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Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Marty Booker next to meet with Patriots

First it was Larry Izzo and Damon Huard all those years ago and that was a little annoying, especially when Izzo and Huard sent their former Dolphins teammates a picture of themselves holding their Super Bowl rings.

Then it was Heath Evans. Then it was Wes Welker. And Sammy Morris. Then yesterday the Patriots offer Zach Thomas a contract. And today the team is hosting Marty Booker on a free agent visit.

What is it with the Patriots and their apparent Dolphins infatuation?

Booker, who was cut eight days ago by the Dolphins, is visiting Foxboro this afternoon as that team sees whether he fits. The Chicago Bears are also apparently interested in Booker.

Booker, who caught 50 passes for 556 yards, didn't have a very good season in 2007. Who on the Dolphins did? But he does have a history of playing very well against the Patriots and that is perhaps one reason they are interested.

Booker has had three games in which he gained 100 yards against New England. he caught seven passes for 123 yards against the Pats on Oct. 10, 2004. He caught five passes for 102 yards on Nov. 13, 2005 and he had eight reception for 103 yards against New England on Dec. 10, 2006.

The Patriots have interest in receivers because they may soon cut Donte' Stallworth. Stallworth is due a $6 million bonus next week and another $2 million only days after that. It is very, very, very unlikely the Pats will pay those bonuses to keep Stallworth.

So the Patriots obviously want to see if Booker is a fit, particularly since catching passes from Tom Brady will make him a much better receiver than he ever was catching passes from Cleo Lemon or Trent Green or Sage Rosenfels, or Brian Griese or Daunte Culpepper or Gus Frerotte in Miami.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Every time I read that the Patriots are interested in one of our former players, I have to wonder how much our personnel people really know -- the new guys of Ireland and Parcells included.

1:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We sucked in the regular season and now continue to suck in the offseason.

1:49 PM  
Anonymous james a said...

guys it's financial reasoning that these guys are getting cut. there has to be cap management. quit taking it so personally. we need to sign a #1 draft pick, a bunch of talented youngsters and inevitably have enough money leftover to hire FA players that will be around for the rebuild.

in this case, Booker was way overpaid for what the current regime intends to do.

2:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It all makes me wonder as well, but then again these are two teams in very different positions. The pats have been building wisely for the past 7 years, so they have room to bring in these guys. We have to gut our whole infrastructure because it was built so poorly. That means we have to get rid of guys that would work out if everything else wasn't in such shambles. The Pats just need minor tweaks....not so much for us.

2:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Pats think they're so F'in smart. The weakness on the team last year was old ILBs. While your at it, go ahead and drop Stallworth for Booker. They are just a bunch of smart as...They like to thumb their noses at the Fins.

2:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Funny how they all seem to do better once they leave here. Maybe it hasn't been the players that have been here. It's been more the staff and how they where used here.

2:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Armando, I have had issues with you on this blog in the past. However, I just wanted to say that I was able to catch about an hour and a half of your radio show the other day and really enjoyed it. I'm sure your busy as the NFL season never actually ends(thankfully), but mark me down as someone who would like to hear more. Any plans on getting extra air time? Great Job AS!

2:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I fully agree with some of the other posts on here....unfortunatly, after going 1-15 we are in no positon to keep 35 year old players who are starting the back side of their career and are eating up our cap space. Again we need money for free agents and draft picks....Zach and Marty will probably be a perfect fit for the Pats....the are a couple small pieces away from a Ring...Booker can do as well as Stallworth did and Zach is better than both Teddy and Junior.....they do not fit our youth movement at all...again it's called REBUILDING.....GET USED TO IT!

3:05 PM  
Anonymous The Interrogator said...

You left out that the picture sent by Buckley, Izzo and Huard was also a big "F.U.", literally, as all three players flipped the bird while sporting the rings.

When I saw that picture, I started to loathe the Patriots. Now this crap of the Pats becoming a final resting place for former Dolphins is getting out of hand.

