Update: The signing has been made official by The Dolphins and will wear #47
There was a considerable amount of remodeling for Jeff Ireland to do on the offensive side of the football. Most of our attention in the offseason was on which pieces could turn things around and put more points on the board to help out a top five defense.
But why not try and bridge the gap from a very solid defense to a great one if there is an available upgrade?
Boy oh boy did the Dolphins just find an upgrade. An upgrade that could improve Mike Nolan’s unit enough to be mentioned with the likes of the Ravens and the Jets as one of the truly elite defenses in the league.
When Miami cut Channing Crowder earlier this evening, it was clear that Ireland was up to something. There are clearly deficiencies in Crowder’s game, but you just don’t go getting rid of decent starters for no reason.
It didn’t take long for news to break that the Dolphins have come to terms with linebacker Kevin Burnett. It’s reportedly a four-year deal worth approximately $10 million in guaranteed cash.
Burnett was decent in his first five seasons, but he took his game to another level in 2010. How does replacing Crowder, who was seemingly allergic to making game-changing plays, with a guy who put up 95 tackles, 6.0 sacks, 5 pass breakups, 2 interceptions, 2 forced fumbles, and a touchdown, sound? It sounds like a defense that was already void of any considerable holes just got a whole lot better to me. By comparison, Crowder only managed 2.5 sacks, 1 interception, and 3 forced fumbles in the six years he spent with the Dolphins.
Kevin Burnett and Karlos Dansby project to form one of the top inside linebacker duos in the league. Both are known for their big-play ability as well, meaning the tandem should produce their share of game-changing plays in 2011.
You probably have to consider the Dolphins’ entire linebacker corps one of the league’s best now as well, contingent on Koa Misi’s ability to take strides in year two, with one of the fiercest pass rushers in the league in Cameron Wake at outside linebacker.
The Dolphins made sure to keep intact a deep and dominant defensive line as well, giving the front seven the potential to do dangerous things this season. Oh yeah, the secondary figures to be fairly special too with Vontae Davis and Sean Smith continuing their emergence as one of the game’s top cornerback tandems.
You know how the old saying goes, “defense wins championships.” I suppose that’s why they call it “old” because everybody knows quarterbacks do in today’s game. I think that saying has digressed to “great defenses can take you to the playoffs.” That’s where the Dolphins could be headed if they can find an identity on offense.
Update: The signing has been made official by The Dolphins and will wear #47
According to Omar Kelly and Armando Salguero's twitter accounts, Dolphins' ILB Channing Crowder has been cut.
The Dolphins save themselves all $5 million of his 2011 salary.
In 2005, when the Dolphins drafted Crowder in the third round, they had Zach Thomas' replacement in mind. Not only did Crowder lack Zach's class and love for the game, but also his football IQ, ability to stay healthy, and the ability to make the big play.
Crowder was very solid on 1st and 2nd down, bringing his skill set to the Dolphins in stopping the run. However, he failed at producing big time sacks and interceptions. Crowder, although not the greatest influence, was a leader on this defense and will be missed by some (NOT ME). But the flaws in his game and his $5 million dollar salary made him expendable,
The Dolphins want to be one of the best defense's in the league. Great D's create turnovers and make big plays. Crowder simply was not a play maker!
The Dolphins will either try to move Koa Misi inside and sign an OLB or trust that AJ Edds, who was drafted last year but did not play due to injury, will step up this season.
The Dolphins have found their new QB. WELCOME TO SOUTH BEACH KYLE ORTON. UMM WAIT A SECOND!!!
No the Dolphins didnt trade for Kyle Orton. Instead they have signed UFA QB Matt Moore from Carolina to a two-year deal worth $5 million! http://www.oregonlive.com/nfl/index.ssf/2011/07/quarterback_matt_moore_to_sign.html
Right away I am obviously upset by this, and dont think that Matt Moore is the solution. Moore MIGHT bring competition for Henne, but personally I dont see it. I am going to have to go over more tape on Moore to fully decide how I feel about this but at the moment Jeff Ireland is making me a very upset man. Did the Dolphins upgrade at backup QB? Probably, but they needed to upgrade their starting QB.
Earlier this morning Steve Ross said that "Tony (Sparano) is a great guy. The players like him. But he’s got to win this season" I don't see any reason to think that this is CURRENTLY a playoff team. That being said, its Henne time and I am very open to him proving me wrong
Side Note : @adbrandt tweeted: Kyle Orton's $1.5 million roster bonus activated at 4pm et. Broncos unlikely to trade after making that commitment
@JeffDarlington Sources: The Dolphins have come to a contract agreement with RB Daniel Thomas, the team's second-round draft pick. He'll sign shortly.
Sheets and Hilliard are both exclusive rights FA and not on the roster or practice field today
Also here is a picture of Henne and our new toy in Miami
For all of the hype surrounding the Dolphins landing Reggie Bush and still pushing to pry Kyle Orton from the Broncos, training camp starting today and the first practice kicking off tomorrow has flown right under the radar.
The Dolphins still have needs to address at quarterback and possibly outside linebacker, but an underrated must is getting the rookies under contract in a timely manner, especially Mike Pouncey and Daniel Thomas who figure to be significant contributors from day one.
Jeff Ireland and company began that process earlier this afternoon, coming to terms with the two seventh-round selections -nose tackle Frank Kearse and safety Jimmy Wilson- and sixth-round pick Charles Clay. All three deals are reportedly for four years although the financial terms have yet to surface.
Kearse is a nice developmental piece at the nose and Jimmy Wilson has considerable upside for a late-rounder. But of the group, Charles Clay is the one who will be monitored the closest.
