Well, I just got back from a week long vacation…sort of we had to baby sit a 3 year old and an 8 month old…so much for spending the week golfing, now it’s back to the daily grind of looking for whatever bits of information there is to get this site up and running daily again. Right before I take another long vacation in 3 weeks to Orlando and then another three weeks after that back to Ohio. Gotta love the summer!
While the NFL and the NFLPA sort through their lengthy list of laundry items, the Miami Dolphins are not simply stepping out of the news. Unfortunately, nothing really warrants a full page story about it. But blurbs are blurbs and that’s all we got until the league new year starts. Here’s some of the top news stories from the last few days.
Chad Pennington will not be back with the Dolphins this year. Already an unrestricted free agent who tore his ACL playing basketball earlier this off-season, Pennington has decided to take the year off and reassess his body in 2012. He will be joining FOX Sports as a broadcaster for this season. This is a very smart move by a very smart player.d Pennington is all but officially done and frankly, trying to come back this year would have only further put him in danger of more injury. I doubt he returns next season and fully expect him to announce his retirement in 2012. Helluva leader for the short time he was in Miami.
Chad Henne has all but officially been given the reigns of the starting job and HC Tony Sparano said to the local media that Henne will likely be the starter to open the season. That’s not really a surprise considering the Dolphins currently only have Henne and Tom Brandstater on the roster. Tyler Thigpen is tendered but likely will bolt if the new CBA makes him unrestricted as many believe. The Dolphins will look for a veteran QB but that player may not have enough time to get up to speed on the offensive system. Chad Henne has had the new Dolphins playbook since Brian Daboll was hired.
Brandon Marshall, still battling the legal system regarding his wife stabbing him, has not worked out with his teammates despite returning back to the Miami area.
Jeff Ireland called this years start to free agency as “nuts”. Referring to what is likely going to be a high ceiling of spending by many teams. The current rumors surrounding the CBA is that the owners have offered to raise the spending floor to 90 % which is a 10 percent increase from the last CBA. Many teams last year were far below that with no floor or cap. Ireland says that he is excited about FA and that the team will be very active… but that does not always translate to big names for the Dolphins.
Tony Sparano has said that the team has drafted up plans for several different directions that the team could take in FA and will be ready when the new league year starts. The Dolphins need TE help, a QB, RB, and some defensive help. As well as one or two offensive lineman.