Dolphins reportedly looking 'hard' at quarterbacks, may have one specifically targeted
Miami apparently has heart-emoji eyes for Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield
There are a lot of teams in the NFL who are interested in acquiring a quarterback this offseason and the draft is going to be a hotbed of rumors about teams who want to secure a future franchise quarterback. You could make an argument that roughly two thirds of the league, and maybe more, could be drafting a quarterback early this year. One team definitely in the mix? The Miami Dolphins, who find themselves in perpetual quarterback limbo.
According to Peter King of TheMMQB.com, the Dolphins are "looking hard" at a quarterback with their first round pick. And the apple of Adam Gase's eye might very well be Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield, a young man .
Miami, picking 11th in the April draft, is looking hard at quarterbacks, and several people I spoke with here think it's likely they'll go quarterback in the first round. Word already leaked that Miami officials will dine with Baker Mayfield the night before his March 14 pro day. The night before a pro day is prime time for teams interested in a player, and the Mayfield camp surely believes Miami is a strong contender to pick him.
The elephant in the room for the Dolphins is Ryan Tannehill, the former first-round pick that forced for what would end up being a nightmare finale (?) to his career. It was a shame too, because Tannehill played well in 2016 and was .
Gase has said NFL, it would be logical for Gase to attach himself to a quarterback drafted high. No. 11 is believed to be the floor for Mayfield in this draft as a result., but that's easy to say right now when there isn't another quarterback on the roster to challenge him. Gase has also said he wouldn't rule out drafting a quarterback. Given Miami's struggles last year and the squeeze-the-juice nature of coaching in the
Tannehill's contract also offers the Dolphins some relief. It, and they can pick up some serious cap relief either this year or next year if they decide to move on from Tannehill.
It's the kind of flexibility that sets up perfectly for drafting a quarterback in the first round of the draft. Bring a young guy in, keep Tannehill on the roster, let the two battle and hope you end up in a situation like the Chargers did with Drew Brees and Philip Rivers, only you extract some value for the veteran when you trade him instead of letting him walk. Or Tannehill leads you to the playoffs and you let him leave and you go with the new guy. Or you cut Tannehill and designate him a post-June 1 cut, save a big old pile of money on the cap and roll with the young guy.
Miami's quarterback quandary actually leaves them a lot of flexibility. Which is why they will absolutely be players in the quarterback market. If you're looking for a team who could make a move into the top-five with either the Giants or the Colts, they are a strong candidate.
At the very least, they will be interested if Mayfield starts to fall down the draft board at all.
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