Originally written January 23, 2013 on Phin Nation:
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If I were Dolphins GM Jeff Ireland, I would have roughly $24 million in cap space to bring in some free agents this offseason.  How did I get to this number?  You can check Part 1 of our ‘If I were Jeff Ireland’ series to find out.  In short, I would resign Brian Hartline, Sean Smith, Reggie Bush, Randy Starks, and Anthony Fasano.  I’ve also let Jake Long and Matt Moore test free agency and cut Richard Marshall, Dan Carpenter, and Michael Egnew.   In Part 2 of this series, we are going to walk you through which free agents from other teams, we’ll look to add to the Dolphins roster to improve it.  Let’s face it, our plan keeps stability at almost every position, now it’s time to make it better.  At this point, we have the following needs on our roster: Backup QB, Kicker, #1 WR, #1 TE, #2 DE (opposite Cam Wake), #1 CB, #1 RT Photo Courtesy of Dolphins.com Part 2 – Which players to sign from other teams The main theme for this free agency period will be to sign players that will help the development of Ryan Tannehill.  Let’s face it, last year he had Reggie Bush and then a lot of pedestrian players around him.  I know Brian Hartline put up a 1,000 yard season, but he scored just 1 touchdown, which simply isn’t good enough.  So we’re looking to add some explosiveness with the remaining $24 million we have in cap room.  That figure, by the way, takes into account the roughly $6 million that is needed to sign draft picks.  Time to do some shopping and roster upgrading. The first person I would talk to….in fact, I would take Mr. Ross’ helicopter to his doorstep….would be Mike Wallace of the Pittsburgh Steelers.  Wallace is the type of speedster and #1 receiver the Dolphins offense needs…..badly.  I would offer Wallace a contract similar, but slightly smaller than what Vincent Jackson received last year from the Bucs (5 years, $55 million).  I would make it a backloaded deal, with salaries of $9, $9.5, $10.5, $14 and $14, with $29 guaranteed.  This means that he could be cut before he reaches the salary years of $14 million.  Wallace would be my #1 receiver with Hartline as the 2 and Bess as the slot guy.  We would also look to the draft (1st 3 rounds) to add a young receiver for the #4 spot…..we’ll get to that tomorrow.   (cont’d on page 2, click below)
1 Comment:
  • Why is this guy still around? Let's step back and look what he has done to the Dolphins; #1 CB, let that go without adequate compensation ( do anyone remember the look on his face during the "Hard Knocks" episode when the player asked Ireland, "who did you trademe for?)right before the start of the season, nevertheless; #1 WR, let that go and he only caught how many touchdowns, receptions, yards... great move? Is it just me or should someone point out to Mr. Ross that there are alot of players starting for other teams, some still in the playoffs, ie. a WR that Ireland have given away. Miami simply need to throw the Ireland fish back in the ocean before free agency begins and please well before the draft.
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