In my original post yesterday, I claimed that I did not want Peyton Manning as a dolphin, but as I thought about it, if he's healthy I wouldnt mind him as long as he learns our offense and not the other way around. So, keeping that in mind and assuming the dolphins get Peyton Manning (we are apparently the front runners right now) lets begin.
Free Agency- As of right now, we have 15 million dollars in cap space (including letting go Paul Solai, and money set aside for the draft).
1: Cut Yeremiah Bell- He isn't exactly getting younger, we can save about 3 million dollars of cap space, besides Rashad Jones is better suited for SS.
2: Restructure Jake Longs contract- it can save us about 2 million.
3: Sign Peyton Manning- as I stated above, he likes Miami and it may be time Peyton Manning takes his talents to South Beach, this will cost us about 10-12 million dollars (non-guaranteed)
4: Sign Jared Gather- he is a very cheap, but effective RT that would be worth us signing, I would say to sign Cliff Avril, but I know he will be too expensive.
5: Sign Danny Coale- He will probably go undrafted and he might be a good slot receiver one day.
Draft- our goal in the draft should be: a QB to learn under Peyton Manning, a FS, and an effective DE.
Round 1: Ryan Tannehill- his draft stock is rising and now we'll be lucky to get him at 8, let alone trade down to get him witch I originally had him doing. Mike Sherman knows him better than anyone, and he could benefit from learning under Peyton Manning.
Round 2: Andre Branch- He is a very effective DE out of Clemson, he will fit our scheme nicely.
Round 3: George Iloka- he is the best FS in the draft, he is very talented and would fit our defense nicely.
Round 4: Chris Rainey- He had the second fastest time in the draft and would add alot of explosiveness in our special teams, and can be a very effective 3rd round back, much like Daron Sproles. Reggie Bush our main back, Daniel Thomas our short-yardage back, and Chris Rainey our 3rd down back... Yeah, sounds good.
Round 5: Lucas Nix- never a bad idea to add depth to our O-line.
Round 7: James Hanna- He had the fastest time as a TE at the combine.
This was my Offseason considering we may get Peyton Manning. Yes, I like Tannehill, we can't entirely be in win-now mode, we have to prepare for the future as well, and Tannehill is ready to start, imagine how ready he'll be 2-3 years down the road studying under Peyton Manning.