News, A Signing, And Submission Number 14

The Miami Dolphins have signed a TE.  O.k. it’s not a new tight end, but they did ink Anthony Fasano.  O.k. that is a bit stretched.  Anthony Fasano signed his 1.7 million dollar tender offer for the 2010 season.

Fasano will be the starter once again and this will officially become his contract year.  Fasano wants to get paid, and said as much during the lead up to free agency as he hoped a new CBA would be approved and he could hit the open market.  We will see if he plays well enough this year to stay in Miami or well enough to get “paid” somewhere else.

Ronnie Brown has told some of the local media that he will be signing his tender in the next couple of days.  On the 15th, the Dolphins will have the right to reduce his tender offer.

Have you seen the Marlins new stadium spec’s?  While I haven’t seen a rendering of the new stadium in whole, they will have two 400-600 gallon fishtanks off-set behind home-plate.  I wonder why the Marlins get a new stadium to play baseball in?  The Dolphins should have got a new home and the Marlins could have stayed in Sun-Life.  Oh well…cool feature though.

Now on to our next writers’ contest submission!

By:  W.T.

Will the Dolphins enter a bidding war for Atogwe?

Plain and simple, No!  The dolphins will NOT be overpaying for a guy who’s 29, coming off a shoulder injury missing the final four games of the season.  Meanwhile he also played for the St. Louis Rams who only won one game last year.  One!  Why is this relevant?  It is because their offense was abysmal with Bulger taking a beating and choosing not to resign Holt depleting their passing attack while only having Steven Jackson as a weapon.  The Rams defense was always on the field!  Eventually someone has to make a play on defense!  Don’t get me wrong the guy is a good football player but the kind of money he’s asking for is way, way too much.  Parcells already tried the Free-Agent safety signing last year, see Gibril Wilson experiment, and doesn’t need to sign a soon to be 30 year old to the lucrative contract he’s seeking.  Atogwe is no Charles Woodson mind you, as Woodson as maintained a high level even at his age.  No way will the dolphins sign him.

I honestly believe the dolphins secondary will improve greatly this year.  Sean Smith and Vontae Davis will combine to form one of the best up and coming CB duos in the league. They already have a year under their belts and the sophomore slump does not apply to CBs, that’s reserved for quarterbacks and wide receivers.  Yeremiah Bell will man the Strong Safety position again and the Free-Safety front-runner at the moment is Chris Clemons but that is subject to change.  The Dolphins drafted Reshad Jones in the 5th round and signed Jonathon Amaya to a free agent contract for the competition factor at safety.  The sleeper here is Jones even though in college he played Strong Safety; the dude had 9 INTs in 2 years playing in the SEC!  The SEC, hands down, is the best college football conference in the country!  The guy can play and he’s known as a ball hawk.  He also possesses great size and speed for a safety listed at 6 foot1, 214 lbs.  The knock on him is he is a head hunter and will miss a tackle or two going for the big hit, however this can be corrected by Mike Nolan’s coaching.

Simply put, the Free Safety question mark will be decided by the current players on the Dolphins roster in training camp.  You definitely can’t read too much into the voluntary camps in the off-season as we’ve found in the past the coaches try all kinds of combinations in order to see what fits best.  Plus when the pads go on, it’s a different kind of game.  Heck, maybe Jason Allen will actually decide to play football this year and slide in at the free safety position meriting his first round selection in ’06?  Probably not, wishful thinking I know.  All hail Bill Parcells!

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  • Micah VargoMicah

    I dissagree with this assesment. Atogwe has roughly 3 years production in this writers opinion as a good to above average safety. As witnessed by the Brandon Marshall deal, the Dolphins could backload the 4th year of the deal. The FS is the last line of defense, and for a team that is looking to make a big push now, and a team that has trimmed the fat so to speak, trading Justin Smiley away and such, this is the time to add a player like Atogwe. Let me ask you writer, are you paying the players? The Dolphins inked Anthony Fasono to a 1.7 million dollar tender today. The Dolphins flat out lost games last year because of the play of the FS. Did Miami win any games because of Fasano? So it is reasonable to assume That a accomplished FS like Atogwe is worth at least 3 times what Fasano is worth. If your assesment of Vontae Davis is true, not to mention Will Allen, then wouldnt a proven Free Safety be the final piece of the puzzle in this secondary. What have you seen from Chris Clemons, rookie Reshad Jones, or journeyman Tyrone Culver that would make you believe they can be a difference making FS this year? Forget about the shoulder injury which is re-habbed. Atogwe is ready to gp. Everyone made a big fuss about Brandon Marshall’s hip surgery before camp last year, and he even was suspended by the head coach for the whole preseason. Marshall responded with 100+ catches from Kyle Orton, who is no Tom Brady. This would be a smart signing and provide good depth with Clemons, Jones, and Culver as competent back-ups. This is not the time to penny pinch, this is the time to make a serious playoff push.

    Micah Benjamin Vargo
    June 11, 2010

  • WilliamT


    You make a valid point. As much as I would love to see him wearing the Dolphins uniform, I just don’t see it happening. There hasn’t been any real serious consideration by the Phins to add him, just a casual rumor here and there. Plus Atogwe wants some major cash. From everything I’ve been reading, Clemons has been quite a surprise and playing well, granted in shorts and helmets. Remind you they did try to sign a FA in Wilson last year to play FS but it was a disaster. Who’s to say Atogwe won’t be a bust also? Whatever they decide I’m sure will be the right decision.

  • Micah VargoMicah

    Well I appreciate your response Willam, because although I would like Miami to sign Atogwe, I do not see the interest either. Just some commentary. Believe me, I have watched tape on Reshad Jones, and hit hits a ton. I haven’t seen much good honestly from Clemons, but I hear as well that he is doing well in camp. The only thing that concerns me is the fact that they are really doing glorified stretched in shorts at this point with no hitting. It is reall hard to get a feel on any player unless you have seen tape on him perforning at a high level which we have from Atogwe. It’s not my money, so I could care less about the money a player is signed for. Miami signed Gibril Wilson to alot of cash, then got rid of him. Sure there was some dead cap weight, but it didn’t affect Miami to make the highest piad players at ILB for Karlos Dansby, or WR for Brandon Marshall. Teams always pinch pennies in other areasw making the cap work. That is why, how San Diego and Denver has handled Pro Bowl players. both trading them away or gving them ultimatums to sign low ball tenders(especially Elvis Dumeril, thats just ridiculous). What I think is that Clemons is performing well out of the 3 players we have. If Miami was sold on what they have, they would’t have made offers to Ryan Clark and Antrel Rolle. I think what you said is really the reason. The big dollars Atogwe wants. But you notice that he not signed.Even if his price drops to the 4 million a year range, which is honestly all he is worth, the Rams will pay that and Miami will not get him anyways. But if Miami payed 6 million a years for 3 years and then cut him, it wouldnt mean anything to me but a potential Vince Lombardi trophy in Miami.

    Micah Vargo
    June 11th, 2010.