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Tampering begins: Top 3 in areas of need for Dolphins

Let the tampering begin! At noon, NFL teams were actually within their rights to start negotiating with players on other teams. Yes, that's actually been going on for weeks, but you know the game (wink, wink).

The Dolphins need offensive line help. They need defensive tackle help. They may want middle linebacker help so they can kick Dannell Ellerbe outside. Safety? Sure. Running back? Maybe.

Below are fake GM Salguero's top three players in those areas of need as free agency negotiations begin this afternoon (legally):

Left tackle

1. Eugene Monroe, Baltimore: Young. Elite pass-blocker. Average run blocker. Think Richmond Webb without the big behind. He's quiet and a not a locker room issue, which should be a positive for the Dolphins. Will be expensive.

1A. Branden Albert, Kansas City: Also young (29) but not as young as Monroe. Has elite skill set but doesn't always get elite results. Also excellent in pass pro; not as good in running game but slightly better than Monroe. Will be equally expensive as Monroe. Loves and lives in South Florida. Albert has a history of back issues.

1B. Jared Veldheer, Oakland: Missed the first 12 games of 2013 due to a biceps injury, which raises the injury red flag. Better athlete than the other two, better run blocker than the other two. But feeling around the league is increasingly that Oakland is allowing him to shop simply to match the offer. Most teams don't like to work for the sake of having a player return to his current team.

Overall position analysis: The Dolphins had better sign one of the top guys or something is wrong. As to playing coy with the money, that won't work. The Dolphins have a huge need and everyone knows it. This is going to be an expensive proposition.

Right tackle

1. Zach Strief, New Orleans: The Saints are unloading talent to make cap room but want badly to re-sign Strief. That should tell you something that he's more valuable to them than, say, Lance Moore or Darren Sproles.

2. Austin Howard, New York Jets: Let's make the Jets weaker! Well, that's not a good enough reason to entertain signing a player but it can't hurt. Howard is not elite and won't require elite money to sign. But he's better than say, Jonathan Martin. He played better last year than Tyson Clabo. He's solid. Not great. Solid. You cannot have a Pro Bowl player at every spot.

3. No one. It's a baaaad free agent class at right tackle, folks.

Overall position analysis: This screams draft. But maybe GM Dennis Hickey has a trick up his sleeve. Or he's desperate. If all else fails there's always the stand-by Eric Winston, Tyson Clabo, Jeremy Trueblood gang at the last minute.

Guard

1. Zane Beadles, Denver: Excellent footwork and excels in pass pro. Great balance which is reason he's not often on the ground. His production is hard to argue with although he played much better in 2012 than in his 2013 contract year.

1A. Chad Rinehart: Very good run blocker. Hard worker. Versatile in that he can play either guard spot. Smart player. Plays with leverage and doesn't make a lot of mistakes. Not the most gifted athlete but he's a football player.

2. Geoff Schwartz: Want to improve the run game? This is the guy. Was a revelation down the stretch in 2013 and played better than previous starter to the point he beat him out. But ... was it the view of things to come or simply a stretch he was playing over his head?

2B: Jon Asamoah: The player who got beat out (see above). He's been solid for three seasons but dipped a bit in 2013. Interesting issue: Do you go with guy who played better at end of '13? Or do you go with guy who has more consistency over longer period of time? Asamoah is the latter.

Darkhorse: Davin Joseph: The Bucs released him this afternoon. He has always had a high ceiling but never really got there. Problem is he sometimes didn't even try to get there. He is also coming off knee surgery and he's 30. But his Bucs connections to Dennis Hickey cannot be overlooked.

Surprise candidate: The Dolphins like St. Louis Rams T Rodger Saffold as a possibility at either guard or tackle, acccording to The Herald's Adam Beasley. Saffold is solid but not very durable. He has not played 16 games since 2010. He has struggled with knee and shoulder issues.

Overall position analysis: The Dolphins can really use a veteran with good interior presence because playing with two rookie guards is a recipe for disaster. If all else fails, there's always Richie Incognito and John Jerry. Not.

Defensive tackle

1. Jason Hatcher, Dallas: Want to upgrade, Mr. Hickey? Here you go. A true 4-3 defensive tackle. A pocket-pusher. He'll get up field and disrupt. He'll also disrupt the salary cap because he will be very expensive.

