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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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Bills Cut Terrelle Pryor

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The Buffalo Bills have released wide receiver Terrelle Pryor who was signed only a few short weeks ago, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Pryor saw his snap count drop from his first game with the Bills to his second game, and he only managed to haul in two receptions for 17 yards, which will cause speculation that Pryor’s hamstring issues may not be fully behind him.

Pryor as cut from the New York Jets in October, prior to latching on with the Bills.

 

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Jets Unlikely To Fire Mike Maccagnan

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Despite what appears to be another lost season, the New York Jets are considered unlikely to fire general manager Mike Maccagnan, according to SNY’s Ralph Vacchiano.

Furthermore, the report indicates that while Maccagnan’s job appears to be safe for now, head coach Todd Bowles is on the hot seat.

Due Maccagnan’s long-stated plan to compete for a playoff berth in 2019, ownership sees him as not falling short of their expectations, making it likely that they will move forward with the general manager despite Bowles’ likely departure.

The Jets will have around $100 million in cap space in the 2019 offseason, and are putting their faith in Maccagnan to put something together in 2019.

 

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Dolphins’ Ryan Tannehill Throwing Without Pain

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The Miami Dolphins may have quarterback Ryan Tannehill back when the team plays the Indianapolis Colts following their bye this week, as head coach Adam Gase provided an update concerning Tannehill’s status.

“That was the start of their throwing progression after so many off,” Gase said earlier this week, according to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald. “It seemed like it went well. It’s not like he’s out there throwing 60-yard throws. They have a progression of how they want to do it. They said it was a good first step and he felt good. So that’s a positive.”

Tannehill has missed the last five games because of a capsule injury in his throwing shoulder, and the team has been rolling with Brock Osweiler under center.

Gase said that Tannehill is on a pitch count right now but the team is hoping that he will be fully cleared by next Wednesday’s practice so he can be a full go against the Colts.

“It’s a pitch count, distance,” Gase said. “There are a lot of factors involved. It’s like what they’re doing right now – it’s like don’t throw any balls over 15 yards, don’t through any over 20, 25. It’s going to be a progression. He didn’t throw a ball there for a while. We’ve got to be careful. There has to be a buildup from there.”

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