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RealDriscoll
01-18-2010, 11:59 AM
The regular season is winding down and free agency looms upon us. Today I am going to put myself in the shoes of Jeff Ireland; I want to look at our pending free agents, potential free agents, areas of need, and of course the draft.

First let's take a look at our own pending free agents. Jason Ferguson, Jason Taylor, Nathan Jones, and Chad Pennington are Unrestricted Free Agents. I really believe we should look at offering one year extensions to Ferguson and Taylor; both played at a high level last season and neither will cost a deal that will break out bank. Pennington doesn't fit the direction of our team; Chad Henne is the starter, Pat White is the X-Factor, and Tyler Thigpen is the true backup. Pennington will get a chance to start elsewhere and I am just hoping the Bills don't give him that chance. Davone Bess is an Exclusive Rights Free Agent and I think we should start talking extension with him before he plays himself into a big contract. Anthony Fasano is a Restricted Free Agent and my guess is that he will play out this final year of his contract as a Dolphin. Signing Fasano to an extension would be ideal but it would have to be a fair deal. I wouldn't pay him true starter money but if he was willing to take a discount I'd keep him around. The big name out there is Restricted Free Agent Ronnie Brown. I don't think we will attempt to resign him until after the 2010 season. Major questions loom around his health and for someone to take him from us they would be giving up a 1st and 3rd Round Pick. I think that is a very fair value for Brown. Don't get me wrong I am Brown supporter and think he is of the upper-echelon of Running Backs in the league but he has to prove that he can remain healthy before a great deal of money is invested in him. If Brown can stay healthy in 2010 than I offer him a four-year extension. To recap I resign Jason Taylor and Jason Ferguson with one year deals and I lock Davone Bess up with a four year contract. Ronnie Brown and Anthony Fasano are kept around as RFA but if someone attempts to sign them I will gladely take draft picks of equal value (1st and 3rd for Brown, 3rd for Fasano) to let them walk.

Now I want to look at areas of need which include Free Safety. Nose Tackle, Wide Receiver, Tight End, Inside Linebacker, and Outside Linebacker. Free Safety was the area where we were exposed in 2009. Big play after big play really cost us as we had Gibril Wilson out of position and it showed. We are going to have an off-season battle between Yeremiah Bell and Gibril Wilson to see who is the starting Strong Safety and the loser of that battle either restructures or is released. My money is on Gibril Wilson; Wilson is a very good tackler, blitzer, and plays the run well which is what you need you're Strong Safety to do. He is the better athlete in the battle between he and Bell.

Nose Tackle is a need but as Paul Solai played well as a role player in a rotation but I am not convinced on him as an every down player. His stamina is in question as is ability to eat up double teams. We don't have anyone on the roster besides him so signing Jason Ferguson to a one year deal will buy us another year. I don't think that Dan Williams of Tennessee or Terrence Cody of Alabama are worth drafting at #12 overall and doubt either will be around at #43. Casey Hampton and Vince Wilfork are free agents but I could see the Pats slapping the franchise tag on Wilfork and the Steelers have already announced that resigning Casey Hampton would be an priority this off-season. I think some really good talent such as Cam Thomas of UNC, Torrell Troup of Central Florida, Jay Ross of East Carolina, and D'Anthony Smith of La. Tech will be around in the later rounds of the draft.

The Dolphins need a legitimate #1 threat at Wide Receiver. Davone Bess has proven that is a very good slot receiver, Brian Hartline has shown glimpse of being a good receiver for us, the jury is out on Ted Ginn Jr. as he played very well down the stretch and received a public vote of confidence from Jeff Ireland, and Greg Camarillo has been steady. Ginn has shown glimpses of breaking out and I think 2010 could be the season he produces as we thought he would in 2009 but we cannot enter the season with that as our plan. we need a plan B; If Dez Bryant falls to us at #12 you take him; it's that simple; I doubt he does and I don't see Damian Williams of USC, Arrelious Benn of Illinois, or Golden Tate of Notre Dame worth taking at #12. Ginn does possess special speed and if he learns how to use it he could be dangerous. He needs to learn that contact is a part of the game but we saw Henne hook up with Ginn for a long score on Monday Night Football. The guy covering ginn was Darrelle Revis who is the best corner in football... If Ginn can get open on him he can get open on anyone and what I saw out of Ginn in 2008 was very promising. I think we solve the need for a #1 receiver in free agency and while players such as Malcolm Floyd and Jasan Avant intrigue me I feel that it comes down to two players Antonio Bryant and Braylon Edwards. Antonio Bryant was drafted in the 2nd Round by Parcells in 2003 and is a sure thing to hit the market. I'd pay him a contract similar if not a little better than we paid Ernest Wilford a few years back. I think signing a player like Antonio Bryant, drafting a Mardy Gilyard in Round 2, and combining them with Ginn, Hartline and Bess and now you have a real strength. You can look to move Greg Camarillo for a late draft pick and hope for the best when it relates to Patrick Turner. The wild-card is Braylon Edwards. Should the Jets let him walk than I expect us to be in hot pursuit. Out front office thought enough of Edwards that they were going to trade Ronnie Brown for him straight up before the start of the 2009 season.

