Discussion in 'Miami Dolphins Forum' started by gafin, Jun 30, 2014.
Where is the $16M which has not been spent. Very curious to see where that goes.
I doubt it all gets spent this year, but rather most of it will likely be carried over to next year to help with re- or new signings.
Unless... there are some surprise releases, notably OL, LB & DB that occur that could be nice 1 year gap fillers.
Not sure what to think of what the team wants to do on the OL or LB, not sure they do either at this point. An average vet is not going to help all that much. Hoping for a surprise.
IMO our team isnt Complete , we still have issues , i wouldnt care a bit to carry the money over , but thats like driving to a service station and running out of gas as you pulled in , with a $1,000.00 in your pocket , and wondering should i put gas in my car or start walking ? i know there isnt going to be no long term players to pick up BUT damn , we can look for 1 year stop gaps until we can find the right players we can get to sign long term , with 58 sacks last year it seems the coaches would wake up and explore the option /and pickup somebody to fill the poss of need/needs. it would be diffrent if we was over the cap but we have enough money to sign a player atleast till we find a permanent replacement, we still have time to find a decent player weather its in FA or when the cuts come .
I think Hickey, Philbin, Lazor, and Benton have a dilemma here. Do you go with the young guys or, pay for a good vet or two IF they come available, and give up the development of the young guys. Not an easy choice.
For me, Tannehill makes or breaks this franchise for years to come, and I would pay whatever possible to give him the best shot of success in his third season. Nothing else matters all that much. To hell with developing guys on the OL, just develop RT, and I do not meat right tackle.
I would trade a 3rd rounder for a Mathis, and pay him, and pay for another VG vet if they come available. JMO
It would be great to see a comparative analysis with all other teams. We are lucky to spend so little on QB and TE, but that is because we have our starters relatively cheap. However, big $ have been committed at linebacker and their form needs to improve dramatically to warrant the expenditure. This breakdown bears the brunt of some of Jeff Ireland's biggest commitments. It will take a couple of years for Dennis Hickey to put more of his imprint on the team. I am fairly comfortable with the even balance. This breakdown is probably in stark contrast to the Jimmy Johnson/Dave Wannstedt years when the bias was clearly on Defense.
Im with you.
An interesting complementary piece to this would be where the Dolphins have spent their draft picks in the past say, 5-7 years, by position.
There could be a big change coming next year, if they sign RT to a long term deal. I personally would love to see that as it would mean he finally stepped up to be a top QB.
With the salary cap projected to take a big jump, and the way the team has managed the cap, a big contract for RT will not have much of an immediate impact. However it will a couple years later if we do not start hitting on draft picks.
Thinking about the comments above about our offensive line still being a worry; I am wondering if they are hoping top rely on getting the ball out more quickly than last year. That's a staple of the offense we think Lazore is bringing. I think less post snap reading of the field is what they will try to do because this is one of Tannehill's issues. We know we are looking more at zone blocking too so I'm thinking more pre snap determinations (I think Tannehill has really improved at that), and less post snap decisions along with moving the pocket could help avoid sacks. The part I still wonder about is are our supposedly zone blocking guys really nimble enough to have the mobility necessary for a ZBS and moving the pocket regularly.
The guys we now have are hand picked to fit our ZBS, and their mobility should be no issue. The question is if they can block after moving. Benton had all good fits on his OL in Houston last year but, not the talent, and they struggled.
I'm expecting some of it to be used on extending Clay and Odrick.
And Jason_Taylor is right, this isn't the time to be passive with the cap, its now or never for pretty much everybody involved and this is the time to be pretty aggressive with the remaining cap space. Smoke em if you got em.
Yeah, Clay and Odrick are MUST signs.
Last year, Tannehill got killed, and we had no chance of running. This year, there is a fair chance of the same thing happening but we did not want to overspend on the OL, except for doing so with Albert, and then again with Finnegen. But, we do have $16M of cap space left for a "rainy year" down the line.