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2:30 update: LeBron status; New position for UM player; Fins interested in Albert; Starks, Soliai update

2 p.m. Tuesday update: LeBron James, recovering a broken nose, participated in a light practice (without a mask) on Tuesday and said "I think I should be fine enough" to play Thursday against the Knicks.

But he said he will need to wear a protective mask for a few weeks and will wear it during Wednesday's contact practice.

### UM's newest addition to the 2014 class, defensive tackle Joe Brown, will be used by UM as an offensive lineman, he told rivals.com today. He said he prefers to play defense, but UM needs the offensive line depth.

Brown's coach in Paramount, Cal., learned last week that he had earned a high enough SAT score to be eligible. UTEP made an offer last Wednesday, and UM contacted him that afternoon, and invited him for a visit.

Brown visited UM last weekend and signed on Sunday, according to the Times. Brown, 6-4 and 320 pounds, is a two-time defensive player of the year in the San Gabriel Valley.

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9 p.m. Monday update: Heard this morning from a league source that the Dolphins plan to pursue Chiefs impending free agent left tackle Branden Albert in free agency. But they'll have competition. Arizona and Tampa Bay also are believed to have interest, and Kansas City hasn't ruled out re-signing him.

Joe Philbin wanted the Dolphins to pursue a trade for Albert last spring, but Jeff Ireland didn't want give up a high draft pick.

Albert, 29, ranked 29th among all tackles last season, according to Pro Football Focus. (We planned on reporting the Albert news in a Wednesday buzz column, but tonight, word has gotten out around the league about Miami's interest.)

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5:15 p.m. Monday update:

The Dolphins have not made an offer to either of their key impending free agent defensive tackles, Randy Starks or Paul Soliai, but have expressed interest in re-signing both. They are expected to make an offer to Soliai before free agency begins in two weeks, barring a change of heart.

The Dolphins have conveyed that they would be fine with Starks testing the market and coming back to them with a competing offer. Nevertheless, they haven’t ruled out making an offer to Starks before the start of free agency.

Unofficial interest in Soliai has been significant this week at the NFL Scouting Combine. Soliai has moved out of his South Florida home but in the past has expressed a fondness for living in South Florida.

Free agents cannot sign with other teams before March 11 and can speak only with their current teams until March 8, at which point they can begin talking to any team.

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Tidbits from Jason Taylor’s charity golf tournament today:

### Cornerback Brent Grimes, arguably the most critical of the Dolphins’ impending free agents, said today he’s optimistic but not certain that he will re-sign with Miami.

He said his agent Ben Dogra has spoken to the Dolphins a few times.

“I’m pretty optimistic,” he said. “They said they like me here and want to have me back. Hopefully, it happens sooner than later, and I don’t have to worry about it.”

Grimes said the Dolphins have not discussed slapping him with the franchise tag, which likely will top $11 million. “Nobody wants to get franchise tag, another one-year deal.”

The deadline to use the franchise tag is next Monday. But even if a player is given the tag, negotiations on a contract can continue, and the tag can be lifted, until mid-July.

### Long snapper John Denney, the Dolphins’ union representative, hasn’t read Ted Wells’ 144-page report on the team’s bullying scandal and didn’t read media accounts of the report. But he nevertheless discredited Wells’ findings.

“I have a hard time believing,” Denney said, “that you’re going to pay a guy good money to take his time to do an investigation, spend three months on it --- All of us can agree he’s not going to walk out of there and address the table and say, ‘I’ve got nothing guys, sorry.’ You’ve got to come up with something. They’re paying good money to come up with something.”

Denney said he didn’t want to hear about the details of the report because “I’ve been in the middle of it, so I’ve got nothing to read or see or hear…. This whole thing nauseates me,” he said.

Why? “Because it’s a little too much. Everything has been blown out of proportion from my perspective.”

What about Wells’ claim that several players were harassed, not only Jonathan Martin?

“Ted Wells can go into any one of the 32 teams in the entire league and he is going to come out with the same investigation, same results,” Denney said. “Every single player in this league has been bullied if that’s what bullying is defined as. I was bullied as a rookie. Every one I’ve seen has been bullied as a rookie.”

Denney, who came into the league with the Dolphins in 2005, said he never witnessed any conduct that he considered to be over the line.

"If this is something that needs to be addressed, this should have been addressed my rookie year because nothing has changed since Day 1 that I’ve been in the league,” he said. “It hasn’t escalated. If it was bad now, it was bad then.