2. Linval Joseph: Want a cheaper Paul Soliai? Here you go. A run-stopping player with limited pass-rush ability (less than Soliai). He's also not going to catch too many guys from behind. He was good in his contract year.

3. Earl Mitchell, Texans: He's a one-gap guy but he has excellent quickness and athletic ability that translate to other uses. He can also push the pocket so he's not just a run-down player.

Overall position analysis: The days of Paul Soliai and Randy Starks seem over. Soliai is perhaps the best run-down player on the market. But he's a run-down player in a passing league. Starks is the best pure DT on the market in my opinion but he's 30 years old. And that one-finger salute that he extended to Joe Philbin and his coaches? That has not been forgotten.

Safety

1. Jairus Byrd, Buffalo: Want to break the bank? Here you go. But he also offers the best defensive playmaker on the market at any position. Man averages nearly one turnover every two games. 

2. Donte Whitner, S.F.: If the Dolphins were of the mind to get him, they could let Reshad Jones become the roaming free safety he probably should be. Whitner is a strong safety enforcer. He hits hard, he causes offensive players to think twice about going across the middle, he's a tackling machine. He is older and he probably wants to stay with a winning team.

3. Taylor Mays, Cincinnati: Only reason he's on here is his ties to Kevin Coyle. He's a north-south, stiff dude. But he's fast and he hits like thunder.

Overall position analysis: The Dolphins would do well to draft here. They need to unleash Jones. And paying too much at this position would tilt too much money, added to the 2013 Jones extension, to the back end of the defense. 

Middle linebacker

1. Jon Beason, New York Giants: Nothing will happen with him until Tuesday because he represents himself and teams cannot talk to players before Tuesday. But he's a savvy veteran. He has a great motor. And he loves Miami.

2. Karlos Dansby, Arizona: I think we know this isn't going to happen. He doesn't, um, love Joe Philbin. But ... playmaker? Check. Solid inside presence? Check. Hard worker? Check. Plays hurt? Check. Of course, all his abilities didn't translate to the Dolphins. Coaching the reason? Check.

3. Daryl Smith, Baltimore: Want a true team leader? Want a tackle machine who won't be collecting his tackles eight yards downfield? Want an accomplished A-gap blitzer? Want a solid player who isn't going to break the bank because he's getting up there in age? This is your guy. 

3b: Brandon Spikes, New England: This won't happen because Spikes has a mind of his own and Philbin doesn't like that. He's also really only a run-down player and very, very limited in passing situations. But want to help solve Miami's declining run defense? This would help.

Overall position analysis: It is just sad to me that a year after spending so much on Dannell Ellerbe in free agency, the case could be made that he really isn't suited to be a middle linebacker ... or that the Dolphins didn't coach him well enough to man the position at a high level.

Comments

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I think Monroe should be the LT you pay the biggest money for in FA. Albert has had durability issues and is 3+ years older. Anthony collins is still available for those who are worried about spending $10 mill on a LT.

Donte Whitner is a more affordable option than Byrd at S and would allow Jones to return to the other S position that he was much better at in 2012.

MANDO MISSES THE STORY AGAIN

Hickey was not a finalist for the GM job right? So how did Philbin feel about him? What about Dawn?
Did Ross hire a GM that neither the HC nor BossDawn want?

Why Albert over Monroe?

Frank Monroe's own team doesn't want him. Take a hint.

WOULDN'T IT BE FUNNY IF

No top FA's sign here, our FA's leave, Philbin is forced to play rookies and acorns and the season collapses; Philbin fired/Hickey fired/Tannehill fired and the rebuild restarts after next season?

HOW IS IT THAT SUPER BOWL WINNING PLAYERS

Are willing to follow Gus Bradley to Jax but no one from the Packers followed Philbum here?

It's just a stupid game. It's nothing but a vehicle to sell advertising space. Nothing more. Who wins or loses is totally irrelevant.

Iggy
they do want him at 8-9 million. . They traded for him. . If that's the way you look at things then no fa is wanted

You have to be a complete mind controlled idiot to not see the NFL and all professional sports is nothing but a vapid facade. A ruse to sell advertising space and nothing more. You are as dumb as those dumbo idiots in the beer commercials.

