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    MOCK MIAMI DOLPHINS OFFSEASON








    OFFSEASON PREVIEW
    This is an exciting offseason for all Dolphins fans, with excess cap space paired with a bevy of draft picks in the top 100 the Phins appear to be poised to position themselves in the thick of the AFC playoff race. The Dolphins find themselves faced with many questions regarding their upcoming free agent class and without many home discounts forthcoming it's becoming increasingly likely that the 2013 Dolphins will have many new faces. When looking at this football team that continued their trend of mediocrity with another sub-.500 finish this past season, it's important to look at where the league is trending. I found when watching the team this past season most of our games were lost because of our poor protection of our rookie quarterback, a lack of talent on the outside and a pair of cornerbacks that cover. Entering free agency these are our biggest needs and I find that the out of house options are superior to what we have in house, and may come at a better price. Through free agency I want to plug as many holes as possible, not necessarily with a few high priced guys but several solid guys at a more affordable rate with room to grow. This will set us up for the draft where we can take the BPA from round to round. I want good pass protection, corners that can stick with receivers and receivers that can be relied on to help our franchise signal caller grow. Everything else comes secondary after that. With a few cuts we're positioned to have the most cap space in the NFL and with the right strategy can plug most if all our holes. As you will see the first moves I'd make would be to slash the contracts of Dan Carpenter, Dmitri Patterson and Richard Marshall to give us as much flexibility as possible. Looking at this free agency class I see a lot of depth at corner and tackle, which suits us nicely. Let me preface this by saying this is not a prediction of what Ireland is going to do come March 12th, this is what I would do with all our assets at our disposal. Let me also add I don't have a ton of experience with the salary cap, but have been slowly learning about it and if there's any issues with my calculations to bring it to my attention. Finally, I haven't watched nearly as much college football as I have in the past so most of my selections are based on scouting reports so feel free to give me some added insight. Hopefully enjoy my effort, took a fair amount of time, cheers.

    Also one question for everyone, how does the salary cap rollover work?

    For everyone who doesn't wanna read this whole thing, just take a look at our projected 2013 line up and free agency to see their terms. It's a bit daunting cause of the 51 player breakdown to show cap hits.


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    1. WR Last year it became painfully clear that the Dolphins wide receiving core lacked any game breaking ability. Outside of Hartline and Bess there was no consistency and there was an overall lack of speed on the field. Hartline is scheduled for free agency and should be a priority at a reasonable price. Mathews showed flashes once he got a chance to see the field. This unit needs a total face lift this offseason, it starts with a top FA and a high draft pick, along with the return of Hartline into the fold.
    2. CB This has got to be the most frustrating position on the field for me. For what feels like as long as I've watched Dolphins football no matter how solid a defense we field we always fail on passing downs. I get nostalgic think about the days of Madison and Surtain and with the evolution of the NFL our glaring weaknesses are that much more apparent. This is the offseason to get some pieces at the corner position to get our play on the boundary in line with our safeties. This is a spot we must invest money in wisely and provide lots of quality depth. Clean house.
    3. TE Another emerging trend in the NFL has been the seam threat tight end. The Dolphins have also been lagging behind the rest of the NFL in this regard. Fasano is a nice guy to have but we need more playmaking at the position. The Dolphins probably need to add 2 guys that compliment each other well, a solid blocking red zone target and another H-back type who can line up all over the field and create mismatches.
    4. RT As the days pass it becomes more and more clear that Jake Long's days as a Dolphin are over. With Martin likely shifting over to the left side this creates a considerable hole on the right side. The offensive line has to be solidified for Tannehill to reach his high ceiling and his protection is a key to our success.
    5. LDE A complement for Cam Wake is needed on the opposite side. Vernon is a nice developmental guy but still needs a little more seasoning, so a quality stop gap that can push the pocket and help push Odrick inside is a necessary step.


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    TRADE
    Daniel Thomas to the Titans for a 2013 5th round pick
    Daniel Thomas has been a disappointment throughout his tenure with the Phins. For a big back he leaves a lot to be desired in short yardage situations and offers little to nothing in the passing game. If I couldn't get any picks back for him I'd simply cut him and give the guys behind him a better shot at playing time. In this deal I would send Thomas to the Titans to complement Chris Johnson.
    Saves 455K towards the Cap for 2013.
    CUT Dan Carpenter After Carp's sparking start to his career he has fallen off sharply. His contract hurts our cap situation and his recent play makes this decision a no brainer for me. I'd have him back at a slashed salary to compete with a rookie kicker but only under that circumstance.
    Saves 2.7 million towards the Cap for 2013.
    CUT Dmitri Patterson I liked what I saw from Patterson in his brief stint with the Phins. Unfortunately with a contract that pays him 4.6 million for the upcoming season there is no way to keep him at that price, especially when an outright cut has no negative consequences on our Cap situation. He's a quality fallback option on a cheap 2-year deal if we can't reach terms with his replacement.
    Saves 4.6 million towards the Cap for 2013.
    CUT Richard Marshall Richard Marshall was one of our bigger moves in free agency this past offseason, which I supported at the time, but Marshall, was hampered by a back injury which ended his season prematurely. I like this upcoming crop of corners in both the draft and free agency and clearing Marshall off the books would give us more flexibility. With him and Patterson out of the equation, along with Smith big changes must come to our secondary.
    Saves 3.4 million towards the Cap for 2013
    OVERALL SAVINGS = $11,155,000



