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Prove-it contracts past and present

The one-year contract, known to some as a prove-it deal, was put to good use by the Dolphins in 2013. About half a dozen players and the team agreed to one-year deals -- helping some of the players rehabilitate their reputations while also helping the team add talent while also not committing to that talent long-term in case something went wrong.

This offseason the Dolphins have once again made use of the one-year contract but as the general manager is different it's not surprising that so is the philosophy to some degree.

While former GM Jeff Ireland seemed to take bigger gambles on 2013 one-year deals, chasing bigger talents at higher prices, current GM Dennis Hickey is for the most part using the one-year deal on less accomplished and cheaper players.

There are exceptions, of course. Runnning back Knowshon Moreno is being paid the average of what the free agent running back market bears in 2014 and he is quite well known.

Below is the breakdown of the prove-it deals the Dolphins did last year, along with how those turned out:

DT Randy Starks (1 year, $8.45 million): Starks was Miami's franchise player. And although it is hard to play up to an $8 million salary, Starks did indeed play very well for the Dolphins in 2013. The one-year deal kept the Dolphins from committing to Starks long-term, which ultimately proved the right thing to do based on his age, and it helped keep the player performing at a high level so that he could go out and get a good payday this offseason. Verdict: Good for both sides.

CB Brent Grimes (1 year, $5.437 million): Grimes had to take a chance on himself because he was coming off an Achilles tendon tear that sidelined him all of 2012. The Dolphins took a chance that Grimes could return to the Pro Bowl status he reached in 2011 and he did exactly that. Verdict: Good for both sides.

RT Tyson Clabo (1 year, $3.5 million): Clabo was said to be a salary cap casualty by the Falcons after 2012 and, unfortunately for the Dolphins, he played down to that stigma through the first half of 2013 -- leading the team in sacks allowed. But after being benched, Clabo recovered somewhat during the season's back end. He provided good but expensive insurance against the departure of Jonathan Martin. Verdict: A push in that he filled a need but didn't do it well enough.

LT Bryant McKinnie (1 year, $1 million): The Dolphins took on McKinnie in October to serve as relief for the failed experiment of Martin as a left tackle. As part of the trade, they gave him a chance to become a free agent in 2014 rather than take on his original contract he signed with Baltimore. McKinnie was solid in the locker room and a C-plus player on the field. Verdict: Served its purpose.

TE Dustin Keller (1 year, $4.25 million): Like Grimes, Keller needed to prove he could stay healthy and return to his former heights after an injury-plagued 2012. He couldn't do it. He suffered a terrible knee injury in the preseason -- an injury that ended his season -- and the Dolphins got nothing for their money. Verdict: Nobody's fault but it was a disaster.

S Chris Clemons (1 year, $2.75 million): The Dolphins wanted more plays out of their deep secondary but understood that not every so-called "want" could be addressed in one offseason. So they re-signed Clemons, understanding that he rarely makes big plays but rarely makes big mistakes. And that's exactly what he delivered -- no big plays, but no huge mistakes. Verdict: Fill the gap move filled the gap temporarily.

Bottom line? The Keller contract was a waste and the Clabo deal didn't help. The Grimes deal was genius and the Starks, McKinnie and Clemons deals accomplished what they were supposed to accomplish.

So this year, Hickey has some notable players signed to one-year deals. But unlike Ireland, the Dolphins are being more frugal with their one-year deals. The deals:

WR Damian Williams (1-year, $800,000): Williams is getting only $70,000 in guaranteed money to come to camp and compete for a No. 4 or No. 5 wide receiver job. Maybe he competes for the kick or punt return job as well.

S Louis Delmas (1 year, $2.25 million): He is a physical, downhill tackler and that's something the Dolphins want more of on their defense. They want to be more physical. They want more defining plays out of the back end. And there's no doubt Delmas is arrives at the ball angry and makes more plays than, say, Chris Clemons did. But the knock on Delmas is he hits so hard, he often injures teammates or himself when he's hitting the ballcarrier. He also has been known to give up the long completion. So will the Dolphins get the dependable playmaker or the injured guy who gives up bbig plays?

RB Knowshon Moreno (1 year, $3 million): The Dolphins want more production out of the backfield and want better pass protection from the running back corps. Moreno is known as one of the best in pass pro at his position. He is not a big-play running back. He has not often faced the kind of run-stopping fronts playing with Peyton Manning that Miami runners faced with Ryan Tannehill.

