The Miami Dolphins continue to surround first time General Manager Chris Grier with experienced veterans in the front office. This time it’s the addition of former Oakland Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie.
McKenzie spent the last seven seasons as part of the Oakland Raiders front office before being let go back in December after not seeing eye to eye with Jon Gruden. He is just two years removed from being named the NFL Executive of the Year in 2016, when the Raiders finished with a 12-4 record.
While the team only made the lone playoff once during his time there, he was responsible for drafting Derek Carr, Khalil Mack and Amari Cooper.
Prior to taking the General Manager job with Oakland back in 2012, he spent 18 years with the Green Bay Packers as the Director of Player Personnel and Director of Football Operations. McKenzie adds two more rings to a championship-pedigree theme on both the coaching staff and front office.
General Manager Chris Grier previously added veterans Jim Caldwell and Marvin Allen to the staff and front office respectively.
It is no secret that the Dolphins will be looking to build their foundation through the draft and they certainly have the personnel to make every future pick count. Miami currently has eight draft picks for the upcoming 2019 NFL Draft, including thirteenth overall.
Miami Dolphins Sign Chris Reed
Looks like the Miami Dolphins have begun replacing the plethora of offensive linemen they either released or let walk this past offseason.
According to the Dolphins official social media account, the team signed offensive guard Chris Reed.
We have signed guard/center Chris Reed.
Reed spent the past four seasons with the Jacksonville Jaguars. pic.twitter.com/BwSScpx4vl
— Miami Dolphins (@MiamiDolphins) March 18, 2019
Details of the contract are currently unknown, but with the losses of Ja’Wuan James, Ted Larsen, Josh Sitton and possibly even players like Jake Brendel and Travis Swanson, the Dolphins need bodies to fill out their roster.
After signing with the Jacksonville Jaguars as an undrafted free agent out of the 2015 NFL draft, Reed was placed on the team’s practice squad and wasn’t activated until September, 2016. Over the past three seasons, Reed has been active for 25 games and started 8 of them.
You can’t expect too much from this signing, as Reed is simply expected to compete for depth on the offensive line and it’s possible he doesn’t even make the team out of training camp. Then again, Ted Larsen was originally supposed to be offensive line depth and he ended up playing 1,272 snaps over the course of his two-year Dolphins career.
Dolphins sign former Hurricane Tight End
The Dolphins have signed former Hurricane Clive Walford to a one-year deal. Walford has jumped around the league since being drafted in the 3rd round by Reggie McKenzie’s Raiders in 2015. Walford has only posted 768 receiving yards on 70 receptions during his 4 years in the NFL but was a highly-touted prospect out of the University of Miami in 2015. Walford joins a very crowded Tight End room in Miami with Dwayne Allen, Mike Gesicki, Nick O’Leary, and Durham Smythe.
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Dolphins Part Ways With Josh Sitton
It’s one and done for Josh Sitton in Miami.
The 32 year old originally signed a two year contract with the Dolphins prior to the 2018 season. The deal was worth $13.5 million dollars, but by cutting him after just one year the team will save $5 million in cap space.
Of course the team had hoped to get more out of him during his time here. He was brought in to solidify the guard position for Miami, but unfortunately it wasn’t to be. Sitton suited up in only the season opener for the Dolphins before having to undergo surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff in his left shoulder.
He contemplated not having the surgery but doctors were concerned he could suffer more serious, career threatening damage. Still having the desire to continue his career beyond 2018, he couldn’t risk that.
Despite not playing a full 16 game season since 2015, Sitton will likely still have suitors lined up for his services in free agency. If and when he is fully recovered the four time pro bowler could step in and help contribute on a team in a win now situation.
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