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Dolphins Need to Trade for Derek Carr

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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.

 

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Broncos Hire Ed Donatell As Defensive Coordinator

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The Denver Broncos will hire former Chicago Bears defensive back ED Donatell to be there defensive coordinator. The Move reunites Donatell with Vic Fangio, the head coach of the Denver Broncos.

Donatell coach under Fangio led defense s from 2011 through 2018 as defensive back coach. So the two are definitely know each other well. Donatell has been a defensive coordinator in the league before running, the Packers defense from 2000-2003 and in the Atlanta Falcons from 2004-2006.

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Browns Targeting Chuck Pagano for Defensive Coordinator

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With Freddie Kitchens officially at the helm as head coach, the Cleveland Browns are now focusing on his building his staff.

According to the Arizona Republic’s Kent Somers, the Browns are interested in former Indianapolis Colts head coach Check Pagano for their defensive coordinator job.

Pagano had interviewed for head coaching vacancies this offseason, and is drawing interest as a defensive coordinator for the New York Jets.

The report goes on to say that Kitchens is really interested in adding Pagano to his staff.

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Texans’ Demaryius Thomas Wants To Continue Playing Career

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Houston Texans veteran wide receiver Demaryius Thomas, who they acquired via trade from the Denver Broncos mid-season, plans to continue his playing career, and would like to stay in Houston.

“My main priority right now is getting back healthy. I can still play, man. I’m not thinking about retirement. I just don’t know where it will be,” Thomas said, according to the Houston Chronicle’s Aaron Wilson.

“I told them I would love to finish my career here, but we’ll see…This is what we have to deal with as players and guys in the locker room. I hope my appearance and being around the guys and talking to a couple of guys helped. I don’t want to say I helped that much play-wise, but leadership-wise, I think I helped.”

Thomas played in 7 games for the Texans following the trade, and caught 23 passes for 275 yards and two touchdowns.

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