We’ve talked about quarterbacks this offseason until we were blue in the face. One quarterback we didn’t spend considerable time on was Kyle Orton.
Not because he’s not a capable solution to the Dolphins’ long-standing quarterback woes. He’s really the only option that’s been speculated about that has the makings of a franchise quarterback, assuming, of course, that Mike Brown is really going to keep Carson Palmer locked up.
I personally didn’t spend too much time on the possibility because I felt as though it was a moot point. I’ve wondered all along why he would be available at all and have said the Broncos would be crazy to let a guy go who has passed for a combined 41 touchdowns to only 21 interceptions and well over 7,000 yards the past two seasons. But we are no longer speculating about Kyle Orton’s availability.
He’s been reportedly placed on the trading block by Denver, who is either completely sold on Tim Tebow or just has a thing for riding themselves of quality players, and the asking price is at least a third-round pick.
That’s right, a third-round pick. A third-round pick for a proven starting quarterback. A third-round pick for what has been 20 TD, 10 INT production-exactly what the Dolphins are missing in order to become legitimate contenders in 2011.
With a defense on the verge of taking the next step by solidifying themselves as elite and what has the makings of a revamped running game-pending, of course, on which running back Miami brings in- Orton would instantly put the Dolphins in the discussion.
The only concern I have is whether or not he will duplicate the production he’s had the past two years without Josh McDaniels. The guy may be a nut job, but knew a thing or two about grooming a quarterback. It’s no coincidence that Orton wasn’t much in Chicago.
Then again, Matt Cassel has gone on to play well for Kansas City after leaving the tutelage of McDaniels in New England, so maybe how he’s transformed Orton will stick. And really, that’s a small risk if the asking price is only a third-round pick. A third-round pick that would be used on an unproven rookie.
Potential franchise quarterbacks are rarely had in the third round. And make no mistake about it, at only 28 years old, Kyle Orton could be a franchise quarterback in Miami. At this point, I would be surprised if the Dolphins don’t land him. It just makes too much sense.
Before Free agency and trades begin, here a couple of names of coaches who might try to cover their ass through trades or free agency !
Coaches on the Hot Seat
This team is way too talented to keep wasting it with underachieving teams led by Turner. It feels like its every year we say this is the year the Chargers can really contend yet it seems Turner is always holding them back
Our own coach! Even if some fans love the fist pump, Ross wants to win and win NOW! One home game win is simply not enough, Ross wants a playoff team and if Tony cant delivered he might get canned !
Another underachieving team, if the Texans dont make the playoffs this year I think thats it for Gary.
Jack Del Rio
Del Rio has done a nice job in Jacksonville but at some point every journey comes to and end and if the Jags arent in the playoffs it could be Del Rio's job.
I really dont feel the need to explain this, FIRE HIM already !
Dont be shocked if the coaches of these teams make big splashes in free agency or trade market in order to put a little water on the fire! These guys want to keep their jobs so they will do what they can to get instant success !
Next week I will have the TOP QB's on the Hot Seat, so stay tuned !!
The signings are beginning to stream in at a pretty fluid rate tonight in undrafted free agency. Instead of making a separate post for each signing, I’m just going to continually update this post with every new undrafted rookie the Dolphins acquire. So be sure to keep hitting that refresh button to stay caught up to speed.
Not all of these “signings” have official sources. I’m going by the word on the street (a.k.a. twitter) for some. So don’t go marking any of these names down in pen until Miami is allowed to make these deals official tomorrow morning at 10 a.m.
-In their first post-lockout move, the Dolphins have reportedly addressed their pass rush and depth concerns at outside linebacker by agreeing to terms with Rutgers defensive end Jonathan Freeny who will convert to OLB in Mike Nolan’s 3-4 scheme.
-The Dolphins have reportedly added their first running back since drafting Daniel Thomas by agreeing to a deal with Arizona RB Nic Grigsby. He clocked as low as 4.38 in pre-draft workouts and appears to be Jeff Ireland's latest admission that the offense needs more big-play ability in 2011.
