Thursday, November 04, 2010

The waiver wire

There were 3 players on the waiver wire this week in whom the Dolphins were reportedly interested.  First was Randy Moss, who they didn't make a claim for, second was Shawn Merriman who they did make a claim for (but so did Buffalo, and because they are the worst team, they got him), so too bad on those two, but they did make a claim for Nate Ness, and got him!  

So all is right in Dolphins land, right?

In Moss' case, many fans and pretty much all the reporters will tell you that Miami whiffed on that one and made a mistake.  I am going to be the dissenting vote on this one.  I have a couple of reasons: first, there's a reason two teams let him go (and we assume its his attitude), and there is a history of poor choices - except for a couple of years in New England where Bellicheat kept him on a short leash) - throughout his career.  And second is that this Miami offense is either afraid to attack the field or has no trust in Henne, and in either case Moss provides no upgrade over what we have.  Frankly, Hartline is faster than Moss, and *could* stretch the field if they let him.

Then, there's Merriman, who is a bit of a prima donna in his own right.  And he's been suspended for substance abuse in the past - but not because he inadvertedly took a banned substance.  He also had a much publicized incident with his then-girlfriend Tila Tequila.  And he's older.  I don't really see the upside there, when the team released most of its veteran depth.  On the other hand, he and JT are not friends and have sparred through the media in the past, and it might have been fun to see him come here and wear #99 to say "in your face" to JT. 

Ness is a reserve safety who has been in Miami several times over the last couple of years.  He was decent, and I'm glad to see him back in a general sense, but I can't get too excited about that one.
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