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March 24, 2014

Dolphins/Knowshon Moreno update; NFL owners meeting; Wade doubtful; Spoelstra reacts; UM/MLS

A few Monday afternoon quick hits:

### Three days after hosting him on a visit, the Dolphins remain interested in signing free agent running back Knowshon Moreno, according to a league source. The Dolphins and his agent have continued discussions since his visit on Friday.

Moreno has interest in Miami. The Dolphins believe he would be an upgrade over Daniel Thomas. But whether they can agree to terms financially remains to be seen.

Even beyond running back, the Dolphins aren’t necessarily done in free agency. They will continue to monitor the market for guards and other positions. Don’t rule out adding a linebacker; it was confirmed that Miami did make a good offer to D’Qwell Jackson before he signed with Indianapolis.

The Dolphins have signed every free agent who has visited except Jackson and, as of yet, Moreno (though that obviously might change).

### A few quick items from the NFL owners meetings in Orlando: Arizona coach Bruce Arians told me the subject of locker-room conduct was discussed in the coach’s session today. Also, commissioner Roger Goodell emphasized “respect” at the end of his introductory speech…. Though the Dolphins spoke to Darrell Revis’ agent before he signed with New England, Miami was never a contender because Revis wanted to play with a championship contender. (Miami was reluctant to pay him as much as he was seeking anyway, for cap reasons primarily.) Patriots owner Bob Kraft said today that Revis could have made more money elsewhere but came to the Pats “because he wants to win.”…

Kraft expects the NFL will pass the Patriots’ initiative to increase the length of the goalposts (upward) so there’s no confusion about whether field goals are good or not…. The playoffs could expand to 14 teams by 2015, but that is not expected to be voted on this week…. If Sun Life Stadium renovations happen, the first Super Bowl that the Dolphins could realistically land is 2019.

### Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said Dwyane Wade is expected to miss his 19th game of the season tonight because of an ankle injury sustained in the Celtics’ game last week. Miami is 11-7 without Wade.

### Spoelstra indicated he had no problem with Chris Bosh and LeBron James criticizing the team after Saturday’s loss in New Orleans. Bosh, you’ll recall, said: “We suck.”

Said Spoelstra: “Yes, that will stir up emotions. Those emotions now have to motivate us to play better. I don't mind any of that. Everybody probably makes a way bigger deal of it than it is. I'm sure it's good for storylines. That's what this game does to you, it brings you to the brink. As long as these guys come at it with purity, that they care, that's what you need. We all probably need a lapse of sanity right now."

### Greg Oden will start for the Heat tonight against his former team, Portland.

### The person handling the stadium deal for David Beckham and MLS today confirmed my February report that MLS and Beckham are seriously exploring having a joint stadium for MLS and UM football. In fact, he said MLS and UM are in "active discussions." Please see The Herald's story on the MLS stadium on our web site at this hour.

As I have written, MLS says it's still about 60 days from knowing whether a joint UM/MLS stadium is feasible. Even if MLS determines it's do-able, UM would need to somehow escape the final 18 years of its Sun Life Stadium lease for it to happen. UM has told MLS that it must have no fewer than 40,000 seats for UM to be interested in playing there. If the stadium is only for soccer, it likely would have a capacity of 20,000 to 25,000.