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Dolphins visiting with UFA D'Qwell Jackson

D'Qwell Jackson did good work in Cleveland but was cut for salary cap reasons last week. Well, he's gotten a jump on unrestricted free agency and is including the Dolphins among his scheduled visits.

Jackson, 30, is scheduled to visit the Dolphins starting tonight, according to the Tennessean in Nashville. Jackson has already visited the Titans and Broncos already.

Jackson isn't looking to sit on the bench. He's been a starter and expects to continue starting somewhere.

The Dolphins must know that. And if they're still serious enough to bring him in, they obviously believe that can happen despite the fact last year the team signed their entire linebacker corps -- Phillip Wheeler, Koa Misi and Dannell Ellerbe  -- to new contracts.

That means one of those guys might be on the outs.

And if Jackson and the Dolphins go down the long road to getting a contract done -- not a certainty, by the way because Jackson has other suitors --  I would believe the player currently signed who should be worried is Wheeler.

Wheeler was among the Dolphins leading tacklers last year but he also led the team in missed tackles and, by the end of the season, was sharing playing time with rookie Jelani Jenkins.

Wheeler was also inconsistent in coverage and, interestingly, his coverage skills is a primary reason he got his five-year, $26 million deal that included a $13 million signing bonus.

It won't be easy for the Dolphins to simply let loose of Wheeler. His $5 million base salary this season is fully guaranteed.

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OVERTHECAP: June 1st Designation

"When you designate someone as a June 1 cut the player and his current contract remain on the books until June 1. Going back to the Breaston example has he been designated a June 1 cut his cap charge today would not be $1 million with $2 million on the books in 2014. His cap charge would be $5 million dollars, the same cap charge as if they never cut him at all. When June 1st hits his cap then moves down to $1 million and the other $2 million accelerate into the 2014 season. By that point in time free agency is finished and the extra cap room does not do the team much good. They would have been in a far better cap position during the important time of free agency by releasing Breaston outright as the Chiefs did."

So, as you can see, DESIGNATING Wheeler June 1st serves the Dolphins "NO PURPOSE". ALSO:

"The real purpose of the June 1 designation option is to benefit teams that have poor salary cap situations and need to either create space for rookie signings over the summer months or to cut players from the roster whose dead money charges are greater than their charge to remain on the team. In recent years this would be teams like the Dallas Cowboys and Oakland Raiders who have entered into some overpriced contracts for multiple players leaving them tight against the cap every season."

It does hurt the cap situation FYI. 1 more player to pay as a LB is one less player we could sign for the O-Line. I understand your hate for him, but the team would be better off for a year having him as an expensive backup to Jenkins than June 1 cutting him

CONGRATS to the FINS for getting IT right....

and it didn't take negotiations coming down to the wire or nasty press releases...like in the case of Hartline....and Solia....and Starks...in the past....

Take care of Buisness Mr. Hickey....and the FINS will take care of your JOB SECURITY....

again...GREAT JOB getting GRIMEY locked up....

The FINS will now have the BEST CB in the AFC EAST for the next 3 years....

According to Overthecap, a team can only DESIGNATE 2 PLAYERS to June 1st. It only serves to keep ALL GUARANTEED money from becoming due(CAP) when a player is cut.

June 1 does not help a team during fa because the ALL of that player's money is STILL ON THE BOOKS until June 1st. FA is over by then.

So if a team is not in "salary cap purgatory", June 1st "serves them no purpose".

Interested pro football focus stats from Grimes

He has the most passes defended since 2010 even though he missed the whole year in 2012.

His pro football focus ranks

2010- 10th
2011- 3rd
2012- Injured
2013- 2nd

Second most on passes defended my mistake.

Jeremy Canadian,

Fins have so much "cap room to play" it really doesn't matter should they release Wheeler. It still gives about $30M(before resigning Grimes) to play with.

Dolphins really can afford to cut Wheeler. Our salary cap situation is just that great right now. Only comes down to whether they want to go in that direction.

Signing Grimes was a step in the right direction although not a rocket-scientist move, of course. We'll see.

Oscar

Its the closest thing to a "rocket science" move in Miami. Ireland either does not resign him as soon, risking him "walking", or outright "TAGS" Grimes.

Brent Grimes sez GM Dennis Hickey ran into him at the facility. Told him wanted him. Then met with Grimes' wife and expressed same to her.

