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Dolphins loading up for another big free agency score

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A year ago, the Dolphins made a huge splash in free agency, signing three guys to $125 million worth of contracts on the first day.

They might make an equivalent ripple this year, or it might be bigger because of the sheer size of the free agents involved.

According to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald, the Dolphins used the early moments of the league’s legal tampering period to express their deep and sincere admiration for the top free agent offensive linemen, with particular interest in Chiefs tackle Branden Albert and Rams tackle Rodger Saffold.

They also made contact with the representatives for Eugene Monroe and Jared Veldheer to cover their bases, but a source described the Dolphins as most interested in Albert, and willing to pay big money for Saffold to play guard.

It’s so early in the period that a lot of this should be taken with a grain of salt. But we knew the Dolphins needed to upgrade at left tackle in particular and the line in general entering the offseason.

But after former General Manager Jeff Ireland signed Mike Wallace, Dannell Ellerbe and Phillip Wheeler to big contracts on the first day last year, it’s a little surprising to see them loading up again.

Or perhaps not, since the guy who authorized those signings was fired, and the new guy (Dennis Hickey) has his own identity to establish, for an owner eager to put last year’s ugliness behind them, and willing to put his wallet behind that effort (as he did with Brent Grimes already).

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56 Responses to “Dolphins loading up for another big free agency score”
  1. craniator says: Mar 8, 2014 4:35 PM

    Well , at least both of the linemen they’re looking at are from the “Show Me” state :-)

  2. bumblyjack says: Mar 8, 2014 4:37 PM

    I said this before about the Dolphins OL…

    Inside Alex Mack’s brain: “Cha-ching!”

  3. Coach John Harbaugh says: Mar 8, 2014 4:37 PM

    the Ravens are the reigning, defending champions of the World

    the dolphins should try winning one!

  4. thepftpoet says: Mar 8, 2014 4:40 PM

    Here’s one step to fixing your teams offensive line:

    You can’t.

    The only great offensive line is the Minnesota Vikings.

    Who’ve ranked top 5 offensive lines in PFF for the last 2 years.

    We are the definition of stability.

  5. craniator says: Mar 8, 2014 4:44 PM

    No , the Seattle Seahawks are the reigning defending champions of the world.

  6. gsb333 says: Mar 8, 2014 4:44 PM

    Coach, in case you didn’t realize… the Seahawks just won the Super Bowl. Ravens are not the reigning champs.

  7. FinFan68 says: Mar 8, 2014 4:47 PM

    Please not Albert. Monroe or Veldheer would be better and don’t come with the baggage

  8. realnflmaster says: Mar 8, 2014 4:48 PM

    The Jets enjoy two free wins a year against this sorry team.

  9. thebrownswillalwaysloose says: Mar 8, 2014 4:51 PM

    Here go the dolphins, so bad developing their own talent that they have to overpay for guys that were drafted and developed from teams who have much better success in that regard. Eventually, (to be a successful franchise) you have to rely on good drafting/coaching. The phins have a ways to go in that regard. Dysfunction all a bound, coach on borrowed time, (and who cannot pick his own coordinators) new GM, multiple owners! They were close last year(at least to making the playoffs) but still pretty far from the big picture.

  10. bonniebengal says: Mar 8, 2014 4:54 PM

    Of course they have to load up. Their O Line is decimated.

  11. bonniebengal says: Mar 8, 2014 4:55 PM

    Hello @CoachJohnHarbaugh. The Seahawks are the reigning Champs. The Ravens didn’t make the playoffs.

  12. rasalas says: Mar 8, 2014 4:57 PM

    It’s a little surprising to see them loading up again? The Dolphins have virtually the entire OL to replace. Why would it be surprising that they try to fill some of those holes via free agency?

  13. merchantprince says: Mar 8, 2014 4:57 PM

    Great. Out of all the best possible fits they are focusing on the two that are either pushing 30 (Albert) or have injury history (both). Eugene Monroe and Jon Asomoah are the better fits at LT and RG, respectively. I’d even take Veldheer over Albert, younger and has already played in a zone-blocking scheme.

  14. Nofoolnodrool says: Mar 8, 2014 4:58 PM

    Coach John Harbaugh | Mar 8, 2014, 4:37 PM EST
    the Ravens are the reigning, defending champions of the World

    the dolphins should try winning one!

    Hey coach you are not the reining anything but chumps. The Seahawks won the SB unless you have rewritten history like so mant raven trolls enjoy doing.

    If dolphins think they can buy a trophy like the Yankees do they will be sorry real quick.

  15. nyjalleffingday says: Mar 8, 2014 5:06 PM

    Didn’t they learn from last year?