I'm sorry but as much as I wanna wish the best for former Dolphins departing this year, you can bet your 4th point of contact that I will be rooting against that player if they do in fact, sign with N.E., or hell..any AFC EAST team.

Seau went sniffing and got "richard". Take that!

3:08 PM  
Anonymous Sanity Here said...

I just read on PFT that Keyshawn Johnson is thinking about coming back at age 36 and the Dolphins are interested in him.

So let me get this straight: They cut 35 year old Zach and 31 year old Marty Booker because they're either too old or have an injury history.

But then they go out and flirt with 36 year old Keyshawn even though he's been out of football a year and was forced out of the game by injuries?

Bill Parcells is an idiot.

4:06 PM  
Anonymous Patrick said...

While Zach Thomas contemplated his future with the Dolphins he came away with the distinct impression that his days were numbered. Unwilling to call it quits and ready to resume his career in another NFL city, Zach went about things as professional has he has done for 12 NFL seasons. He set his nose to the grindstone and watched 4 game films of different opposing defenses every day for a month. He worked his aging body harder to make sure he had the most to offer his new team.

Jason Taylor in no jeopardy of being cut decided to spend his off-season dancing with the stars. Maybe a little ballet is in order; a pirouette could be a great addition to his pass rushing repertoire. Maybe a mambo or a samba could add a little spice to his dancing with offensive linemen next season. Not to demean dancers in any way, the women certainly have all the right pieces in all the right places, but just what does this venture say to players in the off season program trying to dig from the dregs of a 1-15 season?

Perhaps the new regime has no more sense then those that have preceded it. While Zach Thomas exemplifies everything expected of a leader on a football team, Taylor epitomizes the selfishness that brought this team to the brink of the worst season in NFL history. While Zach may be one hit away from ending his career, one thing can be expected from him, football will always be first. There will be no dancing with the stars, no commentating on ESPN, no divorce proceedings with his wife.

Is it a wonder that the Patriots jumped at the opportunity to sign Zach Thomas? Is it a wonder that the Patriots are a perennial winning team when the powers that be can see leadership, football savvy and single minded preparation as the keys to success on the football field? While past regimes cast off players with those exact qualities, Wes Welker, Junior Seau, etc. we were led to believe team Parcells would embrace these qualities and build from them. But here we are looking down the exact dead end street. We had hoped for a cul-de-sac to return us to playoff land but there is none in sight.

In letting Zach get away the team has put the wrong foot forward and has sent the wrong message to its players. Spend the off season dancing with the stars, don’t worry about studying film or hitting the weight room, have fun, it’s only football, we’re only paying you millions of dollars, dance the night away. Zach will be ready when you head to New England next season...

4:15 PM  
Anonymous mr. kennedy....... kennedy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! said...

No biggie. Booker didn't contribute much anyways.

4:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please release Jason Taylor so that he can go play for the Patriots too. He deserves some Play-offs money and maybe a ring. The Dolphins are going to be bad for at least the next two seasons. I really hope "Da Tuna" knows what he is doing, because if he doesn't things are REALLY going to stink down here.

4:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I understand the rebuilding situation but several good points have been made in these postings. Salary Cap casualties are at times tough to swallow for fans but its an intregal part of the business. It may be your favorite player but the front office sees none of that. best thing to do is chew slowly and swallow.... LOL

We defenitely need youth and we all konw that its impossible to re-tool your roster from 1 draft class. So thas brings me to FA. If the front office wants the player and the fans to buy into their program this is where they will succeed or fail. So I challege them to hit the market hard be smart and aggressive, dont over pay or compensate but make a respectable effort. This is no time for ripples we need a Cannon ball. Bring in some youth via the draft and buy some talent via FA.

Hell it can only get better for this franchise. Win 2 games and the season can officially be called an improvement. Till next season gents hang in there and hope for the best. If not I hear fried TUNA is not that bad!

4:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Fins are the minor league team for the Pats. It is proven again and again. Soon the Pats will be 20% ex - Fins players at this pace.

4:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mando finally figured out how to attach pics to his blog!

4:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who cares, Now Marty can go and drop easy passes from tom now.

5:08 PM  
Anonymous ceed said...

I heard the phins offered Keyshawn Johnson a contact. I don't really mind too much since we now have 0 veteran recievers and our young guys are raw. I'd still love to see us bring Bryant Johnson in and am gonna keep saying it hoping someone in the Dolphins front office picks up on it and says what the hell. Also don't be surprised if Ireland breaks the bank for Flozell.

5:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The reason why the players in the dolphins are horrible and when they go to the Patriots they are good is because the have all the other good players around, especially Tom Brady

5:39 PM  
Blogger Eric said...

We're two different teams. When you've got Wes Welker and Randy Moss at WR, you can afford to look at adding Booker as a #3. We have no one at WR other than Ginn, and he's no lock to turn into our #1. Until we've got a stud leading our WR corps, can we really afford to hold on to guys like Booker as long as we can, and eating up cap space as we do so? No, IMO.

Short term, the best thing would be to keep guys like Booker. The right thing to do for the franchise long term is cut them. Which would you prefer?

6:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Marty Booker has NO HANDS and IS SLOW. If the Patriots sign him for anything more than league minimum they are fools. Parcells was smart in getting rid of him as he does not fit into the plan for the Dolphins future who will be looking for big,fast, hands guys. Marty Booker hahahahahahaha. Oh no we just lost one of the great ones to the enemy hahaha. NYScott

6:19 PM  
Anonymous UCF fin fan said...

FIRE CAMERON!!!! Oh wait, what are we complaining about this week. I forgot the memo.

Some of you guys are just dumb. Saying the Tuna doesnt know what he is doing because he got rid of zack and booker? Shit, yeah we should of at least attempted to get something for zack, but you clowns really think you can rebuild around ZT? The man is my all time favorite player but him leaving is a good thing, for us and for him, so left the man play for a ring, he earned it.

To the one guy who said, keeping guys like booker is good short term but bad long are exactly right. But some people just like to complain so let them. Now that cam is gone they just need something else to wine about.

If any of you are sad that Marty freaking Booker is leaving.......just find me one #1 receiver in the NFL that caught only 1 TD and 500 yards. Boo freggin whoo.

6:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who said Marty Booker has to be Miami's No. 1 receiver. UCF, you assume thus making a huge ass of yourself.

6:26 PM  
Anonymous Patriots Rule said...

We dominate you! You guys should rename yourselves the Pawtuket Dolphins.

6:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

they take our players because they got a hidden camera at all our practices. they see how good they are, but there cheaters and they come from a long line of cheaters dating back to the tractor. they got it in the end of this year.LOL

7:05 PM  
Anonymous Dolphanalyst said...

Those images are great, Armando! Keep them coming.

7:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


7:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Seriously, this is the most embarassing batch of posts I've ever seen.

The Patriots offer Zach Thomas such an overwhelming contract that he left town without signing it, and suddenly Ireland and Parcells know nothing.

Marty Booker - the wideout who defines the term "mediocre" - is interviewed by the Patriots, and all of a sudden "we continue to suck in the offseason".

Keyshawn Johnson shoots his mouth off about coming out of retirement to play for Miami - notice the Dolphins haven't exactly confirmed that - and suddenly "Bill Parcells is an idiot". Really? Has Bill signed Keyshawn? No. But don't let facts get in the way.

Jason Taylor signs up for a dance show, and suddenly "the current regime has no more sense than the previous one." Really? You can tell that already? You're wasting your time here, my friend - you should be hosting one of those Saturday morning tout shows.

