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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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C'mon, other People, why are you afraid to join Daytona and I here. He doesn't bite, except on occasions.

Daytona is = to me. He doesn't like it when there are no Football news or when he has no $.

C'mon, other People, why are you afraid to join Daytona and I here. He doesn't bite, except on occasions.

Posted by: oscar canosa | March 18, 2014 at 09:24 PM

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You guys got what you always wanted. The Blog all to yourself at night. If it was up to Daytona he would have the blog all to himself 24/7. Him and his 10001 Names.

That is the Truth Truth.

Sign Hester if at all possible

it was up to Daytona he would have the blog all to himself 24/7. Him and his 10001 Names.

That is the Truth Truth.

Posted by: Dashi | March 18, 2014 at 09:50 PM


Um...who was the one busted by Armando just a week back about using multiple names after you denied it?

Yes, tell the truth or others will tell it for you.

You are truly an idiot sociopath.

JuhJuh!

Dashi, you really ought to think about improving your vocabulary. That is if you ever want to rise above lowlife status.

Ridiculous Idiot.

You are truly ridiculous.

Dashi, can you shed some light on your fetish for using your little boy persona? It's more closet queen than it is macho. What's up with that?

Serious mental issues.

And of course dashi boy doesn't respond to his multi-name hypocrisy already exposed by the blog leader.

His only defense is to cast juvenile aspersions.

Time and again...or, say dashi out.

Leave Daytona alone. He knows Football, the only thing is he has no $ now.

Oscar, in your professional opinion, is dashi boy stable? Oedipus complex?

Dashi loves sociopaths

I kept reading how the Dolphins simply didn't want to over-pay and that was the reason we didn't make a real run at Beadles but isn't 11 Mil over 2 Yrs for Finnegan over-paying?? Call me crazy but when analyzing our needs and looking at the guarantee Beadles got from Jax with a 6 Mil per CAP hit it leaves me wondering?? I don't want to knock the finished product before hand because I suspect there is a plan in place here to address all needs but wonder about saving money bringing in a Journeyman OG for a bargain contract when your needs are what they are as well as having 2 high draft picks on the team at the Pos. your addressing. I can't believe neither of these kids can play yet both will sit behind a player who I always found to be an average gambler in coverage who was helped by good DL's in Tenn. Aside from IMO being a cheap/dirty player whoswe skills have erroded at this point!

I don't know his mother. I knew more or less that f4l would join us at this point.

fin, it appears that Hickey does not have faith in last years 2 rookie corners. Maybe Jamar is never going to adequately recover from his groin issues or whatever they were,

Dashi, can you shed some light on your fetish for using your little boy persona? It's more closet queen than it is macho. What's up with that?

Posted by: Dinker | March 18, 2014 at 10:06 PM

In order to learn something new you have to experiment. More so now.

sniff*sniff, smells like more Dolphin Diarrhea to me. That's all the Dipsh!t Dolphins serve these days and call it Tuna

Do not pay attention to Daytona. He's a resentful MF.


fin, it appears that Hickey does not have faith in last years 2 rookie corners. Maybe Jamar is never going to adequately recover from his groin issues or whatever they were,

Posted by: Mop | March 18, 2014 at 10:24 PM

It might sound crazy but I think that Philbin had a fundamental difference with the direction of the draft last Yr. under Ireland. I think these players (our 1st two picks starting injured) hurt there chances of catching up and contributing and by mid-Season the soured relationship between the H.C. and G.M. affected these players to an extent as a sort of collateral dammage.

They did tinkered early with the idea of getting 3rd-Rd'er W.Davis on the field but in the Pre-Season game at Houston he was shown to need alot of work biting on the double move getting toated deep by Houston's 3rd stringers. They just IMO need to work I've seen guys over their careers have groin tears ad make it all the way back. The news out of Camp was a severe groin injury but no tear. So he should be fine alot of publications had this kid rated as a 1st Rd talent!

I don't get making the investment on Finnegan would rather have paid Brandon Browner! We passed on a Pro Bowl talent at LG in Zane Beadles IMO!

Can't wait til Miami gets a competent GM and HC so I can look forward to the NFL draft again. But unfortunately it's not going to happen til the Big Eared Dufus sells the team

I am not partial to conflicts within the Team, be them Joe/Dawn vs Ireland, Incognito vs JonMartin or whatever. They can only cause weakness within the Structure. You want to fight? Take your issues out side the Team.

How does an incompetent like Failbin fail so miserably yet at the end of the atrocious season end up with even more power than he had at the beginning of the season?? It's incredible the dimness of Ross's mind regarding football and the losers he chooses to listen to and believe

Just a totally dysfunctional franchise. Its sad how low they've sunk.

Football entails smarts, heart and emotion and innovation. Real estate entails money and cosmetics and function. Ross has no idea the men he needs to succeed in Football.

So Ross thinks he can make up for a dwindling fan base by begging for handouts from the taxpayers? Before he has even ONE winning season? Are u F'N kidding me? Even Jeffrey Loria brought us a World Championship before he asked for help!! GEEZ!

I thought it was only a rumor that they were shopping Dion. Now a friend of mine who is a major NFL freak listening to pod casts all day long tells me the team is actively shopping him.