  16. finsblood13 says: Mar 8, 2014 5:11 PM

    Albert and Saffold ive been told are already on their way to Miami, add ben tate and jarious byrd were set. Draft a rt,g,lb,s,te,. 2014 AFC east champs!!Dont let the media fool you,the players on the team say there is no disfunction and that the locker room is great. Incognito and Martin situation was blown wayyyy out of the water. Fins are coming folks get used to seeing us on top for many years to come.. Tannehill wl be in the 34 13 ratio this year!!

  17. heroofthisparish says: Mar 8, 2014 5:21 PM

    Big money to Saffold to play OG is risky.

    He is a good player, but only played 6 career games as a guard and has not stayed healthy in 3 years.

    Looks like the Rams will get the better of the Dolphins yet again.

  18. blackandbluedivision says: Mar 8, 2014 5:21 PM

    Coach John Harbaugh says:
    Mar 8, 2014 4:37 PM
    the Ravens are the reigning, defending champions of the World

    the dolphins should try winning one!

    __________________________

    Not even close.

  19. thegreatjimbrown says: Mar 8, 2014 5:26 PM

    “The only great offensive line is the Minnesota Vikings.”

    And a great RB as well. Too bad you can’t find a QB for that great line to protect.

  20. annes22 says: Mar 8, 2014 5:31 PM

    The Ravens suck, defending champions of the world which world? the Dolphins have won a Super Bowl in case you aren’t old enough to remember. UNBEATEN!!!

  21. justalonewolf says: Mar 8, 2014 5:32 PM

    heroofthisparish says:
    Mar 8, 2014 5:21 PM

    Big money to Saffold to play OG is risky.
    He is a good player, but only played 6 career games as a guard and has not stayed healthy in 3 years.
    Looks like the Rams will get the better of the Dolphins yet again.

    huh? how is that? by letting Jake Long sign with them? the always injured J Long??? the Rams got the better part of the deal by overpaying Long
    then having him sit on IR? Again, as it seems every year? yeah???

  22. loyalraven says: Mar 8, 2014 5:37 PM

    I’ve never been able to take the dolphins seriously. Who’s scared of a Dolphin? Let alone a teal dolphin..oOoOooo what are you gonna do? splash me?

  23. cakesw says: Mar 8, 2014 5:44 PM

    You have to be older than 9 but the Dolphins have won as many Super Bowls as the Ravens…

    That post was an epic fail on multiple levels.

    Dolphins are a dumpster fire, does any free agent actuallu want to voluntarily join THAT organization??

    They now rank up there with the Raiders and Brown’s in terms of toxicity. They will get second tier FAs and have to overpay them

  24. cakesw says: Mar 8, 2014 5:46 PM

    LoyalRaven…

    What is a Raven supposed to do to you….sit 200 feet up on a tree branch and yell at you ?

  25. Nofoolnodrool says: Mar 8, 2014 5:47 PM

    I’ve never been able to take the dolphins seriously. Who’s scared of a Dolphin? Let alone a teal dolphin..oOoOooo what are you gonna do? splash me?

    Dolphins may splash but they don’t slash with a knife or sucker punch women …..do they?

  26. therooneyskilledwebster says: Mar 8, 2014 5:54 PM

    The Dolphins have win a Super Bowl in case you aren’t old enough to remember…99% of the people on this site weren’t born 40 years ago,

  27. cakesw says: Mar 8, 2014 5:57 PM

    All I have to is look out my window and I will see Ravens being beaten up by Cardinals, Blue Jays, Mocking birds, and a ton of other birds 1/8 their size…

    Not exactly a tough creature….hell, they get scared by stuffing hay in a shirt and putting a hat on it.

    Guinea pigs are tougher than Ravens.

  28. rsmith8874 says: Mar 8, 2014 5:59 PM

    The Dolphins are pathetic and have to overpay people to come play for them

  29. blazophoto says: Mar 8, 2014 5:59 PM

    I thought the Seahawks won the last Super Bowl???
    Somebody’s got amnesia.

  30. blazophoto says: Mar 8, 2014 6:00 PM

    Who’s scared of a “Packer?”

  31. heroofthisparish says: Mar 8, 2014 6:05 PM

    @justalonewolf

    While Jake Long did get injured again, he was at least back to playing at a level matching his pay.

    However, I was referring more to where does Jeff Fisher coach, where does Brandon Gibson get overpaid and who was bright enough to get rid of Incognito long ago?

    All Rams wins there.

  32. Nofoolnodrool says: Mar 8, 2014 6:09 PM

    thought the Seahawks won the last Super Bowl???
    Somebody’s got amnesia.

