2018 Miami Dolphins – Free Agency – WR’s

At the moment of this writing, the Dolphins are not flush with cap space entering the 2018 NFL season’s Free Agency period.  We currently stand at 29th, with a shade under $10M of cap space.  Of course, that can radically change with a series of cuts and/or restructures, and I do expect there will be some of both which will positively affect our cap space for this season.  That being said, I don’t expect us to be big players in FA, but that doesn’t mean we can’t add a couple of good depth players, and maybe one quality starter.  Teams like the 49ers, Browns and Colts have 8 to 10 times the amount of cap space we have, so we won’t be bringing in the big name players, especially if those teams want them as much as we do.

Because free agency precedes the draft, it completely impacts our draft strategy.  With the potential loss of WR Jarvis Landry, I’m first going to take a look at possible replacements for him.    Each week, I’ll look at a different position, and go over the candidates I think might be in the running for our Dolphins.

WR Sammy Watkins 6’1 211 – 24 YO


Watkins is only 24 years old, and of course, isn’t the same type of WR Landry is, and just so you know, I’m looking at WR’s, not Jarvis Landry replacements.  Watkins has been somewhat of an enigma.  He has talent, and has speed to burn too, running a 4.43 40.  He had a very promising rookie season with our rival Buffalo Bills, reeling in 65 catches for just under 1000 yards (982) and 6 TD’s.  That was the only season out of 4 that Watkins played all 16 games though.  His 2nd season with Buffalo he broke the 1000 yard mark with 60 receptions for 1047 yards and 9 TD’s.  Then the nagging injuries started, and Watkins hasn’t been able to produce anywhere near as much since.  In 2016, Watkins last season with the Bills, he played only 8 games and had a season to forget.  He got new life after being traded to the Rams last season, but still couldn’t reproduce the numbers he put up in BUF.  The difference in LA was he was one of many weapons, and the Rams biggest weapon was their star RB (possible MVP) Todd Gurley, so Watkins, and all the WR’s had to take the back seat to Gurley.

One thing has been consistent with Watkins, he makes big plays.  Last season, 8 of his 39 receptions went for TD’s, and throughout his career, his YPR average is exemplary, at 15.9.  Kenny Stills at 16.1, so he would be another player that stretches the field for MIA.  Whether or not Spotrac is correct in their projection for Watkins market value, I can’t say, but if their right, at $5.9M per year, he’d be worth a look.


WR Marqise Lee 6’0 192 – 26YO


Marqise Lee is about the same size as Landry, but is nowhere near the physical player Landry is.  He’s had an up and down career with Jacksonville, somewhat stuck behind the 2 other talented receivers there, The Allen’s, Robinson and Hurns.  It’s not that the former 2nd RD pick in 2014 isn’t good, the Allen’s were dynamic.  Lee got some playing this season with the season ending injury to Allen Robinson, yet still put up modest stats, despite starting 14 games.  Much like Watkins in LA, the new show in Jacksonville was RB Leonard Fournette.  Lee’s best season, despite starting only 6 games, but playing in all of them was in 2016, where Lee 63 passes for 851 yards and 3 TD’s.  He’s not a playmaker, nor a gamebreaker, but he’s an NFL WR with experience and talent.  He’s projected to be around $7.5M per year, so he’s in the right range.


WR Danny Amendola  5’11 183 – 32YO


We all know Amendola well, former St. Louis Ram and most recently, former New England Patriot, who BTW, stepped up his game big time taking over for Julian Edelman, especially in the playoffs..  Amendola is a lot like Landry in one way, he makes a lot of big catches for first downs, and is a very reliable pass catcher throughout his career, with an over 70% catch rate.  Amendola doesn’t catch a lot of TD passes, he’s a slot WR, like Landry, and the most TD’s he has are 4 in a season, and that was 2 years ago.  He has good short burst quickness, and knows how to get open, he’s a crafty veteran.  Amendola hasn’t been a super durable player, and I wouldn’t expect that to change much at 32.  If we were looking for a short term contract, Amendola might be an option.


