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Dolphins’ plan to find a franchise QB: 2019 or 2020 NFL draft?

Get ready for FitzMagic in Miami next season — a high-risk, high-reward offense that could create excitement for a rebuilding team unlikely to contend for the playoffs or even reach .500.

Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick and the Miami Dolphins know their recent pairing is just a mutually beneficial, shotgun marriage with a quick expiration date. They seem accepting of their roles in each other’s lives and eager to maximize their time together.

Fitzpatrick’s signing this week doesn’t fill the gaping hole at quarterback. It has been an NFL-record 23 seasons since a Dolphins quarterback, Dan Marino in 1995, was selected to the Pro Bowl. Fitzpatrick is set to become the 20th starting quarterback in Miami since Marino retired in 1999.china nike nfl jerseys cheap

Fitzpatrick is satisfied with the chance to start, and he isn’t worried about the rest — a good sign that Miami picked the right veteran to handle its fluid situation.6

“I’m going to come in from day one and act like and be the starting quarterback for this organization until they tell me that I’m not,” Fitzpatrick said. “I know that this is the NFL, which means that nothing is promised.”

The Dolphins will almost certainly try to select their future franchise quarterback in the 2019 or 2020 draft. The lingering questions are which year and which player.

By the conclusion of next month’s draft, in which Miami has the 13th overall pick and enough assets to trade up if needed, we should have clarity.cheap nfl nike jerseys from china

The “tank for Tua” train is already moving full-steam, with many fans expecting Miami to pursue a historically bad 2019 season in hopes of drafting Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa in 2020.

The idea of tanking seems shaky because the NFL isn’t the NBA. But the Dolphins are doing things differently — essentially buying draft picks by eating money on their players’ deals before trading them. We saw this with quarterback Ryan Tannehill last week, and it will likely be the template if defensive end Robert Quinn is traded.

“We’re not trying to tank or lose every game,” general manager Chris Grier said at the NFL scouting combine. “We’re trying to build it right and see how it plays out.

“I don’t make any judgments on any [draft] classes until we really sit down and get to know the players first.”

Carson Wentz’s deep-ball stats might explode with DeSean Jackson’s addition

When speaking about his new quarterback, Carson Wentz, Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson was quick to highlight his arm strength.

“Obviously he has an arm out of this world, he can throw the deep ball,” Jackson said during his (re)introductory media conference last week following a trade that sent him from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers back to the Eagles. “Very smart, very agile. He’s a good quarterback and I just can’t wait to get with him and work out with him in the offseason.”nike nfl jerseys cheap china

Wentz’s deep-ball production hasn’t been otherworldly, even if his cannon of an arm is. He ranks 23rd in completion percentage (34 percent) and is tied for 26th in touchdown-to-interception ratio (1.0) on passes of 20-plus yards since 2016 when he came into the NFL, according to ESPN Stats & Information research.

History shows Wentz’s numbers are in for a significant spike, however, now that Jackson is in the fold.5

On average, the quarterbacks experienced a completion rate increase of 7 percent, an additional 3 yards per attempt and an improvement of .65 to their touchdown-to-interception ratios when playing alongside Jackson.china nike nfl jerseys cheap

The outlier is Jameis Winston, whose numbers fell just about across the board. The fact that Ryan Fitzpatrick experienced a solid bump when teamed up with Jackson during the same time period pokes a hole in the theory that Jackson’s impact is diminishing. Jackson, 32, remains one of the fastest players in the game, according to NFL Next Gen Stats. He reached 20-plus mph on eight of his 52 touches (15.4 percent) last season, the highest rate in the league, and had the highest average target depth in 2018 at 19.1 yards, according to ESPN Stats & Info research. For whatever reason, he and Winston were just oil and water on the field.

Odds are the chemistry will be better between Jackson and Wentz, who is ripe for an uptick in deep-ball production.

According to Pro Football Focus, Wentz ranks seventh in deep accuracy percentage (45 percent) over the past two years, while Winston rates fifth-worst (35 percent). So, Wentz is more accurate on his deep throws than his completion rate suggests.

Agents: RT James to sign $51M deal with Denver

James, 26, was arguably the top right tackle on the free-agent market after starting 62 games for the Dolphins the past five seasons.nike nfl jerseys cheap china

The 2014 first-round pick (19th overall) out of Tennessee is coming off his best season as a pro. James, who was the highest-paid right tackle in the NFL last season while playing out his fifth-year option for $9.341 million, helped form one of the best offensive tackle duos in the NFL opposite Laremy Tunsil.6

One of James’ showcase performances came against the Chicago Bears in Week 5, when he held Khalil Mack to zero sacks and just one tackle as he was matched up with him for much of the game.