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    WR Brian Hartline Hartline has proved to be a capable #2 and has built a quality rapport with Tannehill over their first full season together. His inability to get in the endzone has been the main gripe among Dolphin fans but as far as I'm concerned he's a solid part of our offense and willl help Tannehill and the rest of the offense grow. I value him between 4.5 and 5 million but would go as far as 5.5 a year, we can't afford to create more holes on an already thin offensive core. Hartline may want to test the market to get Laurent Robinson money, but it's unlikely he's going to find many suitors at that price.
    Re-sign Brian Hartline for 3 years @ $15 million.
    S Tyron Culver Culver is a nice depth guy, but doesn't offer that much outside of being a serviceable backup. His depth and flexibility in our secondary is nice to have.
    Re-sign Tyron Culver for 1 year @ 700K
    CB/S Jonathon Amaya (RFA) Amaya came back in the Bush trade and will provide depth in the secondary.
    Tender Jonathon Amaya for 1 year @ 630K.
    QB Pat Devlin (RFA) Devlin lacks the skillset of a future starter but knows the offense and has continued to grow behind Tannehill. I would keep him around in hopes he can continue to develop into a solid #2 behind Tannehill.
    Tender Pat Devlin for 1 year @ 555K
    CB Bryan McCann (RFA) McCann will supply depth in a backfield short on personnel and talent.
    Tender Bryan McCann for 1 year @ 555K
    MLB Austin Spitler (RFA) Spitler is a quality special teams guy and provides a little extra depth at a cheap price.
    Tender Austin Spitler for 1 year @ 555K
    TOTAL COSTS = $7,955,000


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    OT Jake Long Injuries have sapped Longs dominance after emerging as one of the premier tackles in football over his first few seasons. With wildcard Jonathan Martin in house it will be his spot to sink or swim in. The cost of acquiring a right tackle is much smaller than that of a right tackle and without a hometown discount forthcoming it appears to be the end of the line for the former first overall pick.
    Jake Long to the Bears for 5 years @ 45 million (25 guaranteed)
    CB Sean Smith Smith's a maddeningly inconsistent performer and is seeking a contract likely 3 million greater than his actual worth. I would let him walk, as there's a handful of more consistent options on the market that will be worth the same or likely less. Look for him to get a contract in the ballpark of the one Eric Wright signed with the Bucs this past offseason.
    Sean Smith to the Jaguars for 5 years @ 40 million (22 guaranteed).
    DT Randy Starks I love Randy Starks, and although the franchise tag is an option in the salary cap era it's important for a team with as many needs as us to fill them effectively. The cost to retain Starks is too prohibitory when considering the fact that we have a competent enough player in Jared Odrick to fill his role. I also don't like Odrick on the outside and think it is necessary for him to move inside to maximize his value.
    Randy Starks to the Broncos for 4 years @ 26 million (10 guaranteed)
    RB Reggie Bush There seems to be a huge divide between fans relating to what we should do with Bush. The fact of the matter is we have a high upside back and we're ready to turn him loose. I like Thigpen as a guy who could develop as well, add another powerful back into the mix and we have a competent backfield. Bush did too much dancing last year and for a change of pace back his contract will be too prohibitory.

    Reggie Bush to the Chargers for 4 years @ 16 million (6 million guaranteed)
    TE Anthony Fasano Fasano has been a very underrated member of our franchise over the last few years and offers very solid blocking skills to go with a great pair of hands. Unfortunately he must be upgraded on because he offers too little between the 20s. Having Fasano as a compliment to a more athletic #1 is another good option depending on who we pursue.
    Anthony Fasano to the Bucs for 2 years @ 5.5 million
    QB Matt Moore Matt Moore would be a welcomed returnee to hold the clipboard behind Tanny and provide quality insurance in the event of an injury. This appears unlikely with so many teams in flux at the quarterback position and a potentially steep price tag for a back up. It's clear we want him back, but with chances to start he will price himself out of our range.
    Matt Moore to the Browns for 2 years @ 10 million
    FS Chris Clemons Chris Clemons emerged this past season as a solid complement to Reshad Jones. He isn't a game changer, but is a consistent option in the defensive backfield who seldom is caught out of position. I'd let him test the market because there's a lot of solid safety options this year that offer more game changing ability. If we strike out on some safeties, Clemons is a very solid candidate to return.
    G/T Tony McDaniel A potential fallback option with Starks being jettisoned out of town, but overall graded poorly across the board. An interior rotational lineman with better pass rushing ability will be a better avenue to take.
    K Nate Kaeding Brought in late season and one of many legs who could get an invite to push our drafted kicker.
    WR Marlon Moore (RFA) Has had 3 years to set himself apart in a poor receiving core and failed to do so. Mathews looks to have some upside and although Moore's skills on special teams will be missed they can be replaced.
    TE Jeron Mastrud (RFA) Tight end is a position that must be upgraded and Mastrud has proven to be no more than a marginal backup.