WR Jordan Matthews 6’3 212   – 25YO


Jordan Matthews started out looking very promising with Philadelphia Eagles in his rookie season in ’14.  he played in 16 games, starting 10, and finished with67 receptions for 872 yards and 8 TD’s.  He improved the next season to 85 catches and 997 yards and again, 8 TD’s. In 2016, Matthews fell off some, catching 73 passes for 804 yards and 3 TD’s.  Teh Eagles, desperate to improve their secondary, traded Jordan Matthews (who replaced Sammy Watkins) to the Bills plus a pick for CB Ronald Darby.  Matthews had a quiet season in BUF, and ended up with only 25 receptions for 282 yards and 1 TD, before being placed on IR with a knee injury on December 14th.  Matthews is a solid player, who has played both outside and in the slot.  After a disappointing ’17 season, Matthews price will be dinged, and I think he’d be a good player to check out.  He had surgery on his knee and ankle at the end of the season, but expects to be healthy for the start of the new season.  I think the former 2nd RD pick is definitely worth a look.


Paul Richardson 6’0 175 – 25YO


Richardson was mostly overlooked in SEA, with WR’s Doug Baldwin, Jermaine Kearse and Tyler Lockett.  Despite being drafted in the 2nd RD, Richardson didn’t get hsi chance to shine until the Seahawks traded his fellow WR Jermain Kearse to the Jets.  Richardson had somewhat of a genesis in his 4th season, with 44 catches for 703 yards and 6 TD’s.  That’s nearly as many catches, and more yards and TD’s than he accumulated in his first 3 seasons.  Richardson, who played in all 16 games last season, started 13 of them.  Richardson has excellent speed, running a 4.4 at the combine.  He only has 1 year of production, and that’s a little worrisome, but it also should keep his price down.  Spotrac projects Richardson at $6.3M per year, which is very manageable.


WR Ryan Grant 6’0 199   – 27YO


Ryan Grant, somewhat similarly to Paul Richardson,  had a big season last year, after being somewhat buried on the depth chart.  Grant played all 16 games, but started only 7, playing in the slot.  Grant caught 45 balls for 573 yards and 4 TD’s, which is more than double of what he did the previous 3 years.  Grant just turned 27, and his production last year might earn him a job as a slot receiver as a starter, and who knows, it might be here.  After all, how hard would it be to change L-A-N-D-R-Y to G-R-A-N-T on the back of your #14 uni?  😉


There are some other WR’s that might interest us, or at least interest me, but I’m going to keep it at 6 for every position.  Honorable mentions are Donte Moncrief, Taylor Gabriel, and Kamar Aiken.

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900 Responses to 2018 Miami Dolphins – Free Agency – WR’s

  1. Mike E. says:

    Another great run by Ajayi!!! Oh wait, that was LeGarrette Blount! 🙂

  2. Rhino says:

    for those who buy squares for the superbowl… two failed xtra point attempts really throw a wrench into the pool. 🙂
    I’m cheering for Ajayi to have a good game. Don’t know why. Just want him to do well.

  3. The Flying Pig says:

    Cooks isnout for remining game

  4. Mike E. says:

    It’s the fact that the Eagles have Ajayi that’s allowing LeGarrette Blount and Alshon Jeffery to score. It’s all about Ajayi. Ajayi, Ajayi, Ajayi. The Philadelphia Ajayi’s. They can’t be beat.

  5. Mike E. says:

    Piggy – I’m rooting for Ajayi to have a meaningless SB because I’m tired of hearing how important he is. He’s just not a big factor in their offense, that’s pretty obvious. He’s just another player in this offense, he’s not the straw that stirs the drink. I hope that clarifies

  6. The Flying Pig says:

  7. The Flying Pig says:

    Jeffrey almost had another incredible catch instead it’s an ugly tip up

  8. Mike E. says:

    I don’t think it’s wrong to root for Ajayi, I just want the people who think he’s the greatest thing since sliced bread to realize that he’s just a small cog in the machine in Philadelphia, not the major cog. He’s not a great player, or they would feature him constantly.

  9. Mike E. says:

    Wow, what a huge catch and run by Ajayi!!! Oh wait, that was Corey Clement! 🙂

  10. The Flying Pig says:

    The patriots defense is junk tonight

  11. The Flying Pig says:

    Over 6 first half yards between both teams

  12. ElephantRider says:

    Take that Brady! Foles can catch! Lol

  13. Rhino says:

    What the Fuck was THAT??? LMAO!!!!!!! Belicheat didn’t have that ONE on film

  14. Rhino says:

    Belicheat wearing a brand new “old” cutoff sweatshirt…

  15. Mike E. says:

    You get a SB box with 2-2 and you’re thinking you’re f*cked. Then you win the halftime score. lol

  16. Rhino says:

    Justin Timberlake halftime… Really? We’ve seen The Who, Sprinsteen, Tom Petty, The Rolling Stones, U2, Prince, and Paul McCartney…. and now, Justin Timberlake. lmao. Maybe he’ll be wearing his “whatever, whatever shoes”.

