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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: May 6, 2009
Posted on: June 30, 2011 4:01 pm

Dolphins have very specific FA targets?

Who or what would they trade for Carson? Bengals owner said he isn't trading him. Kolb trade would probably have to include a 1st round pick. A.He isn't worth the money he is paid and hasn't proven himself enough. I say he is an upgrade though over Henne, but he isn't worthy of a 1st round selection. Again that is just my opinion.


Hasselbeck is too old....same with McNabb. Best years are behind them. I say they should go young. I say try to get Flynn. I've been thinking for years that Young would be a good fit in their system, but is he really worth all the garbage off the field? I say if you are going to sign the guy....sign him for cheap because I doubt a lot of teams are interested in his services.

I figure any of the quarterbacks of the guys you name would be able to start right away unless of they get Grossman. I'd like to see the Vikings sign McNabb.

D-Will to the Fins. That would be awesome!!

Bradshaw is the best of the list at running backs in my opinion. Hey why not trade for Brandon Jacobs? I heard he wants out of NYG. Doubt they will drop him though if Bradshaw walks.

Good luck to the Fins next season. Wish they wouldn't have picked Pouncey o. Steelers had a deal waiting to be made for the 16th pick!!

Since: Aug 17, 2006
Posted on: June 30, 2011 3:56 pm

Dolphins have very specific FA targets?

To much faith in your Precious Jets! The Jets AREN"T that Dominant! They could Easily start the season 4-3 or 3-4 by looking at the schedule. Granted, We could easily do the same. Kinda makes that New Years Game IN MIAMI a little more meaningfull Huh?! Go Fins!!

Since: Sep 11, 2007
Posted on: June 30, 2011 1:52 pm

Dolphins have very specific FA targets?

don't think it really matters, there's only two ways to get to the playoffs.  they'd either have to win the division, which would mean toppling two premiere teams in NE and NYJ.  that's essentially out of the equation, therefore they'd need one of the two wildcard spots which are probably going to the loser of the Steelers/Ravens AFC North battle and the loser of the NE/NYJ AFC East battle.  even if they finish better than one of those teams, there are other teams that are on a higher level (KC and SD come to mind).  Miami, no matter what moves they make seems to fit in that swath of mediocre teams in the AFC of Jax, Hou, Oak, Tn, and possibly Cleveland.  not quite bad, but it no way a playoff team. 7-9 to 8-8 is where they'll probably end up no matter which QB they pick up off the scrap heap

Since: Mar 10, 2009
Posted on: June 30, 2011 1:23 pm

Dolphins have very specific FA targets?

its the dolphins we are talking about, they have always been a little bit off of smrt desicions

Since: May 31, 2007
Posted on: June 30, 2011 1:15 pm

Dolphins have very specific FA targets?

Not to put to fine a point on it, but wouldn't ALL team front offices have 'specific FA targets' in mind by this point?  I mean, everyone should already have evaluated their needs, know what you drafted, and have at least a good idea of who will be available.  If my GM wasn't preparing to pursue specific targeted players as soon as free agency opens (especially since it'll be a fast and furious free agency), I would fire him on the spot.  With a job that high-paying, high-profile, and hard to come by, they had better be you know... actually doing it.

Since: Mar 10, 2009
Posted on: June 30, 2011 12:20 pm

Dolphins have very specific FA targets?

Miami's offseason has been just as crappy as their last season. and, as a miami fan, its actually been pretty funny to watch. the whole jim harbaugh move was amazingly stupid, yet hysterically funny. smooth move jackass is what came to my mind.



well, heres hoping for the best

Since: May 2, 2011
Posted on: June 30, 2011 11:28 am
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