'Phins Lose Out On Calvin Pace

Calvin Pace (azcentral.com)Adam Schefter of NFL Network is reporting that free agent LB Calvin Pace, whom the Miami Dolphins heavily pursued, has opted to sign a massive deal with the New York Jets. The deal is said to be for six years, $42 million, with $22 million guaranteed.

This isn’t a huge loss for Miami. In fact, for the amount of money he ended up getting, I’m glad we didn’t sign him. Pace is a great player and has earned a large contract, but he doesn’t fit the theme of our free agent signings this year. I am however, upset that the Jets signed him. If we were in a bidding war with an NFC team, and lost, then I’d dismiss this rather quickly. Since it’s our division rival though, I am a little upset and irritated that we lost out. But what can you do? I don’t want to overpay a guy just to keep him away from our rival. The Dolphins don’t think he is worth this contract, so let the Jets take that gamble.

This news is good for fans of Jason Taylor. The potential acquisition of Pace would have fueled even more speculation of a Jason Taylor trade and in my opinion, it would have happened eventually.

Also of note, Randy Moss appears to have signed with the Patriots. I expected this, but we will have more news later.

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  • http://www.Phinphanatic.com Brian Miller

    Actually, Im glad that we didnt pay that kind of contract to Pace.  He had a very good year last year, but he used us to get a better contract out of the Jets…good for him.  The Jets meanwhile are screwing themselves left and right with huge contracts to Pace, Faneca, and Rogers.  Still wondering where their RB is, their WRs are, their QB is….the moves they made are great…if your a 8-8 team or a 9-7 team trying to make that jump. 

    Seeing that contract and knowing that we are not on the hook for 23 guaranteed….Im glad he is not in Miami at that price.

  • http://www.Phinphanatic.com Brian Miller

    Jenkins not Rogers…:)

  • http://www.miamidolphins.co.uk Shady

    DAY-um!!! There’s gotta be some whole Brewsters Millions thing going on right now up in New Jersey as Woody is spending serious $$$ right now. There’s some whole big cap headache looming down the line for those guys and I for one am glad that we let this one go.

  • Deof Movestofca

    Pace is one of those signings that I have mixed feelings about.  I could see both pros and cons of both sides, but it’s one of those things that only the future can tell whether it was the right move or not.  However, like someone said, it’s probably going to lead to cap "inferno" for the Jests later on, possibly around the time that the Dolphins start getting good again.  I, for one, will shed no tears if and when that day comes.

  • MisterX

    I read somewhere about Miami being interested in Ian Gold?? Anyone?