DetroitLions.com mentions Brian Hartline as someone who could be a target of the team in free agency.Hartline seems to be one of the few Dolphins free agents that the team has actually shown interest in re-signing, so he's not guaranteed to hit the market. But, he would be a nice addition on the outside opposite Calvin Johnson, and would be a massive upgrade on late-season starter Kris Durham. Nate Burleson, Ryan Broyles, and Mike Thomas are better suited for the slot, and Titus Young is likely on the outs. Hartline is said to be seeking $6 million annually.
Dolphins GM Jeff Ireland said he has high hopes for WR Rishard Matthews in 2013.Matthews, a 2012 seventh-round pick out of Nevada, played in eight games as a rookie, starting the season finale. He caught just 11 passes for 151 yards, but our Week 17 game charter noted Matthews showed "route-running chops" and "deceptive vertical speed." He still shouldn't open next season as any higher than the No. 4 receiver.
Dolphins GM Jeff Ireland singled out Lamar Miller as the player he's expecting the most growth from in 2013.The fog is starting to clear, and it's looking more and more likely that free agent Reggie Bush will not be re-signed. "Lamar really showed some great signs of really some explosive-play opportunity," Ireland said. "He kind of shoots out of the cannon when he hits the hole. He’s got very good hands. I thought he did a very good job in his pass protection, which keeps him on the field all three downs." Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald recently reported that Miami thinks Miller can be an upgrade on Bush as a system fit in Joe Philbin's zone-run scheme. Daniel Thomas, or another veteran, would likely be Miller's backup. Miller's fantasy stock is on the upswing.
Former Dolphins G/T Vernon Carey announced that he's coming out of retirement.Carey, 32 in July, retired in August after the Dolphins failed to re-sign him. He then went on to accept a co-offensive line coach position at a Miami area high school. The Jets reportedly showed interest in Carey last offseason, but he'll likely struggle to find work this summer.
The Palm Beach Post also expects the Dolphins to try and sign SS Reshad Jones to a contract extension.The Miami Herald thought the same thing earlier in the month. Jones turns 25 next month and is entering the final year of his rookie deal, which pays $1.323 million. He started all 16 games in 2012 and finished fourth on the team with 95 tackles. Jones is a solid building block after being a fifth-round pick in 2010.
MLive.com suggests the Lions as a possible landing spot for impending free agent Reggie Bush.Bush would fit nicely as a pass-catching complement to bruiser Mikel Leshoure. It's an asset the Lions have been sorely missing ever since Jahvid Best went down in Week 6 of the 2011 season. The Bengals could also show interest as Marvin Lewis hasn't been shy to publicly announce his intention to add talent to their running back stable. He appears ready to give up on free agent Bernard Scott, who is coming off an ACL tear.
I guess the cap didn't go up this year?It's my understanding it went up 300k which is minimal as the 51 current rostered players contracts will escalate beyond that. The thing that is different this year, and helps Miami somewhat is teams can choose to "Roll over" any amount they were under the cap in 2011. This adds something like 4-5 million onto Miami's cap space in 2013. Most sources claiming Miami has over 40 million in available cap space have factored this money into the figure.
DetroitLions.com mentions Brian Hartline as someone who could be a target of the team in free agency.
I still believe Dwayne Bowe is the most complete receiver, but word is he might be resigned now that Reid is there.I think you are correct in your guess. Id love to see Jennings sign for $4-5m a year, with bonuses for his health, get a nice WR rookie. I believe the Chiefs will pick up Alex Smith for a 2nd rounder and a 4rd rounder. KC becomes a far more complete team with him and Bowe will want to stay.
I still believe Dwayne Bowe is the most complete receiverGreg Cossell agreed, also agrees that Wallace is not much more then a vertical threat. Jennings is not far off from Bowe, but he is not as big, according to him.
A year or two later these guys are bad contracts and dead weight. It's crazy.I believe slowly but surely the rookie wage scale is forcing down salaries. Most teams don't seem willing to pay top dollar like they once were. The result is most expensive free agents are being cut loose. It will be interesting to see if they get what they are expecting. If you are not a Peyton Manning, or Adrian Peterson you are probably going to find disappointment. I have no concrete proof of this, but that is my perception. We'll know for sure after free agency.