No official word yet? we will await details.
No official word yet? we will await details.
Dolphins in obvious dire need of playmakers and engaged in on again, off again talks with Hartline, go to the combines where it is rumored they are talking about/to every FA WR. Then a few days later, Hartline's team friendly deal is almost done. Sounds like a good job of manipulating the press to get a deal done with Hartline.
How many years have we been left at the FA alter by either FA players or our smokescreen GM who talks up how we are going after big playmakers that will change our team? Only to find out low balled each of them and signed the guys who would accept the lowest deal?
Then we get a coach and staff that love to build their own talent from the draft. Not to mention the picks we have stockpiled.
Hartline's deal might be more than his actual value, but still it's only $6M/year. Relatively speaking, that's not much money for the WR position.
So, is this about to happen again? Are we once again going to believe all of the hype and wishful thinking? Are we headed for heartbreak, again?
Who is this year's Peyton Manning? Matt Flynn?
Why is it the only guys that really show up for a visit and talk contract are the ones that no one else wants?
We all know that when you don't have the intrinsic selling points to your organization that money does the talking. It is the only card many teams have to play. Yet, we ALWAYS low ball. We have no negotiation leverage and we STILL low ball.
So, when Mike Wallace signs with someone else and rumors surface that we only offered $9M or $10M a year, will you blame him for not signing for $12M/year?
We might kick the tires on some retreads, but the only names I see coming to see us are Jennings and Cook. Cook wants WR money as a TE. And while he may want big money, it's not Wallace money. $6M - $8M really has a "value shopper's" ring to it when you are wanting "playmakers". Jennings will show up simply because of Philbin. But, we'll low ball him and hope his loyalty makes him take less.
Cook or Jennings and Harline will be our big FA haul. We'll bring in some lineman and some safeties and corners. Then we'll focus on the draft and see what we have left in the acorn fund.
I have a feeling there's gonna be a lot of angry fans left at the alter again this year.
This makes me think of a few things. 1) the market is there for these players even if we don't think it is. Does this hint to Long finding a team willing to pay him what he is wanting? 2) We should target 2 TE's in FA like Keller and Cook for example where we can maybe get both for the price of one WR. 3) We will draft an OG in round 1 if either Cooper or the Bama kid is there at 12 and then draft at least 2 WR's in rounds 2 and 3.
On a side note IMO Hartline is very important to Tannehill's growth so this will be good for chemistry. Now we need to resign Clemons to keep our safety tandem together, restructure Patterson and Marshall, sign one FA CB, and pray we draft very well.
and if you want to bring up Joe Flacco.... isnt he the same QB that is getting ripped by most non talking analysts as being vastly overpaid? The immortal PFF that everyone loves to use around here valued hartline at 4.3 million for last season.
If hartline was worth the 5-6-7 million people want to shell out for him, why in the hell does every "offseason plan" also include bring in 1 or 2 highly drafted WR's and a premier WR free agent.... that logic just doesnt add up.
6 Million is ok. I can accept that.
2014 Mock Draft
1. Zack Martin - OT/OG - Notre Dame
2. Chris Borland - ILB - Wisconsin
3. C.J. Fiedeorowicz - TE - Iowa
4. Trai Turner - OG - LSU
5. Brandon Thomas - OT/OG - Clemson
6. Storm Johnson - RB - South Florida
7. Calvin Barnett - DT - Oklahoma State
Gimme Jennings, Cook, Cox/Lewis/Houston, Vollmer, Bennet/Gilberry, Hartline, Clemons, Devlin, Garner and McCann going into the draft and i'll be a super happy guy.
People on this site love to see our good players walk for free to other teams and produce......then wanna come back a year later and biotch about us letting them go. Hartline was drafted and developed by us, has improved every year since being here, built great chemistry with our rookie qb, and people have a problem with paying the man a pretty fair deal for a good number two Wr?? Blows me away these armchair GM types building championship teams one mouse click at a time.