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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.


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.


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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How are you idiots getting this information no deal can be made until Tuesday these are lies


Posted by: Dashi | March 09, 2014 at 10:02 AM

dashi boy, why so defensive? doth thou protest too much.


notice the common pattern, dashi troll's away, then always comes back later making long rambling posts to say it wasn't him. he over does it.

we see.

dashi boy is a top troll here. he fools nobody.

we know.

Home has been spot on @ Tannehill since the draft.

6-36 Tannehill to Wallace on the deep ball.

Most fish fans are still in denial even though they watched Tannehill miss Wallace all season with the deep ball.

Enuf said.

Save the Dolphins = Home = Dashi.

Don't know why the comparison of Newton to Tannehill.
Not like we were in position to draft Newton when he came out of Auburn nor is he a FA or even on the trading block so the comparison has no starting point and certainly no ending point.
Keep trashing Tannehill so I can see all you critics changing your name on the blog after he succeeds.
The GM we had here before was in too deep and screwed up many things. It was Miami that should've traded for Monroe mid season yet it was Ozzie Newsome, a real GM, that did.
We were clueless and eventually traded for McKinnie when he became expendable.
Tannehill will get the timing with Wallace right now that he has a real OC and once they put a couple of OL that can offer a semblance of pass protection you Tannehill bashers will all see that the QB position is solved.

Cam Newton is going to get even better

The team has had excellent drafts 3 yrs in a row

Newton, Kuechly and Star

Hope they sign WR Eric Decker too

Go Panthers!

This is TanneFAILs last year starting in the NFL

The experiment is over and Bazooka Joe is done

Home is expecting 6-10 for the fish this season

"awful" team

Did Walkaah feed his kids today?

Tannehill never has been accurate deep and never will be

Every year there is a new excuse

All 36 deep passes to Wallace without interference and good blocking, EVERY pass was off the mark and most were downright "awful"

Another fantasy camp Dolfan pretending he did not see it

Even pudgy boy Walkaah is making up stories that Tanneeehill was playing hurt and shy in the pocket


Tannehill sucks


Fish go 6-10 and Tannehill experiment finally over

Home certainly is a Negative Nancy isn't she?


Whatever you say.

On another subject, with your obsessive manner.

Don't get me wrong. I like Cam Newton. I like the Panthers. I Love L.Kuechly.

Dashi wanted L.Kuechly over Tannehill. I believe a Great MLB is just as important as a Great QB to the Success of a Superbowl winning team.

Cam Newton still has potential. And is a better QB than RG3 and K'Nick. But he needs weapons. Trade up for S.Watkins. The Panthers need 2 more WRs and Steve Smith.

Hi Home - Dashi!
What time will you be coming over to see us today?

Newton has lost Jordan Gross, one of the best LTs in the league, to retirement. That cannot do anything but hurt Newton. Watch him slip a bit this year.

"Shy in the pocket"



Why not just have WR Hartline play QB

He's smarter than Tannefail and def will do better than wounded duck 6-36 passes to Wallace

What a waste
When we could of had 2013 Defensive MVP Kuechly

Now we have a bad QB and two over paid below average LBs

Ellerbee does not have the smarts or instincts to be the play calling MLB

Not drafting Kuechly and picking Tannefail set the Dolphins back 3-5 yrs

Home 4 GM

Carolina has an excellent GM
Gross was very good but old

Also he would have commanded a small fortune if he was to be resigned

Unlike the fish
The Panthers will find an answer

Good points though by MassDolphan & Dashi

I believe a Great MLB is just as important as a Great QB

Posted by: Dashi | March 09, 2014 at 11:20 AM

Please tell us who here cares what you believe.

Geno Smith with no weapons did just as good his first year as Tannefail the folding fumbling QB did in his second

.... just sayin

Tannehill is a fraud who cannot throw the footbal accurate beyond 60 ft

He proved it to the NFL world for 32 games now

Unless of course your a jaded Tannefail fan pretending u did not see any of the throws w ZERO interference

Dashi wanted L.Kuechly over Tannehill.

