News and notes on a Thursday evening:
### Though the Dolphins insist there's no decision, a lot of NFL people believe the Dolphins will move on from Mike Wallace, who appears resistant to a pay cut.
“Not surprising; he’s a proud guy,” one NFL source said.
That means unless the Dolphins surprisingly decide to keep him, Wallace would stand to be the latest high-end talent who isn’t a conformist to be jettisoned by Joe Philbin.
At his charity golf tournament last week, Jason Taylor shared an interesting perspective when I asked him whether Philbin would be wise to embrace more flamboyant personalities:
“Some guys want everyone to fall in line and hold hands and walk in a straight line,” Taylor said. “I like guys that can be disruptive on the field. Sometimes you are going to have personalities that come along with that….
“Often times those guys that have a little edge to them are great for the team. They push each other, keep the waters going. Calm water isn’t always great. You don’t need turds but you need guys that can ruffle feathers a little bit.”
Quick aside: It’s impressive to see what Taylor and Alonzo Mourning have continued to do with their philanthrophic efforts since retiring.
Taylor --- whose foundation raises money to improve the lives of children --- would like to see the Dolphins address linebacker and cornerback but said: “I like a lot of things about the team. I love
the quarterback. There’s not a whole lot of guys in this league I would take over Tannehill. I’m very confident you can win with Ryan Tannehill. You can definitely win a championship with him.”
### On the running back front, the Dolphins will consider a multiyear deal with Lamar Miller later this offseason (not definite, but on the table as a possibility); very much like Damien Williams; have been non-committal with free agent Daniel Thomas; and gave no indication they want to keep LaMichael James.
### Michael Beasley today became the first player to have three different stints with the Heat. Miami, just $1.4 million below the tax threshold, now appears unlikely to use its $2.65 million disabled player exception by the March 10 deadline.
Bill Walker and Beasley --- former Kansas State teammates on 10-day contracts --- won’t push the Heat over the threshold.
### Among players who played in half their team’s games last season, Beasley was 44th in points per 48 minutes (25.2), ahead of Klay Thompson, Tim Duncan, Chris Bosh and others. He was the only one in the top 50 who hadn't been in the NBA this season (before today).
A Heat person said there were concerns last season with his defense, consistency and maturity/focus (improved but room for growth), but Bosh’s injury made Miami interested in a 10-day deal. And the Heat has always liked his offense.
### Beasley met with Pat Riley on Wednesday before Miami committed to signing him. The Heat believes the experience in China helped him.
“It’s like I never left, honestly. I feel great,” he said today after joining the team for a voluntary practice in New Orleans. “I’m definitely blessed and humbled to have another opportunity.”
### Josh McRoberts’ agent said he has heard nothing to change the projection that he will miss the season after knee surgery. But the Heat this week wouldn’t rule out a return.
### Pompano Beach Blanche Ely cornerback Terrance Henley is a late addition to this UM recruiting class, according to Canesport.com. Henley received an offer today after getting the required SAT score. Henley, whose other offers were from Tennessee State and James Madison, had 13 interceptions over the past two seasons.
Henley’s addition is another strong sign that disgruntled cornerback Antonio Crawford won’t return. Crawford has said he’s transferring, but UM isn’t removing his name from the roster in the unlikely event he has a change of heart.
### University School sophomore cornerback Al Blades Jr., son of the deceased UM great, committed to UM this week. Al Blades was killed in a car accident in 2003.
### UM people have been raving about two newcomers: tight end Jerome Washington and safety Jaquan Johnson.
“Jerome is really gifted, as we thought,” Al Golden said. “Doing a great job with his hands. Real physical presence. [And] Jaquan is all business. He’s got a chance to be really good.”
### Among goal scorers, Jaromir Jagr today became the biggest name in Panthers history since Pavel Bure. Jagr, acquired from New Jersey for second- and third-round picks, had 11 goals and 18 assists this season and ranks sixth all-time in NHL goals.
Jagr, 43, who was unhappy with his ice time with the Devils, is obviously past his prime but still can make a difference.
“We’re elated,” GM Dale Tallon told Panthers TV voice Steve Goldstein. “It’s great for our franchise. Everyone will ask us about the age but this guy is the finest fit athlete in the league. Nobody works harder. A dominant player still. I’m hopeful he will mentor young guys and help us offensively in the last 20 games. This is a statement for us. This sends a message to our fans and our players that we’re committed and will do what it takes to win. [Owners] Vinnie Viola and Doug Cifu said go for it. He’s going to help us on the power play. We have a big forward line now. It will be tough to knock us off the puck.”
Tallon has expressed interest in possibly re-signing him this summer. “I hope a couple more years for him, because he’s willing and able to do it,” Tallon said. “He likes the makeup of our team, the direction we’re headed and he likes our young players.”
The Panthers entered tonight three points out of the eighth playoff spot.