Getting Clay under contract a day before the first practice means we won’t have to wait to see how the Dolphins plan to utilize him. Will he be a tight end, a fullback, or some sort of hybrid? Also, it will be interesting to see whose roster spot Clay will threaten. Will a third tight end be the victim or could Clay actually unseat Lousaka Polite? Yes, Polite is an exceptional short-yardage converter, but he’s been an erratic lead blocker.
I also expect the Dolphins to wrap up negotiations with Mike Pouncey, Daniel Thomas, and “Clyde” Gates sooner rather than later. Maybe they miss tomorrow’s workout, but too much is invested in their immediate impact for them to be held out for long.
Thanks to our buddies at Finsiders, we have learned of all of the new Dolphin rookie's jersey numbers.
As Prime Time Deion Sanders said " You look good, you feel good. You feel good, you play good "
Mike Pouncey, G/C: #63
Daniel Thomas, RB: #33 (VERY SAD, Such an ugly number)
Clyde Gates, WR: #83
Charles Clay, FB/TE: #31 / Also according to Omar Kelly he is the first of the draftees to come to terms, signing a 4-year deal. Terms not disclosed yet.
Frank Kearse, DT: #66
Jimmy Wilson, DB: #35
Vincent Agnew, CB: #41
Brett Brackett, TE: #84
Garrett Chisolm, OL: #60
Pat Devlin, QB: #9
Jonathan Freeny, LB: #49
Nic Grigsby, RB: #42
DJ Jones, OL: #71
Johnny Jones, DL: #62
Phillip Livas, WR: #85
Jose Perez, DB: #43
Quinton Spears, LB: #48
FREE AGENCY FRENZY HAS BEEN NOTHING BUT CRAZY AND A LOT OF FUN! This is a list of where the big names have landed!
Also note: Chad Ochocino + Albert Haynesworth were traded to New England
Nnamdi Asomugha, Raiders CB (Signed with PHI. 5-year, $60 million)
Johnathan Joseph, Bengals CB (Signed With Hou)
Zach Miller, Raiders TE
Cullen Jenkins, Packers DL (signed year deal with Philly)
Ahmad Bradshaw, Giants RB
Braylon Edwards, Jets WR
Matt Roth, Browns LB
Kevin Boss, Giants TE
Steve Smith, Giants WR
Carlos Rogers, Redskins CB
Ronnie Brown, Dolphins RB
Darren Sproles, Chargers RB (signed with Saints 2 yr deal)
James Jones, Packers WR
Malcom Floyd, Chargers WR
Joseph Addai, Colts RB (Signed with Colts)
Cedric Benson, Bengals RB
Dawan Landry, Ravens S (Signed with Jags)
Mike Sims-Walker, Jaguars WR (Signed with Rams per his twitter)
Jason Snelling, Falcons RB
Manny Lawson, 49ers LB
Plaxico Burress, Giants WR
Ricky Williams, Dolphins RB
Channing Crowder, Dolphins MLB
Tommie Harris, Bears DL
Randy Moss, Titans WR
Willis McGahee (Signs 3 yr 7.5 mil deal with Den)
Vince Young, Titans QB (Signed with Philly)
Roy Williams, Dallas WR ( Signs 2 yr deal with da Bears)
Ray Edwards DE ( Signs 5 yr deal with Falcons)
Kevin Burnett MLB ( Signs with Dolphins)
Per @AdamSchefter: Last hurdle to a trade between Saints and Dolphins was cleared when RB Reggie Bush reached agreement on a new 2-year contract with Miami.
@ProFootballTalk: Reggie Bush deal with the Saints, per league source: Two years, $9.75 million. He gets $5 million in 2011
As you can probably tell by now my fellow writer Cody Strahm is more articulate with his words than I am. I like to be entertaining even if it does sometimes mean losing my Shakespearean side and not using the best English. That being said here is my bottom line blog of WHAT BUSH CAN DO FOR YOU !
Well Bush can offer quick and efficient delivery!
Bush offers his 4.33 (USC Pro Day time) electric speed. Bush is one of the fastest players in the NFL and brings his quick feet to a team that really needs a jolt of speed into its lineup.
Bush also makes all of his delivery in style and finesse!
Bush not only is one of the fastest players in the league but also one of the flashiest. The Dolphins offense has not only been anemic this past 2 years but it has also been VERY BORING. Reggie Bush is a truly exciting and fun player to watch and will bring that down to South Beach.
When you have a second check out this link of Reggie Bush’s highlights and you are sure to be impressed. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QhTw29_JDH4
Bush can also bring you credibility!
Miami’s offense really struggled last year, bringing Bush opens up doors for all different players on the field. Bush can play a part as a WR or also as a decoy. Bush brings credibility and a certain unpredictability to this Dolphin offense.
Is Bush a good fit for you!
100% a good for the Phins. The Dolphins clearly trust Daniel Thomas after not going all in on Bradshaw and DeAneglo and Bush should see 10-15 touches a game and compliment Thomas nicely. Dolphins certainly upgraded their offense by bringing in Bush.
Is Bush well priced, is there value there?
Surprisingly yes, Miami signed Bush to a 2 year 10 million dollar contract which is very fair. Miami gets a player who was making 7 mil more on his old team. This is really solid value for Bush who the media thought would demand more money
Saints acquired S Jonathon Amaya as part of the Reggie Bush trade.
Does Bush make you look good!
This is just a personal bias, but I love it when players look good in uniforms and have that swagger, Bush is one of those guys!
So Welcome Reggie, and don’t worry we will find you a nice girl to get over Kim with in South Beach !