  17. mf13ss says:

    I’m wondering if we’re going to see the rumored Prince ‘hologram’ performing with Justin Tittielake at Halftime…

  18. Rhino says:

    Malcolm Jenkins might be MVP for the first half 😉

  19. Tim Knight says:

    Fun game, I expect more weirdness but Brady looks bad. Many of his passes are wobbly.

  20. naplesfan2010 says:

    go Collinsworth calling Brady out. “They completed the pass that the Patriots couldn’t.”

  21. Rhino says:

    I just watch halftime for the potential “wardrobe malfunctions”… but the only malfunction might be the fringe on the jacket. lol

  22. mf13ss says:

    There he is!!!

  23. Rhino says:

    There it is MF13.

  24. olddolphan says:

    THOSE OF YOU who took Philly and the 4 and 1/2 point spread looking good right now. Absolutely MIND BOGGLING CALL ON 4TH AND GOAL BY PEDERSEN!!! And, as predicted, Eagles troika of running backs having big success on the ground. Those expecting a repeat of Atlanta’s collapse last Super Bowl should know that this Eagles’ squad is a far better conditioned and a far better coached team than were the Falcons. Rather than folding, I look for Philly to pull away in the 4th quarter and win this game. PROF LOU, are U watching???
    DON”T KNOW if NBC touched on this during the pre game show. But, when Shula’s Dolphins defeated Philadelphia to make Shula the NFL’s all-time winningest coach, the winning QB was Doug Pedersen, who was replacing an injurfed Scott Mitchell, who had stepped in for Marino when he blew-out his achilles in Cleveland earlier in the season. Doug Petersen will always have a special spot in the hearts of many Dolfans!!

  25. herdfan says:

    I’m ok with whatever Ajayi does. He’s just a guy on the team I want to beat the Pats. So in that respect I hope he has a monster second half.

    I’m hoping Vinny Curry gets an INT. He was close a couple of times in the first half. And of course the Pats lose.

    Also hoping I don’t have a massive hangover tomorrow. 🍷

  26. Mike E. says:

    Holy cow, what a catch in the end zone by Ajayi!!! Oh wait, that was Corey Clement!

  27. Rhino says:

    …. and a call goes AGAINST the Patriots….. (that sound you heard was me fainting and hitting the floor).

  28. Rhino says:

    Steven Tyler is 69 or 70 and still wearing eyeliner. Not sure if that’s ‘cool’ or ‘disturbing’ lol

  29. Rhino says:

    Is either team gonna play defense today. geez.

  30. ElephantRider says:

    Where is this big time Philly D I’ve heard about? Getting destroyed by Hogan and Amendola? Wow

  31. The Flying Pig says:

    Seeing a free agent like Jenkins work out so well for the Eagles makes me angry

    Why not us!

  32. Rockphin says:

    I am so tired of watching X Dolphins players excel in the Super Bowl for the New England Patriots

  33. mf13ss says:

    I rather see former Dolphin Jay Ajayi score a TD than former Dolphin Chris “7-11” Hogan. JUST SAYIN’…

  34. Ken says:

    Did any of these teams practice defense the past 2 weeks?

  35. The Flying Pig says:

    900 yards so far in this super bowl

  36. Rhino says:

    If I was Eagles…. I’d be running Blount over and over and letting him angrily wear down the Pats defense …. tire them out for the last part of the 4th.

  37. The Flying Pig says:

    The end around looks easy

    Look at all that space

  38. Rhino says:

    OMG to the Eli and Odell commercial. LMAO that was funny

  39. Ken says:

    Just get 11 guys to start on D focus the talent on the offensive side of the ball

  40. Rhino says:

    Eagles need a defensive stand at some point. They won’t win a shoot out here in the 4th.

  41. ElephantRider says:

    Nice push off….arms fully extended….