-Tweet From Armando....
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How cool is that?????

a GM that's NOT a dik.....

Oscar,

It wasn't rocket science, but after all the bad press of bullygate, it showed that the top free agent CB wanted to sign to stay here. Other free agents will come. He was also signed at a fair price- no overpaying.

Hickey had two top priorities- fix the OL and resign Grimes. One down! One large one to go but this is a great start man..

Careful what you wish for, Jackson was one of the worst lb last year against the run....we already got one of those in wheeler

Not impressed

Anyone notice safety and olb are the 1st positions Hickey hosts in free agency? You would think it would be LT.

Well, Peters has set the asking price of LT's in fa, and Monroe is expected to be resigned by Baltimore. This leaves Albert possibly beingthe only "sign worthy" LT that will be on the "free market".

It's Albert or bust. Bust = #19 pick LT.

This has got to be the only football blog in existence where a team resigning a premier CB...a corner that gave the team the best play at that position since the days of Pat Surtain...would be viewed as a NEGATIVE by some.

A few of you guys are just clinical. Seriously. Just absolutely nuts and so far off the cliff into obsessive, every single day negativity that you have become mindless imbeciles.


It does hurt the cap situation FYI. 1 more player to pay as a LB is one less player we could sign for the O-Line. I understand your hate for him, but the team would be better off for a year having him as an expensive backup to Jenkins than June 1 cutting him

Posted by: Jeremy in the Canadian Cowtown | March 03, 2014 at 02:57 PM

It's idiotic to say if you cut him it's 1 less guy you can get for the OL.

How does that make any sense anyway? Whether you keep or cut him w/a 6/1 designation, your cap space is the exact same. It has ZRO impact on how you can address the OL or any other position.

Except cutting him as a 6/1 frees up millions in future years.

Also, his replacement, even if for only 1 year is already in house. They can draft a reserve LB in the draft to back him up.

The guy is garbage. He's better off being OFF the team with no cap penalty than to have to suffer through watching him miss open field tackles & make game changing dumb penalties.

I don't see the Dolphins breaking the bank for Jackson. Also there are a lot of teams interested. Really doubt this one happens. Would be an upgrade though. Maybe just cut Wheeler anyway and go with Jenkins.

Broncos?

Very sad state of the franchise when signing Grimes is acclaimed as a out of this world move

What is next? We are going to sheer when we get to the bye week because we did not lose

Everybody and their grandma knew we HAD to sign Grimes

Not impressed

Well if Monroe isn't tagged in 25 minutes, the Dolphins might have a new LT March 11th.

Just FYI,

Jeremy does not understand cutting Wheeler takes away only $4.2 million than keeping him.

I would sure hate to see what a $4.2 illion fa olineman looks like. We had 4 of those on our oline last season. At least that's what they played like.

At $4.2 million that oline would be "pure garbage".

Last comments on Wheeler. He counts against the 53. He is garbage & makes too much. We can keep someone other than him & make value of that roster spot.

I'd much rather cut him as a 6/1 since you are not losing a good player or cap space to address any needs.

It's like churning the bottom of the roster. Except it's a big salary w/NO negative cap ramifications. You have the exact amount of cap space to fill a bottom end of the roster spot making min $$.

Draft a Lb'er or play Jenkins. Both come cheap & 99.99% sure that guy plays better than Wheeler.

Grimes was an Ireland move, give credit where credit is due

He signed him for a year to see if he would go back to his previous level and then extend his contract

Do not congratulate dickey and he witch, they had nothing to do with this good move

Ireland sucked, but this is all Ireland

Something smells

Alex Mack gets the transition tag from the Browns. It gives them the right to match any offers, but if they don't match they are not entitled to any compensation (draft picks).

ALL OF YOU who get on here trying to explain football economics: "cap space, dead money, etc..." DO NOT KNOW WTF YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT and are trying to impress each other with your so-called knowledge of this information. You love the sound of the voices in your heads and think that you're educating us.

If you all are such EXPERTS on NFL salary structure why don't you quit your job (if you have one) and go interview with an NFL team for their GM availabilties !?! In the meanwhile, you're not fooling me and I'm NOT impressed!