Posted by: Dashi | March 09, 2014 at 11:20 AM

This is dashi trying to say he was right. Just like he said he was right about the fins going 10-6 (after his 12-4 prediction failed) because they should have gone 10-6.

Why doesn't the state lottery recognize that my ticket should have won?

Home - Dashi is our leader.


Free tip. Try sticking to ONE name if you are going to accuse others of being trolls. These actions only only feed more responses that get the blog off track.

Good article Armando and good analysis's , Dolphins need alot that for sure biggest mistake was getting rid of Dansby, him an Ellerbe would have paired well together with Ellerbe outside.

O line needs to be main focus but the D needs work like you mentioned , do you think Wheeler will even be on the team next year I hope not

Nice to see Mando on the blog

Great work as of late


Calling out the reclusive Philbin was priceless

U R on top of your game and doing some of ur best work

Home-the original mobster

Ross has turned the Dolphins into a complete laughingstock. The brunt of late night jokes.

The Dolphins should draft Sproles

After all he destroyed the fish last game and maybe practicing against him a dim light might come on in Ellerbee's slow thinking brain

. . . just sayin

RB Lame Smith could use a mentor
Smith cannot break a tackle to save his life
Smith can run in wide pen lanes but thats it

Has anyone ever seen D Thomas break a tackle?
Me neither.

Monroe & Sproles

The Dolphins need to start some where

Albert wont help missing his usghe 4-5 games per season
that's 4-5 instant losses for Miami

Don't we have enough injury prone players?

Ireland drafted a M.A.S.H. unit

I am all for the Phins getting Sproles as long as the contract is not too much. He is a really good role player who has helped every team he's be on win. He can also help in the return game as Thigpen slipped last year.

Sproles is the player Miami dreamed Lame Miller to be in this West Coast offense

but it might be just that, ... a dream

The time to get Sproles was years back when we got Bush instead and Sproles went to NO. Not now, not much left in the tank. And he won't have a top 3 QB here to distract defenses away from him

The homers use different names just as much as the trolls do.

I'd rather bring Reggie Bush back then get Sproles.

The homers use different names just as much as the trolls do.

Posted by: Just Sayin' | March 09, 2014 at 12:03 PM

The homers are the trolls. They are too stupid to see that the bloggers they like are the same ones that pester them under different names.

On the wish list I would add Darren Sproles and if were lucky to attract him he would be a great back for us.

Sproles had over 100 YDs receiving against the Dolphins last season and ran circles around the Dolphins making it look like a cartoon

Sproles has plenty left as the Dolphins could not even catch, cover or tackle the lil wet watermelon seed


Free tip. Try sticking to ONE name if you are going to accuse others of being trolls. These actions only only feed more responses that get the blog off track.

Posted by: Armando Salguero | March 09, 2014 at 11:38 AM

Dashi,boy of 1000 names lol

Oh yea. I lot of idiots in the blog they are all jets fans not homers more like homo

I haven't accused nobody of being a troll. I have accused him of being a idiot, that doesn't talk football. Others have accused him of being a troll. I would also like a set name for "Daytona/YG/Sam I Am/Etc. Etc.", Any name will do. Even his "Original" Name.

I agree, it gets the Blog off topic.

I would like nothing more than to talk football and not Dashi. But don't blame me for his behavior. I take responsibility that I shouldn't respond as much to his agitating behavior. But the guy talks about me(Dashi) even when I am not here.

It doesn't even have to be Dolphin Football.


The Panthers are the perfect example of what we could be if we are a little patient with our coaching. The Panthers need a LT. And 3 WRs. But they have a Cornerstone on Offense and a Cornerstone on Defense.

Also, Even though I think I am always right. I never insult another persons opinion or go to personal insults if it differs from mine.

I have never called someone an Idiot for being a Henne, a Matt Moore, or even a M.Barkley fan. Nor, have I insulted anybody for liking, J.Manziel, T.Boyd, or A.Murray.

