Live blogging action today during the game
I picked the Dolphins to win today which obviously means there is no hope for them because I also picked them to go 10-6 this year. Yeesh.
Anyway, to clean out the notepad:
I wrote a column in the Herald today saying the Dolphins will have approximately $25 million in cap room this offseason to spend on free agency and other matters. Yes, some of that will go to the draft, but that doesn't change the fact the Dolphins will be in the middle of the pack among teams that have the most cap room.
The No. 1 guy to watch out for in free agency? Indy safety Bob Sanders who can help BOTH the run and pass defense and currently plays for a team that is salary cap poor and may not be able to retain him.
Will the Dolphins have to pay more for their free agents than most teams? Of course. Nobody wants to join a struggling team unless it is made worth their while. But that doesn't mean players won't want to play here. South Florida and the Dolphins still have lots going for them.
One free agent I didn't mention that I should have is receiver Andre' Davis of Houston. He was on the street after being waived by Cleveland when Andre Johnson got hurt. A 2002 second round pick of the Browns, Davis went to Houston and showed some great ability. He became their deep threat and top receiver while Johnson was down.
He is a speed receiver and I think he would make an excellent addition as a mid-priced No. 2 receiver that brings experience, blazing speed, and gives Miami a chance to push Derek Hagan further back on the depth chart instead of asking the youngster to be a No. 2 receiver behind Ted Ginn Jr.
[Here is the link to the column that includes other nuggets: http://www.miamiherald.com/1190/story/346681.html]
About the sale of the team: Please do not believe everything Wayne Huizenga and the involved parties have to say. I have been a journalist for a quarter century and I've been lied to a lot. Some of the biggest fibs were told me by Dolphins owners when they were involved in sales.
After his father died I asked Tim Robbie, point blank, does the estate tax issue force you to consider selling? "No, not at all. We will continue to own the Dolphins." Within months, Wayne Huizenga had gone from being a 15 percent owner to owning the whole franchise.
When The Herald first got wind of Huizenga possibly selling the team, we contacted Stephen Ross to confirm his interest. He acted like he never heard of Wayne Huizenga, he said he hadn't spoken to Huizenga, and that anyway, he wasn't interested in buying.
Then we learned Ross met with Huizenga last weekend about purchasing the team.
And Huizenga's Saturday statement that he is not "actively" trying to sell the Dolphins? Then what is his definition of "actively" when he met with potential buyers the weekend before?
Anyway, I'll have a inactives update for you before the game. Then you can meet me in the comments sections for the live blog that will improve my hits and make me rich enough to buy the Dolphins -- assuming Huizenga can finance $1 Billion with equal lifetime installments of $100 per month.