RT Jason Fox (1 year, $795,000): Typical of Hickey's one-year deals, this has only $65,000 in guaranteed money. So if Fox makes the team as a backup at RT, great. And if he doesn't, the pain is minimal. If he does make the team, the Dolphins are banking Fox can stay healthy, something that hasn't been the case lately.

WR Kevin Cone (1 year, $570,000), WR Michael Rios (1 year, $420,000), QB Jordan Rodgers (1 year, $430,000): All fall under the category of no guaranteed money money given to young players who will have a chance to come to camp and compete for a bottom-of-the-roster spot. No risk whatever.

It's interesting that the Dolphins signed both Cortland Finnegan and Starks to two year deals, but both are really one-year deals in disguise.

Finnegan, unspectacular for the Rams the past two years no matter what the Dolphins will argue, got a two-year, $11 million deal. However, all of his $5 million in guaranteed money is being paid this year and all but $1 million of it goes on the cap this year.

Next year, if Finnegan disappoints in any way, the Dolphins can cut him. And while they would absorb $1 million in dead money, they would save his $5.45 million in base salary. So he has to play well this year to get that payday in 2015.

Meanwhile, the two-year, $10 million deal Miami signed with Starks gave the tackle $2 million to sign and his $3 million base salary is guaranteed. In 2015, however, Starks has no guarantee and the team can save $5 million (his base salary) by cutting him before the start of the regular-season. So this also is a one-year commitment with a club option to go another year if the player succeeds.

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I have no problem with oscar visiting hookers.
A man has needs.

This is one of the most dumb arse comments I've read. Everyone on the team is on the table for the right price. But it does not mean the Dolphins are advertising Jordan or shopping him because 1 team made a lame offer.

"Until the Dolphins come out and promote Jordan to a starting job and declare that he's off the table, teams will continue to operate under the assumption that he can pried away for the right price."

That was from an article written by Chris Wesseling on NFL.com.

When we were 3 weeks from the start of FA we all made lists of the stars that were falling all over themselves to come here.
Unfortunately for me my list included guys NOT NAMED Smith/fox/rios/cone/Mitchell.


It's oscars hooker day he has several transvestite hookers that visit him every Tuesday afternoon and he indulges in very gay sex and other activities so let him have his fun

Posted by: Marc from nj | April 15, 2014 at 04:31 PM


Lmaos, at the possibility this could be tru. :)

HOOKERS ARE IMPORTANT ESPECIALLY TO THE IDIOTS IN HERE

Because not all needs can be satisfied by a man.

Lets trade all of our draft picks for a wilderness compass knife. At leas then we'll have a much better idea as to that in which we are heading.

Every society since the beginning of time had a need for hookers both male and female hence the term do as the Romans do , Oscar lives by that creed and I have no problem with it

Hookers are fun

I honestly have no idea of what way hickey will go in rd.1 I suspect a corner

PREDICTION:


STEVE ROSS WILL NEVER HAVE ONE WINNING SEASON.


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Posted by: Mark in Toronto | April 15, 2014 at 04:07 PM

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Mark, KELLER was destroyed by a db because not only did Tanny throw it late, he also threw it, using his trademark "behind the receiver" mojo.
The throw to Gibson was NOT remotely a good throw. I believe you need to watch the video again. Tanny spends half of the pre-season throwing behind receivers.

On another more important subject, I am another post 60 year old poster, original Fins season ticket holder, and, like many here need to have my head examined for following such an F-up team. The Jets will sign Chris Johnson, who will make a mockery of the Fins LB'ers twice...assuming the Jets have the brains to sign him.
The Titans O-Line was pretty bad, nearly as bd as the Fins, other than Fernando Velasco, who was cut.

Swami kill yourself and then I will piss on your grave

Mark, KELLER was destroyed by a db because not only did Tanny throw it late, he also threw it, using his trademark "behind the receiver" mojo.
The throw to Gibson was NOT remotely a good throw. I believe you need to watch the video again. Tanny spends half of the pre-season throwing behind receivers.
On another more important subject, I am another post 60 year old poster, original Fins season ticket holder, and, like many here need to have my head examined for following such an F-up team. The Jets will sign Chris Johnson, who will make a mockery of the Fins LB'ers twice...assuming the Jets have the brains to sign him.
The Titans O-Line was pretty bad, nearly as bd as the Fins, other than Fernando Velasco, who was cut.
Posted by: IMAWriter | April 15, 2014 at 04:52 PM


TannePuke is not an NFL QB. Lets pray Hickey drafts a better QB than Ireland did.

