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2015 Dolphins Draft Picks
Armando Salguero's article yesterday about upcoming moves to create cap relief are an ominous sign for the state of the team.
We all expect Julius Thomas, Lawrence Timmons and Ja'Wuan James to be released. Those moves will essentially erase the cap hit for Jarvis Landry and give Miami enough to sign rookies. But both Salguero and Jeff Darlington have hinted that Miami is shopping Landry to WR needy teams. And Salguero went as far as to say some foundational pieces may be part of the upcoming changes, namely $26 million Ndomakung Suh. This sounds more like a rebuild than a retool.
After Miami lost to Buffalo to close out the season we heard commentary from Steve Ross and Adam Gase about how the team missed good QB play from the 2016 season. We all just assumed they were banking on Ryan Tannehill returning to top 12ish form and plugging a few holes to become a playoff team once again. Now we are hearing rumors of Miami looking at QBs in the top 10 with possible trade ups to do so.
Mike Pouncey? Salguero wrote the other day that "as of today" he is part of the plans but even that could change. Pouncey, Suh, Timmons, James, Thomas, Landry...Tannehill? This doesn't sound like a team that believes its only a couple of players away from relevance. This could be a purge of epic proportions, and maybe the trifecta (Mike Tannenbaum, Adam Gase, Chris Grier) are doing so to buy themselves some more leash in their job security. There has been a lot of discussion about disagreement within the front office. Maybe a reboot is their solution to see if they can agree on personnel and play nice. Does Steve Ross have the patience for this?
Overthecap.com currently has Miami at $7.5 million over the projected cap for 2018. If Miami cut or traded all the names previously mentioned they would be roughly $62 million under the cap. Then again you wouldn't have a QB, an anchor on the DL, and additional holes at LB, C, OT, and WR.
I have a hard time believing Miami will move on from Suh when they just brought in his DL coach from Detroit. I also don't think they will quickly move on from Tannehill when one major point of hiring Gase was the commitment to seeing Tannehill's game grow. But Salguero is more plugged in than me and I don't think he's writing these things just to kill time. We could be on the verge of seeing Miami purge their vets and let the youth battle it out similar to what the New York Jets did last year.
I mentioned in a previous blog how Miami could move up in the draft and it seemed more wishful thinking than actual possibility (is that an oxymoron?). I didn't think Miami had the capital to make such a move, but, after some more consideration I believe they are PRIMED to trade up if they so choose.
Now there are too many factors in the front office/philosophy/pocketbook to predict whether they would do so such a thing. Let's not go there yet.
I always assumed Buffalo had the most ammo to move up (2 1st Rounders and extra Day 2 picks). Their 1st Rounders are 21st and 22nd overall. Not great, but not bad if a team is looking at quantity for young talent. Miami could easily outplay them here if they use Ryan Tannehill and the structure of his deal to their advantage.
I had said offer Tannehill to Cleveland and that may still be the preferred course of action in their quest to get an experienced starter. You could say the door would be open in Denver as well. But what about going in the other direction? I just read how Blake Bortles had surgery and Jacksonville needs to decide on his $19 million option. Insert one Ryan Tannehill into trade talks for the 29th overall pick. Jacksonville's line can protect him, the receivers can get open and the running game takes the pressure off. For Jacksonville they have so much youth they do not need more picks. They need a guy who doesn't overthrow screens by 5 yards nor misses frequently on the deep ball. Tannehill had some of the best deep accuracy in 2016.
Miami could package the 11th, 29th, and their early 4th Rounder for the 1st overall pick for the rights to any QB they want. My preference is Sam Darnold but this isn't about my opinion. Cleveland still has the 4th overall pick for a QB, now the 11th pick for a top shelf player and the 29th pick to grab a very good prospect.
I believe this is a scenario that would satisfy all teams involved. Tannehill's contract is now middle of the road in cost and easily escapable if he gets hurt again. As for a veteran starter, you have the options of whoever doesn't stick in Minnesota, perhaps a released Blake Bortles (yuck! but experienced) or a bunch of guys who can start 6 or 7 games (Mike Glennon, Mark Sanchez, Josh McCown, etc.).
I doubt this happens or is even likely to happen, just pointing out that it is a realistic option if Miami wants to go down that road. It might even buy Tannenbaum and Gase longer leashes because neither technically brought Tannehill to Miami. They can make the case that Darnold, or Josh Rosen or Baker Mayfield is their guy and who they tie their legacy to.
Let's talk about it on our forums.