The deadline to franchise tag players has passed. In Baltimore, the Ravens will try to negotiate an extension for the LT they traded two picks to get midway through last season. Eugene Monroe. In the event they don’t, which is about four days of exclusivity, any other NFL team can start talking a deal with the LT. Today, the Ravens opted not to use the franchise tag on Monroe. As did Kansas City with Branden Albert. The Miami Dolphins who need a LT in a very big way now have some choices to make.
The Dolphins won’t be the only team looking to add a 50 plus million dollar left tackle. The Ravens of course will as will the Arizona Cardinals and Kansas City Chiefs who are not quite sold on Eric Fisher making the jump from right to left just yet. Miami will face competition but with a 40 million dollar bank roll, they can dictate the terms of not being outbid.
Whichever decision or direction the Dolphins take it’s going to be a long term one. None of these players are looking for a one year let me prove it kind of deal. They will want money and they will get money. The Dolphins could opt to turn their attention to the NFL Draft. The Draft is in May and frankly it’s a bit risky to think that a top NFL ready LT will slide to the 19th position in round 1. The Dolphins likely will not want to trade any of their draft picks either to move up.
The fact that neither of the top LT’s in the free agent market were tagged will help create a slightly more buyers market. Had Monroe been tagged Miami would have been bidding on one player against every other NFL team looking. At least with two top LT’s on the market the Dolphins have the choice of moving off one and concentrating on the other should it get too pricey.