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Burleson would have been insurance Dolphins still want

The interest in Nate Burleson by the Miami Dolphins was not so acute that they would get into a bidding war with the Cleveland Browns. Indeed, it was portrayed to me as a chance to investigate a solid veteran receiver who might be available at a relatively inexpensive price.

Burleson signed a one-year contract with Cleveland instead.

But the interest the Dolphins had raises some questions because it suggests the team saw the opportunity to purchase something that should not go unnoticed and now is unattended: Insurace for the health of Brandon Gibson and Brian Hartline.

Gibson and Hartline finished last season with knee injuries. Both are expected back for 2014 and, indeed, Hartline is conservatively expected back for June's mandatory minicamp, if not earlier. Gibson, who suffered a more serious patellar tendon tear in New England last October, is expected back at some point in training camp in late July and August.

But no amount of optimism about the recovery of two-thirds of the Miami starting receiver corps overshadows the fact the Dolphins felt a desire if not a need to shop for insurance (in the person of Burleson) against the possibility one of the two receivers (more likely Gibson) might not be ready for the 2014 season.

This raises the question whether the Dolphins will continue shopping for that insurance now that Burleson has gone to Cleveland? I believe the answer is yes. If another veteran receiver who the Dolphins think can be a good locker room add at a relatively cheap price comes along, I'd expect the Dolphins to show interest.

It speaks to having a secondary plan in case Plan A doesn't play out to script.

The script the Dolphins are operating under says Gibson and Hartline will be ready to play the 2014 regular season. Look for general manager Dennis Hickey to continue looking for opportunities to hedge his bet ... just in case the script doesn't go as planned.


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The barring injuries is understood and I understand what Mark is saying when he says 10 year starter. Lewan is that guy barring injuries, he's got the talent.

We might end up picking a top guard at 19 and a right tackle later


But a team official says the Dolphins would be happy if they could somehow snag Michigan’s Taylor Lewan, who is projected by most analysts to be gone by their pick at No. 19. An associate of Lewan said he is aware of Miami’s interest.

Read more here: http://miamiherald.typepad.com/sports-buzz/#storylink=cpy

Sam, maybe you should educate yourself... and put down that cheesie for pete's sake...

Posted by: Mark in Toronto | April 07, 2014 at 04:30 PM

Who cares what a team official says when not making even common sense. Have your resident genius inform that many teams put up many forms of smoke screens prior to the draft.

You're proving to be both naïve and gullible. :)

Lewan will be long gone at 19

ANd idiot ETf, if I wanted to play you WHAT IF game.

Remember the Buffalo & Baltimore games? We could have won those too.

Stick to what's known, not what ifs. It goes both ways. What isn't negotiable however is your stupidity.

Sam, not #19, but #19+ ~80

Seriously, I don't know why I bother with your retarded arse...

Retired DE Stephen White had this to say about Aaron Donald - puts things in perspective a bit for anyone who's unfamiliar.

"A full toolbox

The truth is, if Donald was three inches taller he would easily be my No. 1 overall draft pick in May. Although he measured at the combine at a shade less than 6'1, 285 pounds, he played like a much taller and bigger man. That speaks to the high level of technique he uses to win his individual battles play after play after play. I hate to pull a Jon Gruden, but THIS GUY just jumped off the screen in every single game that I broke down.

As I have lamented before, it is hard enough trying to teach most college level pass rushers one signature move that they can win with on a consistent basis, but Donald used at least four different pass rush moves to great effect in every game. That's not even counting the counter spin, which is as rare at the college level as spotting a unicorn. The thing that I love is that on almost every pass rush he ends the move with a rip. That is one of those little things that help you get sacks rather than pressures because it clears the blocker off of you and allows you to run free at the quarterback."


A smoke screen... yeah, the whole world knows the Dolphins need to address the o line from a million miles away and the Dolphins being interested in one of the best o linemen from the owner's alma matter is a SMOKESCREEN

Why those DIABOLICAL GENIUSES to make everyone believe they may want the best o lineman possible in this draft... sheer madness!!!!

Burleson picked the Browns over the lowly Fins?


LOL @ 4:34

The FA's that we lost after the 2012 season produced 2400 yds and 11 Tds.
The FA's we brought in produced 1900 yds and 12 tds in 2012.
Now get that bottom up higher.

Bottoms Up

even if Gibson is healthy. Matthews has better hands and breaks more tackles.

Posted by: Dashi | April 07, 2014 at 10:26 AM

Huh? Gibson has excellent hands, he is a solid #2. Matthews is a fringe #4 player. You have no idea what your looking at, or you are not looking.

Is it also a smokescreen when they said they needed to address the Qb position going into the 2012 draft?

Or when Mando said right here that if the Dolphins trade up, it will be to trade for Dion Jordan.

