According to ProFootballTalk, the St. Louis Rams have signed former Miami Dolphins offensive tackle Jake Long to a four-year, $34 million contract.
Long, the first overall pick from the 2008 NFL draft, will make $8.5 million per season, with $16 million in guaranteed money.
The Dolphins reportedly made a strong push to keep Long, but in the end, the 4-time Pro Bowler decided that his future was with the Rams.
Elvis Dumervil’s agent has told the Miami Herald his client is interested in joining the Miami Dolphins.
Dumervil, a Miami native, was released by the Broncos after a fax machine snafu resulted, that stated the pass rusher would agree to a pay cut, in the required paperwork arriving minutes after the league imposed deadline.
Marty Magid, Dumervil’s agent, told the Herald’s Barry Jackson that a handful of teams have called about Dumervil and that he will reach out to teams that will fit his client’s skill set.
Jackson reports it would be tricky, but not impossible, for the Dolphins to sign Jake Long and Dumervil while still having money left over for the draft and other free agent needs.
UPDATE (6:09 p.m. ET, Mar. 14): Well, this took a bit of a turn. After a signing seemed like nearly a formality, Keller is leaving Miami without a contract, although the communication will continue.
The Miami Dolphins are continuing their spending ways by being on the verge of inking free agent tight end Dustin Keller to a deal. The former New York Jet is in Miami getting a physical and, pending a pass, will talk length and finances with the team.
Keller was drafted 30th overall in the 2008 NFL Draft by the Jets and put up over 500 yards in each of his first four seasons in the league, peaking with a 65 catch, 815 yard performance in 2011. Last season, Keller was limited to eight games due to a pulled groin and high ankle sprain and finished with 317 yards and 2 touchdowns.
With the Vikings’ blockbuster trade of Percy Harvin on Monday, the team can now afford to go spending to fill their new receiving hole, and the Miami Dolphins believe the Vikings will try to do that spending on Mike Wallace.
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Defensive Back Sean Smith is being courted by Tampa Bay, New England and Arizona, according to a report from Yahoo! Sports Jason Cole.
In 16 starts the 25-year-old recorded 53 tackles, two interceptions and three forced fumbles.
Let’s assume that Wes Welker re-signs with the Patriots, because Wes Welker not signing with the Patriots would cause an immediate zombie apocalypse. And for fun, let’s also assume that the Dolphins continue spending all of their money, as even after signing Brian Hartline late last night — as was widely expected — they still have $33 million in cap space. Thanks for that very manageable 2013 cap hit of about $3-4 million, Brian, which leaves plenty of cash to overpay for either Greg Jennings and Mike Wallace while further supporting Hartline and sophomore quarterback Ryan Tannehill.
When that happens, contracts will inflate, and we’ll all die.
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The Miami Dolphins have re-signed backup Quarterback Matt Moore according to a tweet from Jeff Darlington. While terms of the deal weren’t disclosed, it’s assumed Moore will be one of the league’s higher paid backups. Moore’s re-signing weakens already thin Free Agent Quarterback class.
The move caps a busy couple days for the Dolphins, as they re-signed WR Brian Hartline to a 5-year, $30.77M deal late last night. GM Jeff Ireland is expected to make at least one more splash in Free Agency. Pro Football Talk’s Darin Gantt hypothesizes the Fins will look to add a big name Wide Receiver.
Moore started 12 games in 2011, throwing for 2,497 yards, 16 touchdowns and nine interceptions for a QB rating of 87.1. Last year Moore appeared in 10 games, taking to backseat to rookie Ryan Tannehill.