Look, guys, I wish Zach could have stayed, too. But this club isn't going to contend for three years minimum, and then we'd have a 38-year-old MLB whose migranes would probably put him on the sideline at that point. And resigning Marty Booker - seriously, if that really bothers you, you don't understand this game.

There's a line between being a fan and being a whiner. Yes, this club has a long way to go, but Parcells has a pretty good history in this game - better than anyone whining and crying anonymously on this board, I'd wager.

Why not just shut up for a little while and see how things shake out?

7:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey cheaters. the sun only shines on a dogs butt for so long.


7:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I could live with Marty Booker being cut but releasing Zack is CRAZY especially with out asking him to take a pay cut.

7:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you anonymous for pointing out the idiot ramblings of our fellow Dolphin fans. I have come to the conclusion that these people are one of three things. 1. Not Dolphins fans and are just trying to stir the pot. 2. Kids and teens who have not been around the game long enough to understand it. 3. Ignorant bandwagon fans who look for any small false validation of their fears so that they may jump ship. If we have to explain to someone that cutting Marty freakin Booker is a good thing, we might as well throw in the towel. NYScott

7:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey "Patriots rule", wrap your pea brain around this one. The Dolphins all time record against the New England Cheatriots is 47-35. That means the Patriots would have to sweep the Dolphins for 6 straight seasons to even that equation out. There is also a 194 point differential, Dolphins have 1812 points and the BIGGEST CHOKERS IN THE HISTORY OF THE NFL have 1618 points. You may have beaten us twice this year but all time head to head we have dominated your sorry team. Try again. NYScott

8:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ahhhh yes the Patriots. The team with a cheat for a coach and a dead beat dad as it's leader. You must be very proud Patriots fan. You should see my shiny new ring. It was given to me after we threw your boy around like a little biotch. Michael Strahan "Welllll the cats in the cradle and the silver spoon,,,little boy blue and the man on the moon,,when ya comin home Tom your son dont know when, but you'll have to pay him off then,, Dad, that bastard never wants to see you again" LA la la lalalala laaaaaaaa. NYScott

8:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why are this many people arguing the fact that we got rid of Marty Booker? I thought that was a good thing. I dunno

8:35 PM  
Anonymous Deof Movestofca said...

Before castigating Parcells and Ireland, we should first find out:
1) if the Patsies really do sign Zach and Booker;
2) how much they sign them for, if they do; and,
3) most importantly, whoever they bring in with the money they saved by cutting them contribute more to the team, both now and in future seasons, than Zach and Booker would have.

8:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i hear the Pats are interested in Marino as well.

9:07 PM  
Anonymous UCF fin fan said...

Anonymous said...

"Who said Marty Booker has to be Miami's No. 1 receiver. UCF, you assume thus making a huge ass of yourself."

Youre an idiot. After chambers was traded he was moved to the #1 position. Ginn at #2. Hagan in the slot. Maybe you shouldnt assume.

#1 as in Lines up on the outside of the strongside. Not as in "we're number 1!". numbnuts. And strongside as in the right of the qb, usually where the TE lines up. Not the side that can lift the most weight.

9:38 PM  
Anonymous MartinK said...

So are you guys going to complain when the Rams sign Trent Green? Terry Shea and Al Saunders are there, so I'm sure they've already called Trent. F*@& the Patriots. F#%& all the chronic complainers. F*!$ Jim Rome. 'Mando's cool. I'm out.

10:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I thought Booker was expendable, but what do I know? Maybe his performance had more to do with the lousy QB play than him. If the Pats are bringing him in for a visit I have to now think it was the latter, as we know the Pats are no dummies.

10:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


11:28 PM  
Anonymous Scalzo said...

Booker was always just average on the Phins period who cares about him? I don't think Parcell's is an idiot. He has build a lot of teams into contenders period and no one can argue that fact. If Parcell's felt it was best then I am behind him. Let's face it he sure didn't help much on a 1-15 team. Anyone with a huge contract with the phins on a 1-15 season is expendable period because is cannot get much worse. The only thing to do now is get young talent in here and build around it. If you think otherwise then your just another moron that has no clue.