I hope that some day you will all wake up and do something with your lives, and at least not waste your time in the illusion of importance when it comes to pro sports. I hate to tell ya, but the joke is on you.

Don't be a sucker.

It's entertainment, people pay to be entertain. . It's a business. . Why are you stating the obvious?

All the naysayers will be eerily quiet once this mess on the OL is addressed and Tannehill has a strong season.
We have our franchise QB on the roster and his name is Ryan Tannehill. Who'd you rather have other than Brady in our division? Geno Smith? Mark Sanchez? E.J. Manuel? Thad Lewis? Kevin Kolb?
Who has a "can't miss" tag on him in this upcoming draft because I sure as hell don't see one on Bridgewater or Manziel or Bortles. None of em is Andrew Luck.
Ridiculous.
We've had OL problems on this team for at least 5 years now. We went into last season knowing we didn't have a starting caliber LT on the roster an paid the price with 58 sacks and miraculously Tannehill wasn't seriously hurt.
If our front office would've gotten Branden Albert last year, or traded for Eugene Monroe, this would've been a playoff team despite the Martin/incognito BS.
OL , ILB and SS are the needs on this team. Wake the F up guys.

Matty, it is not obvious to the majority of idiots here. They are so clueless that they let such utterly trivial details such as the teams uniforms affect their lives. They don't see it as blind dumb entertainment. They think that if the fins win it boosts there lives and their ego somehow.

Sad, but true.

I think that's called taking an interest in something. . You attach yourself to it, in this case a team and having cared about that team it brings happiness to you.

BTW, I'd take Louis Delmas over Chris Clemons in a heartbeat. Delmas needs to stay healthy though.
Byrd is top of the class but will command $$$$$ and we have 4 holes on the OL to fill as well as ILB so it'll be real hard to get Byrd.

matty, please tell us how much happiness the fins have brought you in the last decade, and is the gloom, embarrassment and ineptitude of the team really worth worth your time?

Headaches more so than happiness but when you attach yourself to something you stick with it. . Of course it's not life or death but in the end one has hope that the team will turn back to old form. Do they owe anything to me, no I realize that but the game brings happiness and they are who I attached myself to.

natty goes silent. No surprise.

The Dolphins are a pathetic D-league franchise. Never any SB talk in Miami.

Julio I agree.
Its only a game,
sorry bro I don't spend every waking moment in here responding to posts. Breath I'll reply back to you as you took the time to respond to me

Would you guys trade Tanny for Henne? I think Henne is better.

Well good night loser idiots. I hope all your mocks come true and that you get your fictitious feeling of accomplishment for every fins win.

Good luck and make sure you pay attention to those commercials that make the NFL, as well as all sitcoms, possible.

It is only a game are you fire Ross now as well?

If the fins win the SB I will get a raise and get more chicks.

If the fins win the SB, my life will be better and people will admire me for being a fan of the right team.

How about getting Vontae Davis back now that Ireland's gone?

If the fins win the SB, it makes me part of the winners even though I've done nothing.

I like a free ride.

Wow. That would be so funny. Is this Comedy Central?
Holy crap. That's rich.
What a tard.
Ain't gonna happen chump

Posted by: Idiot Fan | March 08, 2014 at 10:32 PM

Perfect name for you. You have to be an idiot to be jealous of fans and judge them.

Nobody has ever gotten a mock draft even 2% correct, but I will sit here and analyze all your mocks with great interest and offer my keen insight because I read 3 sports sites a day and am pretty much an expert now.

Ocala is judging me LOL. I really really really respect your opinion LOL.

Idiot they might get more chicks bc of all of the partying that would be going on. Liquid encouragement

Idiot,

Idiot Fan,


Please tell us what to do, what to say, and how to live our lives. You are such a success! LMFAO!

matty, stupid response. You've just confirmed my first impression of you.

Ocala, I sell boy scout cookies to girl scouts. It's fun and rewarding. The rest of you should maybe learn how to read a non-fiction book and actually learn something instead of being seduced by big brother. No...I don't hold out much hope for you, but I've done my part.

Idiot Fan,

You are a girl scout!!!!!!!!

