Player News - Dolphins

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Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reports the Dolphins could move Kiko Alonso to weakside linebacker this offseason.

Alonso played in the middle his first year in Miami, but he may be a better fit on the weakside, where the Bills planned to move him as a sophomore before he suffered a season-ending knee injury. Moving him also allows the Dolphins some flexibility as they search for possibly two new starters at linebacker. Alonso is a restricted free agent, but he is fully expected back in Miami next season.
Jan 17 - 11:55 AM

The Dolphins are expected to address SS Reshad Jones' contract situation this offseason.

Jones held out of OTAs and the first couple days of minicamp last offseason in an effort to get an extension, but it didn't work. He has just one year left on his contract and tore his rotator cuff in Week 6, missing the final 11 games of the season. Jones turns 29 next month and remains one of the best safeties in the league when healthy. He'll likely get a new deal.
Jan 13 - 12:00 PM

The Miami Herald reports the Dolphins would like to try to upgrade impending free agent Jermon Bushrod at right guard.

That's probably an understatement. Bushrod was an outright disaster in his first season at guard, performing as one of the league's worst players by any metric. Going on 33, the Dolphins rightfully appear skeptical any improvement is on the horizon.
Jan 12 - 6:37 PM

The Miami Herald reports the Dolphins will make an effort to re-sign impending free agent Kenny Stills.

Per plugged-in reporter Barry Jackson, coach Adam Gase "very much values (Stills) and the front office is fully aware of his value, too." Still only 24, Stills re-gained his career momentum this season after it stalled under clueless Joe Philbin in 2015. A vertical threat with more than a straight-line speedster's route tree, Stills should have a nice market if he passes on signing an extension before free agency.
Jan 12 - 6:34 PM

Impending free agent TE Dion Sims says he's been told by Dolphins coach Adam Gase that the team wants him back as a starter.

"He told me he wants me back as a No. 1," Sims said. "I want to be back. I have obviously proven myself to be a starting tight end in the league and want to continue in that role. I’ve done some great things this year and improved a lot." We don't doubt what Sims was told, but Sims isn't suddenly going to be a big-time pass catcher. He has 74 grabs across 56 career games, and averaged a woeful 9.4 yards per catch. He's primarily a blocker. Tight end is a position of need for the Dolphins after Jordan Cameron busted in monumental fashion.
Jan 12 - 6:23 PM

Dolphins promoted LBs coach Matt Burke to defensive coordinator.

Burke is replacing Vance Joseph, now the Broncos' head coach. Burke joined the Dolphins last year following stints in Cincinnati and Detroit. This will be his first crack coordinating following eight years as a position coach. Burke could model the Dolphins' 4-3 scheme after Jim Schwartz, who mentored Burke early in his career. That's also the system Ndamukong Suh thrived in with the Lions.
Jan 12 - 4:22 PM

Dolphins coach Adam Gase said the team is still "evaluating" Ryan Tannehill's knee injury.

"I don’t have the information to tell you what’s going on, where exactly we’re at and what happens moving forward," Gase said. "Doctors are still giving us what possibly could be down the road. So it’s hard for us to really pinpoint anything as of this moment right now." It sounds like the medical staff is still trying to decide if Tannehill needs surgery, which is odd considering he suffered the injury a month ago. At this point, Tannehill's offseason availability is up in the air.
Source: ESPN
Jan 12 - 10:04 AM

The Miami Herald reports the Dolphins are expected to promote LBs coach Matt Burke to defensive coordinator.

With Vance Joseph leaving to take the lead job in Denver, Miami needs a replacement. Burke worked with Joseph in Cincinnati before joining the Dolphins last offseason. The 40-year-old has coached in the NFL for eight seasons.
Jan 11 - 11:18 PM

Dolphins signed RB Storm Johnson, LB Lamin Barrow, CB Daniel Davie, OT Jesse Davis, QB Brandon Doughty, LB Deon Lacey, DE Arthur Miley, TE Chris Pantale, RB Senorise Perry, OT Terry Poole, DE Julius Warmsley and LB Brandon Watts to reserve/future contracts.

Johnson hasn't appeared in a game since 2014. The 2014 seventh-rounder turns 25 in July.
Jan 10 - 5:07 PM

The Miami Herald reports the Dolphins will likely promote LBs coach Matt Burke to defensive coordinator if Vance Joseph takes another team's head-coaching job.

Burke is a longtime linebackers coach. 2016 was not a great year for the Dolphins' linebackers, but Burke hardly had the best of situations to work with.
Jan 10 - 1:18 PM

The Dolphins are expected to give restricted free agent MLB Kiko Alonso a "high tender."

Alonso was originally a second-round pick and few or no teams would be willing to surrender a second-round pick to acquire Alonso, so an original-pick tender would suffice. Still, the Dolphins may reward Alonso for his bounce-back season. Panned widely at the time, GM Mike Tannenbaum deserves credit for buying low on quality starters Alonso and Byron Maxwell this past offseason.
Jan 9 - 5:59 PM

Dolphins C Mike Pouncey (hip) confirmed he'll be ready for the offseason program.

Pouncey missed 11-of-16 games this season, in addition to Miami's Wild Card loss. "I feel great right now," he said. "I know I’m healthy, I’ll be healthy in a minute or so. I’m ready for the offseason. I’m going to attack it just like I do any offseason. ... I ain’t retiring for 10 years." One of the best centers in the game, the Dolphins' run game became highly inconsistent when it lost Pouncey for the season.
Jan 9 - 5:48 PM

The Miami Herald's Armando Salguero calls it a "near certainty" that the Dolphins will extend Jarvis Landry's deal.

Landry has one year left on his rookie deal, but the Dolphins might press for an early extension in exchange for a hometown discount. Landry has led Miami in receiving in each of his first three NFL seasons. Salguero suggests the Fins may be at more risk of losing Kenny Stills, whose contract is expiring.
Jan 9 - 1:08 PM

Impending free agent Kenny Stills said he's hopeful he'll be able to re-sign with the Dolphins.

Stills said the team is building something "special" and wants to be apart of it. Stills doesn't turn 25 until April and is super young for a free agent heading into his second contract. He's yet to have a 1,000-yard season, but Stills just set a new career-best with nine touchdowns in 2016 and has averaged 16.7 YPR in his career. He's a true deep threat who can do more than just run straight. With youth and speed on his side, Stills is a candidate for a sizable contract.
Source: ESPN.com
Jan 9 - 12:45 PM

Impending free agent RG Jermon Bushrod said he wants to re-sign with the Dolphins.

Miami converted Bushrod from left tackle to right guard this past season. He started all 17 games, including the Wild Card loss to the Steelers, and graded out as Pro Football Focus' second-worst guard out of 77 qualifiers, struggling badly as a run blocker. The 32-year-old won't command much on the open market and should face competition if he returns to the Dolphins.
Source: ESPN.com
Jan 9 - 12:32 PM


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