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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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That reminds of the great movie by Ingmar Bergman, Persona, in which the attendant to a great, suddenly mute Artist, was telling her a story of an encounter with a male on a beach and how she came and came with him. While the great Artist listened and looked at her.

LOL @ 9:15

Yeah that's one of the all time classics.

He was mute but not deaf

Didn't you want Oscar? Oscar's heeere...

MANDO'S HAVING DOUBTS ABOUT DELMAS & FLANNAGAN ALSO

That didn't take long.

Yo oscar what up?

MARQUISE LEE VISITING TUESDAY

http://espn.go.com/blog/miami-dolphins/post/_/id/6825/source-dolphins-will-host-wr-marqise-lee

Oscar.

I greatly miss ALoco. Will you be bringing him back for a cameo appearance even?

Oscar,

You do realize when you killed ALoco for this season it was double murder, right?

I say double murder because that also killed his girlfriend, the lovely Maria. So, are you now a confessed serial blog killer?

Oscar,

When will you be giving Odinseye back his hotties?

Darkoak must be close to heaven right now.

Oscar,

I fear that even my own existence may be voracious thought swerling about inside of your head. I fear that your powerful brain may be my Matrix.

Wait, wait, ETF. The great Artist went mute because she was frigid. The attendant(who did not like the Artist much) picked it up and then told her the story of how many times she came on that beach with that guy just to spite her Lady. Big mistake on the attendant's part. You should watch the movie, but I know you won't last 10' into it the same that I didn't last into The Hunger Games.

Oscar,

Are you the Matrix?

It is Marqis, Marqis.

That reminds that in Dominican Republic prostitutes used to call guys with big dikkks rompe-matrices, matrix-breakers.

Now, we could start telling dirty stories here and the Troll will go away. He's a chaste Troll. But we won't.

We have no play makers

We have fat guys, fat guys and more fat guys
even our TEs and RBs are for blocking for the great franchise QB Ryan Tannehill

ROTFALMAO!

Geez
Can't see what could go wrong here

Go!
Go, Go!

Go Fish !

Go Patriots!
Go Jets!
Go Bills

Dolphins = ha ha ha

4th place in the AFC east
Aint that Great!

Home for the Patriots!

Gonna be another Great Year!

14-2
How Do U do !?

Jets 10-6

Bills 8-8

Tannehill's fish 7-9
All the Time

Tannehill = 2nd or 3rd string

Kuechly = HOF

Hmmmmmm

maybe Home's pick was not so bad

lol

Unless u Suck It like lil Bart Walker

Prediction:


ROSS WILL NEVER HAVE A WINNING SEASON.

Both Philbin and Tannehill will be gone after next season. They should've been gone already but Ross cant make a decision.....

Posted by: SWAMI | April 14, 2014 at 10:14 PM

8-8 with horrible coaching and a failure Oline. I wouldn't put money on it.

I wouldn't put money on it.
Posted by: Darkoak | April 14, 2014 at 10:23 PM

You wouldnt put money on anything, you wuss!

What a pathetic bunch of trolls you are total losers

Marc,

The Dullfins are LOSERS!!!! LOSERS!! LOSERS!!! PATHETIC INCOMPETENT LOSERS!!!!!!!!

You wouldnt put money on anything, you wuss!
Posted by: Dunce | April 14, 2014 at 10:30 PM

How would you know? God you're dumb!

Darkoak, feeding the trolls. Father Teresa?

Darkoak is the new leader of Troll Perpetuation, It used to be odin. Now it is darkoak, capy and pasting every sad sack post he can find.

Home is also confused with his sexuality. Not only being a Dolphin fan.

Darkoak, feeding the trolls. Father Teresa?
Posted by: Trollcum | April 14, 2014 at 11:37 PM

These trolls are self sustaining they troll each other. They are by far the most virulent and pathetic bunch I've ever seen. Mind you that's only because Armando and the Herald don't stop it, which would be easy with a sign in model.

On most sites ignoring them works fairly well but these guys rarely get repercussions so they never leave. Though when Armando made a few posts mid season talking about IP bans and what not that shut them down temporarily.

You yeah if I don't post the trolling just disappears lol. Sure.

If anyone posts anything on this blog these fools come a posting immediately like a fly to shite. That's a fact whether you can accept that or not is another thing.

It really doesnt matter whether we feed the trolls or not. It'll take a couple playoff wins to quiet them or turn them into homers.

Posted by: The Blog | April 14, 2014 at 11:55 PM

Seeing as most of them are probably fans of division rivals I doubt that. I used to post on a few Dolphins forums and the amount of idiot trolls that would sign up, go through the registration and everything just so they could say "fish suck", really made ya scratch your head. I mean seriously guys go get laid or something. It's a weird kind of attention grabbing thing that shows they were unloved as child and adult most likely.

There are no fans of other teams on here. They're disgusted Fin fans tired of losing.

Oh I'm pretty sure there are rival fans trolling here. Trolling your favorite teams fans is just weird.

You could tell last season when they trolled during game time they could not possibly be Dolphins fans.

