Player News - Dolphins

Date: Team: Pos:

Julius Thomas has passed his physical with the Dolphins.

It allows the Dolphins and Jaguars to officially announce their trade at the start of the league year on March 9. Thomas has never played a full 16-game season in the NFL and battled numerous injuries last season, including a fractured tailbone, back problems, ankle issues, and an elbow injury. He appeared in just nine games. It'll be up to coach Adam Gase to turn Thomas back around.
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

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Jaguars will give up a 2018 seventh-round pick for Dolphins LT Branden Albert once the deal is finalized.

Albert is reportedly meeting with the Jaguars Monday night and Tuesday to work out a contract. If that goes well and he passes his physical, this deal should get done by midweek. Moving from Kelvin Beachum to Albert will save the Jaguars some money up front, but they are trading a 27-year-old who should improve another year removed from an ACL tear for a 32-year-old who is trending downward and has averaged 12 games a season since 2011.
Feb 20 - 8:14 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

The Miami Herald confirms the Jaguars and Dolphins are "still in talks" regarding a trade that would send Branden Albert to Jacksonville.

Monday's Julius Thomas deal doesn't mean Albert talks are dead. Albert remains likely to land in Jacksonville as part of an independent trade, which the Herald's Armando Salguero hints would net the Dolphins a late-round pick in 2018. Hangups in deals like this usually involve money. Jacksonville is believed to be hoping to sign Albert to an affordable contract extension. Albert will meet with the Jaguars on Monday night. If all goes well, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the two sides will try to hash out a deal on Tuesday.
Feb 20 - 5:58 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

The Miami Herald's Armando Salguero reports the Jaguars will acquire LT Branden Albert from the Dolphins in exchange for a conditional late-round 2018 draft pick.

It was reported Sunday by the South Florida Sun-Sentinel that the Jaguars and Dolphins had agreed to an Albert-for-Julius Thomas swap, but the Sun-Sentinel apparently jumped the gun, and several other media outlets ran with it. Thomas isn't part of the deal, and the return the Dolphins are getting is very minimal. Albert is visiting the Jaguars on Monday, and the teams need him to sign off on the deal before making it. He's expected to land an extension from the Jaguars.
Feb 20 - 12:27 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

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports there's still a "ways to go" in a potential Branden Albert-for-Julius Thomas trade.

The Miami Herald first mentioned this as a possibility last week before the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported on Sunday that the two sides were finalizing the swap. Apparently Albert has agreed to play in Jacksonville, but the Dolphins and Julius Thomas are still working on their end. By all accounts, Thomas loves coach Adam Gase after his breakout years with Gase in Denver. Ultimately, we'd expect this deal to come together in a couple weeks.
Feb 20 - 9:39 AM

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


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