With the Oakland Raiders going full rebuild mode, and following the reported trade agreement involving Amari Cooper, the Miami Dolphins need to make a bold move, one that can change the direction of their franchise for years to come.
Miami needs to try and pry quarterback Derek Carr from Oakland.
It’s hard to argue against the idea. Ryan Tannehill has made it abundantly clear that he is nothing more than an average (at the very best) quarterback, and with injuries now piling up for the former first round pick, Miami is now relying on Brock Osweiler to take the reigns.
Additionally, Tannehill’s cap his is in the $26 million range, and the Dolphins are widely expected to pull the escape hatch and rid themselves of the contract this offseason, putting them in position to draft a quarterback of the future.
Osweiler should be auditioning for a quarterback spot on the Dolphins long-term, but as the backup or a bridge to a younger quarterback, a rookie.
But with the Dolphins hot start, and assuming that there is no epic collapse where they don’t pick up another win, Miami won’t be in position to select any of the “elite” quarterback prospects in the upcoming draft.
With a defense that is getting shredded due to abysmal play in the interior of the defensive line, a need for a starter opposite Xavien Howard, Cameron Wake showing decline, and an offensive line that needs addressing, there are so many other holes to fill.
Paying a 1st round pick, and likely another mid-rounder, is worth it to acquire Carr. When one looks at the recent history of Miami’s draft picks, especially in the first round, it leaves little to have faith in.
Charles Harris has barely sniffed the field, despite Miami desperately reaching for him in the first round a few years back. DeVante Parker has been a bust, can’t stay on the field, and is likely on his way out of town soon, despite being a former first round pick, with Minkah Fitzpatrick looking like the only “hit” in the past few years, only because he fell unexpectedly, much like Laremy Tunsil did, and forced the Dolphins to draft him because he was too good to pass up.
Quite frankly, Miami is doing more dealing their first rounder than allowing the current braintrust to both yet another big asset.
Carr is 27 years old, is proven, and while his contract may not be attractive, this is the same Dolphins team that doled out a hefty contract for the likes of Tannehill, and Ndamukong Suh, who was shipped out this offseason.
If Oakland is cleaning house, it is likely Carr is available and he offers a much better proposition to Miami than anything in the upcoming draft, or free agency will for the Dolphins this year.
Pick up the phone and head to the negotiating table.
Broncos Sign Andy Janovich to Three-Year Extension
According to NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport, Janovich’s new deal will net him a signing bonus of $1.35 million and includes $3.22 million fully guaranteed, making him the league’s third highest paid fullback.
Janovich is certainly a fan favorite in Denver, and was scheduled to hit free agency this offseason prior to inking the new deal.
Raiders Release J.J. Nelson
Nelson inked a one-year deal with the Raiders this offseason, but the two-year veteran was cut so the team can make the necessary room for the addition of wider receiver Zay Jones.
Nelson was added in the hopes he would provide a viable speed threat in Oakland, but has yet to produce this season.
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Herndon collected 39 receptions for 502 yards and four touchdowns last season for the Jets.
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