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Friday, April 21, 2006

Arrington agrees with Giants (Updated)

LaVar Arrington and the Giants have agreed to a seven-year contract worth approximately $49 million. He ain't going to play for the Dolphins, folks.

The Dolphins weren't even second in this outside linebacker derby as the Green Bay Packers Saturday morning made one last push to land the former Pro Bowl player. The Dolphins did not improve their $5 million per year offer, according to a source familiar with the negotiations.

The new boil for this pot left on the back burner showed the desire by Arrington not to get victimized by the coming draft.

Arrington hastened a deal before next Saturday's draft because he was worried a thin market would practically disappear if teams addressed their needs with draftees. That would have ended his chances of getting a big payday.

Arrington originally wanted $54 million over 7 years with approximately $12 million in guarantees.

The Dolphins were contacted by Arrington's agent, Kevin Poston, the past two days and asked to make their best offer. The same courtesy was granted the Green Bay Packers and Jacksonville Jaguars.

Overall, it means the Dolphins will take a stronger look at OLB in the draft next week. So what do you think? Did the Dolphins make a mistake by not bidding higher for Arrington?


Blogger Ottawafan said...

I beleive they have made a mistake. If Saban continues to try and use his 3-4 when we have only two good linebackers on the team he needs someone like Arrington to rush the passer. As much as I love J.Taylor (I think he is the best DE in football) watching him in coverage last year hurt my eyes. In the 3-4 you need a linebacker who can cover man to man and an outside linebacker who can blitz. We have neither. Zach and Crowder are awesome against the run and Zach can play some zone coverage well but both are inside guys. I am sure opposing coaches are losing sleep trying to figure out how to some Sedrick Hodge (who?) Singning Arrington would have sloved this problem and allowed the team to focus on another area of need in the draft like our defensive backfield. I have said it in several of my posts and now in light of losing out on Arrington, I will say it again:draft Chad Greenway

3:45 AM  
Blogger jeepmanmatt said...

Ottawafan, I am going to have to diagree with you. Arrington is a punk, plain and simple. His career peaked his last year wieh Penn St.. If one of the best coaches in NFL history (Gibbs) couldn't use him, what does that say? Don't worry, Saban will get HIS guy in the draft, and our LB crew will be the envy of the NFL. As for JT, his foot was only 70% for most of last season. Let's evaluate his coverage after he's been healthy, I think he'll do a fabulous job. Saban must too, or JT wouldn't be here. I say DB, OLB, DT, then WR.

8:19 AM  
Blogger The Dude said...

Just read that Arrington and the Giants reached an agreement this morning.

I would've loved to see Arrington in a Dolphins uniform, playing alongside Zach and Crowder and wreaking havoc in Saban's 3-4 system ... would've been nice.

But not getting him wasn't a big mistake either. The guy was simply asking for way too much money. He's got a lot of talent but has been injured quite a bit the last couple of seasons and has a rep for being a freelancing, uncoachable player.

I agree with jeepmanmatt here. Saban's at his best when drafting defensive players and he'll get the right guy (and save us a lot of money).

12:03 PM  
Blogger gessier said...

Yes, it would've been nice to have Arrington, but not at that cost while we're still rebuilding. And as we already know, he's a problem child mentally and physically. L.A. and T.O. were the two biggest impact players in free agency, as well as the two biggest headaches, but are they really worth their contracts? Not in my view. Last season proved to me that Nick Saban can get the most out of the talent he has. And coming into this season with the players buying into this philosophy, having already learned the system, we're already a better team and are poised to take the division.

3:45 PM  
Blogger Ottawafan said...

I will agree after seeing what the Giants paid him, that his asking price was too high. In the 3-4 though, he would have been able to do more of what he does best, rush the passer. He was out of place in the Redskins scheme last year and we haven't had a linebacker with double digit sacks since my all-time favorite Dolphin (Brian Cox).

4:34 PM  
Blogger Dolfan_Ray said...

I don't think that he would have been that great in Miami. His former caoches benched him for free-lancing too much, which took himout of position too many times that resulted in big plays for the opposition. He used to be a great physical specimen, but that has changed. I think we can get a better OLB in the draft. Grenway and Sims would do nicely in Aqua & Orange. If not,then a comparable receiver to take double-teams off Chambers. The loss of Levar wasn't that big of a loss.

4:51 PM  
Blogger dolph1911 said...

Dolphan ray is right, LB will be addressed or wr with the 1st pick unless( which i hope he does is trade down), b/c he can still find starters in the second round with first round grades. Lavar will not be missed. Saban is molding this team with youth and the defense is his plan to get us to the super bowl.

3:38 AM  
Blogger DwinkinAle said...

The OLB position is definately a growing concern at this point. Losing the Arrington bid quite frankly stings a bit. Yes he is a bit of a freelancer who has had injury concerns the past couple of years, but you'd be lying if you thought he would not make our team better. The guy has a tremendous upside. You have to believe Saban would have corraled most of the freelancing and developed Arringtons skills to fit his defense.
So what now? Go get someone in the draft? That is all fine and dandy, but in that case they really still need another veteran guy back there. Sedrick Hodge is not the answer. Scary prospects right now for the outside and the secondary.

9:28 AM  
Blogger Enlai said...

Talent was right..
Price was out of context.

A rookie won't impact as Arrington in the short term, but don't miss that this is a real team, where many men are still to come and even there's a huge need in the middle of the defense in order to improve a 3-4 scheme, there's a great group thet may carry the load.

Wait until June cuts and you may see a very different unit.

1:22 PM  
Anonymous KurtInTampa said...

We got lucky, I lived in D.C. Levar's first couple years, he just isnt smart enough to get it, he can't learn defensive schemes and is constanlty out of position causing significantly more horendous plays than his highlight reels.

2:24 PM  
Blogger John Dolfan said...

This situation was very similar to the Sean Gilbert free agency situation back in the JJ days. I remember JJ saying something to the effect that Gilbert was a player he wanted, but not for the money being asked. Although I do not think that Arrington will be the bust that Gilbert was, the principle is the same and I do think Saban did the right thing (by doing nothing :) )

5:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

miami did the right thing by holding ground and not over paying for an OLB that takes a few plays off, the Dolphins need play makers not selfish superstars.
good job Dolphins, lets get a LB" in the draft.

Dolphin FFan

9:21 PM  
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12:03 AM  
Anonymous rolltidebaby said...

Armando, you really, really are the man...this is the best thing to come along for Dofans in some time. Your insight and ability to communicate are rare. Thanks

12:33 AM  

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