Tight End is an area where we lacked production. Anthony Fasano had a stellar 2008 campaign but was a major disappointment in 2009. it started Week 1 against the Falcons when he fumbled twice. We will have Fasano for 2010 and I guess Haynos comes back but we need to find a vertical threat; a guy who can split defenses and cause mis-matches on linebackers.

Inside Linebacker is an area where we were exposed down the stretch. Reggie Torbor and Akin Ayodele are making too much money for their level of play and I would and expect both players to be released this off-season.There are some good free agents such as Kirk Morrison, Thomas Howard, D'Qwell Jackson, Demeco Ryans, but the player I want who WILL be available is Karlos Dansby. The Cardinals owe everyone money and won't be able to keep Dansby. this is where we need to make our splash. this move could move Channing Crowder to our Ted linebacker where he will b more effective. Idealy we are foaming at the mouth for Rolando McClain but chances he falls to #12 are very slim. Dansby is the complete package for us in the middle.

Outside Linebacker is an area of need as well...Big time! I'd resign Jason Taylor and having him play our WOLB implementing Cameron Wake on passing down. Wake is a GREAT pas rusher but needs to work on other areas of his game. The guy is determined and I think he could be the guy in the future; have him learn behind JT for another year. I wouldn't cut Joey Porter until we have a better option but his time in Miami is winding down without question. If he can accept a rotation role than more power to him but if not show me the door. We need someone who can play better against the run.

So leaving Free Agency here are the players we retained or signed..
*Ronnie Brown-RFA
*Anthony Fasano-RFA
*Davone Bess-RFA
*Jason Ferguson
*Jason Taylor
*Antonio Bryant
*Karlos Dansby

I am not saying that our free agency is limited to this but I am saying that these will be the major moves. I would love us to find some more Linebacker depth (Inside and Outside) here. Onto the draft

Round 1 (#12): Earl Thomas-Free Safety-Texas

Round 2 (#43): Mardy Gilyard-Wide Receiver-Cincinnati

Round 3 -Jason Worlids-Strong Outside Linebacker-Virginia Tech

Round 4: Jimmy Graham-Tight End-Miami Fl.

Round 6A (from Chiefs for Allemen/Ndukwe): Jay Ross-Nose Tackle-East Carolina

Round 6B (from Redskins for Jason Taylor): Torrell Troup-Nose Tackle-Central Florida)

Round 6C: Dexter Davis-OLB-Arizona State

Round 7A: Darius Marshall-Running Back-Marshall

Round 7B: Dan Doering-Offensive Guard-Iowa

MY 2010 Miami Dolphins Roster:

QB: Chad Henne/ Pat White/ Tyler Thigpen
RB: Ronnie Brown/ Ricky Williams/ Lex Hilliard/ Darius Marshall
FB: Loushaka Polite
TE: Anthony Fasano/ Jimmy Graham/ Joey Haynos
LT: Jake Long
LG: Justin Smiley/ Dan Doering
C: Jake Grove/ Joe Berger
RG: Donald Thomas/ Nate Garner
RT: Vernon Carey/ Andrew Gardner
WR: Antonio Bryant/ Davone Bess/Ted Ginn Jr.
WR: Mardy Gilyard/Brian Hartline
K: Dan Carpenter
P: Brandon Fields

DE: Randy Starks/Phil Merling
DE: Kendall Langford/Tony McDaniel. Lionel Dotson
Nose Tackle: Jason Ferguson/ Paul Soliai/ Jay Ross/ Torrell Troup
OLB: Joey Porter/Jason Worlids/Dexter Davis
OLB: Jason Taylor/ Cameron Wake/ Charlie Anderson
ILB: Karlos Dansby/ JD Folsom
ILB: Channing Crowder
CB: Vontae Davis/Will Allen
CB: Sean Smith/ Jason Allen/Evan Oglesby
FS: Earl Thomas/ Chris Clemons
SS: Gibril Wilson/ Tyrone Culver

RealDriscoll
01-18-2010, 12:00 PM
Or Jeff Ireland. nice typo to start

DOC33
01-18-2010, 12:43 PM
I have a hard believing that MIA would take Wilson over Bell. Wilson does not have the speed that Bell does and from everything I saw Bell was a much better tackler. Wilson was a horrible tackler at the beginning of the year and while he got better he was never that great. Remember when Bess drug him from 10 yards last year. Bess should not carry any safety for 10 yards. Also on your Mock I dont see any way that Ross and Troup are going to drop to the 6th rd. Both are 3-4 rd types at worst and one could actually move up into rd #2. There are going to be 4-5 teams looking for NT so if anything they will be over drafted. Good work on the other.......

