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Hester or not, Dolphins can use return competition

Devin Hester apparently is going to have a decision to make soon.

The former University of Miami standout who happens to also be a former Chicago Bears Pro Bowl returner is apparently noticing his market in free agency is heating up and he has a decision to make.

 

So, yes, with God's help Hester is going to decide where he'll be playing in 2014. He told the South Florida Sun-Sentinel last week he'd like to play for the Dolphins. I'm certain if a paper in 30 other NFL cities had been asking, he might have told them he'd like to play for their teams as well.

It's called marketing.

I suppose that's why he's visiting the Atlanta Falcons today and has other visits set up as well.

Yes, Hester back in town would be good for him. But it's also about the right money and there is no knowing what kind of value the value conscious Dolphins would put on a 31-year-old returner.

But I will say this ... The Dolphins should put some value into improving their return game because last year it took a something of a step backward.

The Dolphins averaged 21.3 yards per kickoff return last year and that was 26th in the NFL. A season earlier, in 2012, the Dolphins averaged 27.1 yards per kick return and that was No. 3 in the NFL.

Marcus Thigpen saw his kickoff return numbers drop from 27.4 yards per return in '12 to 22.5 yards per return last season.

On punt returns the Dolphins went from 11.2 yards per return in 2013 to 7.8 yards per return in '13 and that meant a drop from the sixth best return unit in the league to 23rd. And again, Thigpen's stats suffered in direct parallel to the team's.

Thigpen averaged 7.8 yards per return last season with 20 fair catches. He averaged 12.2 yards per return with only six fair catches in 2012.

And Thigpen, who had a kickoff and punt return TD in 2012, didn't score on either a kickoff or punt return last season.

Hester?

He averaged 27.6 yards per kickoff return, which ranked him sixth in the NFL last season. And he averaged 14.2 yards per punt return, although he only had 18 of them with 11 fair catches.

Now here's the rub ...

How much would Hester expect from the Dolphins? Or anyone?

The last time he signed a new contract was 2010 when he got a four-year, $21.956 million deal from the Bears. That was a different time and different set of circumstances.

The Dolphins aren't likely to pay anywhere close to that because, well, Hester's not 26 anymore, they don't value him as a wide receiver as the Bears did back in the day, and the team has approximately $19,185,752 of salary cap space as of Monday afternoon.

Also, Thigpen is cheap by comparison. He's only scheduled to make $570,000 in 2013.

So whether Hester is a fit and whether the Dolphins value him enough to outbid other teams for him is the question.

But as to Thigpen, there is little question.

The team will either replace him or bring in some competition for training camp. If he wins the competition, great.

If Thigpen cannot win the competition, the same relatively inexpensive salary that makes him so attractive also makes him a target. Because if the Dolphins cut him before the start of the regular season, they will carry only $2,500 in dead money.

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Johnathon Martin may get a ring the is season w San Fran

Posted by: Reel Dolphin In Sight w Home | March 18, 2014 at 07:28 PM

not.......

If Tanny boy is still the starter
Expect maybe 150 YDs dink n dunk this season against the Pats

By game time 2014
Pats will have Wilfork, Mayo, Revis an Browner and Brady will have 4 new or healthy receivers Expect 50 -6 New England as they win the division w ease

Joe Philbin is starting the season w a Clay Mathews hairpiece

Oh and did I mention how I feel about another rookie RB

Posted by: wallyfin | March 18, 2014 at 07:21 PM

Oh, did we mention that nobody here could care less how your feel?

Dawn Aponte & Joe Philbin - Dancing w the Stars ?

what year does the NFL go to 10 wildcard teams?

Gigi gave it up to Obese Ken

I WON EVERY ARGUMENT WITH EVERYBODY HERE YESTERDAY!

AGAIN I WILL SAY THAT THERE IS NO CITY CALLED TAMPA BAY! TAMPA BAY IS WATER!!! NOBODY LIVES THERE EXCEPT FISH AND SHRIMP!!!

