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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.

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FOS,

And that is why You are Wrong almost all of the time.

It's Dashi

dashe can't even fool himself. what a sad little pathetic poor boy.

of course it's dashe. he couldn't fool a 3 year old.

I served my purpose. I got your idiot ass all rattled...LOLOLOL.

LOL? yes that is the extend of your debating abilities. So profound. Sad sad sad.

Want LOL? I have an LOL for ya......

Dashe only posts as dashe...

OK, Shirley.

Who here is debating?

You are the one making assumption's.

You are Wrong, Almost Always Are.

Hey to the other guy, I got to run now, but feel free to keep using my name...it's a good one.

DASHI GETTING EXPOSED FOR THE FAKE HE IS.

Another meltdown by your part.

Again, You are Wrong, and You know it.

Keep embarrassing yourself.

I shall sit back and pull the strings on my puppet. Now, Dance Monkey, Dance.

You are Wrong = little dashi boy's 28th name.

Another nail in Philbin's coffin as far as I'm concerned. Starks is not a good fit because he flashed the finger in week 1--a year ago??
Philbin couldn't coach Pop Warner and Starks definitely should be re-signed. So last year, we refused to sign Jake Long to a new deal and the OL colapsed and now this year we'll let both Soliai and Starks walk away?? I guess the defensive scheme is let every NFL team we play run all over us?? How much farther can the mighty fall?

I have truly enjoyed this past week, I made you reach your breaking point twice this week.

I have truly enjoyed this past week, I made you reach your breaking point twice this week.

Posted by: You are Wrong | March 09, 2014 at 01:25 AM


Actually you've only confirmed to all that you are a many name troll, childish, and plain stupid.

Hey dashi...changing the subject....can you explain to us mainland Americans how it is that island boys don't consider receiving bj's from men as a gay act?

Say whatever you want. I have proven you are delusional and easy to rattle.

Can't cry foul when someone is beating you at your own game.

Shut up take it. You got your ass handed to you again.

You are Wrong, Almost Always Are.

And it isn't Dashi, Fool.

Again, You are Wrong, Almost Always Are.

Dashi can't even fool himself.

Someone is insecure.

Just watch = dashi

Dashi, how many names do you use? LOL

I'm slightly confused why Albert is preferred over Monroe simy bc of the age and injury issues? Don't get me wrong- either would provide the immediate upgrade at LT so I'm great with either. But Darnell docket announced on twitter 2 days ago to welcome "the newest cardinal Brandon Albert" so I figured it was a done, albeit illegal, deal.

Iggy- you answered me in his blog yesterday saying Balt does not want Monroe. Where do you get your info? Thy trades two picks to get him last year! They can only afford to pay him around 9 million and right now he and his agents know he can make more money in Mia or ari for at 10 mill plus. It's simple math. As a free agent, you get out max deal. No hometown discounts...

Letting Starks and Soliai go frees up a bunch of money this year. Next should be restructuring Patterson's contract to free up another million or two.
-Sign Monroe! The Brandon Albert talk is a smoke screen IMO. Monroe will cost less than Starks did last year so that's swap.
-Sign a strong FA guard. Still less than Soliai made last year.
-Trade down in the 1st for another 2nd and draft ILB, S, G, T, DT, TE, RB.....done!

Now let's go get a G@# D@#$% snack!!

They should sign Champ Bailey for the Safety position....

champ bailey??? r u crazy

Bring Vontae Davis back.

Losing Solai and Starks is as idiotic as losing Bush and Long. We always get rid of our best players. Makes it tough to be a fan.

@ Randy S

Agree & hope Albert talk is smoke screen!! Hickey made a point to mention other day in an interview how these LT's would be overpaid! Now saying high on Albert, maybe give Monroe something to think about-no hometown discount for Bal but perhaps Miami given his ties to Jax!
Yes Patterson contract needs to be redone. Unfortunately though think his agent is Parker same as Byrds, he's a difficult one to deal with! I don't believe he comes back under current contract But think Fins wait to release him if they have to once f/a frenzy dies down to increase odds of getting him back.

Losing Solai and Starks is as idiotic as losing Bush and Long. We always get rid of our best players. Makes it tough to be a fan.

Posted by: Nat Moore | March 09, 2014 at 09:36 AM

They dont keep any players more than 3-4 years and then they wonder why their stadium is empty. There are no players to root for. No identity.

"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)." - Mando

IF THE TAMPERING HAS BEEN GOING ON FOR WEEKS then why have there been no announcements of agreements made with other teams players coming to Miami?

The franchise has no face. Good players are sent packing because they're so friggin cheap.

PHILBUM VOTED AGAINST HICKEY AFTER THE 1ST INTERVIEW

Now it is time for payback.

Dashi and ETF are retarded.

It is good to see that Dolphins top priority in free agency is getting a good starting LT, and a Good starting OG.

I actually hope that the Fins don't get B.Albert. I know he comes from a WCO. But any of the other Top 3 LT will suit the Dolphins better. B.Albert is over rated.

Is there any possibility to know which Players the Dolphins are negotiating with at the moment? Shouldn't harm anybody in most cases.

2 watts g string,

People come to this blog to complain about/make fun of the Dolphins.
Don't try and single out Dashi and I as retards, you write just as much negative shht yourself.

PHILBUM VOTED AGAINST HICKEY AFTER THE 1ST INTERVIEW

Posted by: ExposingTheFraud | March 09, 2014 at 09:50 AM

They're both losers. Pathetic FO.

oscar @ 9:55

When the Cuban-born custodian that takes care of the front offices comes back to work tomorrow then Mando will have a source on the inside. Until then we need to look elsewhere for up to the minute news.