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    OT Sebastian Vollmer
    (NE)
    This is where the offseason gets fun. My biggest financial move is to solidify Tanny's offensive line. With Jake Long gone Martin will have his opportunity to run with the left tackle job, he's the biggest wild card on the offensive line. With Vollmer not only do we get a solid all around blocker, we steal him from a division rival. He excels as both a pass blocker and run blocker and is still young. Gosder Cherilus was also considered as his price tag will likely be less, but inconsistency and mediocrity in the run game gives the edge to Vollmer.
    Sign Sebastian Vollmer for 5 years @ 37.5 million
    CB Chris Houston
    (DET)
    As I've mentioned our corners have been woeful for a long time. With many solid options on the market I decided to go with Houston. Although a little undersized he has been a solid corner in a bad secondary for the last few years and I liked him coming out of Arkansas as a prospect. He gets the edge over a handful of decent guys but to me he is only reaching his prime and can be a solid #1 in our secondary.
    Sign Chris Houston for 5 years @ 30 million
    WR Greg Jennings
    (GB)
    When it comes down to wide receiver, it's not a question of "if" but "who"? Jennings is expecting a big pay day, unfortunately for him I don't see him reaching his lofty contract expectations. For 8.5 million a year he is a much better option than Wallace in my opinion. Wallace lacks the route running ability necessary in our WCO and Jennings is a proven option with experience in our system and a rock solid attitude. Although a potential injury risk Jennings still possesses the speed and quickness that has made him one of the most productive wide receivers in football. He will be a solid and reliable #1 for Tannehill and won't cripple our cap.
    Sign Greg Jennings for 3 years @ 25.5 million
    FS Glover Quin (HOU) Here's a guy I did everything in my power to work into our offseason blueprint. The Dolphins have struggled mightily covering tight end and slot receivers and Quin is the perfect remedy to that ailment. A converted corner, Quin lined up in the slot or over the tight end more than any other safety in football last year and his experience there is huge for a defense that is only a few pieces away.
    Sign Glover Quin for 4 years @ 22.5 million
    TE Martellus Bennett
    (DAL)
    Bennett is a perfect replacement for Fasano. He replaces what Fasano could do as a blocker and offers a level of athleticism that Fasano simply could not provide. As one of the best blocking tight ends in football he is also a big body who can help make plays in the redzone. Bennett is a freak athlete and in his first year out of Witten's shadow he finally seemed to emerge into the player many talent evaluators had envisioned.
    Sign Martellus Bennett for 3 years @ 15 million
    OG Brandon Moore
    (NYJ)
    Moore has graded out as one of the best guards over the last couple seasons. Another lineman snatched away from a divisional rival. Although getting into his mid thirties, Moore is solid in both run and pass blocking, while also forcing Mark Sanchez fumbles, a win win. Bringing Moore in will solidify the right side of our line and gives us 2 years to find his heir apparent.
    Sign Brandon Moore for 2 years @ 10 million
    CB Greg Toler
    (ARI)
    The most underrated guy on my FA list, Toler has filled in as a capable #1 in Arizona, and is skilled enough to at least be a solid #2 in our secondary. Toler does come with some injury risks, but his price tag shouldn't be too steep and could be a bargain.
    Sign Greg Toler for 2 years @ 7.5 million
    DT Sen'Derrick Marks
    (TEN)
    With the departure of Starks, investing in a young depth guy with room to grow would be a wise move. Marks was a second rounder a couple years ago in Tennessee and if we're lucky maybe another Titan tackle will flourish the way Starks did. Marks is not particularly exceptional in any aspect of his game, but provides solid depth behind Odrick and Soliai, who is also only under contract for 1 more year.
    Sign Sen'Derrick Marks for 2 years @ 3.75 million
    DE Israel Idonije
    (CHI)
    Idonije had a solid year in Chicago and his veteran presence can help the likes of Vernon and a draft pick develop at their own pace. Idonije is solid against both the run and pass and would be a solid stopgap across from Wake and help our secondary.
    Sign Israel Idonije for 1 year @ 3.5 million
    TE James Casey
    (HOU)
    Another tight end who has developing in the shadow of an established NFL starter, Casey had a mini breakout this past season. Coming out of Rice he was one of those guys who lined up anywhere from H-back to quarterback, and little has changed in the NFL. Still young, Casey could develop into the perfect compliment to Bennett and offer another seam threat who can create mismatches all over the field.
    Sign James Casey for 2 years @ 3 million
    QB Seneca Wallace
    (CLE)
    Although out of football last year, I've always been a fan of Seneca's and his ability to keep plays alive. He has experience in the WCO, comes cheap and is similar athletically to Tannehill.
    Sign Seneca Wallace for 1 year @ 720K
    TOTAL COSTS = $48,845,000


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    DE
    DT
    WR
    CB
    RB
    TE
    K


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    ROUND 1
    12) Barkevious Mingo, DE, LSU
    ROUND 2
    42) Jonathon Banks, CB, Mississippi State
    ROUND 2
    54) Justin Hunter, WR, Tennessee
    ROUND 3
    79) Stepfan Taylor, RB, Stanford
    ROUND 3
    84) Brandon Williams, DT, Missouri Southern
    ROUND 4
    113) Tyrann Mathieu, CB, LSU
    ROUND 4 (Supplemental)
    138) Brandon Washington, OG, Miami
    ROUND 5
    146) Dustin Hopkins, K, Florida State (via Thomas trade)
    ROUND 5
    150) Malliciah Goodman, DE, Clemson
    ROUND 7
    219) Omar Hunter, DT, Florida
    ROUND 7
    226) Michael Clay, OLB, Oregon
    [TABLE="width: 546"]

    POS
    Starter
    Backup
    3rd String
    4th String

    QB
    Ryan Tannehill
    Seneca Wallace*
    Pat Devlin


    RB
    Lamar Miller
    Stepfan Taylor**
    Marcus Thigpen
    Jonas Gray

    FB
    Jorvorskie Lane




    WR1
    Greg Jennings*
    Davone Bess
    Rishard Mathews


    WR2
    Brian Hartline*
    Justin Hunter**
    Armon Binns


    TE
    Martellus Bennett*
    James Casey*
    Charles Clay
    Michael Egnew
    Kyle Miller

    LT
    Jonathon Martin
    Will Yeatman



    LG
    Richie Incognito
    Brandon Washington**



    C
    Mike Pouncey
    Josh Samuda



    RG
    Brandon Moore*




    RT
    Sebastian Vollmer*
    John Jerry



    POS
    Starter
    Backup
    3rd String
    4th String

    DE
    Cameron Wake
    Olivier Vernon
    Malliciah Goodman**


    DT
    Jared Odrick
    Sen'Derrick Marks*
    Brandon Williams**


    DT
    Paul Soliai
    Kheeston Randall
    Omar Hunter**


    DE
    Israel Idonije*
    Barkevious Mingo**
    Derrick Shelby


    WLB
    Kevin Burnett
    Josh Kaddu
    Michael Clay**


    MLB
    Karlos Dansby
    Jason Trusnik
    Austin Spitler


    SLB
    Koa Misi
    Jonathon Freeny



    CB1
    Chris Houston*
    Greg Toler*
    Nolan Carroll*
    Julian Posey

    CB2
    Jonathon Banks**
    Tyrann Mathieu**
    Jimmy Wilson


    FS
    Glover Quin*
    Tyron Culver
    Kelcie McCray


    SS
    Reshad Jones
    Jonathon Amaya*



    POS
    Starter
    Backup
    3rd String
    4th String

    K
    Dustin Hopkins**




    P
    Brandon Fields




    LS
    John Denney



    [/TABLE]

