When the Miami Dolphins kicked off this off season with big signings such as Mike Wallace, Dustin Keller, Dannell Ellerbe and Phillip Wheeler, exciting rang through the minds of Miami Dolphin fans. Not only were the Dolphins aggressive in free agency, but they were just as combative in the draft after they traded up to the third pick in the draft to select Dion Jordan. This aggressiveness out of the Dolphins front office has been a new thing for us fans to witness. Jeff Ireland is finally making the right transactions and it appears that the Dolphins future in Miami is going to be a marvelous one.
With all eyes towards the future and possible present talent that this team has, there seems to be only one issue; a stadium. After all the Miami Dolphins have done in the past couple of months to ensure the team stadium upgrades have seemed to fail. Before I continue, I am not stating that the Dolphins decided to finally sign Pro-Bowl caliber players just to get themselves stadium upgrades, but the moves that were made should have increased their chances of getting approved for the upgrades. Unfortunately, they failed to get approved and now everyone is starting to wonder “what’s next?”
Over the past couple of days, speculation has swirled around what the Dolphins might possibly do. There have been talks about them moving north to the Palm Beach territory and there have also been rumors about a possible move to Los Angeles. While a move to Los Angeles might be a little bit far-fetched, a move to Palm Beach might seem quite realistic. Mike Dee, the CEO of the Miami Dolphins is actually keeping an open mind on a possible move up north. When asked about the possibility to moving the franchise to Palm Beach, Dee replied with “We’re open-minded to all long-term solutions.” He also added in that “All ideas – good, bad, indifferent –should be considered.”
It seems as if Dolphin fans aren’t the only people that would like to see the team stay in South Florida. NFL Commissioner, Roger Goodell, has already voiced his opinions on the Dolphins situation. After he played down the speculation that the franchise could possibly move across country to California, Goodell said “We do want to see the Dolphins stay in Miami,” he also went onto say “Steve Ross was doing the investing and was really the guy who was putting his heart and soul into this and his passion into this.”
Although a move to Palm Beach could be in the Dolphins plans, I really doubt that this team is going anywhere. The Mayor of Palm Beach County, Steve Abrams, has said that he has yet to be approached by the team about moving into Palm Beach County.
I myself am not worried about a move. In my opinion this is either just the media trying to come up with some new rumors to give themselves something to do or it could just be the Dolphins trying to call someone’s bluff. Regardless of what it is, I am confident that everything will eventually get sorted out and that that lot right in between Northwest 199th St. and Northwest 203rd St. will continue to be the home of our Miami Dolphins.
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