the phone and giggle like little girls about how ridiculous playing for the Dolphins would be.

It's just that Strief wants to go back to the Saints. It's business.

"Saints Mickey Loomis could not promise Strief home-cap rm," Cindrich tweeted. "Concerned, I sought teams, Dolphins fr start-every day. Great place for new start."

That does not mean, however, there will be a new start. It just means the Strief camp isn't mocking the Dolphins.

"Last tweet: Dolphins front office class people. Team took a hit when talks heated up with Saints. We never had a Miami visit set," Cindrinch added.

So where does this leave us?

Zach Strief, as of this writing, is not visiting the Dolphins. He has declined the invite. He's negotiating a return to the Saints. But his agent wants you to know that doesn't mean he's spurning the Dolphins.

More interestingly, the Dolphins want you to know they're not being spurned.

They're kinda sensitive that way.

Read more here: http://miamiherald.typepad.com/sports-buzz/2014/03/encouraging-outlook-for-um-hoops-heat-dolphins-marlins-chatter.html#storylink=cpy

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I found this surprising but I believe Jake Long and Joe Thomas also have short arms.... Jake and Zach have the identical arm length... Thomas shorter.

Liek i said Maritn won't be able to play LT right away and won't need to but in time... there is a possibility. Think he would be more than adequate at RT...lack of size or arm lenght will not be the reason he won't be able to.

Then again drafting an adequate RT in this deep of a draft for impact players seems like such a waste of a first pick.

I don't expect the Phins to be a top 5 team yet as the failings of the Ireland years has to be overcome first. But I do expect my team to do everything in its power to improve as much as it can each year. So far in FA, they've done a good but not great job, and with the cap space they have, I was expecting a great job. It really pisses me off that the Pats have done more in FA when they hardly ever delve that deeply into that area, and certainly don't have the cap space Miami has. I really wanted one other Tier 1 FA to come here and that has not happened.

Jim Harbaugh, Peyton Manning, Jeff Fisher, Nick Caserio, Ray Farmer, Tom Gamble, and Lake Dawson all rejected Miami??? GOOD!!! Since their rejections, none of them have gone on to win anything. Harbaugh and Manning both choked in Super Bowls. The other guys never won anything. It's not like they rejected Miami and then went on to better success.

so when Ireland and Sparano and Parcells was described as too "secretive" and not open to the public they get criticized. And when dolphins organization is concerned about what people think of them, they too get criticized. Where do you stand exactly Armando?

The Dolphins don't want to know what I think of them !!!

About the Super Bowl No Bid for Miami. Miami is not a safe place to visit. Law enforcement is barley on the job. Getting hustled on ever block for $20 drinks and a team of pick pockets standing outside every bar in town at closing time and the cops won't even investigate if its less than 10K. And even though I can speak it,,, Spanish should not be the first language of South Florida. It's like going to another country and I was born there. I will be Surprised, even with a stadium upgrade if Miami gets more than 1 more Super Bowl in the next 10 years.
If the Dolphins do not start winning soon, I see the team moving and the other Football moving in. Not saying it's a bad thing just reality.

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