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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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Steelers’ Ben Roethlisberger Talks Getting Back to ‘Normal’ Following Drama-Filled Offseason

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Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is opening up to the media about getting “back to normal” following what he calls a “crazy” past few years.

“It’s been a little crazy the last few years,” said Roethlisberger, according to ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler. “Maybe moreso than usual that we’re used to dealing with, so to kind of get back to quote, unquote normalcy is kind of nice.”

Despite the losses of big talent such as Le’Veon Bell and Antonio Brown, the future Hall of Famer is confident about this year’s team.

“I really am excited about what we have,” Roethlisberger said. “We put a lot of work in, and that’s what it’s gonna take. It’s gonna take a team effort, and we’re all gonna give everything we have and see where it goes. We can’t predict the future, but we can predict we’re gonna give everything we have.”

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Ravens’ Michael Pierce Explains Being Pulled from Minicamp

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Baltimore Ravens defensive lineman Michael Pierce made some headlines when he was pulled from minicamp by head coach John Harbaugh for “a safety standpoint and for his own health.”

Now, Pierce is talking to the media to explain what exactly went down, and taking blame for it as well.

“Throughout the offseason, I tend to lift more than run,” Pierce said, during an appearance on WNSP-FM radio in Alabama (h/t ESPN’s Jamison Hensley). “Being a noseguard, I want to be strong or whatnot. I, honestly, just mismanaged my running a little bit.”

Pierce came into camp over 340 pounds, missed the Ravens’ offseason conditioning program and did not participate in voluntary workouts.

“Out of respect for Coach Harbaugh, he’s been nothing but a fair guy, he just wanted me to get in with the strength and conditioning staff and do more running before camp comes,” Pierce said.

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Chargers’ Mike Williams Looking to Make Impact in 2019

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Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Mike Williams is looking to the 2019 season as his time to breakout.

Williams cites being more comfortable, and confident, as he heads into the 3rd season in the offense, as reasons why he believes he will take on a bigger role, while being more productive, in the Chargers’ offense this upcoming season.

“Well, this is my third year going into the offense,” said Williams, according to Ricky Henne of the Chargers’ team website.  “I’m a lot more confident coming out here and playing. My role is going to expand with Tyrell (Williams) leaving (to the Raiders). I’m looking forward to that. I’m ready to make some plays this upcoming season.”

The Chargers, and Williams, are hoping that he can step up in fill the void left by the departure of Williams.

“We lost a big weapon in Tyrell (so) a lot of people in the room have to step up,” Williams said. “I feel like me being the player that I am, I feel like I can do that… I feel like the role is going to change. I feel I’m going to get a lot more opportunities than I did last year. A lot more balls coming my way. I’m looking forward to it.”

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