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Off-season moves, positional battles and projected depth chart (updated w/ new cap)

This is a post about how I would like to see happen in FA up till Pre-Season or the start of the regular season. I will also cover a projected depth chart and key positional battles for starting and roster spots. I will start on Offense and go on to Defense. I will let you know now we are 30-40 million under cap and have plenty of space.

 

Quarter Back

Key Free Agent Pickups:

Pickup either Young, Bulger or Hasselback. I don't really care which one we get as long as they don't take up more than 2.5 million of cap space, and will not spend much time talking about which one is better.  I'd rather not make this yet another QB discussion. Failing any of those, make a play for Grossman. I would like to pick up an UDFA and two that have caught my eye are Mitch Mustain (see my fanshots for highlights) and Froman. The dolphins have also been connected with an UDFA from FAU.

Positional Battles:

Henne vs. FA Pickup. Henne should win this because of chemistry with players and O.

Projected Depth Chart

1) Chad Henne

2) FA Pickup

3) UDFA

PS: UDFA, which ever one we get.

 

Half Back

Key Free Agent Pickups:

Re-sign Brown to a three year deal worth 8 million. We need his versatility and nose for the end zone. Bring in either Darren Evans. Noel Devine, Derrick Locke, Mario Fannin, Armando Allen Jr., Brandon Saine, Gino Gordon, Damien Berry, Shaun Draughn, Jay Finley, Emmanuel Moody, or Shaun Draughn. This UDFA list is ordered in level of want. We should carry one UDFA HB to the PS.

 

Positional Battles:

Brown vs. Thomas: I think Brown has already won this one, but needs to prove it once again.

Hilliard vs. UDFA: Since Hilliard provides depth at both HB and FB and is a ST stud, he should win. Still is a possibility that he loses though.

Projected Depth Chart

1) Ronnie Brown

3) Daniel Thomas

3) Lex Hilliard

PS: UDFA HB (see above).

 

Full Back

Key Free Agent Pickup: 

None

Positional Battles:

Lousaka Polite vs. Lex Hilliard - If Polite can't regain his 09 run blocking form, Hilliard wins this because of superior pass blocking and pass catching prowess.

Projected Depth Chart:

1) Lousaka Polite - regains 09 form and knocks heads.

 

Wide Receiver

Key Free agent Pickups:

Sign Santonio Holems to a 3 year, 15 million dollar contract that has a bunch of incentives. He could be that perfect #2 across from Marshall. Failing that, sign David Clowney to a two year deal worth 3-3.5 million dollars with 1.25 in guarantees. He is a veteran guy that can be a decent role player if you are looking for a deep threat. We need to ensure we have a deep threat in this shortened off season because Gates may not have time to develop.

Positional Battles:

Davone Bess vs. Brian Hartline: If we sign Holmes, we have a clash between two good WRs over the slot receiver position. Bess is a great target on third downs, but Hartline picked up more 1st downs. Bess has more reliable hands, while Hartline has a much better YPC. Whoever wins this will see more snaps, but we will see plenty of both no matter what. This battle may come down to what exact system we use.

David Clowney vs. Edmund Gates: Assuming Holmes goes elsewhere and we sign Clowney, this is a battle for who is the deep threat role player. Gates has the potential to win this, but a shortened offseason means he most likely won't have a chance to develop enough to beat Clowney.

Roberto Wallace vs. Marlon Moore: I think Moore wins this because he has proven to be the better WR thus far and is more polished of a prospect.

David Clowney vs. Roberto Wallace: If Clowney loses the speedster role battle, this coaching staff will have to make a decision. I would give Wallace this if he does something in PS and is impressive enough to keep. Clowney could become cam fodder if Wallace and Gates show up ready to throw down.

Projected Depth Chart:

1) Brandon Marshall

2) Santonio (sp?) Holmes / Brian Hartline

3) Brian Hartline / Davone Bess

4) Edmound Gates / David Clowney

5) Marlon Moore

6) Roberto Wallace

Vidal Hazelton, Terrence McCrae, Greg Ellingson, either of the UCF WRs or Armon Binns. Any two of these guys would be slpendid to have on the Practice Squad as they all have good speed and size.

 

Tight End

Key Free Agent PickUps:

Sign Owen Daniels to a 3 year, 16 million dollar deal. He deserves this money and there would be incentives based on games started (injury concerns). We should try to get him and might have to overpay a little. Failing that try to grab M. Lewis or Kevin Boss to a similar deal.

Positional Battles:

None.

Projected Depth Chart:

1) Owen Daniels

2) Anthony Fasano

3) Charles Clay

PS: Schuylar Oordt, Weslye Saunders, Stephen Skelton, or Charlie Gantt. Notes: People were complaining about taking Clay instead of Oordt, well we have the chance to have both. Saunders needs to be in shape after a foot injury kept him from running at the combine.

 

Left Tackle

Key Free Agent Pickups:

None

Positional Battles:

None

Projected Depth Chart:

1) Jake Long

2) Lyndon Murtha

PS: Jarriel King, or Daniel Kilgore

 

Left Guard

Key Free Agent Pick Ups:

Sign Justin Blalock to a five year deal worth 23 million dollars. He is a solid starting left gurad that has no weaknesses. He is a good puller though, and that is what we need.

