Isa Quddus, Safety/DB
Byron Maxwell, CB
Mario Williams, DE
Kiko Alonso, LB
A Number 13 overall pick
Brent Grimes (cut)
Olivier Vernon (Giants)
Lamar Miller (Texans)
A Number 8 overall pick
My first analysis of all these moves is that the Dolphins did some decent damage control in areas where they knew damage was coming.
They got out in front of the Grimes cut by trading for Maxwell and signing Quddus.
They knew they wouldn’t keep Vernon, so they brought in Super Mario.
In acquiring Alonso, I expect the Dolphins to release one of the non-Misi linebackers.
The one that got away was Lamar Miller. This one could hurt. I remember some beautiful runs the past few seasons, and we don’t have anyone to step in, yet. Jay Ajayi is next up to the plate, but he’s more of a bruising back. Not someone who will burst up the middle for a gorgeous 97-yard touchdown like Miller did in 2014 vs. the Jets.
People will point to Miller as a salary cap casualty, but as I’ve explained many times, if the Dolphins REALLY wanted to keep him, they would have found a way. At first glance, this looks like a bad choice to jettison Miller. But perhaps Adam Gase has some kind of plan in mind. Perhaps he has his eye on a RB or two in the incoming draft class. Let’s PRAY he doesn’t plan to give Damien Williams more playing time.
The franchise tag situation and Vernon was just sloppy. It’s why Miami remains dysfunctional, even when they’re trying hard to lose that reputation. Protect the player or not. But don’t protect him for a few days and then release the tag. Made no sense except to hurt Vernon’s chances of negotiating earlier.
Vernon played well for us, but his stupid penalties really stuck out for me this year. He kept several drives alive that led to 3 losses. We probably would have lost 2 of those 3 games anyway, but he certainly didn’t help.
Losing Grimes is tough on the field, but I understand why it had to be done because of his wife. You just can’t have that stuff unless the wife’s name is Giselle. Sadly, if Grimes himself would have said that Tannehill sucks, then they could hug it out and Grimes would still be a Dolphin. But when the wife says it, it becomes ugly and awkward. I predict he’ll end up in New England by Friday.