“I came from BYU. When I came in the league, the environment was a complete shock to me. It wasn’t something I was used to. I felt like it was something I could manage and it didn’t affect me. Everyone is affected differently. This is no blanket cure-all because everyone reacts differently to different situations. There’s no right or wrong. It depends on the person that’s been affected.”

Does Denney blame Martin because this wouldn’t have happened if he hadn’t left?

“You answered your own question,” he said. “You know the answer to that. I’m not answering that question. It’s a little obvious.”

Would Martin be welcomed back to the Dolphins’ locker-room in the unlikely event it happened? “We’ll cross that bridge when we get there,” Denney said.

### Ryan Tannehill, speaking to reporters for the first time since the end of the season, said he isn’t permitted to speak to new offensive coordinator Bill Lazor in detail because of NFL rules prohibiting much contact between players and coaches this time of year.

But Tannehill said he has spoken some with Lazor and the offense “definitely will be different. It’s a completely different system. Bill runs a numbers system. Coach [Mike] Sherman was a West Coast style system. Everything is going to have a different name. It’s going to be re-programmed in my brain to work in a different way. It’s a big task.”

Will fans see a difference in how the offense looks? Tannehill said he doesn’t know because he hasn’t been able to talk X’s and O’s yet with Lazor.

“I’m excited,” he said. “He’s a fun guy to work with. Just his personality coming in seems like it’s going to be a lot of fun. I’m looking forward to when we can get into learning the offense. I’m just waiting on that date…. I’m really looking forward to taking a big step this year.”

Tannehill, on the Wells report: “I didn’t read it. I saw a few pages of it and got overwhelmed by a 140-whatever pages and skipped it. I’m just glad it’s out. We’ve had the consequences. Now we can put it in the past and move forward. It’s behind us. We’ll try to learn from it.”

I asked Tannehill if he’s ready to become a more vocal leader who would stand up and say something if he sees locker-room conduct that he doesn’t approve of.

"You definitely get comfortable speaking up,” he answered. “That goes with your time in a place, your time in the league. You get more comfortable, you speak up a lot more. The big thing is having other guys’ respect in the locker room. You can’t come in with no respect and try to own the place. At this point, hopefully I have some respect in the locker-room and now I can assert myself in that way.”

 

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u are u ... 2 star DT u

### Though nothing has been announced, the Los Angeles Times reported UM has a late addition to its 2014 recruiting class: two-star California-based defensive tackle Joe Brown. According to the Times, Brown's coach in Paramount, Cal., learned last week that he had earned a high enough SAT score to be eligible. UTEP made an offer last Wednesday, and UM contacted him that afternoon, and invited him for a visit.

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yet another non-difference maker fat body with no talent that NOBODY except u and UTEP wanted at the DT position... But maybe if u sign 10 2 star DT's that'll really seem like having 4- 5 stars according to cane cluck logic.

Crappy Quality but a Quantity of it...

dj baracus

I don't get that rule. Why can't tanny meet w lazor? Another patriots/Kraft rule meant to oppress the up and coming teams from catching up?

I know it's more than likely a cba/players association rule but come on. They need the work!

rather b u than uf...still

fla couldn't beat ga southern with 5 starz 'nough said

rather b u than uf...still

toothless gayturd knowledge......recruit entitled 5 starz and go 4-8......yessssssssss, block each other CHECK lose to a div 2 school CHECK I can keep going..... gaytors is what gayturds does

Go back to Canesville... gayturds

toothless gayturd knowledge......recruit entitled 5 starz and go 4-8......yessssssssss, block each other CHECK lose to a div 2 school CHECK I can keep going..... gaytors is what gayturds does

Posted by: rather b u than uf...still | 02/24/2014 at 11:39 PM

OMG... That has to be the funniest post I have ever read. Thank you for making my day and every point you made is pure fact.

Mike

Pathetic that um needs 2 star kids. thanks, al!

rather b u than uf...still

thanks mike, what college do u coach or recruit at????

joe r

that john denny is a samrt guy, doesnt read the report or media(i call bs on both) but lets say he didnt, why the hell is he commenting on it and why the hell is barry reporting on it...saw tannehill claims he didnt read it either.. this report should be mandatory reading for every nfl player of exactly what not to do if they want to build themselves into a super bowl winner..seriousely, the idea is to build a wining team and the stuff going on in that locker room was exactly what you do to not build a winner

so tannehill can have some contact but not much..wow now how do you enforce something so vague, that would be interesting to nail down, sounds like tannehill isnt too sure..anyone have tannehills wonderlict score, the more i hear and see the more im convinced we are dealing with a real blockhead...we know hiw iwfe is, she is the one that left the ar-15 in the rental car, anyone figure out why they rented a car when they live 10 mins from the FLL airport and why she retunred it a couple hours later for a new one...