BUT SOME OF YOU PEOPLE ARE STUPID IDIOTS WHO THINK THE CITY IS CALLED TAMPA BAY BECAUSE THE BUCCANEERS GAVE THEMSELVES THAT STUPID NAME IN 1976!! IF YOU EVER TOLD SOMEONE YOU WERE "GOING TO TAMPA BAY' THEN YOU ARE A FOOL AND AN IDIOT UNLESS YOU MEANT YOU WERE GOING FISHING!!!

IT SHOULD BE JUST PLAIN TAMPA BUCCANEERS. IF THEY DAD DONE THAT AT THE BEGINNING YOU WOULD ALL THINK IT SOUNDED NORMAL AND GOOD AND THAT 'TAMPA BAY' WOULD SOUND STUPID!!!

GO TAMPA BUCCANEERS!! NO MORE TAMPA BAY!!!!

I WILL KEEP POSTING THIS UNTIL YOU REALIZE YOU HAVE BEEN STUPID!!!

Who needs RBs, a FB or blockers ?

May we please have an evening of wholesome Christian fellowship here?

Nope.

Is Gigi still rolling internet dating services for black men?

Posted by: TAMPA. PERIOD! | March 18, 2014 at 07:34 PM


DASHI

WE WOULD REQUEST YOU KEEP POSTING THIS UNTIL YOUR BRAINS FALL OUT OF YOUR HEAD.

HOWEVER, WE ALL KNOW THE BRAINS FELL OUT OF YOUR HEAD AT THE SAME TIME THE AFTERBIRTH SLID DOWN YOUR MOTHER'S LEG.

Dolphins to give up only 45 sacks this season but INTs by Tanneeeehill should be up to about 20 w the upgrade of opposing DBs

The fish should have a top ten draft pick in 2015

. . . so there's that

DASHI

HAD YOUR MOTHER HAD A "DOOSHIE" AFTER SEX, THE WORLD WOULD BE PREVENTED A DASHI, WHICH EXISTS TODAY.

IS IT TOO LATE TO HAVE A DOOSHIE DASHI BOYCOTT?

2014 AFC EAST

1) Patriots 14-2
2) Bills . 8-8
3) Dolphins 6-10
4) Jets 5-11

okay there it is

no sense playing the games

Posted by: TMH | March 18, 2014 at 07:32 PM

TMH = total meat head

DASHI SOUNDS LIKE SOMETHING THAT OCCURS IN YOUR UNDERWEAR WHEN FORGETTING TO WIPE AFTER A POOP.

DOES ANYONE ELSE AGREE?

DASHI = WET FART

DASHI = LOOSE WET STOOL

I'm done folks, was bored, so it became "pick on the idiot" hour.

Thanks Dashi. :)

Teach Thigpen not to run backwards and sideways!!!

How happy is Martin to be off the lowly Dolphins...and on the SB caliber 49ers?

I think both Philbin and Wallace got pretty fed up with Tannehill by the end of last season. Dont be surprised if Matt Moore starts the opener for us.

The dolphins will beat both Denver and New England this coming season on our way to a division title how bout those dolphins

Dashi = Village Idiot

It must take so much energy to be a hopeless troll

Posted by: TAMPA. PERIOD! | March 18, 2014 at 07:34 PM

Does that mean Green Bay's football team should be known as the Green Packers?

I think both Philbin and Wallace got pretty fed up with Tannehill by the end of last season. Dont be surprised if Matt Moore starts the opener for us.

Posted by: VaFin | March 18, 2014 at 08:08 PM

Mike Wallace would like that.

Marc @ 8:09

We will also beat the Jets and Bills at least once between them.


We will also beat the Jets and Bills at least once between them.

Posted by: ExposingTheFraud | March 18, 2014 at 08:17 PM


We cant beat the Bills.