    [TABLE="width: 518"]


    Top 51
    2013 Cap Hit
    2014 Cap Hit
    Dead Money

    1
    LB Karlos Dansby
    $8,575,000
    $11,575,000
    $4,650,000

    2
    WR Greg Jennings
    $8,000,000
    $8,500,000


    3
    OT Sebastian Vollmer
    $7,500,000
    $7,500,000


    4
    DT Paul Soliai
    $7,375,000
    UFA
    $1,575,000

    5
    CB Chris Houston
    $6,000,000
    $6,000,000


    6
    LB Kevin Burnett
    $5,700,000
    $7,000,000
    $2,500,000

    7
    OL Richie Incognito
    $5,383,334
    UFA
    $1,083,334

    8
    DE Cameron Wake
    $5,015,000
    $7,285,000
    $14,985,000

    9
    TE Martellus Bennett
    $5,000,000
    $5,000,000


    10
    WR Brian Hartline
    $5,000,000
    $5,000,000


    11
    OG Brandon Moore
    $4,500,000
    $5,500,000


    12
    CB Greg Toler
    $3,500,000
    $4,000,000


    13
    DE Israel Idonije
    $3,500,000
    UFA


    14
    WR Davone Bess
    $3,433,334
    UFA
    $750,000

    15
    QB Ryan Tannehill
    $2,879,205
    $3,455,046
    $10,365,138

    16
    C Mike Pouncey
    $2,525,371
    $2,946,267
    $5,471,638

    17
    FS Glover Quin
    $5,000,000
    $5,500,000


    18
    DT Sen'Derrick Marks
    $1,500,000
    $2,000,000


    19
    DE Jared Odrick
    $1,939,868
    $2,004,873
    $2,599,271

    20
    DE Barkevious Mingo** (12)
    $1,877,306
    $2,346,295


    21
    P Brandon Fields
    $1,645,000
    $3,661,116
    $2,080,000

    22
    TE James Casey
    $1,500,000
    UFA


    23
    LB Koa Misi
    $1,131,905
    UFA
    $467,500

    24
    OT Jonathan Martin
    $1,087,333
    $1,304,800
    $2,047,067

    25
    LS John Denney
    $1,013,750
    UFA
    $143,750

    26
    LB Jason Trusnik
    $931,666
    $1,055,000
    $400,000

    27
    CB Jonathon Banks (43)
    $871,791
    $1,089,739


    28
    OL John Jerry
    $789,625
    UFA
    $214,625

    29
    QB Seneca Wallace
    $720,000
    UFA


    30
    S Tyron Culver
    $700,000
    UFA


    31
    DE Olivier Vernon
    $669,520
    $759,520
    $478,560

    32
    WR Justin Hunter** (56)
    $659,300
    $824,125


    33
    TE Michael Egnew
    $652,239
    $742,239
    $441,717

    34
    CB/S Jonathon Amaya
    $630,000
    UFA


    35
    CB Nolan Carroll
    $622,939
    UFA
    $47,939

    36
    S Reshad Jones
    $615,075
    RFA
    $40,075

    37
    RB Lamar Miller
    $601,500
    $691,500
    $364,500

    38
    TE Charles Clay
    $583,000
    $673,000
    $56,000

    39
    CB Jimmy Wilson
    $566,475
    $656,475
    $22,950

    40
    RB Stepfan Taylor** (79)
    $556,594
    $671,594


    41
    OT Will Yeatman
    $555,000
    RFA
    $0

    42
    QB Pat Devlin
    $555,000
    RFA


    43
    Bryan McCann
    $555,000
    RFA


    44
    LB Austin Spitler
    $555,000
    RFA


    45
    DT Brandon Williams (84)
    $546,890
    $656,890


    46
    CB Tyrann Mathieu (113)
    $515,845
    $605,845


    47
    OG Brandon Washington (138)
    $454,500
    $544,500


    48
    DT Kheeston Randall
    $495,612
    $585,612
    $46,836

    49
    WR Rishard Matthews
    $493,403
    $583,403
    $38,544

    50
    DE Derrick Shelby
    $483,333
    $573,334
    $1,667

    51
    RB Marcus Thigpen
    $482,500
    $572,500
    $5,000








    TOP 51 Salaries
    $116,443,213




    + Dead Money
    $4,663,572




    Final Offseason
    Team Salary 2013
    $121,106,785




    Salary Cap Space
    $2,793,215










    RB Jonas Gray
    $480,000
    $570,000
    $0


    G/C Josh Samuda
    $480,000
    $570,000
    $0


    FB Jorvorskie Lane
    $480,000
    $570,000
    $0


    LB Josh Kaddu
    $480,000
    ERFA
    $0


    WR Armon Binns
    $480,000
    ERFA
    $0


    LB Jonathan Freeny
    $480,000
    ERFA
    $0


    TE Kyle Miller
    $480,000
    $480,000
    $0


    CB Julian Posey
    $480,000
    $480,000
    $0


    DT DeAndre Presley
    $480,000




    LB Lee Robinson
    $480,000




    K Dustin Hopkins (146)
    $452,220
    $542,220



    DE Malliciah Goodman (150)
    $451,048
    $541,048



    DT Omar Hunter (219)
    $417,150
    $507,150



    Michael Clay (226)
    $416,850
    $506,074



    S Kelcie McCray
    $408,333
    $405,000
    $3,333


    OT Andrew McDonald
    $405,000




    Chandler Burden
    $405,000




    Brian Tyms
    $405,000




    Jeff Adams
    $405,000




    Jeff Fuller
    $405,000










    Projected Cap Space





    Resigning Costs





    Free Agency Costs





    Total Signing Costs





    Leftover for Draft Picks





    Draft Cost
    $6,688,612




    Total Cap Space Remaining











    CUTS





    K Dan Carpenter
    - $3,012,500
    - $2,700,000
    $312,500


    CB Dimitri Patterson
    - $4,600,000
    - $4,600,000
    $0


    CB Richard Marshall
    - $5,766,666
    - $4,600,000
    $2,333,334


    RB Daniel Thomas
    $882,652
    $669,217
    $426,870








    Dead Money





    CB RIchard Marshall
    $2,333,334




    CB Vontae Davis
    $1,111,250




    RB Daniel Thomas
    $426,870




    K Dan Carpenter
    312,500




    WR Clyde Gates
    $226,576




    LB Josh Kaddu
    $140,055




    WR B.J. Cunningham
    $79,650




    CB Kevyn Scott
    $6,000




    DT Chas Alecxih
    $5,000




    WR Jeff Fuller
    $5,000




    WR Derek Moye
    $3,334




    DE Jarrell Root
    $3,334




    DE Jacquies Smith
    $3,334




    OL Dustin Waldron
    $3,334




    LB Shelly Lyons
    $2,000




    TE Les Brown
    $1,667




    OL Andrew McDonald
    $334




    Total Dead Money
    $4,663,572










    Salary Cap
    $123,900,000




    Total 2013 Salary Cap
    After Cuts





    Projected Cap Space
    Post Cuts





    Cost for Draft Picks





    Projected Cap Space
    Considering Draft Picks









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    OFFSEASON REVIEW
    So some final thoughts with this offseason. You can see with all these moves that we're still under the salary cap with a bit of a buffer. We've got solid starters across the board with no glaring holes. There are rumors that Quin will be tagged and if that's the case we have even more room and we can bring back Clemons (probably 3 a year).

    Looking forward you can see our 2014 situation. I include the guys under contract, and would cut Dansby, while restructuring Burnett. When it's all said and done we're in decent cap space for the upcoming seasons only needing to replace starters at guard, defensive tackle, middle linebacker and long snapper.

    Let me know what Dolphins nation thinks!
    [TABLE="width: 412"]


    Top 51
    2014 Cap Hit
    [TD="colspan: 2"]Dead Money[/TD]