-The Dolphins made arguably the biggest splash in undrafted free agency today, inking Delaware quarterback Pat Devlin. The 6-4, 220 pound FCS standout had a spectacular senior season, throwing for 22 TD's compared to only three picks and leading Delaware to the National Championship.
Devlin possesses solid accuracy in the short passing game, sound judgement, and capable mobility. His lack of arm stregth was the reason he went undrafted, though, as scouts have cautioned he may not be able to make every NFL throw. Still an intriguing project signing for the Dolphins.
-Offensive guard Garrett Chisolm, who played his college ball for Steve Spurrier at South Carolina, has reportedly struck a deal with Miami. Chisom has some versatility, as he's capable of filling in at tackle or guard for the Dolphins. Chisolm was a likely mid-to-late round pick before going down with a knee injury late in the year.
-The Dolphins will address their depth at tight end tomorrow with former Nittany Lion Brett Brackett. Was a wide receiver/tight end tweener at Penn St., but will undoubtedly become a developmental pass-catching tight end in Miami.
-Central Michigan cornerback Vince Agnew will reportedly compete for a roster spot in Miami. Agnew is obviously a small-school prospect, but he possesses NFL level measurables (4.38 40, 39.5 inch vert).
-The Dolphins have agreed to terms with Nebraska offensive tackle D.J. Jones. The 6-5, 310-pound Jones started every game at right tackle for a very solid Cornhusker O-line a year ago.
-Per @Omar Kelly: "The Dolphins plan to sign 11 undrafted rookie free agents, and one in the bunch will be a QB."
-Courtesy of @Armando Salguero: "Miami Dolphins have reached agreement with undrafted free agent KR Phillip Livas of Louisiana Tech. He's 5-7 and 179. Runs 4.37."
FREE AGENCY FRENZY! GET EXCITED!
Although no players can offically be signed until Friday, for all intents and purposes free agency will start tomorrow at 10 am. Agreements can be reached and will be finalized on Friday.
2 big names already cut today are Todd Heap and Willis McGahee
The buzz going around in terms of Dolphins' news is:
A trade for Den QB Kyle Orton
Free agent RB's Ahmad Bradshaw and DeAneglo Williams
We will have to wait and see but be sure to check out which players around the league are free agents !
Below is a list of the Dolphins' UFA's
Unrestricted Free Agents
Ronnie Brown, RB
Patrick Cobbs, RB
Tony McDaniel, DL
Pat McQuistan, OL
Quentin Moses, LB
Chad Pennington, QB
Cory Procter, OL
Tyler Thigpen, QB
Ricky Williams, RB
Below is the FULL list of every free agent in the NFL
Has the fat lady sang? Is it over? Can I move on with my life? Yes! Football is back. THE LOCKOUT IS OVER !! So I have one question for you: ARE YOU READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL!!!!!
Looking back at the lockout, what exactly did we miss? Well we lost the Hall of Fame game (WHO CARES) and we lost Hard Knocks (WORSE THINGS HAVE HAPPENED) and we had to push back Free Agency and Trade (ANNOYING). So technically, this mess just spun our heads round and round but we really didn’t suffer that much. No games were missed and aside from HOF game none of the pre season games were even lost.
As far as Dee Smith and Roger Goodell go, yes it was their job to get this thing done but they did it. We are not missing any football and the deal is done, so good for you Goodell and Smith. Well done and thank you!
Now that it’s over, here are the dates you should pay attention to:
07/25/2011 – National Holiday – National Ratification Day
Dolphins will report to camp Thursday
July 26 — Team facilities will be open for voluntary training, conditioning and classroom instruction.
Teams can sign their drafted players, as well as undrafted free agents.
The trading of players can begin.
Teams can negotiate, but cannot sign or give offers sheets to their own unrestricted free agents, restricted free agents and franchise players
July 28 — Beginning at 4 p.m. ET, teams can begin to waive or terminate players.
July 29 — Unrestricted free agency begins July 29 at 6 p.m. and clubs can begin signing players — their own or other teams’ players. No payment can be made to players until a CBA is signed.
Aug 4 — The league year can begin no later than today.
Also take note there is already buzz going around that Orton to Miami is a very real possibility
So buckle your chin strap and get excited because free agency frenzy is on its way!