Idiot fan thinks 25 million fans are wrong. LOL

Sorry idiot my blood pressure doesn't go through the roof over menial things... and the response is correct however even though it was a joke

Idiot, You have been watching for 40 years, Yet you still don't "Comprehend" what you are watching.

Pick up a Book and learn the subject at hand. Watch the instructional tapes. Not just the Sandusky Smut Films.

We all know you never played the sport at any level. We even doubt you play the/a sport, Period. Koch Fighting isn't a sport. It is just a hobby between two Home-O's.

We don't expect everyone to be a Dolphin fan or a fan of the game. Even though this is a Dolphin blog in the Sport Section of the Miami Herald. Let that marinate on your bird brain for a minute.

Just cause you don't like sports and don't "Understand" them, Doesn't make you less of a man. It is 2014, Even Gays are considered Men.

We accept you as a Man. We would just love it if you would leave. That Bi-Polar stuff you have going on isn't Cool.

Crazy is Crazy. And you are Certifiable, according to the resident doctor.

I've done my part.

Posted by: Idiot Fan | March 08, 2014 at 10:45 PM

Yup, you have the idiot part down perfect.

Idiot,

Tell us when you have been right?

Apart of the constant embarrassment, "You are Wrong" on almost all your opinions(99.98%).

I could understand how "Watching Football" isn't a satisfying experience.

What I don't understand is why you still blog. You should do less talking and more listening.

I know people with learning disabilities that "Comprehend" the game better than your Swamp Ass.

Idiot=Daytonya

Struck a nerve or two I see. Of course it is both guilt and admission.

You should thank me.

Idiot fan, jealous much?

You are Wrong,

Do you think we should take Michael Sam with our first pick?
Wouldn't such an endorsement for homosexuality reflect well on the city and people of Miami?

Posted by: ExposingTheFraud | March 08, 2014 at 11:46 PM

This is a perfect example of why people like ETF should be given basic intelligence tests before they can buy a computer.

Miami has been gay.

Mike Sam doesn't fit the system. The Dolphins are also stacked at DE.

Mike Sam is a 7th rd pick at best. The gay stuff might get him drafted. But it won't let him last in the NFL.

M.Sam got all his sacks in 3 games. Against bad O-line.

Mike Sam is 6'2" 250lbs Runs a 4.9-40. Lifts like a girl, and can't cover, man or zone.

Free Agency I think get want you need then focus on the best talent from the Draft

What about Roger C. with the Rams

Draft picks Dolphins
1.Timothy Jenegan DT or Zack Martin, OT, Notre Dame
2. Brandon Thomas, OT/G, Clemson or Morgan Moses, OT, Virginia
3.Tajh Boyd, QB,Clemson
4.Storm Johnson, RB, Central Florida
5.Calvin Barnett, DT, Oklahoma State
6.Marcel Jensen TE Fresno State Jordan Najvar TE Baylor
7.Jonathan Dowling FS Western Kentucky or Nickoe Whitley FS Mississippi State, Ted Bolser TE Indiana

Georgia’s Aaron Murray, right, is still considered a top-10 quarterback in the 2014 NFL draft class. But Murray has some rust on his tools, which he hopes to knock off in time for the Bulldogs’ April 16th Pro Day.

Tonya,

The only nerve you touch is my Dorsal Nerve.

You are Wrong = Cry baby dashi boy

Dashi, how many names do you use?

The Real 2014 QB Ranking

1- Bridgewater
2- Bortles
3- Carr
4- Manziel
5- Garoppolo
6- Mettenberg
7- Franklin
8- Matthews
9- Thomas
10- McCarron

That is the Top 10 QBs of the 2014 Draft. T.Boyd is a Fraud. And A.Murray is to much of a gunslinger for a guy his size. If A.Murray was at least 6'2", he could jump to my #8.

Franklin is better than Murray. He proved it when they played each other last season.

The Real 2014 QB Ranking


1 Johnny Manziel

2 Everyone else

dashi many names...busted again.

dash #1 hypocrite, #1 troll, #1 douche bag

It isn't Dashe. It is that other guy that made a mockery of you the other day.

Every time someone is messing with you. First name that pops out of your "Idiot" Mouth is Dashe. Give it a break genius.

Again,

You are Wrong, Idiot.

I will take Murray to Wallace over Tannehill to Wallace any day of the week.

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