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OmarKelly Old Dolphins LBer Karlos Dansby was rated the NFL's 13th best ILBer and new Dolphins ILBer Dannell Ellerbe is rated No. 14 by @PFF

OmarKelly New Dolphins OLBer Phillip Wheeler is ranked by @PFF as the NFL's 6th best 4-3 OLBer, 2 spots behind Mr. Kevin Burnett.

Releasing Dansby cleared up $3.9 million in cap space, releasing Burnett, if that is the plan, would clear up another $3.2 million.

But the more important number is the cap space cleared up for 2014.

Dansby was going to be an 8 figure cap hit in 2014, Burnett is going to cost $7 million. Almost $20 million in cap space!

Adding Wheeler and Ellerbe makes the linebacker position younger and you don't lose much in performance. You also get rid of some considerable future expense.

One other thing to point out. For 2014, the Dolphins have 35 players under contract (including Burnett for now) and a total cap expense of $66 million. So they have a ton of cap room (right now) for 2014.

Granted, I am not including Mike Wallace, Ellerbe, Wheeler and Clemons resigning to that figure. They'll definitely drive it up. Hartline and Moore's new deals are included though.

The Dolphins have set themselves up with a solid cap situation not only this year, but next year as well. And if they have some room leftover this season, they can roll that over.

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Of course, we wont know until these guys perform, but it sure seems promising.

Now we are a tight-end, corner and safety, o-lineman away from really doing more damage in the AFC.

Still have the ability to sign couple more key free agents and then the draft. Excitement in Miami for sure! At least Ireland is being aggressive and smart with the salary cap.


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Nice Rich! Really appreciate you sorting that out for us.

Keep us posted if you're able

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BenVolinPBP #Dolphins entered the day with approx $30m in cap space. Dansby/Ellerbe will be a wash. Wallace likely $7m against cap, Wheeler $3-4m

Still got room to play...

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Thanks for the info Rich. Looks like Wheeler is the real deal.


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I love the moves we're making and I know we still have the draft but I believe we need one more important FA that needs to be signed and that's Eric Winston. If we land him then I feel it's a complete Homerun!!!!


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Yes these moves are a huge help to the cap. I read an article that said signing Ellerbe was a coup for the Dolphins and that he was one of the Ravens best defenders.


"Wallace rightly will get the headlines and sound bytes but Ellerbe is a major addition, a coup. He might have been Baltimore’s best all-round defender last season. He was the young man being counted on to replace Ray Lewis (to the degree anyone could)."

Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/03/12/3 ... rylink=cpy

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I love the moves we're making and I know we still have the draft but I believe we need one more important FA that needs to be signed and that's Eric Winston. If we land him then I feel it's a complete Homerun!!!!


+ a Tight end.

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OmarKelly Dannell Ellerbe has the 6th worst pass coverage metric according to @PFF. He's ranked 48th in that category. Dansby was 16th.


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BenVolinPBP RT @PFF: Dolphins defense getting more aggressive. Picked up 2 of the better blitzing LBs in the league. Really attack QB with intent


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OmarKelly Old Dolphins LBer Karlos Dansby was rated the NFL's 13th best ILBer and new Dolphins ILBer Dannell Ellerbe is rated No. 14 by @PFF

OmarKelly New Dolphins OLBer Phillip Wheeler is ranked by @PFF as the NFL's 6th best 4-3 OLBer, 2 spots behind Mr. Kevin Burnett.

Releasing Dansby cleared up $3.9 million in cap space, releasing Burnett, if that is the plan, would clear up another $3.2 million.

But the more important number is the cap space cleared up for 2014.

Dansby was going to be an 8 figure cap hit in 2014, Burnett is going to cost $7 million. Almost $20 million in cap space!

Adding Wheeler and Ellerbe makes the linebacker position younger and you don't lose much in performance. You also get rid of some considerable future expense.

One other thing to point out. For 2014, the Dolphins have 35 players under contract (including Burnett for now) and a total cap expense of $66 million. So they have a ton of cap room (right now) for 2014.

Granted, I am not including Mike Wallace, Ellerbe, Wheeler and Clemons resigning to that figure. They'll definitely drive it up. Hartline and Moore's new deals are included though.

The Dolphins have set themselves up with a solid cap situation not only this year, but next year as well. And if they have some room leftover this season, they can roll that over.



Thinking ahead to 2014?? Sounds like a guy who is terrified about his job!

Ireland is showing today that he is a step ahead of the curve, thinking long term AND short term at the same time. Today by itself has been nearly a perfect performance in free agency. A good draft and maybe he can finally shut the naysayers up


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Phins Rock wrote:
Cook signed with St. Louis according to Ben Volin.

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BenVolinPBP And #Gators LB Jelani Jenkins has a pre-draft visit set up with the #Dolphins 59 seconds ago · reply · retweet · favorite
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BenVolinPBP Well-placed mole tells me #Dolphins LB coach George Edwards was checking out #Gators LBs Jon Bostic and Jelani Jenkins today in Gainesville


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Another LB on the radar. Misi next? lol No LBs or DBs in the 1st rd. A DE would improve our secondary. Go DE, WR, or dare I say a pulling guard?


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I step away for a couple of hours and Jeff Ireland and Miami still doing work. LOVE IT, and he is doing a great job of keeping cap space for 2014 as well.

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I think we're betting on both of these players being able to produce at the same level as Dansby and Burnett, but at a significantly better price tag. Hopefully this move pays off and frees us up to make future moves.


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MdDolfan wrote:
I love the moves we're making and I know we still have the draft but I believe we need one more important FA that needs to be signed and that's Eric Winston. If we land him then I feel it's a complete Homerun!!!!


we'd better sign a corner or we'll be royally screwed. Won't matter how many points we score if we don't stop anybody from scoring on us.


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Age: Dansby is turning 32 later this year. Burnett turns 31 on Christmas eve. Wheeler turns 29 in December, and Ellerbe turns 28 in November. So the Dolphins technically got younger, but not by much. Ellerbe is four years younger than Dansby and Wheeler is three years younger than Burnett.

Personality: I don't know Ellerbe and Wheeler so I won't pretend to know their personalities, but Dansby and Burnett were two strong-willed individuals with uncompromising personalities. If they felt wronged they usually spoke up. I can't help but think that was held against them by this regime.

Money: I've hinted that this would likely be Dansby and Burnett's last season in Miami based on their rising costs. What the Dolphins did was a pre-emptive strike. By cutting Dansby and Burnett, voiding the final years of their deals, the Dolphins clear $7.125 million in cap space. Dansby's release alone creates $3.9 million in additional cap room. However, Ellerbe signed a five-year, $35 million contract, which makes him the seventh highest paid inside linebacker in the NFL. Wheeler got five-years, $26 million (which features a $7 million signing bonus, and an initial cap hit of $2.4 million). I'm guessing the pair of new linebacker will cost Miami about $7-8 million in cap space all together. Dansby and Burnett were supposed to cost the Dolphins $14.275 million in cap numbers.

Performance: What's odd about Wheeler's signing is that Miami brought him in for a workout last season when the team was searching for linebacker depth. Wheeler competed with Quentin Groves and Gary Guyton in the same workout and Miami signed Guyton. Guyton didn't make it to the team's 53-man roster, but Wheeler started 16 games for the Raiders and contributed 109 tackles, three sacks and forced two fumbles.


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