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Divisional Rival History:
Buffalo Bills: Tony Sparano is 4-2 against the Bills, but the teams have split their meetings the past two years.
New England Patriots: The Patriots used to have trouble with the Dolphins, but they've won six of the past eight meetings.
New York Jets: The Jets used to dominate this rivalry, but the Dolphins have claimed three of the past four matchups.
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2011 NFL Free Agent Rankings
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2011 NFL Free Agent Signings:
Kevin Burnett, ILB, Chargers. Age: 28.
Signed with Dolphins (4 years)
After a few forgettable years in Dallas, Kevin Burnett has really come into his own in San Diego. Staying put would probably be best for his career.
- Ronald Fields, NT, Broncos. Age: 29. -- Signed with Dolphins
- Marvin Mitchell, ILB, Saints. Age: 26. -- Signed with Dolphins
- Marc Colombo, OT, Cowboys. Age: 32. -- Signed with Dolphins
- Jason Taylor, DE/OLB, Jets. Age: 37. -- Signed with Dolphins
- Matt Moore, QB, Panthers. Age: 27. -- Signed with Dolphins (2 years)
- Ray Willis, OT, Seahawks. Age: 29. -- Signed with Dolphins
- Jason Trusnik, ILB, Browns. Age: 27. -- Re-signed with Dolphins (2 years)
- Pat Devlin, QB, Delaware. Age: 23. -- Signed with Dolphins
Miami Dolphins Free Agents:
Salary Cap: No cap.
Paul Soliai, NT, Dolphins. Age: 27.
Franchised by Dolphins
At 6-4, 355 pounds, Paul Soliai is a monstrous, run-stuffing nose tackle. Unless the Dolphins franchise him, Soliai will get a huge contract this offseason.
Richie Incognito, G, Dolphins. Age: 28.
Re-signed with Dolphins (3 years)
Richie Incognito was Miami's best interior lineman this year. He has definitely turned his career around; he was once criticized for sitting out a 2008 game for a fake illness. Jim Haslett was so frustrated that he actually slapped a candy bar out of Incognito's hands on the sideline.
Tony McDaniel, DE/DT, Dolphins. Age: 26.
Re-signed with Dolphins (2 years, $6 million)
Tony McDaniel was a solid rotational defensive lineman for the Dolphins in 2010, thriving against the run and recording 2.5 sacks.
Channing Crowder, ILB, Dolphins. Age: 27.
Channing Crowder doesn't live up to his trash talking, but he's a decent, two-down inside linebacker.
Ronnie Brown, RB, Dolphins. Age: 29.
Signed with Eagles (1 year)
Beginning in Week 4, Ronnie Brown failed to rush for more than four yards per carry in all but one game. He's still an effective pass-catcher out of the backfield, so he'll sign on as a reserve somewhere.
Tim Dobbins, ILB, Dolphins. Age: 28.
Signed with Texans
A quality reserve inside linebacker who is decent in run support.
Ricky Williams, RB, Dolphins. Age: 34.
Signed with Ravens (2 years)
Ricky Williams averaged 4.2 yards per carry behind a mediocre offensive line in 2010. He still has some value as a No. 2 back.
- Chad Pennington, QB, Dolphins. Age: 35.
- Pat McQuistan, G, Dolphins. Age: 28. -- Signed with Titans
- Quentin Moses, DE/OLB, Dolphins. Age: 27.
- Deon Anderson, FB, Dolphins. Age: 28.
- Tyler Thigpen, QB, Dolphins. Age: 27. -- Signed with Bills (3 years)
- Nate Garner (RFA), G, Dolphins. Age: 26. -- Tendered by Dolphins
- Lydon Murtha (RFA), OT, Dolphins. Age: 25.
- Patrick Cobbs, RB, Dolphins. Age: 28.
- Lex Hilliard (RFA), RB, Dolphins. Age: 27.
- Chris Baker, NT, Dolphins. Age: 23.
You really have to wonder where the Dolphins are headed. Things looked promising with Bill Parcells in the mix a couple of years ago. But Parcells is gone, and he's been replaced by B-list celebrities who own a share of the team, and show up to games in hopes that the fans will get their "Fins Up" and cheer for them. Newsflash: No one cares about you. The Dolphins have turned into a circus that no one wants to see.
