« Media column: Staggering S. Florida ratings for NBA Finals; Locals speak out on LeBron; Major TV golf, college football changes | Main | Cap limitations give Wade some leverage in negotiations; Heat summons 3 player in mix at No. 10; Dolphins, UM football, Marlins chatter »

Friday night notes: Mathis; Tannenbaum addresses issues; UM football, CWS, hoops items

Dolphins and Canes notes:

### On his weekly WQAM segment today, agent Drew Rosenhaus said "at least half a dozen" teams have inquired about free agent guard Evan Mathis since the Eagles released him Thursday but he doesn't necessarily expect a quick resolution.

Rosenhaus declined to name teams who are interested and wouldn't say if the Dolphins have called.

"Until a player visits with a team, clubs like to keep their interest on the down low," he said.

"It's wide open and there's a lot of interest in Evan," Rosenhaus added. "Between now and the start of training camp, I definitely expect him to have a new home. I think we'll be methodical. We won't necessarily rush into signing immediately....

"As far as ranking Evan's priorities, I definitely think winning is critical to him.... The contract has been an issue, so that's a factor. Fortunately, he's going to have some options."

Miami's chances of landing Mathis would hinge in large part on how high the price goes in bidding.

Keep in mind that the Dolphins ideally would prefer to carry over some of their $10 million cap space into 2016 because they're already over the projected 2016 cap. They also want to keep a few million available to protect themselves in case of injury before and during the season.

Pro Football Focus rated Mathis, 33, as the NFL's second-best guard last season.

TANNENBAUM'S THOUGHTS

Mike Tannenbaum, the Dolphins’ president of football operations, addressed a few points this week on a podcast with NFL Network’s Daniel Jeremiah:

### On why the Dolphins pursued Ndamukong Suh: “A big factor was he could impact every play from the standpoint of against the run, he’s going to take two people. In the quick passing game, they are going to have to get rid of the ball because he’s going to be a great matchup against any guard in the league…. He really leads by example. He’s been impactful in the classroom. His work ethic and professionalism have been tremendous so far.”

### On DeVante Parker: “He should be ready to go by opening day” after foot surgery.

### On why Miami gave Ryan Tannehill a big multiyear contract: “You look at his trajectory, you look at his character. Not a lot of quarterbacks you would take before him in building a team. That’s not to say he has been perfect.”

### On the philosophy of building a team in the AFC East: “…New England’s going to throw the ball, but you look at the Jets and Buffalo. They both have really good running attacks and offensive lines. With Suh, Earl Mitchell, Cameron Wake, Olivier Vernon, the depth and talent we have on the defensive line gives us a chance to compete against offenses that will attack us in a variety of ways.”

### On Joe Philbin: “Coach Philbin has been tremendous. When you talk to multiple players he’s been around, he engenders tremendous loyalty.”

Asked what he considers important in a coach, the first thing Tannenbaum mentioned was “the emotional IQ of knowing what pitch to throw what day. What is the appropriate way to behave depending on the situation.” He mentioned how Warriors coach Steve Kerr, who Tannenbaum represented during his time as an agent, cited that as a strength of Spurs coach Gregg Popovich.

UM CHATTER

### Backup quarterback/backup outfielder Malik Rosier did not accompany the Hurricanes baseball team to Omaha.

"I could have [gone if I wanted]," he said Thursday at a Hurricanes youth football clinic.

"Me and coach [Jim] Morris decided it was best for me to stay here this year. This summer was important for me to get used to throwing to Stacy Coley and Herb Waters and Malcolm Lewis. I’m on a football scholarship. They’re the ones paying my bills."

But he said he again intends to play both sports next year.

### Rashad Muhammad, a 6-6 guard who is transferring from San Jose State, told CBS he is visiting UM, Wake Forest and USF. Muhammad averaged 13.9 points and 3.3 rebounds as a sophomore last season but shot only 38.1 percent from the field (36.0 on threes).

### UM opens College World Series play against the Gators on Saturday with eight starters batting over .300 and a ninth, Ricky Eusebio, at .297.

“We have a complete team. I feel good about this club," Morris said. "We've had a lot of guys contributing. I expect everyone when they walk up there to get a hit. Our defense is playing good, our offense is getting hits when it counts and our pitching has been very good. Our bullpen, Bryan Garcia feels good in that closer's role."

But the Gators took two of three against UM much earlier this season and have won nine in a row. "I honestly think this could be their most talented team since I've been here at Miami,” Morris said.

### UM slugger David Thompson, drafted in the fourth round by the Mets this week, said: "I told my parents when I was 5 I was going to go to Miami and play in the College World Series one day. Now that it's happening it's an unreal feeling. I've dreamed about this ever since I was a little kid."

### For those unfamiliar with how the College World Series works, UM is in a bracket with UF (its first opponent at 8 p.m. Saturday), Arkansas and Virginia. Those four teams will compete in a double-elimination tournament, with the winner advancing to play a best of three series against the winner of the other bracket.

Twitter: @flasportsbuzz          

Comments