Player News - Dolphins

Date: Team: Pos:

The Denver Post's Mike Klis expects the Broncos to have some interest in free agent Charles Clay.

Julius Thomas is expected to walk in free agency and leave the Broncos for a big-money deal. He's likely looking for $8 million-plus annually, while Clay should slot in around the $6 million range. Clay seems like the better fit for coach Gary Kubiak's offense as a finesse player who can line up at multiple spots.
Source: Denver Post
Mar 1 - 10:50 AM

Dolphins WR Rishard Matthews reportedly asked the team to trade or release him.

The Dolphins balked at Matthews' request, and he'll stay on the roster for now. Matthews openly clashed with coach Joe Philbin in 2014, spending most of the season as Miami's No. 5 wideout behind Mike Wallace, Jarvis Landry, Brian Hartline, and Brandon Gibson. Matthews' roster security remains tenuous.
Feb 28 - 2:51 PM

The Sun-Sentinel reports Mike Wallace has informed the Dolphins he isn't willing to restructure the final three years of his contract.

Wallace has three years and $32.9 million left on his contract, and the Dolphins would like him to take a pay cut if he's going to stick around in Miami. Wallace holds all the cards here. He's easily the team's biggest playmaker and is coming off a 10-touchdown season even with Ryan Tannehill's complete incapability of throwing any semblance of a deep ball. Wallace probably prefers to escape the dumpster fire that is the Dolphins. As our own Patrick Daugherty put it: "The same team that couldn't work with Brandon Marshall and Vontae Davis is now preparing to dump Wallace. Novel idea: Maybe just figure things out?" Brian Hartline and Brandon Gibson are barely replacement-level receivers.
Feb 27 - 9:11 AM

Dolphins executive VP Mike Tannenbaum confirms the team would like to re-sign free agent Charles Clay.

Tannenbaum said the same for free agent DT Jared Odrick. "Charles is a homegrown talent," Tannenbaum said. "He checks every box." The Miami Herald has previously reported the Dolphins have "cautious optimism" they'll get Clay back under contract. He's expected to command in the neighborhood of $6 million annually. Clay has averaged 64 catches over the past two seasons.
Feb 26 - 7:46 PM

When asked about Mike Wallace, Dolphins VP of football operations Mike Tannenbaum said he's under contract "for now."

That's not much of an endorsement. The Dolphins are shopping Wallace, but should quickly find that his massive salary is a deal breaker for most teams. Miami Herald reporter Armando Salguero says his "educated guess" after talking to "team and league sources" is that Wallace will not be back with the Dolphins. He signed a five-year, $60M deal with the team just two years ago.
Feb 26 - 10:04 AM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Dolphins have placed Mike Wallace on the trade block.

What often happens in these scenarios is a player gets cut if the team trying to trade him can't find any takers. GM Dennis Hickey dined with Wallace before the Combine, and it sounds like that meeting didn't end with the Dolphins believing Wallace was an essential part of their 2015 plans. The 28-year-old scored ten TDs in 2014, but lid lifting is the true strength of Wallace's game, which makes him a poor fit for vertically-challenged Ryan Tannehill. Owed $9.9 million in salary and bonuses, Wallace is going to be awfully difficult to trade.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 25 - 8:18 PM

The Palm Beach Post's Andrew Abramson believes Dolphins WLB Jelani Jenkins is the "long-term answer" at the position.

Jenkins is the only locked-in starting linebacker for the Dolphins with Miami expected to address the position early in free agency and/or the draft after both Dannell Ellerbe and Phillip Wheeler flopped as free-agent busts. Both may be released before March 10. Jenkins started 14 games as a second-year pro in 2014 and graded out as a top-seven cover linebacker at Pro Football Focus.
Feb 25 - 9:14 AM

The Miami Herald's Barry Jackson reports the Dolphins would like to re-sign free agent SS Louis Delmas.

Delmas played 844 snaps next to FS Reshad Jones before tearing his ACL in Week 14. He has an injury history as long as anyone in the league and will be against the clock to be ready for Week 1. But Delmas has played well when he's been on the field. He's not going to command much, if any, guaranteed money.
Feb 25 - 8:54 AM

The Miami Herald's Barry Jackson reports the Dolphins and free agent Charles Clay are "in active negotiations" regarding a new contract.

Clay seems to be the Dolphins' top priority to get re-signed before free agency opens March 10. There's said to be "cautious optimism" that a deal will get done. If Clay reaches the open market, Miami's chances of re-signing him would plummet, as there are reportedly a number of teams ready to chase him. Clay is expected to command $6 million annually. He turned 27 last week.
Feb 24 - 10:28 PM

Dolphins K Caleb Sturgis may be in danger of losing his job to futures signee Zach Hocker.

Taken in the fifth round of the 2013 draft during the final year of the Jeff Ireland regime, Sturgis has missed 16 of his 71 field goal attempts through two seasons. He's no better than a league-average kicker. Hocker was drafted in the seventh round by the Redskins last year and costs less money.
Feb 23 - 5:28 PM

Free agent TE Charles Clay is expected to net $6 million annually.

The Miami Herald's Adam Beasley says that figure would put Clay in "Dennis Pitta/Greg Olsen territory." Though he's unlikely to eclipse Olsen's elite receiving totals, Clay offers much more in the way of versatility and is younger than both players. There should be a robust market for 26-year-old Clay, though ultimately we expect him to stay with Miami.
Feb 23 - 1:29 PM

According to the Palm Beach Post, there's a "growing belief" free agent DT Jared Odrick will test the open market.

The Dolphins are trying to re-sign Odrick, quite possibly their No. 1 priority in free agency. But as a scheme-versatile 27-year-old that can get after the quarterback from the interior, there's going to be plenty of interest come March. Odrick's market will get even hotter if interior linemen like Ndamukong Suh and Terrance Knighton re-sign with their respective clubs.
Feb 23 - 10:39 AM

A source tells the Palm Beach Post it would be "very surprising" if free agent TE Charles Clay isn't back with the Dolphins in 2015.

Clay has been a versatile and reliable asset for the Dolphins over the last two seasons, catching 127 passes for 1,364 yards and nine touchdowns during that span. The Post suggests Sunday's rumor that the division-rival Bills are "taking a hard look" at Clay could be a ploy to raise his asking price. Clay is our No. 3 free agent tight end, behind only Julius Thomas and Jordan Cameron.
Feb 23 - 10:32 AM

According to Vic Carucci of The Buffalo News, the Bills are "taking a hard look" at free agent TE Charles Clay.

A well-rounded talent, Clay is a solid blocker as well as an able pass-catcher. Clay would be a significant upgrade on Buffalo's current starter at tight end, Scott Chandler. We have Clay ranked third among free agent tight ends.
Feb 22 - 12:39 PM

Dolphins GM Dennis Hickey said at the Combine that his recent dinner with Mike Wallace was a "good conversation," but remained noncommittal on Wallace's future in Miami.

When teams are publicly noncommittal about players' futures, it usually means they're open to moving on. There just isn't a realistic scenario where the Fins could upgrade on Wallace for 2015. The team's leading touchdown scorer a year ago, Wallace is owed $9.9 million in salary and a workout bonus.
Feb 18 - 7:35 PM


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