Sometimes the recievers run the wrong route as well or don't space correctly that can also cause bad throws so don't blame it all on Ryan I think he is developing quite well

We are the miami dolphins

GOD BLESS AMERICA ..............BOSTON 4/14/13

I am old
I am poor
I am a homer

But, I am not so pathetic that I have to go on to the blog of a football team that I do not even like and troll to make people notice me.

When one of Mannings or Brady's receivers get hurt, it is never their fault. When a Miami receiver gets hurt, it is Tannehills fault.

Of course. Got it. Some of you keep beating this nonsense into the ground hoping for what? Others will hate Tannehill? Is that your mission in life?

I guess so.

According to most Big Boards, players that could be available at #19 are, CJ Mosley, Calvin Pryor, Marqis Lee, Odell Beckman, Teddy Bridgewater, Sefarian -Jenkins. Me? I would prefer to trade down but so would most other Teams.

Keller's injury T-hill's fault? Are you kidding? Where in the video do you possibly see the ball thrown behind Keller? The hit was just low..period.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6OI1wjiRNFo

I've watched the video 5 times. T-Puke almost got Keller killed with that errant pass. He is a poor excuse for n NFL QB.

Posted by: oscar canosa | April 15, 2014 at 05:15 PM

If Bridgewater is there at 19 we have to take him.

GM Me

Rd 1. TE Eric Ebron, UNC

Rd 2. WR Jordan Matthews, Vandy

Rd 3. LB Christian Jones, FSU

Rd 4. OT James Hurst, UNC

Rd 5. OT Luke Lucas, KSU

Rd 6. G Zach Fulton, Tennessee

Rd 7. OT/G Andrew Norwell, OSU

I like your draft Leo. The only change that I'd make would be to go O-line 2nd rd. if Ebron is available in the 1st.


GM Me

Rd 1. TE Eric Ebron, UNC

Rd 2. WR Jordan Matthews, Vandy

Rd 3. LB Christian Jones, FSU

Rd 4. OT James Hurst, UNC

Rd 5. OT Luke Lucas, KSU

Rd 6. G Zach Fulton, Tennessee

Rd 7. OT/G Andrew Norwell, OSU

Posted by: Leo | April 15, 2014 at 05:42 PM


That's an awful lot of writing just to predict a 6-10 2014 season. :)

Hickey is doing an amazing job except for paying way to much at 47 Million for Fat Albert or 11 Million to Hickey
Signing 3 o-linemen and a blocking RB means we ave a lot of fat guys that don't score points

Shirley we r competing for 3rd place w the Bills again this season

This is going to be exciting playing against Wilfork, Mayo, Revis & Browner
players that did not play against us last year on defense

Also
Going to be exciting playing against Mike Vick who played injured last season and still had a higher QBR than Tannehill, Decker and his 24 Passing TDs primarily in the Red Zone and Chris Johnson who is a Dolphin Killer and even w a knee injury earned 1500 all purpose yards last season
Dont forget about Jacoby Ford and the JETS 12 draft picks

or the Bills new LB Trio which is all the talk of the NFL

Go Fish !

When the Troll is confronted by the Truth or by Dirty Stories, he bails out for a little while. He doesn't like either one of them.

Hickey is doing an amazing job except for paying way to much at 47 Million for Fat Albert or 11 Million to Hickey
Signing 3 o-linemen and a blocking RB means we ave a lot of fat guys that don't score points

Shirley we r competing for 3rd place w the Bills again this season

This is going to be exciting playing against Wilfork, Mayo, Revis & Browner
players that did not play against us last year on defense

Also
Going to be exciting playing against Mike Vick who played injured last season and still had a higher QBR than Tannehill, Decker and his 24 Passing TDs primarily in the Red Zone
Chris Johnson who is a Dolphin Killer and even w a knee injury earned 1500 all purpose yards last season
Dont forget about Jacoby Ford and the JETS 12 draft picks

or the Bills new LB Trio which is all the talk of the NFL

Go Fish!

Hickey is doing an amazing job except for paying way too much at 47 Million for Fat Albert or 11 Million to Hickey
Signing 3 o-linemen and a blocking RB means we have a lot of fat guys that don't score points

Shirley we r competing for 3rd place w the Bills again this season

This is going to be exciting playing against Wilfork, Mayo, Revis & Browner
players that did not play against us last year on defense

Also
Going to be exciting playing against Mike Vick who played injured last season and still had a higher QBR than Tannehill
Decker and his 24 Passing TDs primarily in the Red Zone Chris Johnson who is a Dolphin Killer and even w a knee injury earned 1500 all purpose yards last season
Dont forget about Jacoby Ford and the JETS 12 draft picks

or the Bills new LB Trio which is all the talk of the NFL

Wow!