    Raven fans can’t get amnesia it requires a brain so have mercy on the less fortunate…I do”

  33. jredshoes says: Mar 8, 2014 6:10 PM

    Go ahead. Pay a bunch of money for Albert and when he plays only 6 games due to his “back” and you’re 7-9 we’ll do this all again next year

  34. bosb88 says: Mar 8, 2014 6:12 PM

    Come on down to wonderful Miami. By playing for the Dolphins you know you’ll have plenty of time to enjoy South Beach in January and February after the Dolphins miss the playoffs, yet again.

  35. laxcoach37 says: Mar 8, 2014 6:14 PM

    You all make me laugh! Especially the Ravens and Vikings nonsense. Let me give you a math and economics lesson. Not one Team (including you own favorite) spends more than any other Team! The Dolphins “splurging” just means they have been mediocre and release these players looking to find new ones in Free Agency and Draft. The Dolphins also do an excellent job at managing the Cap, which is why they have a ton of dough for the second straight year. Simply put, the Super Bowl winning Seahawks spend the same money as the the Dolphins. If you were educated in this type of thing you should feel embarrassed if your Team finished behind the 8-8 Dolphins and has no money to spend. That means your Teams stinks with no options!

  36. sclazo says: Mar 8, 2014 6:21 PM

    Allot of haters here. Don’t be angry because the Phins have cap room to bring in players. And to the moron that don’t know about the NFL the Phins have been to 5 Superbowls and have won 2 of them against the redskins and the Vikings. One being the only team EVER in the NFL to go undefeated. They Seahawks are the regining champs not the ravens. And who the hell is afraid of a little black scavenger bird that’s scared of straw men???

  37. Nofoolnodrool says: Mar 8, 2014 6:24 PM

    You all make me laugh! Especially the Ravens and Vikings nonsense. Let me give you a math and economics lesson. Not one Team (including you own favorite) spends more than any other Team! The Dolphins “splurging” just means they have been mediocre and release these players looking to find new ones in Free Agency and Draft. The Dolphins also do an excellent job at managing the Cap, which is why they have a ton of dough for the second straight year. Simply put, the Super Bowl winning Seahawks spend the same money as the the Dolphins. If you were educated in this type of thing you should feel embarrassed if your Team finished behind the 8-8 Dolphins and has no money to spend. That means your Teams stinks with no options!

    Manage the cap…who cares. I love Lombardi’s …we got six coach.

  38. cakesw says: Mar 8, 2014 6:26 PM

    Hate to break it to you….

    But most teams with good capanagement..are the ones with little talent.

  39. jojobop says: Mar 8, 2014 6:32 PM

    This is one team, year after year, that always thinks they’re better than they actually are. I have to give them credit for trying though. But, their days of glory are long gone…just like Shula. This team picked up a lot of bandwagon fans with Marino and that’s all they got…blown out in his only SB appearance. But, spend the money like last year on FA’s…some teams just never learn and this is one of them.

  40. djscottyb says: Mar 8, 2014 6:36 PM

    @loyalraven
    The Ravens have bad some good teams and great defensive players in the past. Ozzie Newsome has a keen eye for talent.

    But…. Yeah a teal Dolphin will do more than splash you.

    As Dolphins. We’re a mess, dysfunctional, average at best.
    Potential everywhere, yet no results. An owner with deeper pockets than football smarts.

    Yet…. Even during our winless , ahem 1-15 season…
    The only team that pitiful Miami team could beat??? The Ravens.
    You may not fear us, but we’ve beaten you when we’re at our worst.

  41. ghost26 says: Mar 8, 2014 6:55 PM

    ‘heroofthisparish says: Mar 8, 2014 5:21 PM

    Big money to Saffold to play OG is risky.

    He is a good player, but only played 6 career games as a guard and has not stayed healthy in 3 years.

    Looks like the Rams will get the better of the Dolphins yet again.’

    Hereofthis,

    Oh yeah…I forgot how good of a signing Jake Long was & how good of a hiring Jeff Fisher has been.

  42. beachsidejames says: Mar 8, 2014 7:05 PM

    Jeff Fisher has done anything

  43. beachsidejames says: Mar 8, 2014 7:06 PM

    I don’t think so

  44. gregoryp3234 says: Mar 8, 2014 7:34 PM

    I don’t get it. are the dolphins just supposed to sit on the money and not try to make their team better? isn’t the point to try to get better? I’m not sure what you guys are saying about the dolphins? if your guys teams had money your teams would be smart, but the dolphins have money to spend and their going to spend it, and that makes them stupid. there is some stupidity going on here, thats for sure. oh and by the way, just as a side note, the ravens SB victory was a sham, the NFL set that up as the Ray “double murderer” Lewis farewell tour. Maybe the worst SB team in history along with the Steelers Jerome Bettis farewell tour SB victory, which was also set up by the NFL, in Jerome’s home town of Detroit no less. the NFL is getting sloppy with their fixing. It will all come crashing down soon.