RealDriscoll
01-18-2010, 12:52 PM
Troup is not a 3rd/4th Round guy by any means. Might go undrafted

ColonelJ
01-18-2010, 02:09 PM
Neal, I like your appraoch a lot. I differ slightly. I would not go Ferguson and Antonio Bryant. Rather, I think they should get a NT in free agency. As well as a LB.
Then, based on best player available:

1. Haden or Earl Thomas to fortify the pass defense.
2. Dexter McCluster RB/WR give us different dimension in running attack for that big physical Oline of ours.
3. Marcus Easley WR to add to receiving corps.
4. Nate Collins NT to groom future NT and add a disruptor to the front.
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6-7 LBs.

But anyway, I would not be unhappy if it goes as you outlined.

MiamiDolfan85
01-18-2010, 02:27 PM
Gibril over Yeremiah????

yea,okay....

hooshoops
01-18-2010, 02:34 PM
Troup is not a 3rd/4th Round guy by any means. Might go undrafted

where you getting that from???

ColonelJ
01-18-2010, 02:35 PM
Gibril over Yeremiah????

yea,okay....

I agree with Real. Yeremiah has been poor in coverage. He is just lost on passing plays. But he is incredible in pursuing runners.

hooshoops
01-18-2010, 02:37 PM
if it's me i keep yeremiah and punt gibril...without a doubt

OrlandoFin
01-18-2010, 02:45 PM
if it's me i keep yeremiah and punt gibril...without a doubt

If it's true that Bell is owed $14m next year I wouldn't count Bell in over Wilson.

hooshoops
01-18-2010, 02:51 PM
If it's true that Bell is owed $14m next year I wouldn't count Bell in over Wilson.

how could bell be owed $14 mil next year on a 4 yr $20 mil deal with $10 mil guaranteed???

i just don't see it...i guess we'll find out

OrlandoFin
01-18-2010, 02:56 PM
how could bell be owed $14 mil next year on a 4 yr $20 mil deal with $10 mil guaranteed???

i just don't see it...i guess we'll find out

Got it from these sites.

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1380 ... ng-crowder (http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1380 ... ng-crowder)

http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/story/11479997 (http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/story/11479997)

hooshoops
01-18-2010, 03:00 PM
hmmm...well i guess it depends on the money which one goes...

i know this...gibril wilson at fs is an outright FAIL

Lord Of Miami
01-18-2010, 03:08 PM
Gibril over Yeremiah????

yea,okay....

It is funny that even some Dolfan's don't get that Bell is one of the better SS in the NFL.

He's played at near a pro bowl level since being in Miami.

moley6969
01-18-2010, 03:26 PM
Got it from these sites.

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1380 ... ng-crowder (http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1380%20...%20ng-crowder)

http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/story/11479997 (http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/story/11479997)


i couldnt get top link to work

so hope you dont mind added 1

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/138029-breaking-down-the-contracts-of-yeremiah-bell-vernon-careyand-channing-crowder

MiamiDolfan85
01-18-2010, 08:50 PM
Miami will be a hell of a lot better off paying Yeremiah $14M to be good,and paying Gibril $3.90M dollars to watch another WR's cheeks run into the endzone.....and Im not talkin about their face....

MiamiDolfan85
01-18-2010, 08:54 PM
hmm....I dunno,that doesnt sound right at all...

Ricky_Fan34
01-18-2010, 09:02 PM
I disagree with the Antonio Bryant move. I don't think there is any chance that he lands with Miami. I think building a defense in the offseason is a must, because it was the downfall of our team this year. Unless we're taking CJ Spiller at #12, I suspect it'll be McClain, Spikes, or Dan Williams.

RealDriscoll
01-18-2010, 09:41 PM
Bell also had back-loaded contract that needs major restructuring

RealDriscoll
01-18-2010, 09:42 PM
Gibril Wilson was playing out position. That's like moving Ronnie Brown to Quarterback and being upset when he throws interceptions

hooshoops
01-18-2010, 11:58 PM
jason worilds imo is not strong enough at the poa vs the run for the strongside...he gets handled by in line te's and moved right out of the hole...

he's not sudden as a pass rusher either...late off the ball

i see situational player at the next level...

