Robert Quinn reportedly being shopped
The Miami Dolphins are in the midst of a rebuild, so it’s not surprising that numerous players that are still under contract have found themselves in trade talks.
One of the hottest names in those trade rumors? Robert Quinn, the defensive end that the Miami Dolphins traded a 2018 fourth-round pick for just last off-season.
Robert Quinn is certainly not safe as he enters the final year of a four-year contract extension that he initially signed with the L.A. Rams. The Dolphins traded for him during the 2018 off-season to help bulk up the pass rush.
The report was initially broken by Ian Rappoport on NFL Network. Rappoport hit the nail on the head with a synopsis of the free-agency pass-rushing market and how it’s flooded with legitimate talent. Trading Robert Quinn could become a reality for a team looking to get ahead of the market and snag a still-young defensive end.
It wouldn’t be a blockbuster trade, as the Dolphins traded a fourth-rounder for him last year, so the yield would likely be another Day 3 pick. If I have to make a prediction, I’ll estimate a fifth-round pick.
During the one-year sample size in 2018, Robert Quinn still flashed production, although it came in spurts, appeared unfinished, and didn’t reflect on the stat line.
The Dolphins would save around $13 million off the cap if they relieve Robert Quinn from the roster, according to Over the Cap. With $0 guaranteed in 2019, it could be a good situation for a team looking for some short-term help on the defensive line while the Dolphins look to unload some bloated contracts.
It’s also worth noting that the Dolphins will save the same amount if Robert Quinn is a pre-June 1 cut, so Quinn is probably one-and-done in Miami, either way.
Miami Dolphins Sign Tight End Michael Roberts
The Miami Dolphins are beginning to bulk up the depth of their roster as they head into free agency.
According to Mike Garafolo of the NFL Network, the Dolphins have signed tight end Michael Roberts. The exact terms of the contract are currently unknown.
#Dolphins are signing former #Lions TE Michael Roberts, source says. Roberts had four workouts the past week and more on the docket but will sign with Miami. Missed last season with a shoulder injury that nixed a trade to the #Patriots. Healthy now. 3 TDs in 2018 and can block.
— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) February 19, 2020
Originally a 4th-round pick by the Detroit Lions, Roberts has served mostly as a backup tight end; accumulating 146 yards on 13 receptions in 23 active games between 2017-2018.
Roberts was placed on injured-reserve towards the end of the 2018 season with a shoulder injury, and was traded to the New England Patriots for a conditional 2020 7th-round pick prior to the 2019 season. Due to medical reasons, the trade was voided a couple of days later.
The Green Bay Packers claimed Roberts off of waivers, but he was subsequently released by the Packers two days later for failing a physical. Roberts was not active for any games in 2019.
Signing Roberts doesn’t necessarily mean the Dolphins aren’t going to pursue tight ends in free agency or in the draft. Mike Gesicki is the only “lock” to make the 2020 roster, as Durham Smythe‘s blocking ability might not survive if the Dolphins find themselves in an advantageous situation at the position.
Look at this as a way for Miami to get ahead of evaluations.
— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) June 13, 2019
X Off The Hook… For Now – Domestic Violence Charges Dropped
Dolphins fans looked at their social media accounts in shock late last year, as headlines popped up on their screens which stated that Pro-Bowl CB, Xavien Howard, had been charged with allegations of domestic violence.
Things seemed warming up for the fan-favourite and lockdown cornerback, with the recent audio release of a 911 call made by Howard’s fiancée which intimated that he had a history of physical outbursts.
It is being widely reported today, that any formal charges to made against Xavien Howard have been dropped.
As @amberw790 reported, the domestic violence case against Xavien Howard has been dismissed, per his attorney Michael Grieco.
— Adam Beasley (@AdamHBeasley) February 6, 2020
Whilst this might mean that Xavien will no longer face any legal processing over the allegation, there is still the very real likelihood that he may face NFL discipline in terms of a fine or suspension following the league’s own investigation.
Dropping of the legal charges isn’t confirmation that Howard is innocent of any wrongdoing, and perhaps time will give an indication as to the extent of the truth behind the initial allegations once the NFL – and even Brian Flores – has decided to take any action and impose any punishment.
Although the state attorney will no longer pursue the allegation against Xavien Howard, the NFL can still investigate and possibly suspend Howard based on its findings
— Joe Schad (@schadjoe) February 6, 2020
In May 2019 the Miami Dolphins agreed to a record-setting 5 year contract extension for Howard in May 2019, worth over $75m – which made him the highest paid CB in the league – setting him to be an integral part of their defensive future and overall team leadership.
For now, fans should hope that the legal proceedings were dropped for the right reasons, but any information at this stage regarding the situation is likely to be kept in-house between the league office and Dolphins’ HQ.
It should – however – be another thing for fans to keep a close eye on, in what will inevitably be a busy off-season for the Dolphins.
Gerald Alexander Named Miami Dolphins Defensive Backs Coach
The Miami Dolphins have found a new defensive backs coach after promoting Josh Boyer to defensive coordinator.
According to George Wrighster III, creator of the Unafraid Show, Gerald Alexander has been hired to be the new Miami Dolphins defensive backs coach.
#Cal Defensive backs coach Gerald Alexander is the new Defensive backs coach for the Miami Dolphins.
He’s instrumental in making the Cal secondary one of the best in college football. Excellent hire. Young, up and coming coach regarded as a “great defensive mind”.
— George Wrighster III (@georgewrighster) January 24, 2020
Previously serving as the University of California (Cal) defensive backs coach, Alexander has recently began ascending the coaching ladder after a moderate playing career.
Contrary to previous coaching maneuvers made by Brian Flores, which saw the team bring on three former coaches from the 2016 New York Jets squad (that went 5-11) – one of which is new offensive coordinator Chan Gailey, who just turned 68 – Alexander is coming from a successful Cal defense and will be 36 years young by the time the 2020 season begins.
Though his resume may not have much depth, his potential may be worth investing in.
Early speculation is the addition of Alexander may also mean the possible addition of Ashtyn Davis, who played safety for Cal and is projected to be an early-round pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.
Ironically, Alexander was active for two games with the Dolphins back in 2011. He did not record any stats.
I love prospects that were former walk-on players. The game has a deeper meaning and their passion is incredible.
That’s what Ashtyn Davis brings to the table. Rangy, tough, and physical do it all type of safety.pic.twitter.com/cZyrbGiIjB
— Jordan Reid (@JReidNFL) December 19, 2019
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