I knwo, I know, everything that happens to conincide with my opinion and clash with yours has to have some kind of alterior motive to it.

The Dolphins being interested in the bewst o lineman they could possibly get a smokescreen ... man some shite is just too funny...


Another thing, it's now extremely rare a player other than qb, plays 10yrs with the same team. Most never see the final 2yrs of their final NFL contract. Unless willing to sign for near vet minimum on that last two years.

Salary cap and the use of that cap, now plays an astronomical role in how long a player will be with a single team. Unless, of course, he's a franchise caliber qb.

Has Joe "I know nuthin" Philbin been fired yet?

I mean look at the whole genius of it...

we will make the whole world believe we have interest in trading up ... then when we don't .. they will look at us and say ... "oh those tricky fish"

man, we will get the best of them that day....

Another bullshite comment by Sam @ 4:46... man you just never tire of being stupid...

Posted by: Garn79 | April 07, 2014 at 04:40 PM

Who the hell is this guy? He doesn't jump of the screen at me. This guy's opinion seems no more worthy than any of the bloggers here.

Has he ever projected any one's NFL success before?

My predictions on Donald and Lewan are that the Bills or NYG will take Lewan. Lets say Lewan gets past the Bills. Then we'd need to make a deal at 11 with the Titans who are probably in a spot to grab Barr OLB. The normal cost to move to 11 from 19 is a 1st and a 2nd round pick but with the Titans losing out on Barr, I kind of doubt they make that move unless more compensation is thrown in. So in short Lewan will probably go to NYG. It wouldn't be worth it to lose even a 1st and a 2nd. Way too coslty in this draft.

Donald goes to the Bear at 14 and I wouldn't trade up for Donald.

RTs are plenty in this Draft also as there are only 3 legit, elite LTs. My choice is Jack Mewhorst, some mean SOB from OSU, but there are many others.

The FA's that we lost after the 2012 season produced 2400 yds and 11 Tds.

The FA's we brought in produced 1900 yds and 12 tds in 2012.

Posted by: ExposingTheFraud | April 07, 2014 at 04:46 PM

Yet a net of +1 wins? LOL You blabbering idiotic pathetic dolt.

You can continue to make yourself look like the blog as* if you like. It looks good on you!

lewan isnt gonna be an option fellas, sorry

Posted by: Texas_Dolfan | April 07, 2014 at 04:51 PM

Smart man Texas. Whether Donaldson will be bad or great means very little for us. We have had "singulary dominant" players and the "team" was still fairly crappy.

It's not like this team is a DT away. In the overall picture, trading up or even drafting Donaldson don't drastically improves our chances of being a very good team in 2014.

But, MIT doesn't care about things like that. His only joy comes in being able to repeatedly tell al of us:


ETF - Well we just lost a bunch of sacks too. Will that enter your equation next yr too? Lol..jk


I'm gonna use the sandpaper condoms tonight.

Bottoms Up

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Dominicans are small, inexpensive, easily maintained, and can reproduce quickly. Several generations of Dominicans can be observed in a relatively short period of time.

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Who the hell is this guy? He doesn't jump of the screen at me. This guy's opinion seems no more worthy than any of the bloggers here.
Has he ever projected any one's NFL success before?
Posted by: SAM I AM | April 07, 2014 at 04:49

Since he's a retired NFL DE as I wrote I apologize BUT I believe 99.9% of all bloggers here would put his above anyone's here.

Garn79 @ 4:58

What sacks did we lose? Solai? DT's are for stoppig the run so I'm not concerned about sacks.

The conversation betwen LOL and I is not about the players on the Phins. LOL knows the more that he antagonizes me the deeper I will pump.

That is what he after - a deep pumping by the master.

A secondary plan?! Are we sure this is the Miami Dolphins we're talking about? Ireland never had a backup plan, this is refreshing to say the least. Hickeys been a breath of fresh air.

So by process of elimination, RTs and WRs being so deep in this Draft, it can be assumed we will pick BPA at a different position than those. Yes, Aaron Donald might be one of them.

fraud sounds like my wife

Your wife uses sandpaper condoms?

Many people buy Dominican as companion pets. They can be playful, loving and can grow used to being handled.

Like pet rats, Dominicans should not be left unsupervised outside as they have many natural predators, including (but not limited to) birds, snakes, lizards, cats, and dogs.

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Later phools


I'm gonna use the sandpaper condoms tonight.

Bottoms Up

Posted by: ExposingTheFraud | April 07, 2014 at 04:58 PM

Nice way to get off topic.

BTW, I'm sure your mom is excited for you to use those wrappers on her.

Posted by: Mark in Toronto | April 07, 2014 at 04:47 PM



I'm interested in having a pet Dominican. Are they all like Dashi or can they be paper trained?

