The Dallas Morning News is reporting that the Dolphins have acquired Jason Ferguson:
The Cowboys and Dolphins will swap sixth-round picks this year and the Cowboys will receive Miami's sixth-rounder in 2009. The order of the picks in the '08 draft will be revealed when the league sets the compensatory picks at the NFL owners' meetings. But the Cowboys will have the first pick in the sixth round based on Miami's 1-15 record last season.
That's not too bad of a price, I suppose.
And here's what we know about Ferguson. First of all, Bill Parcells loves him. Bill drafted him in New York with the Jets and he is a Parcells guy through and through. He is 33 years old and coming off of a torn bicep injury in week 1 of 2007 that caused him to miss the season. However, the Morning News says that he "is healthy and will anchor the Dolphins' switch to the 3-4 defense." And at 6'3, 310, he's a solid "anchor."
As far as money goes, as I said earlier, Ferguson is due $4 million in both 2008 and 2009. That's not a bad price for a starting nose tackle, though.
I think this move does signify that the Dolphins are leaning towards going to an all-out 3-4 defense in 2008. And even more evidence of that are the rumors about the Dolphins looking throw a lot of money Calvin Pace's way. But, again, you have to wonder where all these OLB are going to fit in. Joey Porter and Jason Taylor already are the OLB in Miami's 3-4. Pace probably wouldn't make a good inside linebacker from what I've been told, but I guess you never know.
Also a few moments ago, it was reported by the Bergen Record that the Dolphins have signed former Giants' LB Reggie Torbor to a contract. He probably won't be more than a solid special teamer and backup at linebacker, but he does have the size Parcells likes, at 6'2, 250 pounds. And he could battle for the starting inside LB spot along side Channing Crowder depending on who else Miami brings in here prior to camp.
The Miami Herald has this to say about Torbor's potential role in Miami:
Thoughts on all this?