The Miami Dolphins are expected to be active in the NFL's 2013 free agency period. While things have been quiet during the "legal tampering" 72-hour negotiating period, there are a few rumors that have bubbled to the top, with the wide receiver position taking center stage.
The Miami Dolphins re-signed Brian Hartline last week. The Dolphins are said to be the early leaders in landing the biggest name in free agency, Mike Wallace. Miami is said to be interested in bringing Wes Welker back to Miami. The Dolphins and Greg Jennings seem like a fit. With all the wide receiver moves around the Dolphins, it seems like the team can take its pick, and should be ready to make a move.
Which brings us to a new rumor. The Dolphins are said to be in serious talks with the representatives of St. Louis Rams wide out Brandon Gibson. As Adam H. Beasley of the Miami Herald writes, Gibson is one of the "up-and-coming players at his position."
Gibson was a 2009 sixth round pick of the Philadelphia Eagles. He appeared in one game with the Eagles in 2009, then played nine contests that season with the Rams. Over his career, Gibson has caught 174 passes for 2,090 yards and 9 touchdowns. Last year saw Gibson set career highs yards (691), touchdowns (5), and yards per reception (13.5).
Gibson is thought to be looking for a contract similar to the one Hartline just signed with the Dolphins (5-years, $30.8 million). How would any move with Gibson impact the Dolphins' move on Wallace? It might, or it might not.
And, again, this is still Sunday, with free agency truly starting on Tuesday. We will all have to wait to see what's real and what's smokescreen.