## From the 2012 draft: Rishard Matthews, selected 227th, was great value in the seventh round and has become a solid slot receiver since Brandon Gibson’s injury. Nobody selected that low in 2012 has been as good, and only one other NFL receiver (Vincent Brown) has as many catches (30) without a drop.

Matthews has caught 68 percent of balls thrown to him, which ranks 22nd among 112 receivers. “I’ve proven I can be trusted,” he said.


So keep spewing your ignorance, you ridiculous idiot.

They are bringing People here for pre-draft visits who nobody knows who they are and also very few of them. That can only mean one thing: Hickey already knows who he is going to Draft.


Tell us again how your 10-6 prediction was right.

Curious--I can't recommend them as pets.

The wife and I adopted a stray Dominican from the shelter and it just sat around all day doing nothing except occasionally drink rum and burp.

We finally just opened the door and let it run away out of exasperation.

Dashi, you claim to be 95% right, at least. Can you back that up with a list? We'll let the bloggers match your list of rights with their list of wrongs and see if you can get to 95%!



Donald said he won't go to the Bears. That if they draft him he will want a trade right away.

Agreed, with how you picture things might play out. Except for A.D. going to the bears.

I'm aware of only one thing dashi was right about - he boldly predicted the best RB on the best College championship team would be good. Quite an amazing prediction.

I'm predicting Clowney will have a sack in his rookie season.

Notice, I, Dashi, Am ignoring your stupidity. I would suggest that you do the same.

It is getting to be ridiculous, you are more than twice my age and Dashi is the one acting more mature than you. You are acting like a little princess.

Keep showing everyone how you are "Shaming" and "Beating" Dashi.

I am sure everyone agrees with your behavior.

And your jealousy of Dominicans is showing. It must be because we are born with a pair and you are not. You spineless coward.

When Ireland got rid of Dansby and Burnett, Dashi couldn't inhale enough of his own a-hole. He gloated for months Ellerbe and Wheeler were better and that he was RIGHT. They weren't, they were both bad Ireland moves.

Dashi is the last remaining Ireland fan on earth. Dashi just like Ireland, hang on for dear life their predictions will one day come true...you know..when you wish upon a star...

Dasho, don't confuse me with the other 19 people badgering your LOL. I'm not any of them ever. But, we'll take your running from the questions as admissions of defeat. No problem :)

Good GM's, good managers, good leaders never expect to be always right, What makes them good is knowing when to hold on and when to cut ties. There is no hope or ego involved. No concern about what they thought in the past. They act at all times on current information with no ties to the past.

I already see how the blog is going to be for the rest of the day. Dashi!! Dashi!! Dashi!!

I will come back tomorrow to speak with "normal" people.

The trolling gets old. And your lack of funny insults, don't help.

A common problem for all small Dominicans is neglect, which can cause the Dominicans to not receive adequate food and water, causing serious health concerns, including dehydration, starvation, stomach ulcers, eating of bedding material, and cannibalism.

Dashi, you ARE a troll!!!

I will come back tomorrow to speak with "normal" people.

Posted by: Dashi | April 07, 2014 at 05:40 PM

Dashi implies that he is normal!?!?!?!?

I know exactly who you are.

Remember I know it is 3 idiots that constantly troll Dashi. You aren't YG or Fraud. You're the third clown who always cries for recognition. And always post this same stupid post.


Dasho, don't confuse me with the other 19 people badgering your LOL. I'm not any of them ever. But, we'll take your running from the questions as admissions of defeat. No problem :)

Posted by: 98% Left | April 07, 2014 at 05:38 PM

Retard you say the same chit every time. It gets old real quick.

Not an abundance of strong, big RBs in this Draft. I'm' pretty sure Hickey is going to take a stab at Hyde, Jeremy Hill or A. Williams. Under no circumstances I see our backfield as complete.

Retard you say the same chit every time. It gets old real quick.

Posted by: Dashi | April 07, 2014 at 05:45 PM

Get's old for who? It makes you run away so I'm doing the blog a service.

Hey, I'm just asking you to back up your claims. If you want to stroke yourself in public, you have to deal with the consequences.

Prove to me you are even 75% correct, or admit you are not, and bingo, all will be forgiven. I'm about accountability, not retribution.

Ok friends...my work is done for now :)

Back to football.

My guess is that Hickey does the most logical thing and takes the best offensive lineman at 19%. Sometimes there is just no need for smoke and mirrors. The wild card regarding the OL is what do Hickey and Philbin thing of the forgotten Dallas T? We can't assume he is a bust just yet.

Stick to talking Dashi. Cause your football talk is useless.

James Wilder, Jr. could be the short yardage RB draft pick the Phins need.

JW Senior is the top yardage leader in Bucs history. I believe Hickey will go with the pedigree.

Other positions of interest for Hickey might be G,ILB, S,TE.

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