    1
    WR Greg Jennings
    [TD="colspan: 2"]$8,500,000[/TD]


    2
    OT Sebastian Vollmer
    [TD="colspan: 2"]$7,500,000[/TD]


    3
    DE Cameron Wake
    [TD="colspan: 2"]$7,285,000[/TD]
    $14,985,000

    4
    CB Chris Houston
    [TD="colspan: 2"]$6,000,000[/TD]


    5
    OG Brandon Moore
    [TD="colspan: 2"]$5,500,000[/TD]


    6
    FS Glover Quin
    [TD="colspan: 2"]$5,500,000[/TD]


    7
    LB Kevin Burnett
    [TD="colspan: 2"]$5,000,000[/TD]
    RESTRUCTURE

    8
    TE Martellus Bennett
    [TD="colspan: 2"]$5,000,000[/TD]


    9
    WR Brian Hartline
    [TD="colspan: 2"]$5,000,000[/TD]


    10
    CB Greg Toler
    [TD="colspan: 2"]$4,000,000[/TD]


    11
    P Brandon Fields
    [TD="colspan: 2"]$3,661,116[/TD]
    $2,080,000

    12
    QB Ryan Tannehill
    [TD="colspan: 2"]$3,455,046[/TD]
    $10,365,138

    13
    C Mike Pouncey
    [TD="colspan: 2"]$2,946,267[/TD]
    $5,471,638

    14
    Round 1
    [TD="colspan: 2"]$2,500,000*[/TD]


    15
    DE Barkevious Mingo** (12)
    [TD="colspan: 2"]$2,346,295[/TD]


    16
    DE Jared Odrick
    [TD="colspan: 2"]$2,004,873[/TD]
    $2,599,271

    17
    DT Sen'Derrick Marks
    [TD="colspan: 2"]$2,000,000[/TD]


    18
    TE James Casey
    [TD="colspan: 2"]$1,500,000[/TD]


    19
    Round 2
    [TD="colspan: 2"]$1,150,000*[/TD]


    20
    OT Jonathan Martin
    [TD="colspan: 2"]$1,304,800[/TD]
    $2,047,067

    21
    LB Jason Trusnik
    [TD="colspan: 2"]$1,055,000[/TD]
    $400,000

    22
    CB Jonathon Banks (43)
    [TD="colspan: 2"]$1,089,739[/TD]


    23
    Round 3
    [TD="colspan: 2"]$900,000*[/TD]


    24
    WR Justin Hunter** (56)
    [TD="colspan: 2"]$824,125[/TD]


    25
    DE Olivier Vernon
    [TD="colspan: 2"]$759,520[/TD]
    $478,560

    26
    TE Michael Egnew
    [TD="colspan: 2"]$742,239[/TD]
    $441,717

    27
    Round 4
    [TD="colspan: 2"]$700,000*[/TD]


    28
    RB Lamar Miller
    [TD="colspan: 2"]$691,500[/TD]
    $364,500

    29
    TE Charles Clay
    [TD="colspan: 2"]$673,000[/TD]
    $56,000

    30
    RB Stepfan Taylor** (79)
    [TD="colspan: 2"]$671,594[/TD]


    31
    DT Brandon Williams (84)
    [TD="colspan: 2"]$656,890[/TD]


    32
    CB Jimmy Wilson
    [TD="colspan: 2"]$656,475[/TD]
    $22,950

    33
    CB Tyrann Mathieu (110)
    [TD="colspan: 2"]$605,845[/TD]


    34
    DT Kheeston Randall
    [TD="colspan: 2"]$585,612[/TD]
    $46,836

    35
    WR Rishard Matthews
    [TD="colspan: 2"]$583,403[/TD]
    $38,544

    36
    DE Derrick Shelby
    [TD="colspan: 2"]$573,334[/TD]
    $1,667

    37
    RB Marcus Thigpen
    [TD="colspan: 2"]$572,500[/TD]
    $5,000

    38
    RB Jonas Gray
    [TD="colspan: 2"]$570,000[/TD]
    $0

    39
    G/C Josh Samuda
    [TD="colspan: 2"]$570,000[/TD]
    $0

    40
    FB Jorvorskie Lane
    [TD="colspan: 2"]$570,000[/TD]
    $0

    41
    OG Brandon Washington (134)
    [TD="colspan: 2"]$544,500[/TD]


    42
    K Justin Hopkins (137)
    [TD="colspan: 2"]$544,625[/TD]


    43
    DE Malliciah Goodman (141)
    [TD="colspan: 2"]$543,000[/TD]


    44
    Brandon Williams (203)
    [TD="colspan: 2"]$510,150[/TD]


    45
    Round 5
    [TD="colspan: 2"]$500,000*[/TD]


    46
    TE Kyle Miller
    [TD="colspan: 2"]$480,000[/TD]


    47
    CB Julian Posey
    [TD="colspan: 2"]$480,000[/TD]



    S Reshad Jones
    [TD="colspan: 2"]RFA[/TD]
    $40,075


    OT Will Yeatman
    [TD="colspan: 2"]RFA[/TD]
    $0


    QB Pat Devlin
    [TD="colspan: 2"]RFA[/TD]



    Bryan McCann
    [TD="colspan: 2"]RFA[/TD]



    TOP 51 Salaries
    [TD="colspan: 2"]$94,056,448[/TD]



    + Dead Money
    [TD="colspan: 2"]$4,650,000[/TD]



    Final Offseason
    Team Salary 2013
    [TD="colspan: 2"]$98,706,448[/TD]



    Salary Cap Space
    [TD="colspan: 2"][/TD]



    Estimated Cap
    [TD="colspan: 2"]$125,000,000*[/TD]




