The Miami Dolphins have opened camp and three of their six rookies have agreed to deals. FB/TE Charles Clay, who was taken in round 6, and both 7th round picks, Frank Kearse and CB Jimmy Wilson. No word on the deals as of this AM, of 1st rounder Mike Pouncey, RB Daniel Thomas, or WR Edmond Gates. However, it’s likely that Jeff Ireland finalized those deals late last night and it hasn’t been announced. Each draft pick could be fined 30,000 dollars a day for missing practice.
Pouncey’s last tweet came 12 hours ago to announce that he hasn’t signed yet.
As the Dolphins prep for camp, they are still in a stalemate with regards to the Kyle Orton trade. At this time, my summation would be that Jeff Ireland and Denver’s John Elway will not back down on their demands. Both will have to stand tall and not blink. It’s a necessary evil. Neither want to look weak to the rest of the league…however, that doesn’t mean that they can’t or wont’ change the parameters for a deal…such as adding a player to the mix.
Yesterday, Orton took the first team practice snaps and out-shined Tim Tebow according to Denver media, Orton still carries an 8.8 million dollar contract that he feels he shouldn’t have to restructure in Denver. For the Broncos, they will have to find a way to either fit him under the cap by releasing other players or get rid of him. On August 4th, teams will have to have to be under the 2011 salary cap. The cap stands at 120 million with a 3 million one time exemption. Teams can also borrow 3 million from next years cap making 126 million available this year.
Yesterdays trade for Reggie Bush is still bringing in a lot of discussion…we will be talking about that soon as well. The final compensation package has not been officially released, but it is reported that last years un-drafted rookie Jonothan Amaya was in fact traded to New Orleans as part of the deal.