Cortland Finnegan taking two-year deal with the Dolphins
by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer (3/14/14) Miami is expected to sign cornerback Cortland Finnegan to a two-year deal, a source told NFL Network. The Dolphins will pair him with Brent Grimes as their starting corners, assuming they don't open up a competition for the other starting spot with Will Davis.
Finnegan struggled last year with the Rams, totaling one interception and 27 total tackles in seven games before fracturing an orbital bone. He should be fine for the start of training camp.
Louis Delmas to sign one-year deal with Miami
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (3/10/14) Former Lions safety Louis Delmasagreed to terms on a one-year, $3.5 million deal with the Dolphins, according to Pro Football Talk on Monday.
Delmas was a full-time starter with Detroit in 2013, finishing the season with 64 tackles and three interceptions.
Brent Grimes not expected to get franchise tag
by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer (3/3/14) The Dolphins have to decide Monday if they want to place the franchise tag on cornerback Brent Grimes or let him become a free agent, reports ESPN.
The report says the Dolphins can use the one-year franchise tag before the afternoon deadline at $11.5 million. Or they can attempt to sign him to a long-term extension before he hits the open market.
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.
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The Dolphins DST is a good, not great Fantasy option coming into this season. The unit finished 2013 at No. 11 in Fantasy points in a standard league -- ahead of teams like the Steelers, Ravens and Giants. They had 42 sacks, six fumble recoveries, 18 interceptions and two defensive touchdowns. The strength of their defense is their pass rush with Cameron Wake and Olivier Vernon, and the Dolphins tried to improve their secondary this offseason with the addition of cornerback Cortland Finnegan and safety Louis Delmas. The Dolphins DST won't get drafted in the majority of leagues, but look for them to be one of the top bye-week replacements during the year.