Miami Dolphins Rumors: Fact or Fiction with the Latest News Before Free Agency
With the start of free agency less than a week away, the NFL world is about to get very interesting.
Teams can start negotiating with both restricted and unrestricted free agents on March 8, but in the case of the Miami Dolphins, the rumor mill has already been working on overdrive.
Is Dion Jordan really getting shopped around?
What about Mike Pouncey?
Are the Dolphins really going to let Brent Grimes leave?
It's always difficult to decipher which rumors are true and which ones are fake.
Let's delve into some of the hottest news coming out of Davie, Fla. and find the truth with a game of fact or fiction.
Mike Pouncey Will Not Be Traded
When the Ted Wells report was released, Mike Pouncey's name was mentioned far too many times for the Dolphins' liking.
As a result, there is the possibility that a suspension may be on the horizon for Pouncey for his role in the Jonathan Martin bullying scandal.
But is that enough to warrant trading the team's only legitimately good offensive lineman?
Bleacher Report's Thomas Galicia believes that answer is yes, but it seems the Dolphins disagree.
According to Armando Salguero of The Miami Herald, the team is not only unwilling to trade him, but it also intends to pick up the fifth-year option on his contract to keep him around through the 2015 season.
The reality is that Pouncey is too talented and important to the team to just trade him away for pennies on the dollar.
He is one of the two or three best centers in the league and is the player the Dolphins will be building their offensive line around this offseason.
Put simply, he isn't going anywhere.
The Dolphins Are Shopping Dion Jordan
When the Dolphins traded up to the third overall pick in the draft last season and selected Dion Jordan, it was a move that was widely celebrated among the fans. Pairing him alongside Cameron Wake appeared to give the Dolphins one of the scariest defensive lines in the league.
However, Jordan simply never caught on in his rookie season, recording just two sacks and playing just 339 total snaps.
Shoulder and ankle injuries held him back, as did working to get acclimated to playing 4-3 defensive end. Most experts simply looked at it as a lost season for Jordan, who should come back much stronger and improved next year.
But the team may not give him that chance.
According to Jason La Canfora of CBSSports.com, the Dolphins are actively looking to trade the 23-year old.
Let's break this down a bit.
Jordan was considered the best defensive player in the 2013 draft and was a guy the Dolphins traded the 12th and 42nd picks to get.
Virtually everyone agrees that he was sorely misused last season and can be a dominant player in a 3-4 defense.
So instead of working with Jordan to fulfill his potential, they are going to give up on him and sell him off to the highest bidder after just one season?
Even for the Dolphins, that seems absurd.
Miami Will Go Hard for a Left Tackle in Free Agency
Since the Dolphins' season came to a disappointing end back in December, Miami has been linked to virtually every good left tackle on the market.
Now that we are getting closer to free agency, the rumors are coming in fast and furious as to whom they will be going after.
Barry Jackson of The Miami Herald wrote that the team will be pursuing both Brandon Albert and Eugene Monroe when free agency gets underway. According to Jackson:
The Dolphins also very much like Eugene Monroe and plan to pursue both Monroe (if he gets to free agency) and Albert, with the hope of landing one of them, according to sources briefed on the team’s thinking. The Dolphins like both, and would be happy to land either.
The Dolphins prefer to sign a high-end left tackle and fill the other tackle spot through free agency or the draft.
Now this is something that makes a lot more sense.
The Dolphins offensive line was atrocious last season and is in need of a complete rebuild. Signing one of the best left tackles on the market would be an excellent way to start.
Whether or not the team can actually close on one of these guys remains to be seen, but there is no doubt it will be going hard to sign one of them come March 8.
Brent Grimes Is Guaranteed to Return Next Season
Based on the way Brent Grimes played in 2013, it seemed that the Dolphins would bring back the Pro Bowl cornerback by any means necessary.
Even if that meant slapping the franchise tag on him and paying him a large one-year salary in 2014, the team simply couldn't afford to let Grimes leave in free agency.
However, with the March 3 deadline for the franchise tag now just one day away, it appears the Dolphins are having second thoughts.
It's tough to imagine the Dolphins just letting him walk after the season he put up last year, but apparently it is being considered.
If Grimes does hit the open market, bringing him back to Miami is far from a guarantee.
Miami Will Replace Both Randy Starks and Paul Soliai
As of this writing, both Paul Soliai and Randy Starks are expected to hit the free-agent market.
The Dolphins have not made an offer to either either player, although they have expressed interest in re-signing both, as reported by Barry Jackson of The Miami Herald. According to Jackson:
The Dolphins have conveyed that they would be fine with Starks testing the market and coming back to them with a competing offer. Nevertheless, they haven’t ruled out making an offer to Starks before the start of free agency.
Even if the Dolphins do extend Soliai an offer before free agency begins, it's unlikely he accepts it as he has already been getting major interest from other teams, according to Armando Salguero of The Miami Herald.
So unless he gets the exact offer he is looking for, he would be much better suited testing the free-agent market.
In all likelihood, the Dolphins won't overpay for either guy, as there are other very good options available both in free agency and the draft.
That means that in the blink of an eye, the Dolphins could go from having two Pro Bowl defensive tackles on the roster to none.