Alot is said this time of year. Assumptions are made, resolutions are thrown out there, and in the end, it is all a guessing game. What will our team do to become better? Your guess is as good as mine. However, trying to guess what is in Ireland's head is like trying to guess how many jellybeans are in a jar at a glance. So with that being said, I will say this mock is not a supreme guess at the way Miami is going to handle things, but how I would handle it if I were in that chair come ofseason's start.
"Disclaimer": My goal is not to go to the Superbowl, it is to become a contender that can realatively compete with any team year in and year out. I do not want one ring, I want many.
That being said, here is my mock, starting with:
OUR OWN FREE AGENTS
These are the guys I would like to see re signed.
, Nate Garner
, Pat Devlin
, RJ Stanford, Austin Spitler
, and Reggie Bush
The only two worth the money they are likely to be both asking for, and what we are willing to give, is Bush and Starks. In this sense,we keep Marlon for his special teams play, as a gunner he is very good, and special teams is not one of the things I would like to tinker with much. Garner is just a filler that we keep until either our TE turned OT prooves himself, or we address this position next year. the rest are cheap young guys that also help on special teams and may earn a bigger role.
This leads me to my cap space move. Free Agency is going to be a bit expensive, and we need to start thinking in regards to 2014. So here it is.
to the Pittsburgh Steelers
for their 2013 6th rounder, and 2014 2nd round selection.
Why? Because Pittsburgh needs to find a replacement NT, and we need to continue a trend of being able to have multiple picks to further building through the draft. Putting off the higher round pick until next year helps both us and them. They get a replacement this year, and can find a cheaper alternative to Mike Wallace
this one with their second rounder, and we get to not put all of our eggs in a single offseason basket.
This is an expensive offseason because quite frankly, we have the cap, and we have to spend. But, My offseason only has 3 players in it. First up
Cliff Avril DE: A lot of people will scoff at this, citing health issues, and the fact that he is a one trick pony. Funny thing is, two seasons ago, we said the same thing about Reggie Bush. In a down season, this guy had 9.5 sacks. That is a down year? He first wanted a return to Detroit. Now he simply wants to play in a grass stadium for health reasons. Also, a line of: Wake Odrick Starks Avril sounds mighty scary.
WR: Quite frankly, makes the most sense, and even moreso, I think this is the best move Miami can make at this time. Good enough to take control of the offense, old enough to pass the mantle when Tannehill is ready to. Tannehill's development could grow so much with a reciever like Jennings.
CB: Signed a one year contract with Indy, used to play for the Pats, and we need to replace Smith. Past season, had twice as many ints as Sean Smith
, and fits Coyle's scheme better. Also helps me to think we got him and a second rounder for Vontae Davis
That covers a few places of need where we already have developmental players in place, or will after the draft. Speaking of which, onto the show. Remember, we gained only a sixth rounder this season, the second is in 2014.
RD 1: Kenny Vacarro FS: Hard hitter, good in both pass rush, as well as pass protection. Powerful hitter, with an explosive pop. ALWAYS where he is supposed to be. Not a ballhawk, but neither was Troy Polomalu
RD 2a: Robert Woods WR: Basically, Jennings Jr, and his future replacement in 2-3 years.
RD 2b: Trufant CB: Pairing him with Butler, and guys like Jones and Vacarro in the backfield, our secondary is not from worst to first, but it is pretty darn close.
RD 3a: Jordan Reed TE: All I know is he reminds people of a young Hernandez when healthy. Put me on that bandwagon.
RD 3b: Travis Kelcie TE: 2 TEs in the same round? this guy has the talent to be selected higher, some concerns about maturity make him slip, and plus all we have is Egnew, Clay, and Kyle wilson at this time.
RD 4: Dennard Robinson WR: Young, gifted but raw. Too much potential to pass up at this point. Hit, we have a young Mike Wallace, miss, and at least wed have picked Ginn the third in the right round this time.
RD 5: Tyran Matthieu CB: Talented, but troubled. Good value at this stage.
RD 6: David Bass DE: Lead his team in tackles, very raw. Bit slow, but good in run support if nothing else.
RD 7: Jordan Rodgers QB: Devlin is our only bakup at this point, needs some coaching up.
There you have it. Sorry so long, but covering a few months worth of actions in one post will tend to do that. One thing I will say is that there is no Oline selected for a reason. I think the Coaches will decide to add one in free agency ONLY if Jerry shows up to camp above weight again this year, and I also think these guys rerally like Yeatman as RT of the future.
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