Miami Dolphins re-building with Foles and Antonio Brown
By Brian Miller
There is speculation that the Miami Dolphins are the top landing spot for several key free agents as they re-build their roster and they are all wrong.
The popular opinion among the elite writers of the National Football League media members is that the Miami Dolphins are the top landing spot for Antonio Brown, Nick Foles, and Trey Flowers. They are wrong. Completely. 100% unless of course the Miami Dolphins are not re-building and were just blowing smoke.
Nick Foles is the latest to have his name mentioned as a Dolphins target. In fact Miami and Jacksonville are the two likely landing spots according to Adam Schefter the Jaguars are the most likely but Miami can’t be ruled out.
A week and a half ago it was Steeler’s WR Antonio Brown that was destined to hit South Florida because he works out there sometimes. The Steelers want to trade Brown out of the conference but if they can’t move him to an NFC team, better to stick him on what everyone assumes will be the worst team in the AFC. Miami.
Of course nothing about Antonio Brown screams re-build. Nothing about Brown screams “team leader”. Nothing about Brown screams “culture”. Everything screams “diva”. Miami has had enough drama with receivers over the last ten years.
It is safe to say that Brown along with Foles will not be coming to Miami. Neither of them fit into the salary cap structure that the Dolphins are trying to get out of after Mike Tannenbaum’s bad contracts.
Then comes Trey Flowers. Flowers of course is linked to Miami because of his relationship to Brian Flores and the need Miami has along the defensive line and edge rushers but Flowers is going to be expensive. In the $15 to $16 million range expensive. Frankly, Miami can find three really solid offensive lineman or in free agency for that. Or defensive lineman, or well you get the picture.
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If the Dolphins do sign Flowers they are committing a big chunk of cap to a player that knows the Dolphins defensive scheme and has leadership qualities as well. It is a lot of money and if the Dolphins are going to spend anything big in free agency, Flowers could be it.
The Dolphins are not looking to make big splashes and recognize that they are realistically three to four years away from legitimately competing in the AFC and if that is the case then Flowers won’t be around at the end of it or maybe for a year. In other words, the Dolphins spent a lot of money on a name. Again.
So why are these names popping up with the Dolphins attached to them? Simple. It’s NFL Combine week and agents throw teams names out in an effort to drum up interest from other clubs that may be willing to spend more if they think another team is interested. In the past, Dolphins owner Stephen Ross’ spending habits made him an easy target of agent based rumors. This year however, it’s not likely to come close to the truth.