Tuesday, March 01, 2016

My Mock Roster Changes

It sure would be nice if our team were in the same situation as the Jaguars, wouldn't it?
Tons of young talent and a "projected" $90 million in cap space after contract restructures and releases. Must be nice.


Unfortunately, Miami is pretty much the opposite. A lot of overpaid players and not much cap space. So here's what I think they're going to have to do:


1. Restructure, restructure, RESTRUCTURE.
If you're a Dolphins player NOT named Landry or Jones, you are probably not earning your pay, and therefore, your contract should be restructured. I understand that not every player is going to accept that, but I think there is enough potential restructuring there to free up some decent space. Some players may have to be released as well. It doesn't hurt that the cap limit just increased by around $12 million.


2. Free Agency.
Miami can't do what they've been doing. They can't spend in the FA like the monopoly guy. But they can't really be like the Packers either and ignore the FA because they don't just need to fill holes on the team; they also have to build some depth with the O-line, LBs, and DBs. There's no way they are going to do it all in the draft.


In my opinion, we need a veteran signed at the G position. Kelechi Osemele would be ideal if we can swing it, but if not, Alex Boone would be a decent pickup.


Get one of Cinci's safeties. Either Reggie Nelson or George Iloka, whoever will take the cheaper contract.


Bring Sean Smith back. Sign him to a team-friendly contract, if possible.


Finally, if at all possible, try to sign either Bruce Irvin or Danny Trevathan at LB. Probably impossible with our tight salary cap. However, Mario Williams might not be a bad signing either if we could get him cheap (relatively speaking).


Obviously, not all of the above moves can happen most likely. But if even a couple of them could be accomplished, it would be a huge help. All of those players are still relatively young, have veteran experience, are proven, and are POTENTIALLY affordable. They would all be immediate starters or at least add needed depth to their position.


3. The Draft.Evaluate the talent at LB and CB in the draft and determine which position has more depth in the 2nd round. Choose the position with less second-round depth in round one, that way you have a good chance of getting a quality player at the other position in round two. We can't afford to misfire in rounds 1 and 2. They have to be quality picks.


Draft a G in round 3. This, along with the FA listed above, SHOULD finally fix the o-line.


Draft another LB in round 4.


Draft a QB in round 5. Give Tannehill incentive to get better. If he doesn't get better under Gase, it's time to move on.


Draft the best players available for the rest of the draft, even if they don't fill a need. If you hit a homerun, trade them later for a position of need.




That's what I have for now. Discuss.
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Jeremy & Jessica,

I like your thoughts. You guys would make a better front office than the Turkeys we have had in Phin Nation. I agree that we need both CB and LB in the draft, maybe even "double down" on both positions, as far as Guards, however, I would suggest not 1 but 2 VETERAN GUARDS. The last two drafts brought both Turner and J. Douglas. What good did that do ? Time to get in some wily vets to go with Albert, Pouncey and James. Tannehill will never improve with his butt on the turf. Every Dolphin fan from South Florida to Japan is tired of the stat "most sacked QB the past 3 years" !!!

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Trade late round picks that you "hit a home run with"

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Who's gonna trade for your late round picks? And why would you part with home runs?

Other than that, you had some solid points Dave

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Who's gonna trade for your late round picks? And why would you part with home runs?

Other than that, you had some solid points Dave

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Trade late round picks that you "hit a home run with"

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See? That's what's wrong with the team.... We've convinced the fans that we need homerun hitters instead of touchdown scorers.... Get rid of the baseball players and get football players! PROBLEM SOVLED!

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Not a huge fan of the plan all around.
I think we should re sign both Michael Thomas and Louis delmas to player friendly deals. By doing this we can re evalute that postion next year and not be super weak.
Cb needs to be addressed via draft and free agency.
Lb's need to be upgraded. I would bring Dion Jordan down to olb and draft a high pick maybe one slips to 2nd round. I would also double down in a mid round as well as pick up a 2nd tier FA.
I also think in the end they will end up releasing wake and keeping both Shelby and Vernon.
I would address a dl in draft and fa.
Bring in a guard on the o line via Fa like a boone, and draft best o linesman available in 1st.

Draft-
1, offensive line- maybe Stanley. Kick jawuan James in.
2, linebacker
3, cornerback
4, d-line
5,o-line
6, linebacker/ cornerback
7, d- tackle

Free agency
Make a push for j Jenkins, or Sean Smith.
Make a push for Nick fairly
Make a push for boone
Make push for Chris long

Resign
Delmas
Vernon
M Thomas
Lamar Miller
Shelby

Release
Miso
Sheppard
Turner
Dallas Thomas
Jordan Cameron
Greg Jennings
James Taylor
Eral Mitchell

Let walk
R Matthews
D Williams
Matt hazel
S paysinger

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What I meant with the late round picks comment was to trade those players for positions of need AFTER they have proven they can play. As in, after a couple of years. I'm thinking long-term here. My point is, our scouting has got to be on point in this draft. We have too many holes to fill to have another year where we only get 1 or 2 good players from the draft.

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Unknown,

You said you aren't a fan of my plan all around, yet have of what you are suggesting agrees with me.

Also, it's not in this post, but I have said in the past that we should resign Delmas and Thomas to cheap contracts if possible to maintain some depth.

I also suggested that we should trade Wake for either a high draft pick or a position of need, both for our long-term success and because Wake deserves to play for a contender so he can win a ring before he retires. However, the way things are looking, that's not going to happen. It's looking more like Wake is going to restructure.

I believe Vernon is gone. The transition tag was a dumb idea. It's going to go down just like it did with Charles Clay.

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Oh and drafting an O-linemen with our first pick?


HELL NO