Dolphins sign ILB Marvin Mitchell
Dolphins announce retirement of ILB Channing Crowder
Ravens sign RB Ricky Williams
Titans sign G Pat McQuistan
Texans sign ILB Tim Dobbins
Dolphins sign OT Ray Willis
Dolphins announce retirement of OT James Marten
Eagles sign RB Ronnie Brown
Dolphins cut ILB Tim Dobbins
Dolphins sign DE/OLB Jason Taylor
Dolphins sign OT Marc Colombo
Dolphins sign NT Ronald Fields
Dolphins cut NT Chris Baker
Dolphins sign ILB Kevin Burnett
Dolphins cut ILB Channing Crowder
Dolphins sign QB Matt Moore
Dolphins acquire RB Reggie Bush from Saints for late-round pick
Dolphins sign ILB Jason Trusnik
Dolphins re-sign DE/DT Tony McDaniel
Bills sign QB Tyler Thigpen
Dolphins sign QB Pat Devlin
Dolphins re-sign G Richie Incognito
Dolphins tender G Nate Garner
Dolphins waive FB Deon Anderson
Dolphins franchise NT Paul Soliai
- Quarterback: Chad Henne has upside, but hasn't shown that he can be anything more than an interception machine in this league. The Dolphins will be looking for a franchise quarterback. They may have a shot at Jake Locker or Cam Newton at No. 15 overall this April, but they're ready to win now, so they may pursue a veteran like Donovan McNabb, Kyle Orton or even Brett Favre. Signed Matt Moore and Pat Devlin
- Running Back: Both Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams are free agents, but they weren't getting the job done anyway. There will be tons of promising running backs available in Round 3. Traded for Reggie Bush; drafted Daniel Thomas
- Center: It won't matter who's in Miami's backfield if the interior of the offensive line doesn't improve. Re-signed Richie Incognito
- Free Safety: Miami's sole glaring weakness on defense is at free safety. Chris Clemons is a sieve in coverage.
- Tight End: When will the Anthony Fasano experiment end? Likely soon because Bill Parcells is not around anymore. The Dolphins can look at Lance Kendrick or D.J. Williams in the middle rounds of the 2011 NFL Draft. Drafted Charles Clay
- Left Guard: Miami will need a replacement for free agent Richie Incognito if he signs elsewhere. Drafted Mike Pouncey
- Wide Receiver: Brandon Marshall and slot receiver Davone Bess are set in their roles, but the Dolphins could use an upgrade across from Marshall. Drafted Edmond Gates
- Nickel Cornerback: Benny Sapp played miserably at nickel this season. Miami should bring in quality depth behind Vontae Davis and Sean Smith.
- Rush Linebacker: Koa Misi started the year hot, but struggled down the stretch, recording just one sack in his final 10 games. He was even benched in late December. Misi will be better next year, but the Dolphins may want to bring in some competition just in case. Signed Jason Taylor
- Offensive Line Depth: Miami just can't stay healthy up front. Depth is needed on the offensive line. Signed Marc Colombo and Ray Willis
2011 NFL Draft Grades:
Wondering why the Dolphins didn't draft a quarterback? Well, it's because the current front office and coaching staff have too much pressure on their shoulders to win now. They can't afford to wait around for a young signal-caller to develop. Instead, they'll sign a veteran to compete with Chad Henne.
With that in mind, I feel as though Miami accomplished most of its draft goals. The team found an upgrade on the offensive line in Mike Pouncey. They found a successor for Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams in Daniel Thomas. And they acquired two offensive weapons at value selections in Charles Clay and Edmond Gates.
The only thing the Dolphins failed to do was obtain a pass-rusher across from Cameron Wake. That has to be their secondary goal in free agency after finding a reliable quarterback.
Overall 2011 NFL Draft Grade given on 5/1/11: B
2011 NFL Draft Individual Grades:
15. Mike Pouncey, G, Florida
A bit early for a guard? I think so. But if Mike Pouncey is anything like his twin brother, Miami's running game should instantly improve no matter who is in the backfield. The Dolphins are filling a huge need with a talented player. More importantly, they're not reaching for a lemon quarterback. (Pick Grade: B)
62. Daniel Thomas, RB, Kansas State
I guess DeAngelo Williams won't be taking his talents to South Beach. Daniel Thomas is a solid pick here, as he fills the team's greatest need. I doubt Miami could have obtained him in the middle of the third round, so I don't blame them for trading up. (Pick Grade: B)
111. Edmond Gates, WR, Abilene Christian
Some NFL Draft experts said that Edmond Gates won't get out of the second round. This is a major steal for the Dolphins, who had to find some help at receiver across from Brandon Marshall's crazy wife's husband. (Pick Grade: A)
174. Charles Clay, TE, Tulsa
The Dolphins traded up into this pick. You can't really blame them - with a fourth-round talent still on the board, Miami almost had to make the move to fill a huge need. (Pick Grade: A)
231. Frank Kearse, NT, Alabama A&M
Frank Kearse can play five-technique or nose tackle. He'll provide some depth for the Dolphins, but he was a reach, even at No. 231. (Pick Grade: C)
235. Jimmy Wilson, CB, Montana
The Dolphins needed cornerback depth, but Jimmy Wilson is a reach, even in the compensatory Round 7. (Pick Grade: C)
2011 Miami Dolphins Analysis: The Dolphins have major issues that go beyond what should be a dreadful year. Owner Stephen Ross is turning the franchise into a joke, surrounding himself with B-list celebrities in order to get more fans to his stadium. Jerks like Celebrity Man may disagree that this is having a negative impact, but it seems as though Ross is sacrificing football for entertainment, which could have disastrous repercussions.
As for the 2011 campaign itself, Miami should be one of the worst teams in the league. Yes, the Dolphins went 7-9 in 2010, but finished 3-6 down the stretch. Don't discount the possibility that the team could quit on Chad Henne and lame-duck head coach Tony Sparano, knowing very well that Andrew Luck and perhaps someone like Jeff Fisher could be obtained after the season.
Projection: 3-13 (4th in AFC East)
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