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Report: No serious talks between Dolphins, Olivier Vernon yet

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It’s a little more than three weeks until the start of the new league year and a couple of weeks until the deadline for teams to use the franchise tag, which means there should start to be contract talks between impending free agents and their current teams.

One player that will likely be approached is Dolphins defensive end Olivier Vernon, although Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reports that there haven’t been any “serious contract talks” between the two sides at this point and that Vernon is waiting to find out how much the Dolphins are willing to offer.

Vernon closed the year with 5.5 sacks in the final eight weeks and has 29 sacks overall over his four years in Miami. That leaves him as one of the top pass rushers headed for the open market this offseason and, given the constant need for pass rushers, in good position to land a sizable contract.

The Dolphins could keep him from the market by using the franchise tag. Going that route would take some cap maneuvering that would likely include restructuring defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh’s contract and could mean the end of Cam Wake’s run in Miami. Whichever way they go, there’s some work to be done in Miami as they set up their defense for next season.

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12 Responses to “Report: No serious talks between Dolphins, Olivier Vernon yet”
  1. VenerableAxiom says: Feb 15, 2016 3:23 PM

    Anyone with a clue knows that Suh’s contract will be restructured from the moment he signed it. Just like with Clay last year, someone is going to throw a ridiculous contract at Vernon. The best bet is to take a edge rusher in the draft if that occurs. As for Wake, he’s 34, time to move on.

  2. key2heat says: Feb 15, 2016 3:46 PM

    Who was the genius that agreed to paying Sue that much $$$.

    Who was the genius who agreed to pay Tanahill that much $$$.

    Who ever did that is who needs to go.

  3. footstepsfalco says: Feb 15, 2016 3:56 PM

    Rag on Suh price all you want, the fact is Miami took the money they were putting into Randy Starks, Jared Odrick, and Earl Mitchell and moved into 1 played, Ndamukong Suh. Early Mitchell was held on for 1 extra year while newly drafted 2nd round monster Jordan Phillips got some time to develop. Now Earl Mitchell will be let go and a cheap rookie conract will play next Suh for the next 3 years.

  4. fordmandalay says: Feb 15, 2016 3:59 PM

    “Who was the genius that agreed to paying Sue that much $$$.
    Who was the genius who agreed to pay Tanahill that much $$$.
    Who ever did that is who needs to go.”
    You forgot; “Who was the genius who traded up to draft Dion Jordan at #3?”

  5. ee00ee says: Feb 15, 2016 4:10 PM

    From a Det perspective, we could sign Ansah and Vernon to position leading contracts for around the same as what Suh makes each year (without considering restructure deferrals. Id take Ansah/Vernon over Suh any day. The dollar to impact ratio just doesnt add up for Suh.

  6. iamkillerfin says: Feb 15, 2016 4:10 PM

    Suh need to get re structured BAD!!! We need O line, LB & DB help now to even hope to get close in our division again!!! Winning season starts in our own division & we should have been able to sweep the jills & the junk jets!!!

  7. mongo3401 says: Feb 15, 2016 4:28 PM

    Miamis Dline is almost but not quite, as bad as their Oline. They were run over by therefore AFCE. Subs contract is laughable but good for him.

  8. fanofpft says: Feb 15, 2016 5:39 PM

    Pros: Most QB pressures this seasons.

    Cons: Most penalized player this season some coming at crucial times costing the team substantially.

    He picked up his play after Wake was out late in the season in his contract year buyer beware.

  9. youknowiknowitall says: Feb 15, 2016 6:58 PM

    Anyone with a clue knows that Suh’s contract …
    Was a absurdly stupid deal for Miami from the moment he signed it

  10. bsizemore68 says: Feb 15, 2016 8:19 PM

    The NFL is alive and well, with all the experts on this blog, the 32 teams should start hiring them for all there experience, truth be told, they know nothing about Shu contract, that is but what they read in the local rag. Bill

  11. iammrbinky says: Feb 15, 2016 8:38 PM

    Vernon is going to steal someone’s money. Free agents are notoriously overpaid but with Vernon you get a guy that can’t set the edge, stop the run and capitalized off playing with Wake and Suh. Good pass rusher but not the guy that can beat a double team which is what he’ll get paid to do.

  12. VenerableAxiom says: Feb 15, 2016 8:49 PM

    Was a absurdly stupid deal for Miami from the moment he signed it
    Not really. The Bills signed Marcell Dareus (DT) to a $108 mill contract in Sept, so basically the Dolphins paid the going rate for someone consider to be one of the best at the position. In addition, the contract is written in such a way that the team has plenty of maneuverability for cap requirements. The only people who consider it a “stupid deal” are those who are absurdly unaware.

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