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Post PFF Dolphins Free Agency Grades
+0.5: Common sense shines through

Louis Delmas (S) to Dolphins: 1-year, $3.45m

Any more years on this deal and a positive it would not get. 2013 was as healthy as Delmas has been which means that he has either turned the corner, or due a breakdown in 2014. On the field he’s not quite the player his reputation would suggest, and it might be something of a risk asking him to play deep safety as much as Chris Clemons did (but who knows what changes are in store for the Miami defense).

0.0: Color us indifferent

Earl Mitchell (DT) to Dolphins: 4-year, $16m with $9m guaranteed

Mitchell is a player that was miscast at nose tackle in the Houston 3-4 despite it’s penetrating one-gap principles. The thought is that he will improve as a 4-3 player and generate more pressure. The truth though is that Mitchell has spent plenty of time in that role in Houston’s sub-packages and has rarely looked any better than average. Miami haven’t committed much money to him, but we wouldn’t expect him to outperform that contract either.

Branden Albert (OT) to Miami: 5-year, $46m with $25m guaranteed

Certain things we like about this deal. Albert is a good pass protector and in that regard he’s a big get for Miami, improving an area that needed something of an overhaul. But is he better than Eugene Monroe? In one more start than Monroe he had a worse pass blocking grade and he’s never been a consistent mauler in the run game. The reason this doesn’t get a positive though is the money involved. Far too much is guaranteed for a player who is not elite and who has missed four games each of the past two years.

As for players we lost in free agency.

0.0: Color us indifferent

Paul Soliai (DT) to Atlanta: 5-year, $33m with $14m guaranteed

We like Soliai a lot. He’s a fantastic run defender who will help the Falcons use more conventional 3-4 fronts if that is what they want to do. But this team had and still has bigger problems, and loading up to stop the run ignores that they desperately need some consistent pass rush. Still you can’t say it’s a bad move because Soliai is better than anything else they have on the roster, we just think the Falcons attentions should have been turned elsewhere. ... al-grader/


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Post Re: PFF Dolphins Free Agency Grades
And a little more kudos to Hickey from Dave Hyde:

Dave Hyde wrote:
Here's how Hickey read DT market smartly

If the Dolphins overspent on Branden Albert out of left-tackle desperation as I wrote in my column today, General Manager Dennis Hickey is on the verge of some shrewd dealing at defensive tackle. The possible re-signing of Randy Starks on Wednesday morning underlines that point.

Consider: Earl Mitchell (four years, $16 million, $9 million guaranteed) and Starks could earn less combined than what departing Dolphin Paul Soliai got from Atlanta (5-33-14). (Of course, that doesn' tell the entire contract story. Atlanta structured the deal so Soliai's salary-cap number is $4.5 million in 2014. Soliai's agent, David Canter, structured it so Soliai gets $11 million in 2014).

Starks isn't yet a Dolphin, but regardless it looks like Hickey read the defensive-tackle market right. Soliai's contract is the outlier based in good part on his run-stuffing talent. There isn't a big-money market after him, and there are several tackles left to get if Starks doesn't return. This isn't a big surprise. Remember, a couple of years ago Soliai went on the free-agent market and returned to the Dolphins for two years and $12 million. There's a limited market for defensive tackles. ... ?track=rss



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