Positional Battles: 


Justin Blalock vs. Nate Garner: I think Blalock will win this one.

Projected Depth Chart:

1) Justin Blalock

2) Nate Garner

3) Richie Incognito

PS: Justin Boren, Daniel Kilgore, Demarcus Love, or Darius Morris. Boren is the only true OG out of this bunch, but that is fine.

 

Center

Key Free Agent Pickup

Sign Jake Kirkpatrick to a two year deal worth 1.6 million dollars with 800k in guarantees. This guy will play great in PS and will make us wonder why he wasn't drafted in the 3rd.

Poistional Battles

Joe Berger vs. Jake Kirkpatrick: I think KirkPatrick wins this one based on ability and we cut Berger.

Depth Chart:

1) Mike Pouncey

2) Richie Incognito

3) Jake KirkPatrick

PS: None

 

Right Guard

Key Free Agent Pickup

None

Positional Battles

John Jerry vs. Richie Incognito: I think Jerry is simply outmatched here and Incognito will win this battle. Although JJ could surprise all of us.

Projected Depth Chart

1) Richie Incognito

2) John Jerry

PS: Justin Boren, Daniel Kilgore, Demarcus Love, or Darius Morris. Boren is the only true OG out of this bunch, but that is fine.

 

Right Tackle

Key Free Agent Pickup

None

Positional Battles

None

Projected Depth Chart

1: Vernon Carey

2: Lyndon Murtha

PS: see Leftt tackle.

 

Offensive Roster spots: 26

Nose Tackle

Key Free Agent Pickup

Sign Antonio Johnson to a one year deal worth 1-1.2 million dollars. Try the Starks experiment again with a young guy.

Positional Battles

Antonio Johnson vs. Frank Kearse: I think Johnson will win this battle.

Projected Depth Chart

1. Paul Soliai

2. Antonio Johnson

PS: Frank Kearse

 

Defensive End

Key Free Agent Pickup

None

Positional Battles

Kendall Langford vs. Randy Starks vs. Jared Odrick: No matter who wins, we will see a bunch of all of them.

Projected Depth Chart:

Starters: Kendall Langford, and Randy Starks

Relievers / Role players: Jared Odrick and Phillip Merling. I would like to see Phillip Merling get reps as a pass rushing DT when we are in nickel or dime formations with four down lineman.

Bubble player: Robert Rose

 

Weak Outside Linebacker

Key Free Agent Pickup

Sign Vernon Gholston to a two year deal worth 2.5 million dollars. Sign Stephen Friday to the practice Squad. 

Positional Battles:

None

Projected Depth Chart:

1) Cameron Wake

2) Vernon Gholston

PS: Steven Friday

 

Inside Linebacker

Key Free Agent Pickup

Trade: Dobbins and 4th rounder for Jordon Dizon, a cost cutting move. (Salary link) This will save the Dolphins over $2 million in cap space.

Positional Battles

Henderson vs. Austin Spitler: Spitler is a very promising raw prospect.

Projected Depth Chart

1) Karlos Dansby

2) Channing Crowder

3) A.J. Edds

4) Jordon Dizon

PS) Austin Spitler

 

Strong Outside Linebacker

Key Free Agent Pickup

None

Positional Battles

None

Projected Depth Chart

1) Koa Misi

2) Ikiaka Alama-Francis

PS: None

 

Cornerback

Key Free Agent Pickup

Resign Will Allen and Al Harris

Positional Battles

Vontae Davis vs. Sean Smith vs. Nolan Carrol: We will see a bettle for starters. Just from the mere fact we have three supremely talented corners.

Al Harris vs Will Allen: We will see a battle for the veteran conerback. We should only keep one.

Projected Depth Chart

Starters: Vontae Davis and Sean Smith

Nickelback: Nolan Carrol and Al Harris

Project: Nate Ness

 

Strong Safety

Key Free Agent Pickup

None

Positional Battles

None

Projected Depth Chart

1) Yeremiah Bell.

2) Tyrone Culver

3) Johnathon Amaya

PS: None

 

Free Safety

Key Free Agent Pickup

None

Positional Battles

Rashad Jones vs. Chris Clemons: I think Clemons wins this battle.

Projected Depth Chart

1) Chris Clemons

2) Reshad Jones

3) Nate Ness

PS: Jimmy Wilson

 

Kicker

Key Free Agent Pickup

None

Positional Battles

None

Projected depth chart

1) Dan Carpenter (DC$)

 

Punter

Key Free Agent Pickup

None

Positional Battles

None

Projected Depth Chart

1) Brandon Fields

 

Long Snapper

Key Free Agent Pickup

None

Positional Battles

None

Projected Depth Chart

1) John Denney

 

Summary

Offensive roster spots: 25

Defensive roster spots: 25

Special Team roster spots:3

Cap space: $4.5 if the Cap is the newly reported $120 million.

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of The Phinsider's writers or editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of The Phinsider writers or editors.

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