by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer (2/28/14) The Dolphins are looking at trade options for defensive lineman Dion Jordan, reports CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason LaCanfora.
The Dolphins traded up in the 2013 NFL Draft to pick Jordan at No. 3 overall. But Jordan made minimal impact as a rookie with only two sacks and 26 total tackles.
Brent Grimes 'pretty optimistic' about long-term deal
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com (2/24/14) Cornerback Brent Grimes said he's "pretty optimistic" he'll reach a contract agreement with the Dolphins before the franchise tag deadline a week away, reports the Miami Herald.
“They said they like me here and want to have me back," Grimes told the paper. "Hopefully, it happens sooner than later, and I don’t have to worry about it.” Grimes said the team has not discussed slapping him with the tag, and "nobody wants to get franchise tag, another one-year deal.”
Even if a player is tagged, the sides can negotiate a contract and get the tag lifted by mid-July.
Franchise tag becoming more likely for Brent Grimes
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com (2/24/14) Each day that goes by without the Dolphins and corner Brent Grimes reaching a contract agreement, "the more likely it is that Grimes get 'tagged,'" reports ESPN.com. Miami has a week to decide if it will slap the franchise tag on Grimes for the 2014 season.
Grimes was the team's most consisent defender last year, and the Dolphins have the resources to keep him for at least one more season, the report said. Grimes often shadowed the opponent's top wideout and tied for the team lead with four interceptions.
Brent Grimes most likely Dolphin to be franchised
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com (2/3/14) Cornerback Brent Grimes is the Dolphins player most likely to be franchised, reports the Palm Beach Post. Grimes made 60 tackles and four interceptions in 2013 en route to a Pro Bowl selection.
Defensive tackle Paul Soliai is a less likely candidate for the tag, according to the paper. Teams must decide by March 3 whether to use the tag for the 2014 season.
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The Dolphins DST has the ability to be a quality Fantasy unit in 2013, but it needs to generate more turnovers, and hopefully the addition of free agent Dannell Ellerbe will help. In 2012, the Dolphins were among the league leaders in sacks with 42. They were above average in run defense at No. 13 in yards allowed (1,734) but mediocre in pass defense at No. 27 (3,974 yards allowed). The problem, however, was turnovers. Miami had just 10 interceptions on the season and six fumble recoveries, which ranked in the bottom 10 in the NFL in both categories. If Miami can improve in that area then the Dolphins DST should rise. Go into this season with the unit as a No. 2 Fantasy option on Draft Day, and they can be a useful bye-week replacement if they start off the season playing at a high level. (Updated 4/26/13)