The 6-foot-6, 312-pound James is a strong athlete, which allowed him to pull effectively throughout the season, a task not many tackles willingly and successfully accept.

The previous Dolphins staff had a lukewarm relationship with James, but the new staff was vocal about a desire to re-sign him.

“We sure hope he does [stay],” new offensive line coach Pat Flaherty said Feb. 14. “He’s a good football player.”china nike nfl jerseys cheap

But Miami is undergoing a rebuild, and the price to re-sign James exceeded what it wanted to spend. The Dolphins plan to rebuild their offensive line through the draft.

Dolphins bring back WR Parker on two-year deal

The Miami Dolphins have reached agreement on a two-year extension with wide receiver DeVante Parker, the team announced Tuesday.

The deal is worth up to $13 million if Parker hits every incentive included in the contract, a league source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

The new deal wipes away the fifth-year option worth $9.4 million that would have been guaranteed if Parker was still on the roster Wednesday and replaces it with a two-year deal with lower base salaries.cheap nfl jerseys china nike

The Dolphins exercised their fifth-year option on Parker last April in hopes that the player would realize the potential that got him drafted 14th overall in the 2015 draft out of Louisville.5

Parker’s bouts with injuries and inconsistency prevented him from becoming that player, but the new regime still wants to invest in Parker at a lower cost.

Parker’s best season came in 2016 when he finished second on the Dolphins with 744 receiving yards on 56 catches and four touchdowns. He had 24 catches for 309 yards and a touchdown in 11 games last season.

Parker, a 6-foot-3, 220-pound receiver, has the ability to take over games.nike nfl jerseys cheap china

In 2018, Parker seemed to find himself in Adam Gase’s doghouse at times. Parker’s agent, Jimmy Gould, made headlines around midseason by calling Gase “incompetent” in statements to the media.

But it’s a new era in Miami under head coach Brian Flores and general manager Chris Grier. They want to see if Parker, 26, can reignite his career.

Parker will rejoin a young Dolphins receiver corps that features Kenny Stills, Albert Wilson and Jakeem Grant.

Money game: Antonio Brown working system for new deal

Rumblings began to surface that Antonio Brown took note of the new money hitting the receiver market and would want to get in on it soon enough. Brown had just signed a five-year, $72.7 million extension a year earlier, but there was a vision.

Brown would cash in again.nike nfl jerseys cheap china

Less than seven months later, Brown was posting pictures of agents Drew and Jason Rosenhaus working at a table at Brown’s home as the Steelers were inching closer to trading the All-Pro receiver. Drew Rosenhaus and Brown can hammer out parameters for a new deal with his new team — despite having three years left on his contract.6

To be sure, the notion that Brown sought a trade and publicly criticized his team solely over a new deal is misguided. Brown’s issues with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers mushroomed throughout the season, and Brown — tired of feeling like a scapegoat for the Steelers’ problems — sought a chance to remind people that he’s a transcendent talent, not a Steelers creation.

But the parallel of Brown’s impending uniform change and the lack of guaranteed money on his three remaining contract years is hard to ignore.

Brown, who calls himself an entrepreneur, used the turmoil as a contractual springboard.

He’s working the system.china nike nfl jerseys cheap

The merits of Brown’s unpredictability over the past few months can be debated, but through the prism of NFL business, Brown is attempting to pull off something quite difficult — treating himself like a free agent in the middle of a long-term extension.

And he seems to be getting away with it. He made himself untenable in Pittsburgh, and he has made himself untenable elsewhere without new money.

Grading the Antonio Brown trade from Steelers to Raiders: Who won?

The Antonio Brown trade, at its core, is about money. It’s about a lot of other things — power, respect, aging and double standards all come to mind — but at the end of the day, this is a trade about money, which is why I didn’t think it was going to happen. I’m not sure there’s been a swap like this in recent memory, in which a superstar player on a veteran deal was dealt away in the prime of his career without offering his team any sort of salary-cap savings.cheap nike nfl jerseys wholesale

In making this trade now, the Steelers are passing up the opportunity to keep one of the five best wideouts in football on their roster for $22.2 million of cap space for the opportunity to eat $21.1 million in dead money on their 2019 cap and let that guy play for somebody else. Organizations only eat that sort of dead money when they have a player commit some serious off-field discretion (Junior Galette, Ray Rice), or if they’re rebuilding and dumping underwater contracts from the previous regime (Marcell Dareus), and that’s usually over two seasons.4

As a 30-year-old receiver who led the league in touchdowns last season, Brown is none of those things. For a team regularly in contention with an aging quarterback to willingly turn 11 percent of its salary cap into dead money requires a very specific, strange set of circumstances to go wrong. To make that decision and net a pair of midround picks is potentially unprecedented.