    [TD="colspan: 2"][/TD]



    Cuts
    [TD="colspan: 2"][/TD]



    LB Karlos Dansby
    [TD="colspan: 2"]$11,575,000[/TD]
    $4,650,000



    [TD="colspan: 2"][/TD]



    Restructure
    [TD="colspan: 2"][/TD]



    LB Kevin Burnett
    [TD="colspan: 2"]-$2,000,000[/TD]




    [TD="colspan: 2"][/TD]



    2014 UFA's
    [TD="colspan: 2"][/TD]



    DT Paul Soliai
    [TD="colspan: 2"]UFA[/TD]



    OL Richie Incognito
    [TD="colspan: 2"]UFA[/TD]



    DE Israel Idonije
    [TD="colspan: 2"]UFA[/TD]



    WR Davone Bess
    [TD="colspan: 2"]UFA[/TD]



    QB Seneca Wallace
    [TD="colspan: 2"]UFA[/TD]



    LB Koa Misi
    [TD="colspan: 2"]UFA[/TD]



    LS John Denney
    [TD="colspan: 2"]UFA[/TD]



    CB/S Jonathon Amaya
    [TD="colspan: 2"]UFA[/TD]



    OL John Jerry
    [TD="colspan: 2"]UFA[/TD]



    CB Nolan Carroll
    [TD="colspan: 2"]UFA[/TD]







    [/TABLE]

    2014 Projected Roster and Holes
    [TABLE="width: 546"]

    POS
    Starter
    Backup
    3rd String
    4th String

    QB
    Ryan Tannehill
    Pat Devlin



    RB
    Lamar Miller
    Stepfan Taylor**
    Marcus Thigpen
    Jonas Gray

    FB
    Jorvorskie Lane




    WR1
    Greg Jennings*

    Rishard Mathews


    WR2
    Brian Hartline*
    Justin Hunter**
    Armon Binns


    TE
    Martellus Bennett*
    James Casey*
    Charles Clay
    Michael Egnew
    Kyle Miller

    LT
    Jonathon Martin
    Will Yeatman



    LG

    Brandon Washington**



    C
    Mike Pouncey
    Josh Samuda



    RG
    Brandon Moore*




    RT
    Sebastian Vollmer*




    POS
    Starter
    Backup
    3rd String
    4th String

    DE
    Cameron Wake
    Olivier Vernon
    Malliciah Goodman**


    DT
    Jared Odrick
    Sen'Derrick Marks*



    DT

    Kheeston Randall



    DE
    Barkevious Mingo**

    Derrick Shelby


    WLB
    Kevin Burnett
    Josh Kaddu
    ​Michael Clay**


    MLB

    Jason Trusnik



    SLB

    Jonathon Freeny



    CB1
    Chris Houston*
    Greg Toler*

    Julian Posey

    CB2
    Jonathon Banks**
    Tyrann Mathieu**
    Jimmy Wilson


    FS
    Chris Clemons
    Kelcie McCray



    SS
    Reshad Jones (RFA)




    POS
    Starter
    Backup
    3rd String
    4th String

    K
    Dustin Hopkins**




    P
    Brandon Fields




    LS




    [/TABLE]
     
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  2. Kdawg954

    Kdawg954 Paint on My Hands from Paintin the Perfect Picture Finheaven VIP Donator

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    Long, but nice presentation . . . I have to give you that (whether I agree or not).
     
  3. uk_dolfan

    uk_dolfan Founder of the FH Adam Gase fan club Moderator Finheaven VIP Donator

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    wow.... we disagree on quite a few things but well done! You put a lot of effort into that!
     
  4. Twitches Brew

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    Nice job with the post. What jumps out to me...that's alot of free agents; you're adding 10 new starters, which you rarely see in the NFL.
     
  5. pillBOXhat

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    Yup, can't say I agree 100%. Would be interesting to check this post after the off-season and see how you compared to Ireland lol
     
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    I wish I was Pat Devlin. Half a million dollars a year, little responsibility.. If he gets married hes insane
     
  7. phintim

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    Lots of good work there
     
  8. Playmaker76

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    Love the effort and love the free agent signings. Only one huge problem. Team chemistry would be a disaster. Adding so many new starters we'd probably have a worse record due to chemistry issues despite having more talent.
     