1:09 AM  
Anonymous jon said...

Lets put this into perspective. Since they're last superbowl win, they've stolen Heath Evans, Sammy Morris, Wes Welker, Junior Seau, and they have what to prove for it? The only thing that counts to the Patriots is getting a ring, and none of those former Dolphins have one. And from the looks of it, The Pats are about to loose Stallworth and Asante Samuel. How open is Moss gonna be when he has Booker next to him instead of a guy that runs a 4.4? How much worse is their defense going to be asante leaves and they replace him with a rookie? Can you honestly say they are the best team in the AFC? I don't see it that way

1:28 AM  
Anonymous jorge banks said...

mando mando madno.......great pix....especially the camera

8:15 AM  
Anonymous jorge banks said...

mando mando madno.......great pix....especially the camera

8:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Marty Booker, the player who gives new meaning to the word "stealth" is really going to break into the NE starting WR rotation, with Moss, Welker, and Stallworth.

Yeah, right.

9:26 AM  
Anonymous MisterX said...

Too much is made of Dolphin players going to the Pats. Lots of players have gone and will continue to go to rival teams. Big deal. If the Patties didn't sign Welker, Seau, etc. then they would have signed somebody else to fill the same gaps. It's just circumstances. Who better to analyze a teams talent than the team that plays them year in and year out. Zach is a Texas boy and should retire in his home state as a Dallas Cowboy. I LOVE ZACH! Who doesn't? Unfortunately, concussions really do end careers and a great linebacker that is known for being in on every play and leading with his chin might not last very long. He is however a good gamble for a contender if he comes with a discount. We need the cap space and can't afford to gamble. JT on the other hand will undoubtedly retire as a Dolphin unless he breaks or tries to play beyond his years. He and his family are committed to SouthFL. Defensive player of the year, NFL man of the year, Dances with the Stars?!...he's a keeper! Booker? Whatever. FL has become the Retirement Home for pro players in all sports but I think we might do OK with Keyshawn here. He is very familiar with Bill, knows what it takes to be a premier player and he could tutor Ginn, and provide veteran leadership and a little attitude for what will surely be a very young offense next year. JT will do the same for the a young, hungry D. Chris Long is the kind of player that the Dolphins were built on...Shula worthy. However, if Bill thinks that Matty Ice is worthy of #1 then so be it. Let's hope that he is more of a Bledsoe, Manning than a Couch, Palmer.

10:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

See ya Marty. I hope the pats sign him. He is not a Wes Welker.
The Pats are just seeing what they can get for nothing. If they can pick up Zack and Marty for the league minimum and they play real well the Pats are ahead. We all know better.

Zack is one dinger away from slobering for the rest of his days. I loved watching you man but you have to give it up now.

The team was 1-15 last year. Who played that well that we released that could make the Pats? I would love to know who. Because most of the players sucked big time.
Phinfan in phax

10:38 AM  
Blogger Kevin M said...

"Sanity Here" says Bill parcells is an idiot. To him and others let us review who this "idiot" is.

Takes the Giants to two Super Bowls.

Takes the Patriots to the Super Bowl.

Takes the Jets to the AFC title game.

Builds the current Dallas team with the likes of Jeff Ireland and some others that have joined the Dolphins organization.

But Bill Parcells is an idiot?

Thank you Sanity for showing us your football intelligence. Please show us the way to build a successful team.

10:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

At long ex-Dolphin about whom I could care less and whose departure is unlamented negotiating with the Pats. Let him continue to build his "FDAC" [fall-downs-after-catch] stats in New England. Buh-Bye Marty, & shame on you 'Mando for trying to stir up some LeBastard-style contrived controversy by playing on the DolFans fear of losing GOOD players to NE.

11:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Are we really going to complain about losing Marty Booker, while increasing our cap room in one of the best off seasons ever in terms of available wide receivers? Why are fans complaining about this? I would take Stallworth, Fitzgerald, C. Johnson, Berrian, oh, and that Moss guy too, instead of Marty Booker.

12:22 PM  
Blogger David said...

And A.J. Feeley.

1:35 PM  
Blogger Heath Wyatt said...

Keyshawn will be a Dolphin. Beck will throw to him.

2:55 PM  
Anonymous MisterX said...

Yes, KJ will be a Dolphin and yes, Beck will throw to him. Parcells is not an idiot...who are you? We will address LB and CB in the draft. If we can get the Falcons to swap spots with us to get Matty Ice, then we can get the Cowboys(Zack's new it should be...he is from TX after all) to swap spots with us to take McFadden then we will be in good position to draft for a 34 defense. In not then we grab Howie's kid and use him and JT on the ends LB and DE.

3:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wouldn't have said so before, but if Parcells brings back Keyshawn then he is an idiot. We all remember the Chris Carter experiment don't we? Ya, one big hit and homeboy retired again.

3:44 PM  
Anonymous ceed said...

It's funny that everybody refers to Zach Thomas as just Zack as if they're on a first name basis and then claim to be his biggest fan but can't even spell his name right. I don't have a problem with him signing elsewhere because he deserves it. I do have a problem with it if he signs with the Pats because I am sick of losing players to them. If he ends up in the NFC which I hope he does, then I wish him all the success in the world and hope that when he is done he will do the right thing and retire a Dolphin.

3:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Totally off topic. But can we please change the name of the Dolphins to something with some teeth or at teh very least, change the logo and turn our dolphin into something that looks tough, mean and indignant. This mascot is as soft as the 07 Dolphins.

4:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Armando where are you getting these pictures from, they are fantastic

5:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

armando forgot Kyle Eckel...

8:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why are we questioning what Jason Taylor does with the Dancing With The Stars. This guy played on an injured foot when he easily could have packed it in for a garbage team. And yet he still showed heart and competed to the end. Now he's a traitor and setting a bad example??? I don't get it.

3:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dolphin fans relax. All the players that the Pats signed just seem to fit because they have a system with a solid base. The Dolphins in the past just do things to plug holes one thing that happens when you have tons of coaching changes. Honestly with our pick last year who should we have taken? No one person is gonna make a difference right away. If I remember correctly when we drafted Marino we were a much better team. Rome was'nt built in a day so let Bill&Co have their shot. Who woulda thought Belichek would be so good!

7:17 AM  
Anonymous NCFINFAN said...

To Patriots Rule: You should re-name your team to, get this, THE Miami Patriots!!! Remember the alamo, oops I mean the Superbowl!!! NCFINFAN

9:43 AM  
Anonymous NCFINFAN said...

To the guy that wants to change 'our mascot'. Pound for pound, the Dolphin is the only creature in the ocean that can KILL the Great White Shark, (and do it with a smile on his face) thats pretty damn tough if you ask me. Another little snippett for you. Other that humans, the Dolphin is the ONLY mammal that has sex just for fun!!!

9:58 AM  
Anonymous ceed said...

ncfinfan what you just said was completely irrelevant to anything that anybody on this blog would care about. with that said killer whales kill great whites all the time. anyways i think we need to do something quickly because im sick of the patriots go after former dolphins topic.

10:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

After the breathless headline and hysteria, has Booker signed with the pats ? NO ! Zach, NO !

12:02 PM  
Anonymous NCFINFAN said...

Ceed, you r 100% correct, should have stuck with topic. Its not only players that go to Patriots, what about letting Sage Rosenfelds get away. He would have been a better QB for us that Cleo, And I think He torched our asses when we played Houston. It just seems that the players we lose or let go, go to other teams and end up getting revenge on us some how, That is what I am TIRED of.. Later NCFINFAN, and thanx for getting me back on subject.

9:52 AM  

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