give credit where credits due..34 is a lofty score

The quarterback class of 2012 had these results:

Andrew Luck, Stanford- 37

Ryan Tannehill, Texas A&M- 34

Kirk Cousins, Michigan State- 33

Russell Wilson, Wisconsin- 28

Brandon Weeden, Oklahoma State- 27

Kellen Moore, Boise State- 26

Brock Osweiler, Arizona State- 25

Robert Griffin III, Baylor- 24

canesallltheway

Al Golden wasting schollies...smh

Not our rival

Posted by: u are u ... 2 star DT u | 02/24/2014 at 10:36 PM

Hush nerd, no one cares about your fake internet rivalry.

TheSergeantMajor

I can't believe these two players (supposed leaders) haven't read that report. Overwhelming according to RT? What does Tannehill read? Comic books, or just play video games?

You think Peyton Manning, Russell Wilson, or any of the other player-leaders around the league would set that report aside if that conduct was happening in their locker rooms? I doubt it, but this is what we get from the Dolphins-leaders.

I had my doubts about Tannehill when he came into the league and he didn't even know the alignment of teams in the NFL, the conferences, divisions, etc., knew little if anything about NFL history, didn't follow pro football that much. Now I'm convinced. After reading his comments, does anyone here see this guy putting in the work, the effort, the time, that say a Manning or a Wilson puts in? Answer, no......because he apparently grows tired of an important report that clearly showed the Dolphins being lead by blind men throughout the organization. Will not one player step up on this team? It ain't gonna be Ryan Tannehill that's for sure.

Read the damn report Tannehill and learn something about the conduct going on around you right under your nose while you were apparently stuck on reading Spiderman.

DJ Baracus

standard response...cant answer questions about the report if you "haven't read it"...but yeah, how can neither of them of read it.

theres a new offense, they cant meet with the coach, they have nothing to do, read it.

although, it is pretty worthless.

Reality Bites

Why would they need to read the report, they were there they know better than some outsider who spent a few months interviewing people. Like Denny said this has been blown out of proportion.

Great recruiting news for Um, they got a much needed DT and a big boy at that. I'm sure he will make up for the inability of the current regime to land any of the top Dts in the nation for 3 years in a row.
What a get! I'm sure the folks at UTEP are dismayed.

Go Heat!

Not our rival

Posted by: Reality Bites | 02/25/2014 at 11:27 AM

Hush nerd, no one cares about your fake internet rivalry.

Go find a chat room if you want to troll people on the internet.

green

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GRAND REOPENING INVITATION

Reality Bites

Posted by: Not our rival


Right on cue. Too funny and pathetic at the same time.

green

https://twitter.com/GlennGeffner/status/434836682324852737/photo/1

18 yrs in MLB & I think I've still seen more games here at Mark Light than at any other park. @CanesBaseball This is where baseball began for me in the 1970s and '80s. Grateful to be able to share it with my own kids now.
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COME FULL CIRCLE

green

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Looks like girlfriend of former #Canes safety Jojo Nicolas is providing updates on his Instagram account
-- Manny Navarro ‏@Manny_Navarro

"Jojo is not dead!" #Canesfam

CHEATING DEATH

johnnie j

Sad news regarding Jo Jo Nicolas.Hope the young guy pulls through.

green

On my reporting that JoJo had passed...I had multiple sources give me that info...it's a regretful mistake and I own it.
-- BrianTheBeastLondon ‏@MiamiRadioBeast

HALF-COCKED

joe r

follow up on tannehill...he came out today and said he can see himself as the leader in the locker room...is this guy serious? his production on the field has been lackluster, he is a 2nd year player and he cant be bothered to read the report but he wants to be a leader...the union agent denny didn't read the report either...manning and brady would have been all over that report, wether they agreed with it after reading it is another story but they would have read it...dolphins need to sign a free agent for nothing else then pure leadership...now we have a a new gm, new offensive coordinator and a lame duck coach..they should fire philbin and start fresh NOW, not after next season which is where htis is team is going..what an absolute mess..best thing that could happen is 0-16 and give the new head coach a shot at a qb in 2015

naplescane

Well between this late signee brown and the New Jersey crap Al ia bringing on board its safe to say Al is wasting a few schollies. Maybe he can find us a two star running back from Jersey to add to this class.

naplescane

Oh and by the way.... the gators stink

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