  9. spiketex

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    I appreciate the depth of your analysis and respect your passion for our team. You are approaching this as a radical change by basically getting rid of all the more expensive free agents. While I'm expecting a number to go, I'd be shocked if Ireland discarded the lot. I would not let Starks, Fasano and Clemmons walk.
    I do not like your draft much. Everything I hear is that Mingo is too light to play DE in a 4:3 and he is best suited as an OLB in a 3:4 defense. Banks is too slow. Hunter is about choice 8 of the WRs
     
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    PHAZINPHINZPHAN Seasoned Veteran

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    Great Post. I would like to see A top end DE or LB in Free Agency. And a CB and WR in the first 2 picks.
     
  11. claytonduper

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    Awesome. Thanks for a great read. If your scenerio took place this would have to be one of the busiest off-seasons ever. I do disagree with a few things. First, I won't really challenge your draft picks as long as we cover most of our holes with good draft value. I can't ever imagine that our front office will sign that many FAs. I do expect 2 maybe 3 FA's before the draft. I then expect Ireland to pick a large number of free agents during training camp and preseason as the roster churning process is in full swing.


    I hope Hartline does return to give our team some stability. I agree with Daniel Thomas, he has never really impressed. Perhaps the coaches see something we aren't seeing during the games. I would love to see Stehphen Jackson come in for 2 years and split carries with Miller. We still develop Thigpen & Jonas Gray. I say keep Devlin, bring in another veteran for training camp and preseason, but go with Devlin as long as he keeps developing. I think we have to keep Fasano. We have too many other holes to fill and I don't want to weaken our protection any further. With that said, we need another TE. Will Clay or Egnew ever develop? I am on the fence with Randy Starks. I would hate to lose Sean Smith, not because I think he is great, but we have so many needs. At least Smith can hold his own against larger recievers and has shown some glimses of greatness. I thinks Long has played his last game as a Fin. There are too many other teams that are 1-2 players away and will throw a huge contract at him.

    Thanks for the great write up.
     
  12. FearTheBeard

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    I agree that this is a pretty radical approach, but when it comes down to it our only pending free agents that are significant members of our team are Clemons, Starks, Hartline, Clemons and Long (I wouldn't include Smith honestly....). Long will price himself out of Miami and there's more reliable options out there. Clemons is a guy that likely comes back, but I really like what Quin brings to the table. I bring Hartline back and Starks is just too much additional money for a position that we have a couple solid enough options.

    So to your point of chemistry. No matter what way you shake this offseason, you're going to need 2 new faces on the right side of the line, Long is just too pricey. Hartline comes back and you have to bring another receiver in no matter what, so Jennings transitioning to the same offense shouldn't hurt chemistry too bad.

    As far as chemistry along the defensive line it's pretty much a non issue, so whether Starks is in there or not won't hurt one way or another.

    Secondary would definitely be the biggest adjustment, and may be a bit too extreme. But I see Quin getting tag so with Clemons back we have the same pairing. When it comes to the other two corner spots only one guy has been a main stay and that's Smith. Patterson and Marshall have played 2 and 6 or so games respectively. So you're going to need to replace one starter at corner minimum anyway, neither of which will have chemistry going in anyway.

    Entering this offseason, you're gonna have to replace 1 starter at WR, with Long gone a RT, with Smith gone a corner. That's the minimum. With our cap space I'd want an upgrade at RG, #2 corner and LDE minimum.

    Thanks for reading!
     
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    that would be a very good offseason.however 10 FA i dont think so.
     
  14. cornbred55

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    Great post and this would be a very impressive offseason that would fill a lot of holes, however as others have mentioned the team chemistry would be an issue. Also the likelihood of being able to sign all those free agents in one offseason seems pretty low. I appreciate the incredible amount of effort put into the post and on paper think this would be a great improvement, however I just don't think it would work out.
     
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    See my response to the chemistry. And I agree this is unrealistic, but financially it makes sense and upgrades our team across the board, well also making our offensive and defensive commitments nearly even, unlike the massive divide we have now. But this is very hypothetical, but for every FA I have another FA that would be an adequate upgrade for a good price. I could bring Hartline, Starks and Clemons back and adjust it to air on the side of realism but for this I really just wanted to play GM.
     
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    Ignoring realism I completely agree that these would be some great pickups and would love to get a couple of these free agents, specifically Vollmer and Bennett. The draft also looked great, however Mingo at #12 worries me. I would absolutely love to pick up Justin Hunter with the 54th pick and think our WR corps would be significantly improved with him and Jennings.
     
  17. fishfanmiami

    fishfanmiami Have you seen junior's grades ? Moderator Finheaven VIP

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    WOW That is one well thought out , detail oriented , business plan for the Dolphins off season.

    A for the time and effort it must have taken to put those money numbers together. Accounting major I presume.

    As a sightly anal numbers guy myself good work brother.
     
  18. roy_miami

    roy_miami 2020 cant get here soon enough Donator

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    Good read. This would be a step in the right direction, maybe enough to sneak into the playoffs this season and with another step in the right direction next offseason maybe we can be legit contenders in 2014.
     
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    A lot of really good thoughts on free agency, but that draft is an abomination.

    Love a lot of the signings, especially Vollmer and Brandon Moore, excellent.

    Martellus Bennett is going to the Bucs. The Bucs will be bringing back Michael Bennett and Martellus has already said he wants to go and play with his brother. It is about as much a sure thing as anything in free agency this year. Forget about Bennett.

    Seriously doubt the Marks deal, very likely he stays in TN.

    Doubt they pay Quinn, too many good safeties in the draft and Clemons return is still likely.

    Casey and Idonije are good signings.

    Jennings and Hartline are kinda the same player but maybe? Probably depends on how NFL ready they believe the rookies in this class to be; the rooks that interest them that is. Guys like Hopkins,Swope,Bailey,Hunter,Patton,Boyce, etc.

    The draft:
    You want to use the #12 pick in the draft for a situational pass rusher who only had 5 sacks last year????????? Are ya nuts??

    Jonathan Banks is horrible fit for our schemes.

    Hunter is an intriguing guy. I like Stedman Bailey better but I would really love both of them.

