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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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Chris Johnson Retires as Titan

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Former NFL running back Chris Johnson signed a one-day contract with the Tennessee Titans so that he can retire with the team he has spent the best years, and the majority of his NFL career with.

Johnson also believes that if he was a feature back, he could still surpass 1,000 yards rushing in a complete NFL season

“Shoot, that’s not even a question” Johnson said, according to Jim Wyatt of the Tennessee Titans’ official team website . You put me in an offense where I’m the starting back, there’s no way I wouldn’t get 1,000 yards,” said Johnson. “I could still do it, but it’s time to move onto the next situation.”

“Tennessee, that’s the first organization that gave me a chance to make my dreams come true,” Johnson said. “I have so many great memories in Tennessee and was able to do so many things with the Titans. It’s an organization I always want to be considered a part of.

“I grew up in Tennessee. I went from being a kid to a grown man here. I might have grown up as a kid in (my hometown of) Orlando, but I was still a kid in Nashville when I got there. The team and the city, they’ve always shown me so much love. I have great memories from my days with the Titans, so many on the field and in the city. I’ve always loved Tennessee, and I always will because I’ve always felt so much love.”

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Bengals Pick Up Option on William Jackson

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The Cincinnati Bengals have picked up the fifth-year option on cornerback William Jackson, according to an official team announcement.

A former 2016 first round pick, Jackson missed his rookie season due to injury, and played in a reserve role when he returned the following season.

Jackson became a starter in 2018, starting all 16 games for the Bengals and although he did not record a single interception, he was graded highly by Pro Football Focus for his coverage.

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Ravens, Justin Tucker Agree to Contract Extension

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The Baltimore Ravens have agreed to terms with veteran kicker Justin Tucker on a four-year, $23.05 million contract extension, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Tucker’s new deal will include an $8 million signing bonus and $12.5 million fully guaranteed during the first two seasons of the new deal, a record for kickers.

Tucker’s new deal will keep him Baltimore through the 2023 season.

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