Anyone heard anything about this lately?

@Mop,


Its been reported a few times that they are shopping Jordan and Pouncey.

JJ, Nice try. It's never been reported they are shopping Pouncey. I know nothing would make you happier than 0-16 ;)

@Mop,


Its common knowledge. Google it you will see I'm right.

jj its time for a name change everyone is on to you.

I heard it thru the grapevine...

Oscar do you plan to end your celibacy this year?

C'mon, Armando, this here what is going on in this blog is immoral, against all Christian principles. What's that, the Miami Herald is forcing you to do it? I thought so. Life is short.

Oscar

As I look at the fa additions, it screams oline will not be the #1 pick.

Take a look at the greatest needs on this team. Which of te greatest needs have not been addressed even in the slightest?

Answer: MLB


The rest of the oline can be addressed 2nd rd or later. Deep draft for oline. MLB has not been touched period during free agency.

Oscar

If still on the board, CJ Mosely is coming to Miami. When you see it done, remember you heard it here first.

Yeah, I know you're promoting CJ Mosley, SAM, but to me, he is a cow.

Nothing resembling Luke Kuechly at all. We should try to obtain the best down here.

See, the idea is that if we draft only pro-Bowlers at any position, eventually, all the backups will also be pro-Bowlers. That's the idea.

You have to look for somebody like Luke Kuechly at #19, odin, but at any position and not MLB only. I know such a Player.

Osca

No, he's no Kuechely. To go along with 107 tkls read this:

"NFL scouts will love Mosley's pass defense. He is a phenomenal defender in the passing game in man coverage, zone coverage and blitzing. Mosley is reliable in the ground game and he is a special player."

Its a passing League Oscar. Im not promoting Mosely. Just trying to read the fa tea leaves and determine where Hickey maybe headed with his first draft pick.

Here comes Incognito.
He will be signed.

Incognito is in the funny farm.

No dumb dumb. You need to download the Sports Center App.
You are missing out on updates.

Say NO to Devon Hester and a big resounding YES to Dri Archer!!!

He is a RB that can catch and return punts.

And boy did he put a scare into RB Chris Johnson as he damn near beat his all time 40 time record at the combine at a blazing 4.26.

He is small but so is Trindon Holiday. The guy flat out flys...I mean Wile E. Coyote ACME rocket skates fast!!!! He would be a threat every time he has the ball to score.

RB, WR, KR, Trick Plays, Decoy... lotta uses.

Maybe a 4th rounder?

I know I would love to see him bring his exciting play to South Fla. Come on HickPhilDawn, the Fins need exciting players. Wallace could clear out the secondary on a fly pattern and this mean motor scooter could gash teams with a swing pass.

Here is a video teaser of what he is cabable of...https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8dpvSqIAge4

Cheers!

it was up to Daytona he would have the blog all to himself 24/7. Him and his 10001 Names.

That is the Truth Truth.

Posted by: Dashi | March 18, 2014 at 09:50 PM


Um...who was the one busted by Armando just a week back about using multiple names after you denied it?

Yes, tell the truth or others will tell it for you.

Posted by: Mop | March 18, 2014 at 09:54 PM

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WOW....

I've missed a lot (not).....

Good for Armando.....now he needs to make it so NO person can change sign-in names @ will....blog would improve 1000 PERCENT....

Get rid of the blog idiots who change names...then agree with themselves because they do not have the self-esteem to let their statements stand on their own....even tho their schtick is to always accuse others of the same deficiencies they themselves suffer from...I believe in the medical community they call that PROJECTING....

Any way...Goof Job Armando.....

Keep calling them out....and get a system that prevents it...

This has all the makings of another 1-15 season....

I can't count the the times Thigpen took the ball 8 yards deep in the endzone and ran it out to the 15 yard line.

Vaginal onion farm!

Desean jackson is being shopped an no interest by miami? Him an wallace would clear the box for any rb. Heck armando could rack up a 1000 yards with that kinda threat. Put hartline at slot and there goes your chain mover. Not to mention if gibson an binns come back healthy.draft a te and a guard an this offense is set. Right tackle you ask? Second wave of free agency my friends.

How can we dump the owner? There's your first problem. We can't. That is THE PROBLEM! Stuck with this moron. He is a huge problem that brings little credibility to our Miami Dolphins.

Pray for new ownership.

Remember the first thing the big eared dufus did when he bought the team. He brought in all kinds of glitz and glamour stars, fancy eateries, The circus, everything except qualified football people to run this organization.

I think the big eared dufus is finally realizing it's about putting a good football team on the field. Magic fairies and over the hill singers will not put people in the seats.

Ross -Please sell the team to someone who has passion and heart like the players he will represent, thank you

Sell the team to Mickey Arison.

Dashi loves talking about male genitalia in his mouth.

Irony or coincidence? You decide!

Forget drafting a MLB early! We have 2 guys with mega contracts, ride them out 1 more year.

As I suggested last week, move Misi inside for a year if you want to move Ellerbe outside. That's better than drafting an ILB early when he OL is more pressing area of need.

Drafting an ILB 1st round is wasting a draft pick. Misi has the frame to play in the middle.

It seems to me the Dophins should wake up and fill the two holes in the OL, first before they can't fine anyone decent.

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