The Dolphins have agreed in terms to 2 trades so far, both with the Jacksonville Jaguars. Miami will be sending a 2017 7th RD draft pick in return for TE Julius Thomas. Speaking of Julius Thomas, he was in for his physical yesterday in Miami, and has passed that physical, so now we just wait until March 9th at 4PM, when the trading actually begins! Now that Branden Albert is gone, last years gasser of a pick Laremy Tunsil gets to begin his career as the blindside protector of QB Ryan Tannehill , provided Tannehill plays in his own right, with his mysterious knee condition. Julius Thomas gives Miami a good pass catching TE, but not a lot more than that. He’s not really in an line TE, and doesn’t block, so that means, at least in my view, that the Dolphins should be contacting TE Dion Sims A.S.A.P. Besides being fairly one dimensional (Thomas), Thomas has only played in 27 games out of a possible 48 in the last 3 years. (Jordan Cameron anyone?)
The Dolphins yesterday signed rookie Long Snapper Winston Chapman. Chapman played for Mississippi St,, but tore his ACL in 2015. This is his first NFL contract, which is why he has rookie status. Of course we have long time veteran John Denney, who happens to be an excellent LS and ST’s player. Chapman is a long shot to make the team, and is the annual “Bring in a guy to push Denney”
CB/NB K’Wuan Williams, who Miami was purportedly (love that word!) (in Miami’s case it should be porportedly, right) interested in has decided to sign with the SF 49ers. Good luck with that! Former Dolphins DT’s Jared Odrick (JAX) and Paul Soliai (CAR) have both been released. Would the Dolphins have any interest in either making a return? Not likely.
With the subtraction of former LT Branden Albert, Tunsil moves to LT, and that leaves 2 gaping holes, and maybe even 3 unless you’ve already bought in that C Mike Pouncey will actually be able to play the 2018 season, and I mean the WHOLE season. So how do the Dolphins approach this situation. I have made myself pretty clear for quite some time, and I’m sticking to my grits! Please sign RG Kevin Zeitler. We’ve cleared cap space, and I can’t think of a better way to use it. As Brian in NY was kind enough to point out to me, Zeitler is the 2018-2022 version of Ron Popeil’s “Set it and Forget it” Ronco Oven. Wouldn’t it be great to have finally solved one of the OG spots on our line? We still need a LG. I had brought up Luke Joeckel, and Phelon yesterday pointed out OG Austin Pasztor (MIN). Joeckel could be a relatively low end sign (<$4M)), one with more risk, and Austin Pasztor would be a mid level signing (>$4M). Still, both would be affordable options. I think it’s also imperative that we draft a G/C early in this draft, there are a few good options.