When it only appeared the Steelers were cranky about Brown, I assumed both sides would eventually work toward a resolution, mostly because it didn’t make financial sense for the team to tie up its cap space to let Brown go somewhere else. The point where things shifted was when Brown went onto social media and indicated that he also wanted a change of scenery. It wasn’t quite Terrell Owens doing sit-ups in his driveway, but Brown’s decision to go onto Twitter and call out Ben Roethlisberger didn’t do his situation any favors.cheap nfl jerseys china nike

In the process of trying to push his way out of Pittsburgh, Brown eroded the organization’s leverage. The Steelers spent the past two months publicly flailing, alternately leaking stories that suggested a trade hinged on getting a first-round pick, then suggesting it wouldn’t. They set a final offer deadline for Friday and then let that deadline come and go. After news conferences and statements from various levels of the organization seemingly contradicting each other, they were forced to settle for third- and fifth-round picks from the only team that seemed seriously interested in bidding for Brown throughout the entire process.

Imagine going 12 months back in time to tell the biggest Steelers fan you know that Pittsburgh traded Brown for two midround draft picks. Heck, imagine going back six months ago and telling the biggest Steelers fan you know that they would get worked in a deal by the Raiders.

With Vikings not tagging Anthony Barr, what’s next?

The clock had been ticking on Anthony Barr’s time in Minnesota after last offseason came and went without the linebacker receiving a contract extension. Now that the franchise tag window has passed, both sides are set to go in separate directions with Barr headed toward free agency.

The Vikings’ decision to let their former first-round pick hit the open market is among the least surprising news ahead of the new league year. Minnesota’s financial situation is tenuous. According to ESPN’s Roster Management System, the Vikings currently sit with $5,263,899 in cap space. The fact there just isn’t enough money to fork up for the franchise tag (an estimated $15.8 million for outside linebackers) and later come to an agreement on a long-term deal wasn’t lost on Minnesota’s decision-makers.cheap nike nfl jerseys wholesale

“Anthony was my number one pick as a head coach, right?” coach Mike Zimmer said at the NFL combine. “I love him as far as the things he does for the organization, the football team. It’s just really going to depend on where the numbers go. … But the way it is with the cap, we have to budget where we’re going. So if it goes to, if Barr gets paid $18 million, it probably ain’t going to happen, you know?”6

Depending upon where he lands in free agency and what his next role becomes, Barr’s market could command somewhere in the $12 million to $15 million range. His value in a 4-3 scheme as an outside linebacker might not be as high as it would be should he move back into a role where he primarily plays on the edge and rushes the passer, similar to the type of responsibilities he carried during his career at UCLA.

What we know is this: The Vikings need to find a replacement for one of their defensive staples. Despite an up-and-down season in 2018 hindered by a hamstring injury, Barr is a very good off-ball linebacker and situational edge rusher. He led all linebackers in pass-rushing productivity, according to Pro Football Focus, generating 23 pressures on 94 pass-rush snaps last season. He wrestled at times to emulate the 2015 version of himself where he rushed quarterbacks like a defensive end while covering the back end like a safety, and his coverage skills were often critiqued, but Barr played a critical role over five seasons in one of the NFL’s top defenses. During his time with the Vikings, Barr notched 13.5 sacks and 31 QB hits, forced seven fumbles and had an interception. His production is one thing, but the impact he had on this defense goes beyond tangible things like stats.cheap nfl nike jerseys china

“He has a really good grasp on what we’re doing defensively,” Zimmer said in December. “He has a good grasp on what the offense is doing. He can communicate to the defensive line and the other linebackers and I think that helps a lot to be able to do the things we are trying to do.”

Barr wasn’t necessarily a “scheme fit” when he was drafted in 2014, but he became what the Vikings needed him to be in Zimmer’s defense. Finding a player whose value can match the former first-round pick’s could come from a number of different places.

Healthy Bosa says going No. 1 would be ‘dream’

In one of his first significant public discussions since his college football career was prematurely ended by injury, Ohio State defensive end Nick Bosa said Saturday at the NFL scouting combine that he is fully healthy and ready to be the top pick of the April draft.