Great job in getting Grimes under contract. Let the other free agents for the Dolphins walk. If Soliai will give the ol home town discount then bring him back, but all the others can walk out of south Florida. Time to rebuild the oline. It all starts and ends there. We all seen what a porous line will do. Hoping Jackson isnt signed. Linebacker position needs to come from the draft. Good job by Hickey thus far. Looking forward to seeing his work at the draft

Boo

I do not know about anyone else here, but, in the "AGE OF GOOGLE" one does not need TO BE AN EXPERT.

Try it sometimes. It really works. :)

Priority #1, Resign Grimes, Check.

Priority #2, Fix O-line, Check back March 11.

Boo

My bad, first you have to be "smart enough" to ask the right question of GOOGLE. Maybe this is where you have your problems.

Posted by: SAM I AM | March 03, 2014 at 03:30 PM

Miami can't host any LTs until March 11th as they have not been cut like the S and LB have. Otherwise it's clear tampering (unlike what goes on at the combine).

Mass

True-true.

TannePuke, worst QB in the league?

ALL OF YOU who get on here trying to explain football economics: "cap space, dead money, etc..." DO NOT KNOW WTF YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT and are trying to impress each other with your so-called knowledge of this information. You love the sound of the voices in your heads and think that you're educating us.

If you all are such EXPERTS on NFL salary structure why don't you quit your job (if you have one) and go interview with an NFL team for their GM availabilties !?! In the meanwhile, you're not fooling me and I'm NOT impressed!

Posted by: Boo | March 03, 2014 at 03:54 PM
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You have to admit it's funny...even if you don't agree with "Boo"....

I find all the cap talk BORING myself...I just scroll past it....

I don't really care about the particulars are on how to make sausage....(some pervert can finish the rest ....

mark
is that u ^
?.lol


I find all the cap talk BORING myself...I just scroll past it....

Posted by: Kris (in Germany) | March 03, 2014 at 04:13 PM

Irony or coincidence? That's what we do ith all your posts!

After seeing who got tagged and who didn't my ideal free agency would be something like this

Re-sign Soliai or a comparable D-Tackle.

At left tackle get Monroe/Albert/Veldheer in that order.

At guard get one of the two Chiefs Schwartz or Asamoah.

Sign Jarius Byrd from the Bills to replace Clemmons.

I think the Dolphins are so far under the cap they can actually do all of this amazingly. Should be interesting come March 11.

I did not like Wheeler, but I did see a drop of when Jenkins was in the game. Probably because he was a rookie, but he missed a bunch of tackles also. I would however place more stock in Jenkins upside than wheelers...

Just so you know FYI and Sam I Am a 4.2 million o-lineman is equal to a decent 1 year RT while we develop one. He equals a guard of the talent level of Jon Asamoah. He equals having money on the field as opposed to wasting it on the Dead Money heap.
Keep him and use him for 1 more year. Even if he's an extremely overpriced backup.
Every $ that is wasted is a $ that can't be carried over in the future!!!!

Jeremy, you STILL don't get it?

Cutting wheeler as a 6/1 designation does not cost you cap space nor does it prevent you from addressing the OL.

I don't understand why this is so difficult for you.

If you cut Wheeler, you "technically" lose a roster spot. If you keep Wheeler, you "technically" lose a roster spot.

Yet, still have the same cap space to do what you need to do. What is it you are unable to grasp on this? It's pretty mind boggling to be honest.

Patterson is under contract for 2014. Not sure why people think differently. Releasing him would save cap, but keeping him would give Taylor and Davis another year to fill in and grow. Try to get him to take a pay cut. But Grimes, Patterson, Taylor and Davis would be solid.

I wish they would go with a 3-4. Of Starks and Soliai, I'd rather keep Solia but only as a NT. He's not great against the pass but is a big body run stuffer. If staying with a 4-3 then I'd rather have Stark's balance of run/QB pressure.

The current personnel fits with a 3-4 system better. Solia (resign), Odrick and Vernon up front would make a solid front. Vernon grades out as a top 20 DE, but they need better if sticking with a 4-3. He'd be more effective as a 3-4 DE with Wake and Jordan rushing too.
Ellerbe alongside Jenkins in the middle. Wake outside and it gets Jordan in as OLB too. This upgrades Misi and Wheeler; relegating them as solid role-players/depth.

