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Dolphins have very specific FA targets?

Posted on: June 30, 2011 9:34 am
Edited on: June 30, 2011 9:49 am
 
Posted by Will Brinson

The Miami Dolphins have -- already -- had an interesting offseason. The running back combo of Ricky Williams and Ronnie Brown appears headed out the door (and the Fins still passed on Mark Ingram) and, as previously noted, questions about Chad Henne remain (and the Fins still passed on various quarterbacks).

Oh yes, and owner Stephen Ross publicly pursued Jim Harbaugh while Tony Sparano was still employed, failed to land the then-Stanford coach and then had to give Sparano a raise.

This friction across three key areas has created a need come free agency -- Omar Kelly of the Miami Sun-Sentinel writes that the Dolphins have a couple of very specific targets between now and whenever the season starts.

First, Kelly believes they'll add a veteran quarterback, but not a Chad Pennington-style backup-type. Kelly believes it will be someone who will be "savvy enough to push -- if not unseat -- [Henne]"; names he floats include Carson Palmer, Kevin Kolb, Matt Flynn, Vince Young, Matt Hasselbeck, Donovan McNabb and Rex Grossman.

That's a pretty, pretty wide spectrum of quarterbacks, but the point is salient -- the Dolphins will get another quarterback who expects to get a shot at starting.

They're also going to get a "tailback who has the ability to run stretch plays … that gets to the EDGES," Kelly writes. The biggest name associated with Miami thus far has been the Panthers' DeAngelo Williams; Carolina's repeatedly said it wants Williams back, but depending on how free agency shakes out, it seems less and less likely that re-signing him would be a prudent move.

There are other available names, though: Ahmad Bradshaw, Darren Sproles and Reggie Bush are names Kelly hears from "reliable sources."

Those guys make a lot of sense, especially if the Dolphins have interest in bringing back Ricky -- a combo of Sproles or Bush plus Williams would be a solid 1-2 punch out of the backfield.

All that's easier said than done, of course, but it's pretty clear what the Dolphins need, and there's good news for Fins fans, because it lines up nicely with what Miami wants.

And, provided free agency plays out as expected, the open market might be spot-on for those voids as well.

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Since: Jul 23, 2010
Posted on: July 1, 2011 2:25 pm
 

Dolphins have very specific FA targets?

I believe if the fins land a VY and a Reggie Bush they might be in contention with the rest of the AFC East. Never the easiest division, I couldnt imagine if the Colts were still in it. Good luck to all fellow AFC East watchers! Bring on some **** FOOTBALL.




Since: Oct 21, 2009
Posted on: June 30, 2011 8:17 pm
 

Dolphins have very specific FA targets?

You know, Tarvaris Jackson is a free agent. Hopefully they sign him. I will laugh.



Since: Jul 23, 2010
Posted on: June 30, 2011 6:43 pm
 

Dolphins have very specific FA targets?

If you want some  :) And all Jet fans say the same crap all year long too. Not just the hapless fin fans. I have plenty of knowledge about football, so if you wanna spout all nonsense about Davis being better than Revis is just rediculous. Revis is better and football fan knows that. Vontae is up and coming so I would like him to get to that level. Will he? probably not. Oh well I guess the jets are stacked again this year. Send them the rings already   :)




Since: Sep 11, 2007
Posted on: June 30, 2011 6:20 pm
 

Dolphins have very specific FA targets?

titletownMIAMI1 are you kidding me with this post?  OL looks like the Fins might be better?  can i get some of what you're smoking.   the Jets are ranked #3, the Dolphins are ranked #16.  you're adding a new (rookie) center and don't even have your line solidified besides Long.  the Jets are changing nobody (Damien Woody is going to be resigned as soon as the CBA is agreed upon), all that's different is another year of playing as a unit.  as for the D Line, besides Soliai (who I already acknowledged) the dolphins don't have any great D Lineman (neither do the Jets for that matter, but they used their entire draft on that).  It's as if Dolphin's fans don't even acknowledge reality.  Last year it was the same nonsense, "oh the Dolphins have a better OLine, oh Vontae Davis is as good as Revis (who was an eraser again when he got healthy holding Reggie Wayne, Andre Johnson, TO, etc. to nothing), oh Marshall is the best WR ever."  You can't disregard reality when you discuss football.  Could the Dolphins possibly have a better Oline this year?  I guess.  Would there be any plausible reason to think that they will?  No.



Since: Jul 23, 2010
Posted on: June 30, 2011 6:03 pm
 

Dolphins have very specific FA targets?

I dont know if thats the only positions the Fins are better than the Yets.....OL looks like the Fins might be better this upcoming season....DL is much stronger. I am a huge fin fan but I'm not about to put the division in the hands of the Dolphins quite yet, they have a huge problem with home games for some reason and the coaching throughout a game needs to change from playing to tie i.e. "fist pump" and actually grow a pair and play like their better. I just want football! GO FINS!!!!



Since: Sep 11, 2007
Posted on: June 30, 2011 5:54 pm
 

Dolphins have very specific FA targets?

Swamprat, the Jets are coming off of back to back AFC championship game appearances.  Their biggest problem as of right now is they haven't gotten over the hump to the Super Bowl yet.  The Dolphins biggest gripe in the Chad Henne era is that they haven't even been won half of their games.  In the past two years the Dolphins have been 14-18 while the Jets have been 24-14 with playoff wins in Cinci, SD, Indy, and NE.  How about the phins win more than they lose for a season before you start talking about the big boys in the division.  Your coach was essentially fired, your team is looking to replace Henne with a guy like Carson Palmer or Vince Young, you have a new O Line, no starting RBs on the roster, not one speed receiver besides a rookie from Abilene Christian, and an abbreviated offseason with little time to implement a new offense.  Meanwhile the Jets biggest problem is they have three great FAs that love playing in NY, but may only be able to keep two of them.  Sounds like the Dolphins are breathing down their neck.  The Jets are better at every position besides NT, WOLB, and FB.  Anybody who watches football somewhat objectively knows that is the case.  The teams in the AFC to beat in no partticular order are NE, NYJ, Pitt, Balt, Indy, and SD.  The ones that are going to fight for their spots are teams like KC, possibly Oakland, and maybe Houston if they can get your act together.  I don't think anyone could argue that the Dolphins are any better or worse than KC, Oakland, or Houston, let alone the first 6 teams listed.



Since: Jun 24, 2011
Posted on: June 30, 2011 4:53 pm
 

Dolphins have very specific FA targets?

If they would have taken Ingram and Mallett, they wouldn't have needed to go after all these broken down players. The players they needed they passed on in the draft, in the NFL you build your team from the Draft and fill in small holes with FA veterans. This Franchise doesn't get it.  They could have had one of the worst drafts of all time, considering needs and the players they passed up.


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