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The Dolphins were reportedly high on Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema before hiring Joe Philbin in 2012, but the sides disagreed on whether Russell Wilson could be an NFL starter.

Per ace beat writer Armando Salguero, Ross was high on Bielema for the head-coaching job, but Bielema and the personnel department led by ex-GM Jeff Ireland hit a wall when Bielema suggested the Dolphins draft Wilson in the second round. Bielema allegedly even promised the Dolphins a Super Bowl within five years if they took Wilson, who was Bielema's quarterback at Wisconsin. "They all looked at me like, 'You can't say that.," Bielema said. "That's the difference between college and pro. He's undersized. He can't throw.' I was like, 'OK, all right,' and I honestly, that day, kind of pulled myself out of it." Ross ultimately convinced Ireland to draft Ryan Tannehill with the No. 8 overall pick. Wilson went to Seattle in the third round.
Jan 30 - 12:10 PM

The Miami Herald reports the Dolphins have "privately indicated" they'd like to re-sign impending free agent TE Charles Clay.

This comes as no real surprise as Clay and DT Jared Odrick are Miami's top two free agents. Clay is coming off a down year where he fought through a season-long knee injury. It should help lower his price. Clay is one of the more versatile finesse tight ends in the league with the ability to line up in the backfield.
Jan 25 - 11:10 AM

The Dolphins and doctors are reportedly "pleasantly surprised" by how quickly LT Branden Albert has progressed from ACL surgery.

Albert blew out his right knee in Week 10. It sounds like he's ahead of schedule, which puts him firmly on track to be ready for the start of the 2015 season. The Dolphins signed Albert to a $46 million last offseason to protect Ryan Tannehill's blind side.
Jan 22 - 11:35 AM

The Dolphins are fully expected to pick up the $15 million fifth-year option on Ryan Tannehill for 2016.

That's only if the sides can't hammer out an extension before Tannehill is forced to play out 2015 at just $2 million. It's confirmation Dolphins brass remains high on its 26-year-old franchise quarterback, who ranked fifth in completions (392), fifth in completion percentage (66.4), 11th in yards (4,045), T-12th in touchdowns (27) and 14th in passer rating (92.8) this past season. The athletic Tannehill added 311 rushing yards and one score on the ground, boosting his fantasy value. If he can add deep-ball accuracy to his resume, he'll take the next step.
Jan 22 - 8:42 AM

The Dolphins are expecting 2014 third-round OG Billy Turner to be a starter next season.

Turner, the 67th pick in last May's draft, was inactive for the first 14 games of his rookie season before playing 17 snaps in the season finale. The Dolphins used Turner at left guard in spring practices, but he was overtaken by Dallas Thomas and veteran Daryn Colledge. With Colledge a free agent and RG Mike Pouncey expected to move back to center, both guard spots are open.
Jan 22 - 1:01 AM

Dolphins GM Dennis Hickey refused to comment on whether Mike Wallace will be back with the team in 2015.

Hickey danced around the question in his media session at the Senior Bowl, merely saying the decision would be a "collaborative" one. This comes on the heels of owner Stephen Ross admitting Wallace's future with the club is in doubt. Wallace is impossible to trade thanks to his enormous $12.1 million cap number. Wallace found more success in the red zone in 2014, but remains on a different page than Ryan Tannehill when it comes to the deep ball. It's going to be hard for the Dolphins to cut Wallace because they have little else behind Jarvis Landry.
Jan 21 - 12:37 PM

Dolphins DE Dion Jordan made his first career start in Week 17.

Ex-Fins GM Jeff Ireland traded up to select Jordan with the third pick in the 2013 draft. He went 25 games without getting his first "start." Although DC Kevin Coyle has been ripped for failing to utilize Jordan correctly, it's fair to wonder just how good Jordan really is. He's drawn below-average marks across the board from PFF and failed to earn significant snaps.
Jan 20 - 11:38 AM

ESPN Dolphins reporter James Walker believes the Dolphins will try to re-sign impending free agent TE Charles Clay before free agency begins.

Clay had a down year in 2014, catching 58 balls for 605 and three touchdowns while battling through knee and hamstring injuries. He is still one of the most versatile H-backs in the league, and would likely generate plenty of interest on the open market despite the down season. The Dolphins would be smart to lock him up early.
Source: ESPN
Jan 17 - 9:05 AM

The Dolphins are retaining DC Kevin Coyle for 2015.

Coyle's defense completely collapsed down the stretch, but owner Stephen Ross is fixated on continuity. Coyle's primary offseason objective will be figuring out a way to finally involve 2013 No. 3 overall pick Dion Jordan.
Jan 16 - 3:07 PM

Speaking Friday, owner Stephen Ross admitted Mike Wallace's Dolphins future is in doubt.

"I don't think anyone really knows," was Ross' exact response. Signed to a five-year, $60 million deal in March 2013, Wallace has averaged just 896 yards as a Dolphin, and reportedly quit on the team multiple times in 2014. He's due $9.85 million for 2015, $3 million of which is guaranteed. Due $32.7 million over the next three seasons, Wallace is untradeable. Releasing him would create $5.2 million in dead money.
Jan 16 - 3:00 PM

The Miami Herald's Armando Salguero reports there is "nothing to see" in regards to a report the Dolphins could still fire coach Joe Philbin.

This comes on the heels of a passing-along of sorts from CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora, who had heard via sources that opposing teams were still not convinced Philbin's job was safe, and that new football czar Mike Tannenbaum may make a play for Seahawks DC Dan Quinn following the Super Bowl. As much as Dolphins fans may not like it, Philbin will be the team's head coach in 2015.
Jan 14 - 11:42 AM

CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora passes along buzz that "some teams" think the Dolphins may still fire coach Joe Philbin and replace him with Seahawks DC Dan Quinn.

New Dolphins football czar Mike Tannenbaum was Quinn's agent before taking the job with Miami and had to pass Quinn off to a client at Priority Sports agency. The connection is there. Per La Canfora, opposing teams think there's a chance Tannenbaum will can Philbin in favor of Quinn if Quinn doesn't get a head-coaching job before the Super Bowl. We'd support this move from Miami.
Jan 14 - 10:14 AM

Dolphins CB Jamar Taylor recently underwent shoulder surgery to repair a torn labrum.

Taylor originally hurt his shoulder in Week 12 and aggravated the injury again in Week 16 before ending the season on injured reserve. He expects to be ready for OTAs. Taylor should compete for a starting job in training camp.
Jan 14 - 10:08 AM

According to the Miami Herald, Week 17 wasn't the first time Mike Wallace quit on the Dolphins.

During the finale, Wallace reportedly told both his position coach and head coach that if he wasn't getting the ball thrown to him, there was no need for him to play. Wallace reportedly pulled the same stunt in the Week 15 loss at New England. Wallace is a talented player and cutting him would cost at least $3M in cash plus $5.2M in dead cap money, but letting a guy get away with this is a bad look in the locker room. Joe Philbin and company have a hard decision to make.
Jan 12 - 8:55 AM

The Dolphins can save $5.95M in cap space by designating Brian Hartline as a post-June 1 cut.

Doing so would leave behind $1.4M in dead money in 2015, the ramifications of a bloated five-year, $30.7M deal handed to Hartline in March of 2013. Perhaps the more logical move is to negotiate a pay-cut that puts him more in line with other No. 3 and 4 receivers around the league. It's unclear if agent Drew Rosenhaus and his client are willing to accept that.
Jan 12 - 8:51 AM


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