THE MARQUISE LEE AT WR WOULD SOLVE SOME KO AND PUNT RETURN PROBLEMS BUT TO FIX THE OL PROBLEMS NO..I WOULD WELCOM THE DEAL IF WE HAVE MORE SERIOUS PROBLEMS WITH OUR WR THAN WHAT IS BEING REPORTED.. 80% OF OUR OFFENSIVE PROBLEMS WERE DUE TO THE OFFENSIVE LINE BUT OL DOES NOT SCORE POINTS AND ALL DOLPHIN FANS KNOW THAT IF YOU CANNOT SCORE YOU CANNOT WIN..THE QB CANNOT GET SACKED ON EVERY PASS PLAY AND IT ONLY TAKES ONCE TO SCORE MORE THAN YOUR OPPONENT TO WIN THE GAME.. REMEMBER TB, CAROLINA, BUFFALO, BALTIMORE,BUFFALO, JETS, GAMES..OUTSCORE YOUR OPPONENT IN THOSE LOSES AND DESPITE THE WORST OL IN TEAM HISTORY THE FINS WIN 10-11 GAMES EASY.. IN THE AFC OTHER THAN DENVER AND PATRIOTS WHICH TEAMS ARE SO MUCH BETTER THAN THE DOLPHINS ?? IT COMES DOWN TO WHO WILL SOLVE THE PROBLEMS TO BECOME BETTER TEAM THAN YOU WERE LAST YEAR.. SO IMPROVE THE OL HELL YEAH BUT THERE IS KNOW SUCH THING AS HAVING TOO MANY WEAPONS.. IF YOU CAN'T GET MARTIN GET LEE AND SIGN A VETERAN GUARD,DRAFT A TACKLE AND OTHER NEEDS LATER..WE NEED MORE WEAPONS AND MORE WEAPONS WILL PUT THE FINS IN THE PLAYOFFS THIS YEAR..

Agreed, last years draft we loaded up on defense.
This year its time to return the favor and load up on offense.

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Muiset or Liberace? The choice is woqua.

oscar what are you talking about?
I thought you was a MD? Lol
The lower your Wonderlic score, the dumber you are.

All I can tell you about Hickey is that, 2 minutes after he selects his first pick in the 2014 Draft, I will know if he is any good as a talent evaluator, or if he isn't so.

ETF says, Hickeys a loser for being in the business 18 years.
Maybe ol Hickey is seasoned...
If baby Aaron Rogers can throw the ball Hickey will look like a genius.
Matt Moore = released or Devlin. One will definitely be gone.

Death to all trolls

Hickeys on 560 a.m. And just admitted he does have a team that reads the blogs

Hickey on with Big Joe? that should be a stroker convo.....

@ Oscar....SO IT'S 2 MINUTES...NOT IMMEDIATELY AND NOT AFTER THE SEASON , once we see whether the player contributes, was worth it, etc..

....EXACTLY 2 Minutes ??????

need a
qb still

Darkoak..re the trolls...some folks are just plain miserable...what's left to say after that?

good to see 2 watt got his morning coffee and his daily Tannehill dig in.

Let's give him one season unshackled from Sherman + some real protection before we call him a total bust.

If we finish 8-8 again I'll be grabbing my pitchfork and leading the charge to get a new QB.

Joe asked Hickey twice about the O line. Hickey dodged twice.

Then Joe asked about Dion Jordan. And according to Hickey there is not enough film on him to determine if he's a keeper or not. Jury's still out...

The only thing you can take from the interview is he watches a ton of film.
Other than that, he gave nothing away.

And trust me Joe was asking, Hickey took the political approach and basically said
Nothing.

q cards
from the snitch
.
lol

Exactly 2 minutes, son.

18 years in the league and Hickey knows the ropes pretty good. If we were in his shoes we'd be doing the same thing.
Why open yourself up to criticism? He's not a government official.

The Dion Jordan comments are interesting to me. Either he's got freakish talent or not. If Philbin/Coyle can not determine that after one year, my guess is Jordan is too soft to be a DE in this league.

If a trade was to happen, it would have with the Eagles, but Chip Kelly did not fatten the pot enough and may come back on draft day with a deal too good to pass up.

I want Dion to be a pro-bowl caliber DE for a very long time and hope his rookie year was only growing pains.

So...It might surprise you but just before the draft is not the time to get any kind information from a GM.

Manziel is projected to go at #20 or out of the 1st round completely by some.

I'd take him at #19 if he's there and trade Moore for a pick.

Let Manziel be the backup. If Tannehill is injured or has a sub-par year, then you have someone that could be more than a backup ready to go.

Why wait a year to find out if Tannehill will turn the corner or not with the new o-line and new scheme?

Get him some true competition.

Posted by: 2014 | April 14, 2014 at 07:05 PM
.

Who still needs a QB that throws for 4, 000 yards behind a bumb O line?
I wonder if Clay likes Tannehill.

Tell me sir twitty? How did he throw for all those yards with the worst play calling in
the NFL? Is the qb stupid eH?

Why is Jaworski claiming Tannehill and Aaron Rogers the 2 smartest QB's in the league?

Who wouldn't want a QB who's wife totes a machine gun?

I was expecting anything from Hickey promichael. I was just giving an update.

Try and keep up my brother...

Manziel is an injury risk and will not thrive in the NFL because he's not a pocket passer.

Russell Wilson (whom I suggested over T-Hill two years ago) can throw from the pocket and is very durable for a QB under 6 ft.

Manizel is a showman for sure and can make plays with is feet...but do we really want a scrambling QB?

If Coyle can't figure out how to get Vernon, Wake, and Jordan out there at the same time he should be gone.

Perhaps Ryan needs some adversity in his Life. He was born of good stock, raised in a solid middle class environment, was able to play Football while completing the first part of his vocation to be a Physician, married a beautiful Woman. But I find him lackadaisical, without the competitive fire needed to succeed at high levels. Nothing further from my mind to wish RyanT harm but he'd better get his assss in gear if he wants to accomplish all of that he wants. I believe he can do it.

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