  45. xinellum says: Mar 8, 2014 7:52 PM

    Miami is digging a cap hole. 125 mil last year for players like Ellerbe and Wheeler who had a c1.5 sacks the whole year combined. They obviously weren’t happy because they went out and signed D’Qwell Jackson to another big contract. Spend more on a tackle and what they spent on Grimes and their cap space the next couple years will be like the Cowboys. Go ahead dig that hole big and wide.

  46. scooter7777777 says: Mar 8, 2014 8:04 PM

    How did that free-agent splash work out for you last year? lol

  47. igotgamenj says: Mar 8, 2014 8:08 PM

    Every team has the same amount to spend so what are you people talking about ???

  48. igotgamenj says: Mar 8, 2014 8:14 PM

    Miami has the BEST cap guru in the game in Dawn Aponte!!!!

  49. rajbais says: Mar 8, 2014 8:19 PM

    He needs players.

    Donald Penn and Eric Winston are also way better than anything they have.

  50. dcapettini says: Mar 8, 2014 8:19 PM

    I can’t believe you guys let that troll get to you. He probably isn’t even a Raven fan. I guess Miami posts haven’t had much of this thing. Usually these scumbags act like Steeler or Viking fans. All they care about is getting a rise out of people behind their protective screen names. The Viking guys must not do anything but wait for new posts so they can be first with some totally irrelevant nonsense. The Steeler guys change their screen names every couple of months when they see that no one is replying to them. Ignore them and they’ll switch to some other boards to annoy people.

  51. slickrick971 says: Mar 8, 2014 8:28 PM

    Just from reading the comments you would think that this is a 2-14 team we’re talking about… The Dolphins do a great job managing their cap which is why they have money to spend for the second year in a row. Would you rather they not fix their NFL-worst offensive line and sit on the money? Also, they won’t be in cap hell as most of the players they signed last year can be cut after this season with no dead money taking up space. While they may not be the Seahawks the Dolphins were only one game from making the playoffs and fixing their line could put them over the top.

  52. vaphinfan says: Mar 8, 2014 8:49 PM

    I seriously doubt they prefer Albert over Monroe. Just prob another case of the media having zero idea what they are reporting about.

  53. pantsfreezone says: Mar 8, 2014 9:11 PM

    No mention of the fact that the Dolphins handle their cap situation among the best in the league so they are able to make runs at big name free agents?

    No mention that Brandon Gibson, Ellerbe, Grimes, McKinnie and Wallace all helped them improve last year as free agent pickups?

    And if Dustin Keller didn’t get cheap shotted in the pre-season, Miami would have had it’s own two headed monster at TE with Charles Clay coming on?

    Of course not, the Dolphins can only be failures according to the media.

  54. ruggerlad says: Mar 8, 2014 9:47 PM

    Vikings fans u wanna go position for position? After oline FB an OLB and RB wot u got thats better? By the way take out AP and yur oline is not even elite. 7 starters u have tbat r better by my count Allen is leaving so u got Greenway n the rest o yur D looks like our oline. Ravens please a very close game could have gone either way. Dolphins have been using a zone blocking scheme with power man lineman and mediocre RBs. With money and depth in the draft to fix the oline and Miami has the makings of a solid O. Better protection and a push in the run game to help close out wins cough Ravens. And the biggest change comes at OC Sherman doest even scheme for individual teams???

  55. tidenumber1 says: Mar 8, 2014 9:50 PM

    Listen the Dolphins are terrible that’s why Saban upgraded and went to the greatest dynasty in sports. Tide would destroy the Dolphins in a game.

    ROLLTIDE

  56. manic084 says: Mar 8, 2014 10:17 PM

    Man there’s a lot of ignorance and haters in this topic. What’s miami supposed to do with their 30 some mil, just set on it? Even if they could league rules only allow a certain amount of unspent cap. The phins have 1 starting O lineman left on the roster, they cant just go into the draft and get 4 new starters. So of coarse they are going to be looking to sign atleast 2 in free agency.

    For the ppl spounting off about being in cap hell or whatnot, please. The same thing was said last year and we have the 4th most cap this off season. It’s not by coincidence, it’s by design. This is why Apaunte has so much power in the miami front office. She has cap management down to an art. She knows how to structure contracts to leave miami with cap room every offseason.

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