Home remembers Tannefails MNF appearance against New Orleans last season

U know
Ur franchise QB

Ryan Tannehill. Miami's second-year quarterback threw for 249 yards and one touchdown but had the third three-interception game of his career
Tannehill also had a big fumble in the first half that started Miami's downhill slide

Dashi,boy of 1000 names lol

I was at the Jests game. Tannehill missed a couple 10 yd passes BY TEN YDS!! WTF??

Fact is becuz of Tannehill

Carolina Panther - Teddy Ginn had just as many TDs as our WR last season Mike Wallace
that is getting paid $17,300,000.00 this season

Hmm . . .

Steve Smith, LaFell and Ginn are not that bad

Carolina just needs to sign WR Eric Decker

3 more INTs for Tanny against the JETS in his 32nd NFL game

Franchise QB


Bunch of Azzholes on the blog today. You make those with special needs look like geniuses. Pathetic bunch. You can always tell when a guy had a small dik. He has to compensate but putting everything and everyone down just to make himself feel better.

And ETF, FOTF, 2WATT, wherever you are out there- F-CK you too!

Who announced that Monroe decided to go with Carolina
How do we know that ?? Or is it a smoke screen ??

I think getting a LT and a guard first is a good start
Please pursue that hard
Then you can concentrate on DT and safety and MLB and RB
Those could even wait for the draft but gotta get a LT and guard first
Hope the GM announces that we were succesful in getting those 2 on Monday afternoon
That would be a great start
Then 2 more out of the other 4 positions would be a great off season

Stay Tuned for 2015 Miami Dolphins when
Mike Shula is HC
Dan Marino is GM
Jason Taylor is an assistant DC - LB/DE coach

Tannehill is done here and Bazooka Joe is Fired

The Panthers are a nice young team but need to figure out how to get the ball in the end zone when they play opponents like the 49ers and Seahawks. Heck, even the Dolphins gave them a scare!

Oh and yeah, Geno Smith did just as well as Tannehill in the mind of the hopelessly delusional ...He was a turnover machine.
The Dolphins beat themselves that last game. They NEVER figured out how to stop the run after the Colts game which was like game 2. The Colts aren't your juggernaut when it comes to running the ball so that means nothing. I still remember recently retired backup Jason Snelling running all over them.
Can't really remember Tannehill being afforded time to throw the ball so....
Sproles was DRAFTED by San Diego and signed as a FA by the Saints.
He is again a FA. Can't get drafted twice like 10 yrs apart...just clearing that up for some people.......

Steve Smith.

Lafail and Ginn are a joke and are free agents.

Carolina needs at least 3 WRs and Steve Smith.

If I were the Panthers.

Sign H.Nicks to 1 year deal. Trade up for S.Watkins. Or stay where they are at and add 1 more WR in the first and second. Give Cam some weapons.

Ginn had an outstanding year

No players want to be on the Dolphins Clown Car

Ginn scored as many TDs as our Wallace


Go Tanny !

Can they trade Reshard Jones to get Jarius Byrd? This would be the signing of pro-bowl, playmaking, TRUE ball hawk. Darren Sproles would be another. Lets hope and keep our fingers crossed.

Ginn played better than any skilled player on the 2013 Miami Dolphins

Sad fish w their fake franchise QB the folding lawn chair Tannefail

Randy Starks cannot wait to be off this haples team

Or draft E.Ebron to pair with Olsen. And Sign Hicks and E.Decker to pair with S.Smith.

Move S.Smith to the slot. Abuse nickel backs like Ray Rice in an Elevator.

As long as that Defense has L.Kuechly and T.Davis it is a Top 5 Defense. Add those 2 on the Dolphins Defense and you wouldn't even need R.Tannehill to go undefeated. You could win it all with M.Moore at QB.

BTW, with ANY semblance of an OL other than the crapfest we fielded, this could well have been at least a 9-7 team last year despite their front office being a joke, the OC clueless, zero consistency in the running game and the inability to stop the run.
If we do nothing else but address the OL somewhat effectively and put a D on the field that can defend the run a little better....we have a 10-6 team and shut the trap of Tannehill bashers who hide under the cloaks of other teams and turn them into the bandwagon jumpers that they are. Just sayin'.........

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