Player News - Dolphins

Date: Team: Pos:

According to the Florida Times Union, Julius Thomas' poor blocking was one reason the Jaguars decided to move on.

One source called Thomas' blocking "non-existent" and said his presence was a "giveaway" to the defense that the Jaguars were passing or running to the other side of the field. Signed by the Jags to a five-year, $46 million contract, Thomas only played about 25-32 snaps a game while often battling injuries. After coaching him in Denver, Dolphins HC Adam Gase should have a better feel for Thomas' strengths and weaknesses than Gus Bradley's staff did.
Feb 26 - 8:25 AM

The Miami Herald's Armando Salguero reports Ryan Tannehill (knee) is "healed" and will be ready for OTAs.

Tannehill did not require surgery to repair the partially torn ACL and sprained MCL which ended his season in Week 14. Salguero reports the team could manage his workload, but he will be good to go for the "entire offseason program." Coming off one of his best seasons, another full offseason in coach Adam Gase's system could allow Tannehill to take another step forward.
Feb 23 - 12:33 PM

Julius Thomas has passed his physical with the Dolphins.

It allows the Dolphins and Jaguars to announce their trade at the start of the league year on March 9. Thomas has never played a full 16-game season and battled numerous injuries last year, including a fractured tailbone, back problems, ankle issues, and an elbow injury. He appeared in just nine games. Thomas will be nothing more than a late-round flyer in 2017 fantasy drafts.
Feb 22 - 8:20 AM

Dolphins signed LS Winston Chapman.

It's the offseason, so we're blurbing long snappers. Chapman will compete with John Denney for the starting long snapper job in training camp. Denney is expected to win that battle.
Feb 21 - 5:30 PM

According to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald, the Dolphins are hoping to re-sign impending free agent TE Dion Sims.

Sims would be a worthwhile insurance policy for newly-acquired Julius Thomas, who has sat out 11 games the past two seasons. The question is whether Sims would be willing to return as a backup. Primarily a blocking tight end, Sims caught 26 passes for 256 yards and four touchdowns last season.
Feb 21 - 2:16 PM

The Miami Herald's Armando Salguero reports Julius Thomas agreed to be traded to the Dolphins "because he wanted to reunite with coach Adam Gase."

Thomas agreed to restructure his contract to facilitate the deal, turning some of his base salary into performance-based incentives and greatly lowering his cap hit in the process. It makes sense for Thomas to seek out Gase, who coordinated a Broncos offense which funneled the tight end 24 touchdowns in 27 games. Miami is likely Thomas' best bet to get his career back on track.
Feb 20 - 6:25 PM

Dolphins acquired TE Julius Thomas from the Jaguars in exchange for a seventh-round pick in the 2017 draft.

This trade is being made independent of the Branden Albert deal after Albert and Thomas were at one point expected to be dealt in exchange for each other. Turning 29 in June, Thomas was a colossal flop during his two-year stay in Jacksonville, catching only nine touchdowns across 21 games after scoring 24 times over his previous 27 with Peyton Manning in Denver. Going to Miami reunites Thomas with ex-Broncos OC Adam Gase, whose Dolphins roster was extremely thin at tight end. While Thomas is unlikely to recapture his Denver production, he should stand a better chance of rebounding into an impact player. He'll be a late-round flier in 2017 fantasy drafts, and a much-needed red-zone complement to Jarvis Landry and DeVante Parker in Miami's passing game.
Feb 20 - 5:09 PM

First Coast News reports Julius Thomas is drawing trade interest from at least one team in addition to the Dolphins.

This could be the Jags trying to drive up the price on Miami, but it's becoming increasingly clear Thomas isn't long for Jacksonville. If a trade cannot be hammered out, Thomas will likely be cut. That would create $1.7 million in cap space, but also leave behind $6.6 million in dead money.
Feb 20 - 3:04 PM

According to the Miami Herald's Armando Salguero, Julius Thomas will not be going to the Dolphins as part of the Branden Albert trade to the Jaguars.

Salguero is the one to trust on this deal, and he reports the current structure of the trade is Albert to the Jaguars for a conditional late pick in the 2018 draft. Albert is currently in Jacksonville meeting the Jaguars' higher-ups, and it's important that Albert signs off on the trade because Jacksonville won't make the move if Albert won't report to the team. If he signs off, Albert is expected to stay on his current contract and possibly even land an extension. As for Thomas, he likely will end up getting released at some point and could still wind up in Miami as a free agent.
Feb 20 - 12:23 PM

Citing league sources, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports the Dolphins are working to finalize a trade sending Branden Albert to the Jaguars in exchange for Julius Thomas.

The Miami Herald reported this late in the week, but the Sun-Sentinel got credit for the story on multiple media outlets today. The Sun-Sentinel hasn't (accurately) broken an NFL story in years. Either way, it's clear the Albert-for-Thomas deal has legs and at this point seems inevitable. Officially, no deal can be consummated until the start of the new league year on March 9.
Feb 19 - 5:49 PM

Dolphins signed DE Cameron Wake to a two-year, $19 million extension.

The deal includes $11 million guaranteed. The Dolphins are rewarding Wake after he posted 11.5 sacks, five forced fumbles, and 66 total QB pressures in another All Pro season. He didn't show any signs of slowing down coming off a torn Achilles, leading all 4-3 ends in pass-rushing productivity at PFF despite opening the year in a situational role. Miami didn't need to re-sign Wake but would have risked losing him in a walk year. The extension locks Wake up through 2018, his age-37 season.
Feb 18 - 2:51 PM

The Miami Herald reports re-signing free agent Kenny Stills remains the Dolphins' top priority.

Stills was a major part of Adam Gase's offense last year but is going to be hard to keep from reaching the market. Beat reporter Adam Beasley projects him to command a four-year, $40 million contract with around $15 million guaranteed. That may price Stills out of Miami's range given their depth at receiver. The Dolphins also need to sign walk-year WR Jarvis Landry to an extension.
Feb 17 - 7:02 PM

Jordan Phillips is expected to take over as the Dolphins' starting defensive tackle alongside Ndamukong Suh.

Phillips actually made 11 starts last year, but Earl Mitchell's release will lock him into more of a full-time role. "Jordan is a player that, if you can take his explosive or flash plays, you can make a tape and it's special," outgoing Dolphins DC Vance Joseph said after the season. "But you can take his bad plays also and make a lowlight tape." The 52nd overall pick in the 2015 draft, Phillips needs to improve his consistency entering his age-24/25 season.
Feb 17 - 4:33 PM

The Miami Herald reports the Dolphins could look to the trade market for cornerback help.

That, of course, is what the Dolphins did last year with Byron Maxwell. Maxwell performed well his first year in Miami, but second-rounder Xavien Howard wasn't ready for prime time. With Maxwell going on 29, the 'Fins won't be shy about seeking help. Going on 33 and due $6 million in the final year of his contract, someone like Houston's Johnathan Joseph could be a target. The Texans have a host of young corners to work with, making Joseph expendable in theory.
Feb 16 - 3:24 PM

Dolphins hired former NFL DE Andre Carter as assistant defensive line coach.

The No. 7 overall pick by the 49ers in 2001, Carter played 13 seasons in the NFL, most recently with the Patriots in 2013. Carter was a student assistant coach at Cal in 2015, but this will be his first real foray into coaching.
Feb 13 - 6:41 PM


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