Overall, it upgrades positions while only signing 1 player (Solia; who loves it in Miami) and it allows them to focus on the O-line through FA/Draft.

If sticking with a 4-3 then they need to resign/replace Starks or Solia and upgrade Misi and Vernon plus upgrade the o-line.

Getting D'Qwell Jackson looks like a transaction to move Ellerbe to WLB, but he and Ellerbe could be solid 4-3 ILBs too. Again though, signing Jackson isn't necessary if they go to a 3-4 and they can upgrade at Safety (Delmas) or LT (Monroe).

2 wins for Dolphins today. Resign Grimes and neither Veldheer and Monroe were franchised. Dolphins can have any of the Lts they want. Great year to be looking for a LT. So far so good

The Fins are trash

First, the only thing you have to know about Wheeler is was a bad deal and it will cost money to replace him. Will it be worth it? Yes.

2nd, reading up on Jackson...he's a "middle of the road LB". Why do we want to replace Wheeler with middle of the road?

Posted by: SAM I AM | March 03, 2014 at 02:00 PM

Sam - I started the entire 3-4 discussion saying there is a SLIGHT CHANCE this could happen. I also want to point out that Jackson is OLB in a 4-3 in Cleveland. He could be a ILB in a 3-4.

Teams eventually do rotate players regardless of who is on the field. I do think the current Defense is relatively small so I think a 3-4 scheme is good for them regardless of Jackson coming to Miami. I go back to my post this morning and I like the possible rotations with Wake, Jordan, Vernon all having the ability to play 3-4 DE or OLB in passing situations. I think Ellerbe, Wheeler and Jackson are all better in coverage than against the run so getting another LB in the 3-4 allows them to have to cover less ground in the running game.

In the end I think Coyle is more of a 3-4 guy so I don't see this move happening (to a 3-4). But I do think it would be good to see it tried.

It does cost space. The player you have to bring in as Wheelers replacement has a cap consequence. If it costs 3 mill to bring in his replacement it means we'd have 3 mill less.
Wheeler costs 6.4 whether he's on the team or not.

All I want are 2 starting Linemen from Free Agency. Hopefully one of them is a premier LT.

3 starting linemen from free agency would be ideal. I just wouldn't spend big money on the 3rd.

I believe Me and NeMo were discussing that Grimes should sign a 4yr/$32Mil deal. That was pretty dead on.

Excelent day today! Having Grimes back, and Monroe will become a FA?
Well seems our new #1 priority in FA should be Monroe.
I also read that Jairus Byrd will not be going back to the bills? He could be an upgrade over clemmons.

My FA wish list is Monroe, and Byrd( we should not spend all that much in FA either)
All that is remaining is to resign Soliai, and fix the line!

You guys should see a bills blog! They want to kill there GM for not franchising Byrd!
How much do you think Byrd will cost?

Can Grimes play QB Too eH?

Get me Byrd and I will be impressed

It does cost space. The player you have to bring in as Wheelers replacement has a cap consequence.

If it costs 3 mill to bring in his replacement it means we'd have 3 mill less.

Wheeler costs 6.4 whether he's on the team or not.

Posted by: Jeremy in the Canadian Cowtown | March 03, 2014 at 05:02 PM

It costs 3 million to find a back up lb'er in the draft? You gotta be kidding@!

If they can not get Monroe or Albert, the rookie LT ain't going to feed the bulldog

A weak LT = Dolphins 2013 OL = (season failure + embarrasment)

It better not be the kid at 19

No Faith

Still need at least 7 lb.'s on the team

BTW cutting Wheeler means you've got to get a starter

D. Jackson is a 3-4 ILB (straight from the Browns depth chart 0), if signed by the Dolphins would play MLB. As far as some people on here thinking C. Wake, O. Vernon, and D. Jordan playing 3-4 end? Thats crazy, they are way to small. Most 3-4 ends are over 300 lbs.

Dashi, good call on the Grimes contract.

My guess is Monroe and Byrd will probably push 9-10 mil a year.

The team still has plenty of money for impact players and I'm looking forward to the rest of Hickey's moves.

Dashi gets it right all the time. He is amazing!

We got two good tackles and two good ends...the difficult part is the line and we got it.
Fix the LB, this is a 4-3

Most of these posters dont even win their fantasy leagues and they get on here like they have contact with Ross! Funny

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