So far in 2017 FA, the Dolphins have followed their edict of keeping their own players. They have reportedly signed 2 of the key UFA’s, DE Andre Branch, and WR Kenny Stills. Exact contract details have yet to be released, although Branch was said to have signed a 3 YR contract worth $27M. Stills contract is also unknown, but guessed to be a 4 YR/$32M deal at $8M per year. Not crazy money at all for a player who was a big play guy for us.
It’s a good thing when you follow your plan, and get it done. Give the Dolphins credit. Both players seem genuinely happy to be in Miami, which is a great sign for the Miami Dolphins franchise. This is now a franchise that is a destination of choice, not just the $$$. I’m hoping the very next move, or at least one of the next moves is re-signing TE Dion Sims. Sure, we traded for TE Julius Thomas, but he’s not a blocking TE. We need Sims back.
We have scheduled to meet with former Steelers FA ILB Lawrence Timmons. Not sure I get signing a 31 YO 3-4 ILB, but Timmons is a durable, very solid player. Obviously, he’d be an upgrade, but I think it’s time to draft some LB’s. I won’t hate the move, because he’s a very good player, but I can’t say I’ll agree with it. I’m curious to see how long a contract they offer the 31 YO, maybe they have young LB’s in mind who may not be ready to rumble in ’17. We’ll have to see what goes down here.
Oh, on a sad note, we don’t have our regular 3rd or 4th RD picks in this draft.
Google Carroo . . . .