  42. The Flying Pig says:

    My buddy just called this game the Carmello Anthony of football…lol

  43. Rhino says:

    HUGE first down

  44. Rhino says:

    WOW…. what a freaking gutsy call and execution of a 4th down play. DAMN

  45. mf13ss says:

    I SWEAR the Patsies* are stealing the Offensive play-calls from the Eagles, despite that 1st down.

  46. Rhino says:

    c’mon Eagles. My heart can’t take another Pats SB win. ahhhhhh. I hate even typing that.

  47. mf13ss says:

    Too bad Prof Lou isn’t watching his guy NICK FOLES having the game of his life!

  48. Rhino says:

    Tension is high!!! MF13 is posting and replying to himself repeatedly. LOL

  49. Rhino says:

    Ertz could be MVP

  50. Rhino says:

    He wasn’t catching!!! he was RUNNING you dumb fucks. then he broke the plane. Such an easy call.

  51. ElephantRider says:


  52. Rhino says:

    No SHIT…. lol

  53. mf13ss says:

    I can’t believe they called that a TD!!! And YES… it was the CORRECT call!!!

  54. Rhino says:

    oh damn. here we go. 2:21 to go… 5 pt difference. Brady to Gronk with :32 left, blah, blah, blah.

  55. sb7mvp says:

    Didn’t look back and shoved the receiver. How is that not pass interference?

  56. ElephantRider says:


  57. mf13ss says:

    HOLY SH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!T!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  58. wyoming85 says:

    That might be the answer to our prayers!!!!!!!!!!

  59. Ken says:

    Finally some defense

  60. ElephantRider says:

    Fuck yeah!!!

  61. sb7mvp says:

    Tuck Rule 2.0 coming up

  62. Rhino says:


  63. sb7mvp says:

    I’m really torn. I really don’t want Philly fans to have anything to celebrate.

  64. Rhino says:

    Brady can’t blow enough Refs to change that turnover. LMAO

  65. Rhino says:

    If they miss this field goal, I’m gonna hide in the bathroom for 30 minutes before looking at the tv again.

  66. Rhino says:

    The city of Philadelphia could be burnt down tonight, if they hold on. LOL

  67. Rhino says:

    Who the hell would be MVP for Philly…. rookie kicker? backup QB? Clement? no clear pick, imo.

  68. herdfan says:

    Patricia is one creepy looking dude. I’d cross the street if I saw him coming.

    Not that this has anything to do with the game. Just thought I’d share. 😂

    GO 🦅

  69. Rhino says:

    Brady to refs: “wtf, don’t you know who I am… my wife is HOT, I know about the physics of psi, my coach worships satan… “

  70. ElephantRider says:


  71. mf13ss says:

    HELL YEAH!!!

  72. herdfan says:

    Game over.

  73. Mike E. says:

    YES!!!! Great job Eagles!!!

  74. ElephantRider says:

    Now let’s hope they all turn on each other in Cheatriotville…….

  75. Rhino says:

    WOW. I feel dirty for watching a SB with the ONLY intention of cheering AGAINST a particular team. But… I will sleep better tonight. 🙂

  76. The Flying Pig says:

    Jay Ajayi MVP!!!

  77. mf13ss says:

    Your MVP? JAY AJAYI!!!

  78. The Flying Pig says:

    New blog up

    It’s not about the super bowl

  79. olddolphan says:

    I TOLD YOU SO!!!!!!!!!!
    Jay Ajayi has a SUPER BOWL ring because he found a coach who knows how to rotate his running backs AND KEEP THEM ALL HAPPY!! –AND Miami doesn’t!
    New England is now 5-5 in 10 Super Bowl appearances, including two “GIFTS” from Seattle and Atlanta. All of a sudden, the great “CHEATRIOTS” Dynasty doesn’t look so great.
    Nick Foles deserves the MVP in my book. And Pedersen out coached Belicheat!! THIS off season is going to have a different flavor to it. The Pats now look very beatable, tho’, perhaps, NOT in their own division.

  80. Tim Knight says:

    LOL @ Mike

    Ajayi MVP LOL

  81. Rhino says:

    I can’t believe all these guys are kissing the trophy during FLU SEASON lol

  82. Rhino says:

    MF13 is correct. MVP Foles

  83. naplesfan2010 says:

    ahhhhh yessssss
    Patsies* lose!!!!
    feel like i just got laid

    wait …

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