Thursday, March 31, 2005

Draft Buzz:

- from FOXSports.com

The biggest priority for the Dolphins is to move down in the draft. The Dolphins wouldn't mind taking a quarterback in this draft, but likely won't in the first round at No. 2 overall because there are other needs and the team doesn't pick again until the third round at No. 70 overall. The team needs an infusion of youth at defensive tackle, linebacker and could use at least a solid contender for Lamar Gordon at running back. If the team stays at the No. 2 spot and can't trade down, look for them to take the best offensive player available, possibly WR Braylon Edwards or RB Ronnie Brown.

Thursday, March 24, 2005

Nick Saban

Last year, running back Ricky Williams left the Dolphins on account of failing a drug test. Not only did this cause problem for Williams, who seemingly had no problem in leaving the team, but this created a gap of $8.6 million in his contract unfulfilled.

Now, with the addition of Nick Saban as the new coach, we can look at the possibility of Williams returning. Dolphins owner Wayne Huizenga is leaving the reins of control all in Saban’s hands. Huizenga looks at it like “I'll do what Nick wants to do.”

"His (Saban) approach is just different; very methodical. The way he talks about his players, what they need to do, how they need to react, what he expects out of them. You know, a game plan is one thing, but execution is something else. It's different, no doubt about it."
- Dolphins owner Wayne Huizenga

There is some ongoing hostility with Williams. For the most part, he abandoned the team and has some sort of reparations to make. But, we can only wait and see what time will reveal.

Thursday, March 17, 2005

Tebucky Jones

- from the official site of the Miami Dolphins

The Miami Dolphins today signed free agent safety Tebucky Jones to a two-year contract. Jones, a seven-year NFL veteran who was a first-round draft choice of New England in 1998 (22nd overall), spent the last two seasons with New Orleans. He was released by the Saints on Tuesday.

In his NFL career, the 30-year old Jones has played in 103 regular season games, including 66 starts, and has tallied 385 tackles, six interceptions, 41 passes defensed, six fumble recoveries and four forced fumbles. With the Saints in 2004, he started all 16 games at free safety and finished third on the team with a career-high 110 tackles and an interception. The 6-2, 220-pounder spent the first five years of his career with Patriots and was a member of the New England squad that captured the Super Bowl title in 2001, when he started 12 contests. He began his career as a cornerback before being moved to free safety in 2000. He was traded to the Saints on April 15, 2003 in exchange for third- and seventh-round draft choices in 2003 and a fourth-round pick in 2004.

Jones also has made an impact on special teams throughout his career, having recorded 69 tackles, including 28 in his rookie season of 1998 with the Patriots. He also has a blocked field goal and a blocked PAT to his credit.

Jones spent the first three years of his collegiate career at Syracuse as a running back before making the switch to defensive back for his senior year of 1997. Born October 6, 1974, Jones attended New Britain (Conn.) High School.

Saturday, March 12, 2005

Dolphins Signing

The Dolphins have been signing some different players. Donnie Spragan, formerly part of the Denver Broncos for the last three seasons, comes to the Dolphins with a two-year contract.

Spragan Stats from the Line:
  • Started 22 of the 32 games in last 2 years
  • Last yr: 65 tackles, a sack, a fumble recovery

On top of this, quarterback Sage Rosenfels is being re-signed to the Dolphins. Rosenfels began his career as a fourth-round draft pick of the Washington Redskins. He came over to the Dolphins in 2002 in replace for a seventh-round draft choice. In his NFL career, he has made 20 of 48 passes for 314 yards with two touchdowns and three interceptions.

Tuesday, March 08, 2005

Kevin Carter and the Dolphins

Coming from the University of Florida originally, Kevin Carter is joining the Miami Dolphins and coming home. Carter was released from the Titans this past February 22nd. He has signed onto Miami for a five year contract.

"We are pleased to have the opportunity to add someone of Kevin’s caliber to our defense. Kevin has been a quality player who has contributed to winning teams in both St. Louis and Tennessee, including a Super Bowl championship with the Rams. In addition, he has been a positive influence in the locker room throughout his career, and we’re looking for him to add to our veteran leadership with the Dolphins."
- Dolphins Head Coach Nick Saban

Carter began his career with the St. Louis Rams where he helped in pushing the Rams to a Super Bowl championship. Afterwards, he spent his latter four years of his time with the Titans.

Various Stats:

  • 160 regular season games
  • 598 tackles
  • 86 sacks
  • 16 forced fumbles

Thursday, March 03, 2005

What’s Miami Doing?

- from FOXSports.com

Despite the strong need for a left tackle, don't look for the Dolphins to pursue top free agent Jonas Jennings, which means the Dolphins may be forced to draft a left tackle or go through the scrap heap for one. Jennings wants a signing bonus of at least $10 million for a long-term contract and the Dolphins simply don't think he's worth that. Jennings, who plays for Buffalo, has done a nice job in his matchups with DE Jason Taylor in the past. However, the Dolphins are in such a precarious position against the salary cap that they can't afford to make such a huge investment in a player who is probably only above average, if that. . . .

The team cut QB Jay Fiedler, and there is no chance he will be re-signed. The Dolphins want to make a clean break so that there is no chance that his presence will be a distraction from the effort to have A.J. Feeley become as good as he can possibly be. Last season, the team was simply too split by the presence of Fiedler while Feeley was competing for the job. Fiedler had earned great respect from teammates for not only being a gritty, tough guy, but also for winning as much as he did. Even though the team wants to sign a veteran to back up and compete with Feeley, the feeling is that Fiedler would cause disruption by his mere presence. The Dolphins saved $6.4 million by letting go of Fiedler.