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Monday night Dolphins, Heat, Canes, broadcast notes

A six pack of Dolphins, Heat, Canes and broadcast items:

### Teams can use their franchise tags beginning next Tuesday, and cornerback Brent Grimes remains Miami’s most likely candidate to get tagged. But Grimes hopes the Dolphins and agent Ben Dogra can come to a multi-year agreement instead.

Grimes said when the season ended that he wants to be here but prefers a multiyear deal. At 30, this could be his last big contract because cornerbacks typically don’t get big money as they get well into their 30s.

A franchise tag “is not what anybody wants,” Grimes said.

The Dolphins would be well-served to try to negotiate a multi-year deal with Grimes because the franchise tag for a cornerback has been estimated by CBSSports.com to be $11.2 million, and using it on Grimes would reduce the Dolphins’ cap space to around $20 million and still needing to:

1) re-sign Paul Soliai or Randy Starks. Those talks could begin in earnest in a week or two;

2) add probably four starting offensive linemen through a combination of the draft and free agency;

3) resolve one starting safety job by re-signing Chris Clemons, signing someone else, or opting for Jimmy Wilson at that spot;

4) possibly re-signing Nolan Carroll;

5) possibly adding a running back and another tight end. (It’s unclear if Dustin Keller will be ready for next season, or whether this regime would even want him);

6) sign all its draft picks.

7) add a run-stopping outside linebacker IF Miami decides to upgrade over Philip Wheeler.

8) eventually filling out a practice squad in September.

9) anything else Dennis Hickey deems necessary.

Even if the Dolphins give Grimes the franchise tag, they still can negotiate a longterm deal and lift the tag before mid-July.

As we’ve noted, Miami can clear additional space by asking Wheeler and Dimitri Patterson to take a pay cut, restructuring Mike Wallace’s deal, among other things. (Not saying they will, only that they can.)

### With the Heat nearing the All-Star break, we’ll evaluate various positions over the coming days.

A few thoughts on point guard: Mario Chalmers’ shooting percentage has improved considerably from a year ago (42.9 to 46.1) and he’s averaging a career-high 5.0 assists. But his turnovers per game are way up (to 2.3) and he’s on pace for his highest turnover average since his rookie season.

Norris Cole’s shooting is also up from a year ago (42 to 45), but his assist-to-turnover ratio of 1.9 to 1 rates only 38th of 45 qualifying point guards. (Chalmers is 33rd at 2.19 to 1.)…

Both rank in the top half of qualifying point guards in three-point percentage: Chalmers 18th at 38.6, Cole 19th at 38.5, and that's a valued asset with this team….

Erik Spoelstra has used them together more than last year, and the Heat is plus 35 in 228 minutes when they play in tandem (or plus-7.4 every 48 minutes)…

Though Cole has shown tangible improvement, the Heat clearly would be weakened if it cannot re-sign Chalmers because of luxury tax reasons. If he’s willing to take a pay cut for next season, Dwyane Wade would improve the Heat’s chances of retaining Chalmers.

Cole’s on-the-ball defense is obviously valued here, but Chalmers remains the more efficient offensive player, even with his turnover issues.

### A name you’ll be hearing a lot in the coming year: Coconut Creek Monarch senior-to-be receiver Calvin Ridley, who is rated an even better prospect than Stacy Coley was at this time in his development.

Rivals.com rates Ridley the No. 2 receiver and 11th best player overall in the 2015 class. Some expect he will pick UM, but he insisted to the Tennessee Volunteers’ Rivals.com web site that he has no front-runner. He’s also considering Alabama, UF, FSU and Ohio State, among others. He will be a big priority for UM, especially with Phillip Dorsett entering his senior season.

"I'm open to everyone right now," he told rivals.com. "I can't say one team leads."

### UM defensive coordinator Mark D’Onofrio is very happy with his secondary. “Excited about our safeties, getting Kiy Hester and Marques Gayot,” he told UM’s web site. “Two really good safeties. The important thing about getting safeties is finding guys who played the position in high school. These are true safeties --- can cover, can tackle, the whole package.

“You're starting to see more and more guys [on the UM roster] look alike at those positions as far as characteristics of those positions, the size, the athleticism. We've created a lot more depth. [And] we're fortunate we haven't lost any corners” from last year.

