The NFL saw fit to award 32 compensatory picks to teams yesterday and the Miami Dolphins received none. Not surprising consider the Phins rarely do and the staff didn’t believe that they would. The bad news was that the Patriots received 3 picks including a 3rd and a 5th. The Patriots are yearly recipients of the picks.
The Phins are still trying to acquire more picks and according to Herald writer Armando Salguero the magic number is 12 because in 2010 the Phins stand to lose 12 free agents. In order to get to that number, the Dolphins will need to make some trades.
The first possibility is moving down from the number 25 spot in next months draft. It’s the easiest because the 25 spot is far enough down to entice top of the 2nd round and late 1st round teams to move up. The Phins could add a couple of picks by making that move.
The other option is to trade players for picks. The Phins currently don’t have anyone on the roster that will net the team a first day pick outside of Ted Ginn and he is a maybe. Ernest Wilford was named in the Herald article but that accelerates his bonus to a 6 million dollar dead space cap hit. The Phins have a few other options including Jason Allen who might net a mid-2nd day pick but no more.
The Phins also will likely look at bringing in a player like Dallas LB Bobby Carpenter who is on the trading block as well, but they won’t pay anything above a 5th or 6th rounder for him without the Cowboys adding something to the package. The Phins need some depth at the LB position and they were high enough on him last year to ask for BC instead of Akin Ayodele.
All this is not however bad news, there is good news for the Miami fans. The city of Miami approved the construction on a new Florida Marlin baseball stadium which will eliminate the infield dirt at Dolphins Stadium. More good news for Marlin fans was also announced.
The Florida Marlins will be no more as they announced that the team will now be called the “Miami Marlins“. The team expects the 37,000 seat retractable roof stadium to be ready in time for opening day 2012 meaning the Phins and Hurricanes can start counting down. 3 seasons left of that drudgery.