The Above scene is Hilarious.

And it seems buddy is still stuck on Dashi this Morning.

DASHI HASN'T POSTED SINCE FRIDAY AFTERNOON.

REMEMBER!! DASHI HAS CONCEDED NIGHT BLOGGING!! YOU OWN THE NIGHT!!

I HAVE "ZERO" REASON TO BLOG AFTER 5PM HERE.

I feel soory because some of my best football discussions here have been after 5, with F4L and Odin.

But dealing with you and your silly Dashi, Dashi, Dashi rants is annoying and childish. Specially when you repeat the same thing 100 times.

Dooshy, tell us again how Joe Philbin is Don Shula 2.0!


Dashi and ETF are retarded.

Posted by: 2 watts g string | March 09, 2014 at 09:53 AM

Clearly

MONROE CHOOSES CAROLINA!!!!!!!

Nooooooo!!!!!!!

Dude,
Are you on a new meds cycle?

MONROE CHOOSES CAROLINA!!!!!!!

Nooooooo!!!!!!!

Posted by: ExposingTheFraud | March 09, 2014 at 10:07 AM

NO ONE WITH A CHOICE CHOOSES THE HAPLESS FINS.


MONROE CHOOSES CAROLINA!!!!!!!

Nooooooo!!!!!!!

Posted by: ExposingTheFraud | March 09, 2014 at 10:07 AM

NO ONE WITH A CHOICE CHOOSES THE HAPLESS FINS.

Posted by: FINS ARE TRASH | March 09, 2014 at 10:09 AM

lol

How does this pathetic franchise have any fans left?

Cam Newton had 4 games last season w fourth Q comeback victories on game winning drives.

Newton broke numerous rookie and all-time NFL records for passing and running the ball
He became the first rookie quarterback to throw for 400 yards in his very first NFL game, shattering Peyton Manning's record by 120 yards.
He also broke Otto Graham's 61-year-old record for passing yards by any quarterback in an NFL debut.
Newton would go on to become the first rookie quarterback to throw for 4,000 yards in a season, as well as the first rookie QB to rush for 700 yards
He also ran for 14 touchdowns, more in a single season than any quarterback in NFL history

Meanwhile
Ryan Timothy Tannehill set a rookie NFL record starting in 16 games and setting an NFL record low throwing a dismal embarrassing grand total of 3 WR TD passes
Tannehill was rated worst the 3rd down QB in the NFL

2nd year w no pocket presence and the inability to recognize pressure Tannehill led the league in sacks and was a fumbling bumbling stumbling disaster of a QB
Renting a 17,300.000.00 dollar WR still did not help the inaccurate Tannehill who never hit Mike Wallace once in stride all season

The WR/QB experiment of Tannehill will conclude this season as an Epic Fail!!!

Yea Champ Bailey... He still wants to play and is willing to switch to safety. He is a future 1st ballot Hall of Famer and can definitely help the secondary... I'd prefer him over Delmas or Clemons as a stop-gap for a year or two...

Idiot,

Didn't I tell you that you should never speak my name again. I still haven't given you permission to speak to or about Dashi.

This scene should be familiar to you. It should remind you of grade school when every year you were excluded from the circle for dropping lame jokes and insults. I'm the guy who told you to go face a corner and stay there for the duration of recess.

Apparently someone broke you yesterday. And just like every other time someone breaks you on here you blame Dashi. I wish I could take credit for your Annihilation. But I can't. It was Hilarious though, reading back having you scream my name. You got brain Phucked yesterday.

One last question, When do you sleep, Idiot. I know if I was up to 3am doing anything I still wouldn't be awake for a couple more hours. Definitely it being a Sunday.

I just dropped by to see if we got any new info on free agent. I see that isn't the case. And for some odd reason for the past 12+Hours you have been blogging about Dashi.

For someone who calls themselves an Idiot Fan who doesn't like sports. YOU SURE DO CARE ABOUT DASHI!! Dashi is you favorite subject. Give it up fool.

And word of advice. Sitting in front of a Computer for more than 20 Hours a day isn't healthy. You start losing all sense of reality.

We can tell when you have been blogging to long that day. After 10+ Hours of blogging all you want to do is fight. Learn to take breaks. You have become addicted to blogging. You are like a Heroin addict to this blog.

The time to get Champ Bailey was 10 years ago. GEEZ!

Posted by: Home | March 09, 2014 at 10:18 AM

TannePuke was ranked 37th in yards per pass attempt. AND THERE'S ONLY 32 TEAMS!!!

GET MIKE WALLACE A REAL QB!!

Get Mack and push Pouncey to guard.

By the end of this year. Year 3 of R.Tannehill. Only one player in NFL history would have thrown for more passing yards than T-Hill his first 3 years in the NFL.

That one player. The Most Prolific Passer in History, Dan Marino. Only Dan has thrown for over 11,000yds his first 3 seasons in the NFL.

Of Course Can Newton is setting records in Carolina. They have never had great QBs. You know the 2 best QBs that have played for the Panthers. K.Collins and J.Delhome.

M.Moore is a Top 5 QB in the Panthers history book.

Mike Wallace hates TannePuke lol

Dashi, homework done? SMOOOCH!

Can Newton has actually gotten worst each year in the NFL. His best year was his rookie year. That isn't a good sign. At the rate he is going, I doubt Can can throw for 3000yds this season and run for 500yds.

*Cam

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