    Spending a mid 3rd on a RB. Yuck! Not a value pick. I don't mind dumping Thomas but we could sign guys like Mike Goodson or Peyton Hillis for peanuts IF, we even need to add to the mix. Goodson played for Sherman at A&M.

    I'd rather keep Thomas and trade John Jerry and then draft Brian Winters to compete for both OG positions and/or beat out Jonathan Martin at RT, which wouldn't take much. Actually, Id rather trade Thomas and Jerry and draft Winters and sign Goodson. Goodson averaged over 5 yards per carry last year.

    I really,really hate the Mathieu pick. Draft Truphant or Rhodes in the first and sign Antwaan Barnes to be your situational pass rusher. He actually sacks people and Desmond Truphant is going to make several trips to Hawaii. Use the 4th somewhere else.

    I'm all for cutting Carpenter but do we really need to draft Hopkins that high? Is there a lot of desperation at the kicker position in the league outside of San Francisco. I expect they will sign a kicker. When you are a SB team you defininitely don't wnat to depend on a rookie kicker. Kaeding may land with the 49ers. I think Hopkins will be there in the 7th but we could trade up or down to get into the mid to late 6th and get him there but the two prospects behind him aren't that bad either.

    Are you sure we don't have depth at DT with Kheeston Randall and Chas Alexcih?? I think you need to draft a DE to replace Idonije. You only signed him for a year. I would use the 3rd I don't like the Williams pick. I think you need to draft another WR. Swope or Marquiess Griffin, some real speed.





    You will have to pay a lot more for Houston and Toler. You may have to settle for Keenan Lewis(who is better anyway IMO) and a stop gap like Marcus Truphant or even sign Chris Gamble who is going to be released.
     
  20. FearTheBeard

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    Ya that's too bad about Bennett, he would've been a nice fit. And with the Starks tag there's no need for Marks, hopefully we extend him. Jennings really isn't the same player as Hartline, he is solid at all the things Hartline does and so much more, perfect fit for our offense and more reliable than Wallace. Quin's more of a pipe dream and would be a big help for our secondary with what he brings to the table.

    As for the draft I mentioned I haven't done a ton of research, I'd just like a solid pass rusher with high upside. I think Banks is a Joe Haden type guy and is going to be a solid, big body pro. Bringing in Jennings instead of Wallace we need a speed guy, and Bailey isn't a speed guy. Hunter also can develop as a solid redzone option which we desperately need, especially with Bennett out of the equation. Big Stepfan Taylor fan, once you get in the third round some very solid running backs can be had, as long as you aren't wasting a 1st or 2nd as far as I'm concerned. I'm a big Trufant fan, and I also have always really like Goodson but like Taylor enough as a solid compliment to Miller. Mathieu's a gamer, everyone's entitled to their opinion but in the middle rounds I take the chance on a potential difference maker in a defense that doesn't create enough turnovers. With Starks back definitely tone down the DT action, but him and Soliai are up after this season. Like Randall. And the DE I'd add would come in the first round and be the heir apparent to Idonije.

    As for the contracts, Toler has some injury history and I was looking at Cardinals boards and they didn't seem to think his price tag would be too much. 6 a year for Houston is a little less than Wright got last year, but it's pretty clear that Wright didn't deserve that deal so 6-6.5 a year seems to be in the ballpark. Keenan Lewis was by plan B.

    Thanks for the input, definitely gonna make some adjustments with Starks now in the fold.
     
  21. FearTheBeard

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    And you can rely on a rookie kicker if you're a super bowl team, don't need to look any further than the 2012 Ravens.
     
  22. fanfin

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    Don't see us being able to sign that MANY FA's... No swope in the draft which I didn't like.... Idonije and Odrick are VERY similiar players, in fact almost identical. Solid work tho bro overall I liked most the moves.

    ---------- Post added at 01:18 PM ---------- Previous post was at 01:17 PM ----------

    Oh, and PS Starks got tagged
     
  23. MadDog 88

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    Disagree with some of the personnel but that write up was a great read. A shame you don't post more often as I think you would bring a lot to the table.
     
  24. kcbrown

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    Good job.
     
  25. FearTheBeard

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    Not an accounting guy actually! Not much of a numbers guy period, but it was very interesting to learn about the cap and how it isn't as black and white as I initially thought. I'm glad the #s seem to check out!
     
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    Not bad except Brandon Washington left school early last year. He went undrafted.
     
  27. UCF Nation

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    Too many new starters, and few of them mesh in with the Philbin Philosophy. But I'll give you an A for effort.
     
  28. SCLSU Mud Dogs

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    I do'nt agree with everything, but that was an awesome post!!
     
  29. PhishyPhishy

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    Very well done and a fun read. That being said I can not say I agree with your choices and would be pretty surprised if any of this came to pass.
     
  30. FearTheBeard

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    This was all very hypothetical, I'd be lying if I thought 10% of this would happen. With Starks returning I'm gonna take a second stab at it before the March 12th deadline, his return limits some of my creativity hahaha, but it will keep it a little more realistic with more returning guys.
     
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    insomnia411 The world is yours

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    I agree with most of it but I would let Hartline walk and have a more WR heavy draft. I prefer Wallace to Jennings as well but we'll see what happens. I really don't think we can address every need in this one off season as u suggest but again I guess we'll see.
     
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    FearTheBeard FearTheBurke

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    My main point I wanted to bring forth from doing this is that financially it's possible to not only fill our holes but upgrade certain positions too. To the point that going into the draft we have next to no needs and can pick BPA, while taking players that can slide in behind established vets and be cheap alternatives to our future free agents.
     
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    FearTheBeard FearTheBurke

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    You are right...definitely a mix up.
     
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    PhinSoldia Miami Dolphin Columnist in the Making

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    i would love to have Jennings for 8.5 it fits, its cap friendly
     
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    FearTheBeard FearTheBurke

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    I look at Jennings and I feel like a contract in the ballpark of 9 million is going to get it done. I've got some adjustments I'm gonna make to this write up in the next week once more signings take place.
     

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