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You've heard of the road to perdition?

Discussion in 'Miami Dolphins Forum' started by Galant, Mar 12, 2019.

  1. Galant

    Galant Love - Unity - Sacrifice - Eternity Staff Member

    Apr 22, 2014
    Welcome to the path to compensation...

    "Typically for the Dolphins, the first few days of free agency mean big contracts, excitement that seldom leads to meaningful results in autumn and whispers about whether the Dolphins might have overpaid.

    The second week of March this year?

    It’s all about restraint, sticking to the plan and two very important words:

    Compensatory picks!

    Per NFL rules, teams can be awarded anywhere from one to as many as four total compensatory picks, from the third round through the seventh, for teams that lose more or better compensatory free agents than they sign.

    And the Dolphins already have positioned themselves to pick up, potentially, a third-round pick in the 2020 draft after the Denver Broncos gave Ja’Wuan James a four-year, $51 million deal. That’s provided the Dolphins don’t sign a free agent to a similarly lucrative contract.

    Additional picks could be added for losing Frank Gore (to Buffalo) and Cam Wake (not expected back) and the cumulative effect of losing other lower-profile free agents who remain unsigned, including Sam Young, Stephone Anthony, Brock Osweiler, William Hayes, Brandon Bolden, Ziggy Hood and Sylvester Williams, among others.

    But all this comes with one caveat: The Dolphins must sign fewer free agents than they lose, particularly pricey free agents who are expected to play a lot.

    And here’s the key: Players released, as opposed to free agents whose contracts are naturally expiring, do not count in the formula. So the Dolphins aren’t penalized for signing tight end Dwayne Allen, who was released by the Patriots.

    But the Dolphins also won’t benefit from Danny Amendola signing with the Lions because he was released by Miami from an existing contract.

    Same goes for Andre Branch and Ted Larsen when they eventually find teams, and potentially Ryan Tannehill and Robert Quinn, who remained under contract to the Dolphins as of 6 p.m. Tuesday but aren’t expected back."
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  2. Fame

    Fame Well-Known Member

    Mar 20, 2012
    Vero Beach
    I'm so glad we're heading down this path...finally.
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  3. thetylernator

    thetylernator You're as cold as ice, Officer Friendly.

    Dec 31, 2014
    Springfield, MO
    ^ what Fame said. For the first time in a long time, I'm not carrying around a false hope inflated by splash decisions (i.e. Dion Jordan, Mike Wallace, etc.). Those decisions rarely move the "needle of success" so to speak, and what we're finally seeing is an owner who has decidedly become patient enough to allow time for his staff to build things the right way. When NFL squads are pressured to "win now" by their owner, they'll cave towards splash decisions that are often high-risk, high-reward, in an effort to preserve their employment--we've seen it here far too many times--but now, it appears we're off that roller-coaster. This season may not be pretty, and I doubt the next will yield much more in terms of success, but I'm incredibly confident in the future of Miami under Flores and Grier.
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