What's there to complain about?
Sign Joey Porter to a five-year contract? Yippie! Now the team has a threat opposite and alongside Jason Taylor to attack the quarterback.
Quick, you are an offensive coordinator and your choice is to either double-team Porter or Taylor while single-blocking the other. What do you do? And what do you do when the Dolphins bring both Porter and Taylor from the same side?
Your quarterback is about to have a bad day.
Next move: Get a second- and seventh-round pick for Wes Welker? Are you kidding me, in a heartbeat! Welker came to Miami as an afterthought three years ago and worked his way into mattering. Last year he led the Dolphins with 67 catches.
But is there anyone out there that thinks Welker is a game-changer? There were only two 2006 games in which opposing teams decided to pay special attention to Welker and that was toward the end of the season against the Jets and Patriots.
In those games, Welker had overages rolled to him and the strategy showed his inability to be get open in those situations. He caught one pass in each of those games.
So he is a good No. 3, a reliable return guy and a tough-as-nails competitor. But he's not going to be a talent that will change the outcome of games. Give me two draft picks for him and I'll take my chances.
Next move: Cutting Randy McMichael. This one hurts because the Dolphins simply do not have anyone readily on hand to replace him today. Tim Massaquoi ain't that guy, near as I've seen and David Martin has done nothing to suggest he is either.
But in losing McMichael, the Dolphins also rid themselves of at least 10 dropped passes per year. He had more than that last year and slightly less than that in 2005. Those drive-killing, momentum-killing moments simply weren't worth the $3 million bonus McMichael was due on Wednesday.
I wish the Dolphins and McMichael could have massaged the situation by changing his salary. But agent Drew Rosenhaus was never offered a chance to negotiate a pay-cut and McMichael wouldn't have gone for it if it had been offered anyway. So this one isn't as brilliant as the other two moves, but at least it makes some sense.
One thing I must tell you: The Dolphins are not done.
They will continue to search for a receiver and some OL help in free agency. And they haven't finished trimming fat off the roster. Having seen what just happened to Joey Harrington, Jeno James, Kevin Carter and Randy McMichael, I'd be worried about my future in Miami if my name were Chris Chambers, Olindo Mare, and yes, Daunte Culpepper.
All three have high cap numbers scheduled for 2007 and none really justified those numbers with their performances in 2006.