“I’ve been talking myself up pretty good to [NFL teams],” Bosa said. “I’m ready to get on the field, get on the bench … and definitely leave no doubt.”cheap nfl jerseys china nike

Bosa said he will participate in a full workout Sunday at Lucas Oil Stadium when the defensive linemen and linebackers will go through their on-field work. He added he will meet Sunday night with the Arizona Cardinals, who have the No. 1 pick in the draft. He said Friday he will meet with the other teams in the top eight of this year’s draft as well.5

Bosa’s junior season at Ohio State ended in September when he suffered a core muscle injury. He eventually withdrew from school in October to both rehab the injury and begin his preparation for the NFL draft in earnest.

The Fort Lauderdale, Florida, native gave the most specific description of the injury to date Saturday, saying he suffered a “bilateral core muscle injury … it’s a groin, lower abdomen thing,” and noting that repairs were made to both sides of the injury. He said he knew immediately the severity of the injury.

“I felt it. I know what a serious injury is. I knew my season was in jeopardy,” he said.

He added that he has been training “at full speed” for about two months and that he felt 100 percent — “like myself” — for a few weeks.cheap nike nfl jerseys wholesale

Bosa suffered the injury in the third quarter of the Buckeyes’ Sept. 15 win over TCU and had surgery Sept. 20 to repair it. At the time, Bosa’s family had been given a recovery time of 12 weeks, so Bosa and his family made the decision to withdraw from school.

Adam Vinatieri, 46, finalizes return to Colts

Future Hall of Fame kicker Adam Vinatieri has agreed to terms on a new contract to return to the Indianapolis Colts, general manager Chris Ballard told 1070 The Fan on Friday.cheap nfl nike jerseys from china

The NFL’s all-time leading scorer with 2,598 points will return for a 24th season at the age of 46. League sources told ESPN’s Adam Schefter that Vinatieri was finalizing a one-year contract with the Colts.5

Vinatieri and the Colts were eliminated from the playoffs in the AFC divisional round by the Kansas City Chiefs. Vinatieri missed the shortest field goal of his career and an extra point in what was an overall abysmal performance by the Colts, whose season ended with a 31-13 loss.

Prior to the playoff miss, Vinatieri had been 194-of-200 in his career on field goals between 20 and 29 yards. He was 97-for-97 on field goal tries from 23 yards and shorter entering the game against the Chiefs.nike nfl jerseys cheap china

This season, Vinatieri was 23-of-27 on field goals, with a long of 54 yards, and made 44 of 47 extra points.

Don’t tell James Conner he’s Steelers’ RB of the future

But James Conner doesn’t exactly feel settled. His 13 touchdowns in 13 games in his first full season as a starter won’t make him ease up. Nor will Le’Veon Bell’s yearlong holdout, which makes Bell likely too caustic for a locker room return.cheap nfl jerseys china nike

In efforts to keep the edge that got him this far, Conner will enter his third season with the hunger of a rookie looking for a job.

“You’ve got to earn it every day,” he said in late December when asked if he’s the tailback of the Steelers’ future. “It’s never enough when you think you’ve done enough. That’s when you start to get on the decline. … You’ve got to earn it every day, practice hard and show you belong. I definitely don’t feel like I’ve done enough yet.”6

That’s exactly what the Steelers like to hear, but Conner is selling himself a bit short. From teammates up to ownership, the Steelers have praised Conner’s development in a sophomore season that included 973 rushing yards, 12 rushing TDs and an AFC Offensive Player of the Month award. Conner added 55 catches for 497 yards in a Steelers offense that relied heavily on the back for easy yardage off dump-offs.

It’s not that Conner hasn’t enjoyed the journey. He savored the moment of his first Pro Bowl, the culmination of what he calls a “fun ride.” The Steelers needed to look no further than the sideline of the Pro Bowl practice fields at Disney’s Wide World of Sports on Thursday, when Conner and wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster took selfies with fans in the same row while linebacker T.J. Watt conducted interviews nearby. Three of the team’s top draft picks from 2017 are now All-Stars.nike nfl jerseys cheap china

After surviving Hodgkin’s lymphoma at Pitt to captivate college football, only to outplay his third-round billing, Conner doesn’t overlook his impact on others.

“Did a little reflecting. Pro Bowl is a big honor, just from everything I’ve overcome,” Conner said. “It’s an honor, really, to be a Pro Bowler. From where I’ve come from, being drafted late, overcoming surgeries and diagnosis and things like that. Everybody’s got their own story. I’m just trying to add to mine. It’s cool to be an inspiration to others.”