MARIO WILLIAMS FIRST BEAT MCKINNIE LIKE A DRUM

And then bodyslammed Tanne so hard that Tanne soiled himself.
Why would it be any different if McKinnie is at RT?

I really don't see what everybody sees in Zach Martin. He is far from being BPA at #19 and might go in the 2nd Rd.

Bring back Jake Long and only begin playing him the last 4 games of the season. Then he wont end up on injured reserved.

That way we have a chance to win our remaining 4 games and screw up having 1st overall pick too. Its a 2 for one.

Quick feet Oscar. Martin is very agile for his size and is a perfect fit for a zone scheme offensive line.

Jeff Ireland screwed up this roster so bad, a "MIRACLE WORKER" would be working the "IMPOSSIBLE" to get us to a wildcard playoff berth, his 1st season.

Hope know one here's planning to buy playoff tickets anytime real soon. You definitely wont be watching the Dolphins play.

Quick feet does not a #19 pick makes. Cyrus Koundjio has infinitely much more potential at LT.

t was reported Hellen Keller "The Miracle Worker" did turn down our gm interview last month. According to "highly placed" sources.

It is way too early to judge Hickey as a talent evaluator. All it can be said now, is that he cannot be worse than Ireland was.(I think)

Oscar,

Its also reported Cyrus Koundijio has "infinitely more potential" to swallow a 50lb Xmas ham than become a great LT.

So, who do we believe?

Oscar

Jeff Ireland couldn't come back and be as bad as Jeff Ireland was in Miami. It would be extremely close though.

You believe Nick Saban, SAM, when he picked Cyrus to play LT for him.

Jeff Ireland screwed up this roster so bad, a "MIRACLE WORKER" would be working the "IMPOSSIBLE" to get us to a wildcard playoff berth, his 1st season.

Hope know one here's planning to buy playoff tickets anytime real soon. You definitely wont be watching the Dolphins play.

Posted by: SAM I AM | March 18, 2014 at 08:37 PM

Oscar

Nick Saban has at least 10 LT's he's recruited on his roster right now. Not all of them can or will start.

Saban has won 3 nat' championship, name one great LT he has playing in the NFL right now?

Didn't think so... :)

I know you People feel exactly as I do regarding the Dolphins. I cannot get extremely high on any Player or move that the Dolphins select or make, as in the past, they have proven to have had the Mier-da touch, everything they touch turns to crap.

Idiot

When you post "IDIOT POST OF THE MONTH", YOU CAN ONLY CHOOSE 1 POST IDIOT.

All of my posts can not qualify for "IDIOT POST OF THE MONTH". You're not allowed to call anyone "IDIOT" without passing the "IDIOT TEST" yourself, IDIOT. :)

Lookidat, Saban's C last year was the LT a year before that. Amazing.

I no one here ever correctly posted "IDIOT" I do not believe our REAL IDIOT here, would be able to "SPELL IDIOT CORRECTLY".

I mean, among the 10 LTs Saban selected last year there must 1 good one there. Makes sense. I guess.

If

This is a fact. Without Daytona here in these slow Football news times, this blog would have closed a long time ago now. Thank you, Armando.

Oscar

GTG. Bored of chatting with you and your many aliases. GN :)

Don't go, man. Come back, even if under another name and we'll talk about Kanye West.

Idiot

When you post "IDIOT POST OF THE MONTH", YOU CAN ONLY CHOOSE 1 POST IDIOT.

All of my posts can not qualify for "IDIOT POST OF THE MONTH". You're not allowed to call anyone "IDIOT" without passing the "IDIOT TEST" yourself, IDIOT. :)

Posted by: SAM I AM | March 18, 2014 at 08:52 PM

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"IDIOT I AM"

YOUR LAST POST WAS MORE IDIODIC THAN THE FIRST ONE...

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WhoTH is Davonte Freeman who everybody is talking a bout in the Draft?

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"APPARENTLY" YOU ARE THE ONLY "CERTIFIED IDIOT" ON HERE..

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