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 Can Dolphins do better with cap space than they did in 2009? 
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The Dolphins have roughly $78 million tied up in 34 players and dead money.

With the 2013 salary cap projected at $121 million, and $5.4 million rolled over from this season's unused cap space, the Dolphins presently have about $48.4 million to spend this offseason re-signing players, luring big-ticket free agents, and signing draft picks, CFL imports and training camp bodies.

The last time the Dolphins had that much money to spend was Ireland's second offseason with the team. That spring the Dolphins used a large chunk of the team's cap space re-signing a number of their own free agents, guys like Vernon Carey, Channing Crowder and Yeremiah Bell.

Miami invested $82 million into those three starters, and coincidentally, or not, all three were cut and replaced before they could finish their contracts.

The Dolphins also spent big money on center Jake Grove and safety Gibril Wilson that offseason, and both turned out to be busts. Wilson, whose locker room and on-field presence was toxic, was cut the very next offseason. Grove started 10 games in 2009 before getting cut during an injury-plagued camp the next year.

The Dolphins guaranteed Grove $14.5 million on a five-year, $29 million deal. Wilson was guaranteed $8 million on a five-year, $27.5 million deal.

So in one offseason, as a result of two bad deals, the Dolphins' decision makers flushed $22.5 million of owner Steve Ross' money down the drain.

Ireland and company signed five players to contracts worth $138.5 million and all the Dolphins were left with was buyer's remorse.

Ross' hope is that Ireland, who was riding shotgun on all those contracts negotiated by former team czar Bill Parcells, learned a valuable lesson from the organization's past mistakes.

He'll have a do-over to prove it because the Dolphins have tough decisions to make with offensive tackles Jake Long and Nate Garner, defensive end Randy Starks, cornerback Sean Smith, tailback Reggie Bush, receiver Brian Hartline, tight end Anthony Fasano and safety Chris Clemons, starters who are all impending free agents.

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Post Re: Can Dolphins do better with cap space than they did in 2009?
Reading about the failed free agent signings was like a punch to the gut. I forgot about Jake Grove.

Its why I'd rather Miami lock up guys they have a good read on rather than gamble on other free agents. I still think they should try and land one good free agent.

They could re-sign just about every free agent on their roster outside of Long and still have a decent amount of cap space.


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Post Re: Can Dolphins do better with cap space than they did in 2009?
A trade ala Reggie Bush would be the best option for a wr...It wont hurt your suplimental pick


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Post Re: Can Dolphins do better with cap space than they did in 2009?
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A trade ala Reggie Bush would be the best option for a wr...It wont hurt your suplimental pick

Please provide some Wr that are available ala Bush?


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Miami invested $82 million into those three starters, and coincidentally, or not, all three were cut and replaced before they could finish their contracts.


Ummm... Most guys don't finish out their 2nd or 3rd contracts. That isn't the issue that should be slyly pointed out.
What should be pointed out is how little of those contracts were played out.


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A trade ala Reggie Bush would be the best option for a wr...It wont hurt your suplimental pick


I think Bush himself might be one of the better options at WR. 6 ft 200 lbs and break away speed. If you guys caught the Sherman interview where he said they needed Bush to learn the offense as a tailback first it sounds like he has a future as more of a utility guy/receiving threat if they re-sign him.


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Kev1321 wrote:
A trade ala Reggie Bush would be the best option for a wr...It wont hurt your suplimental pick

Please provide some Wr that are available ala Bush?



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Post Re: Can Dolphins do better with cap space than they did in 2009?
Has anyone seen estimated cap space for the other teams? The estimated cap space for Miami sounds good but are other teams better off or close to Miami's available salary?


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jammer wrote:
Kev1321 wrote:
A trade ala Reggie Bush would be the best option for a wr...It wont hurt your suplimental pick


I think Bush himself might be one of the better options at WR. 6 ft 200 lbs and break away speed. If you guys caught the Sherman interview where he said they needed Bush to learn the offense as a tailback first it sounds like he has a future as more of a utility guy/receiving threat if they re-sign him.


YUP.

I envision Bush being more of an X-factor next season rather than a pure RB like he has been for most of this one. Lamar should be ready to get 150 carries.


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Thought you might actually know of a good Wr that could be had for a 6th Rd pick.

Great solution though. If only Miami was able to think the same.


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Post Re: Can Dolphins do better with cap space than they did in 2009?
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Thought you might actually know of a good Wr that could be had for a 6th Rd pick.

Great solution though. If only Miami was able to think the same.


You really never know with trades. Who would have thought both Marshall and Davis would be dealt so quickly?

First question would be which teams have an abundance of WRs?

In the free agent route, just consider that Indy, Cincy and Cleveland are in Miami's ballpark of cap space. If you were a free agent wide receiver and had the chance to go team up with Luck or get on an already established playoff team like Cincy it would certainly have sway on your decision.

As much as we all keep saying Miami needs to pony up for a free agent WR I could totally see them keeping what they have and spending early picks on guys instead.

Sometimes you don't need a top guy to do the job. Brandon Lloyd is option 3 or 4 in NE but he does a great job giving the TEs and Welker plenty of space to work the shorter routes.


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Post Re: Can Dolphins do better with cap space than they did in 2009?
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You really never know with trades. Who would have thought both Marshall and Davis would be dealt so quickly?

First question would be which teams have an abundance of WRs?

In the free agent route, just consider that Indy, Cincy and Cleveland are in Miami's ballpark of cap space. If you were a free agent wide receiver and had the chance to go team up with Luck or get on an already established playoff team like Cincy it would certainly have sway on your decision.

As much as we all keep saying Miami needs to pony up for a free agent WR I could totally see them keeping what they have and spending early picks on guys instead.

Sometimes you don't need a top guy to do the job. Brandon Lloyd is option 3 or 4 in NE but he does a great job giving the TEs and Welker plenty of space to work the shorter routes.

I'd rather Miami get a Wr via that draft.


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Post Re: Can Dolphins do better with cap space than they did in 2009?
Wow another Ireland failure...who'd a thunk it.


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Post Re: Can Dolphins do better with cap space than they did in 2009?
The lesson here is that you build your team through the draft, not free agency. You don't sign Jake Grove. You draft Mike Pouncey. You don't sign Gibril Wilson. You draft Reshad Jones. Does it take longer to draft and develop talent. Yes. But it's a much safer and less expensive process.


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