TheBow305
01-19-2010, 12:21 AM
I guess people either forget or just don't know that Antonio Bryant and Bill Parcells do not like eachother.

These two had a very heated exchange during training camp while Bryant was in Dallas, involving AB throwing his jersey at Parcells. You can read all about it here: http://www.usatoday.com/sports/football/columnist/2004-06-16-corbett_x.htm

As long as BP is here, AB will not be Dolphin in 2010. 100% guaranteed.

FinsFanatic777
01-19-2010, 12:28 AM
I love the Earl Thomas pick. We need him bad. I'm not too sure about Joe Haden... Even though he is the best CB we just spent a 1st and 2nd rounder on CB's last season. We need a ballhawking safety and that man is Earl THomas because Eric Berry will be gone long before.

I would prefer Dezmon Briscoe over Mardy Gilyard.

And I think Arizona will resign KArlos Dansby. Unlike Boldin and Dockett who WANT new contracts, Dansby NEEDS a new contract. He will be Arizona's first priority.

And BTW, for all of those who say that "If Dez Bryant and Rolando McClain aren't at #12, just trade down and collect more picks", don't bank on it. It's not as easy as it looks. And if we think that there are no worthy players to take at 12, what makes you think that other teams value giving up valuable picks as well?

IMO the best options available at 12 will be Earl Thomas, Dan Williams, and Jerry Hughes. I wouldn't be surprised with Hughes because he is a pass rushing force, and BP loves those types of players.

hooshoops
01-19-2010, 12:31 AM
hughes on tape is imo by far the best pass rushing wolb prospect...i think the more tape i watch of him the more worth the #12 pick he is...

if we need a wolb...i think he's the goods

houtz
01-19-2010, 12:48 AM
I guess people either forget or just don't know that Antonio Bryant and Bill Parcells do not like eachother.

These two had a very heated exchange during training camp while Bryant was in Dallas, involving AB throwing his jersey at Parcells. You can read all about it here: http://www.usatoday.com/sports/football/columnist/2004-06-16-corbett_x.htm

As long as BP is here, AB will not be Dolphin in 2010. 100% guaranteed.

Oh Jesus Christ!!!!

Do you read the forums? The link has been posted 100 times that they have kissed and made up. I'm not even going to bother to repost the link. Go to google and look it up.

Parcells and Bryant are on better then good terms.

Driscolli I like your offseason and it's one of the more realistic offseasons/drafts I've seen on here. Great work.

newlownorder
01-19-2010, 01:16 AM
Earl Thomas is VERY young but I like his potential. He can cover which is a huge plus, I love his ability to adjust to formations and how he plays the ball. One concern is that he is somewhat small but from what I've seen I'm not that worried about it, I just wonder if he fits the Tuna criteria for the size he wants in his players.

X-Pacolypse
01-19-2010, 09:30 PM
Gibril Wilson was playing out position. That's like moving Ronnie Brown to Quarterback and being upset when he throws interceptions

When Ronnie has thrown the ball, he's been pretty effective. Gibril Wilson is effective at.... Well.... nothing, really. He sucks.

Phinatic8u
01-19-2010, 09:53 PM
I think Witherspoon in the 2nd would be better IMO

Phinatic8u
01-19-2010, 09:54 PM
I guess people either forget or just don't know that Antonio Bryant and Bill Parcells do not like eachother.

These two had a very heated exchange during training camp while Bryant was in Dallas, involving AB throwing his jersey at Parcells. You can read all about it here: http://www.usatoday.com/sports/football/columnist/2004-06-16-corbett_x.htm

As long as BP is here, AB will not be Dolphin in 2010. 100% guaranteed.

Yeah dude No. They are on good terms again after that incident. & anyways that was 2004!! 6 years ago for heavens sake.

finforlife
01-20-2010, 12:39 AM
I like most of that plan, expect for Wilson over Bell and getting rid of Camarillo.

If we add Antonio Bryant in FA, I don't see the need to draft a WR in the second round when we would already have Hartline, Bess, Ginn and Camarillo. As far as trading Camarillo, he was the only WR to not drop a pass last season and is a very reliable target, therefore I see no reason to dump him. That 2nd round pick could be used on Jermaine Gresham or Aaron Hernandez or another OLB like Brandon Graham or Jerry Hughes (if he slides that far).

Otherwise, looks pretty good.

#1dolphinsfan
01-20-2010, 01:07 AM
I like it but either JT or JP will be gone next year