Home in a tunnel on a mobile

Can u hear, Home ?

Ca U?

Home u mean 47 Milion to Fat Albert and 11 Million to Finny

ok, gotcha

lol

Ways to identify the Troll:
1- He writes very long Posts, proof of his lack of synthetic capacity.
2- He is very immature in the exposition of his views to the point of being commiserated by Others.
3- He is a Pain in the Asss, to the point that if anybody else here catches up with him, he would have his asss thoroughly kicked.

Tannehill sucks

Add Lloyd to a flock of 49ers wideouts who lack speed, but know how to catch the ball in traffic. He's on the wrong side of 30, but has a shot to make the roster behind Anquan Boldin and Michael Crabtree.

the Browns will hold a private workout with Manziel this weekend in College Station, confirmed via Twitter by NFL Media senior analyst Gil Brandt. Manziel will take an official visit to the Browns next week, according to Brandt.

The Browns are in need of a quarterback and hold the No. 4 overall pick, which will be plenty high enough to acquire one of the draft's top passers, but not necessarily Manziel. With the draft a little more than three weeks away, clubs are busy finalizing evaluations and Manziel's workout for Cleveland figures to go a long way toward closing the club's scouting report on the former Aggies star and 2012 Heisman Trophy winner. The Minnesota Vikings, slated to pick eighth and also in need of a quarterback, have seen plenty of Louisville's Teddy Bridgewater in recent days.

Manziel, Bridgewater, UCF's Blake Bortles and Fresno State's Derek Carr figure to be the top four quarterbacks drafted, but in what order and to which clubs are much tougher questions. The Houston Texans could peel the cream of the quarterback crop right off the top of the draft with the No. 1 pick. Or a number of quarterback-needy clubs, including the Browns, could choose to wait until later in the draft to invest in a rookie passer.

If Manziel isn't in Houston's plans, or Jacksonville's with the No. 3 overall pick, his workout with the Browns could help him secure a draft-day call at No. 4

Home's been sayin it for a month now

The NY JETS & Clev Browns will be better than the Dolphins this season

Miami Dolphins backed din to one playoff win on OT post 1999 season and then were humiliated and shut out the very next game

No reason why Dolfans can not enjoy better teams like The Patriots and Jets or practice QB Thad Lewis

Can always hold the Dolphins in your back pocket or enjoy laughing at the follies

Def don't waste you money going to the Miami Dolphins games

although Ross is always trying to get millions in corporate welfare
don't let him take your money

The Bumbling sports owner idiot annotated Tannehill's jersey number to be retired right at the draft when the reachd for this idiot

Idk about the rest of you, but I'm tired of coming on here and always reading all of these negative posts about how we are doing nothing right and we will always suck... As for you, Reel Dolphin In Sight w Home, shut the F up! Go on to your own blog because your obviously a pats or jets fan or maybe even buffalo but either way, you certainly don't belong here. If you support your wife or girlfriend the same way you support your team through good and bad times, my condolences to her! Just do us all a favor and go away! These blogs are for true fans only that want to talk positively and optimistically. There is no room for bashing when we haven't even done anything yet this year. A true fan supports no matter what. We all want a winner but there is a reason your not a GM! Your probably one of those Patsy fans that I see get up and leave in the third quarter because Belicheat and his butt buddy Brady are stinking up the stadium. Just really tired of coming on here and reading what these losers have to say when this is supposed to be pleasurable to read about my team!


Tannehill will improved this season expected. Jets will have serious running game. The Bills will have serious running game. The Pats will have a serious running game.

I really would like Devonta Freeman or Andre William a Dolphins First! WOW I WOULD BE PROUD OF DOLPHINS


(3RD ROUDERS (DEVONDA FREEMAN IS STILL ON THE BOARD MUST TAKE HIM)

FREEMAN NOT ON THE BOARD

NOTE: ROUND 3


MIAMI DOLPHINS FIRST 2 PICKS FOR RUNNING BACKS ( Terrence West, Devonta Freeman RB, Andre Williams Boston College

MAY NOT be on the board

Miami may have to select 4th ROUND Kadeem carey top five RB Airzona he could run against the Jets etc.

or go to
5th Round for Running Back Kapri Bibbs 5th Rounder elusive runner.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=etCjcrrVS2k http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EIn38JJ7RXk&feature=player_detailpage.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=Unwm47vksyU

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