Your Miami Dolphins Free Agency Update

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The Doctor has a deep threat now.

The Dolphins apparently went a little drunk-guy-at-the-strip-club and threw money all over the place Tuesday.

Particularly, at Steelers receiver Mike Wallace and, surprisingly, at Ravens linebacker Dannell Ellerbe.

But Jeff Ireland ain't done.

And while the moves seem to reek of a desperate GM trying not to get fired, overall, the pickups seem pretty good (albeit a tad expensive).

After missing out on trying to sign tight end Jared Cook, the Fins are going hard to the hoop on trying to get Dustin Keller to sign on the line that is dotted.

Keller, a standout tight end for the New York Jets, would be a fantastic catch for Ireland, since the tight-end position has been a pile of broken assholes thrown into the corner of a room in an abandoned crack house for several seasons now.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reported this morning that Keller is visiting Miami today, which is always a good sign.

Meanwhile, it looks like former overall number-one pick and guy whom the Dolphins chose over Matt Ryan, left tackle Jake Long, will no longer be around, as he is expected to sign with the St. Louis Rams (the same team that nabbed Cook).

The Dolphins are also expected to lose cornerback Sean Smith, which some say would be bad, while others (us included) would say that would be just fine.

However, it would leave a huge hole at corner, and, what with Tom Brady still alive and all, it would be a bad thing for Miami to not fill that need.

The Fins can take a gander at free-agent DBs like Nnamdi Asomugha, Cary Williams, Brent Grimes, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, and Aqib Talib.

So, while everything is monkeys and balloons with Miami spending big, there are still some really giant-ass needs to be filled.

The good news is Miami parted ways with Karlos "Chancletas" Dansby to make room for Ellerbe -- who is younger, has more upside, and isn't a complete asshole.

We'll be sure to keep you updated on all things Dolphins as the day progresses.

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Phinatic
Phinatic

We can target RB with one of our 5 top 82 picks this year.  That's a plentiful position, and 4 years at whatever price tag is something we can do without, after taking a first-round pick on a RB last year.  We'll get a third option either in FA or the draft (Or both), and will continue to find value from castoffs, the way we did with Bush, in getting to enjoy two career years at less than $5m a season.  Good moves so far for Ireland, trimming the fat, locking up young(ish) talent, and Wheeler/Ellerbe have both earned rave reviews for their motors from Pro Football Focus, which is a good indicator of what we've got.  Wheeler took over the green dot responsibilities for Oakland and seemed to come into his own.  He's 28, if we get his "grown man" years, it'll be a huge grab.  As for Ellerbe, he's learned from Ray Lewis, evidently could be playing any of the LB spots and is only partially guaranteed through year 3, as is Wheeler.  These flashy contracts do have contingency plans.  Looking forward to see what else we do this year, and what we do in the draft.  Secondary and OL have to be targeted after losing Long and Sean Smith, if not via Free Agency (Nnamdi would be a dream, we'll have to see how much Keller would be), then via the draft.

FatHand
FatHand

Great day for the Dolphins, but it sucks that we no longer get to say "Chancletas Dansby". That's one of my favorite sports nicknames.  

Would love to see the Fins pick up Asomugha.

And finally, I am very concerned about our backfield. The Daniel Thomas-Lamar Miller tandem is more scary to me than I think it will be to opposing defenses.

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