### WMEN-640, whose parent company filed for bankruptcy, has picked up Jim Rome’s show from noon to 3 p.m., beginning today.

The station opted for Rome instead of promoting former WQAM staffer Jon Linder or hiring a number of former NFL players who auditioned for that slot in the past month, including Plaxico Burress and Adewale Ogunleye.

Linder said tonight he was offered the job three weeks ago, but the offer was rescinded because the station cited financial reasons.

### NBC’s Olympic ratings through three nights have been very strong, beating the competition handily, and are very much on par with the 2010 Vancouver Olympics ratings, even though all of NBC’s Sochi prime-time coverage is on tape.

On Sunday, NBC’s Olympics drew 25.4 million viewers, compared with 13.6 million for CBS’ Grammy’s salute to the Beatles.

Over Friday and Saturday nights, NBC drew slightly more viewers than the comparable two nights in Vancouver.

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Mike

Keep Grimes, sign Branden Albert

Arias

Golden will find a way to screw up that receiver. He'll go to FSU. Bring back Shannon!

Former Season Tckt Holder

Now that's more like it, well balanced column even though you headlined it with Dolphins, again

Future Season Ticket Holder

FSU owns South Florida.

that's why u are u... and the SEC is #1

STARS DO NOT MATTER !!!

2014 247Sports Composite Top 50 Recruits: The night before signing day.

SEC West (16)
ACC (8) - 6 FSU Commits
SEC East (7)
B1G (4)
Big 12 (3)
Pac-12 (1)
Undecided (11) 8-EIGHT of whom eventually signed with SEC Schools.


2014 Top 100 247Sports Composite Signed Recruits:

SEC (46)
ACC (16) 10 FSU
B1G (13)
Pac-12 (13)
Big 12 (8)
IND. (3)
MWC (1)

Rivals recruiting classes, Alabama:

2014: 1st
2013: 1st
2012: 1st
2011: 1st
2010: 5th
2009: 1st
2008: 1st
2007: 10th
2006: 11th
2005: 18th

2013 NFL Draft Picks:

SEC: 63

ACC: 31 - 11 FSU picks

Pac-12: 28

Big 12: 22

B1G: 22

2014 NFL Draft Picks: ?

u go ahead and take a gUess


.

Yeah, who wants to sign just the best 4 and 5 STAR kids when u can stockpile a team full of 2-3 star kids and develop them into National Championship Teams riiieeet ?

g8rseetmya55

stars dont matter- top 5 recruiting classes 2006-2012

21-16

what was your record last year gator f**k?

who did u lose to?

Ga Southern lost to Woffrod u know

Wofford

that's why u are u... and the SEC is #1

g8rseetmya55

sit...lay down...roll over...goood booooy...now go lay in ur bed.

Not our rival

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

Dashi

Grimes and the O-line are the top 2 priorities for the Dolphins. Hopefully Hickey gets it right.

Dashi

FSTH,

Common Sense. The headline is in order. What was the first thing after the Headline? Dolphins' News.Then the Heat, Then the Canes, and last the Broadcast news.

Don't be an Ignoramus. Not trying to pick on you. Just that sometimes you sound as ignorant as the lizard troll. I remember before the season he said the Gators were going to be champs.

TheSergeantMajor

The Dolphins need to quit treating the draft as though it's brain surgery. It's not. We all know who the difference-makers are in college football, i.e., the guys that can go the extra mile, they're tough as nails, they finish, and they perform under extreme pressure. These are the guys we should be drafting. For example, last year Luke Kuechly was taken 9th by Carolina. It didn't take an NFL scout to recognize that this guy was gonna play lights out as a pro, yet we passed on him in favor of Dion Jordan and the trade of a 2nd round pick.

This year there are difference-makers. One such at TE is UNC's Eric Ebron. Barring injury, this guy will rival Jimmy Graham's value. Take him, then look for an OL and any potential difference-makers available at WR and LB via the draft, not FA. Stop with the "experiments" and stop drafting OL in the 1st round!

Lastly, I would not only ask Mike Wallace to restructure his contract, but also take a pay cut. Not gonna happen, but the Dolphins paid much too much for his services. He's a good WR, but he's not the difference-maker I'd hoped for.......the type of guy who can dominate at his position against just about any DB in the league.

Cual?

Kuechly wasn't in last year's draft and the Dolphins didn't take Dion Jordan over him.

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