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Dolphins to Sign Veteran Tight End Michael Roberts

The Dolphins are adding a veteran tight end to the roster, as Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports the team is bringing in former Lion Michael Roberts.

As Garafolo points out, Roberts missed last season with a shoulder injury which stopped a deal that was supposed to take place which would have sent the tight end to New England.

Roberts had three touchdowns in 2018. He had four workouts the past week.

Could the Dolphins Prefer Herbert Over Tagovailoa in the 2020 NFL Draft?

The Dolphins may prefer to select Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert over Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa with the No.5-overall pick in the upcoming draft according to Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald.

Most outlets have mocked Tua to the Dolphins at No. 5, though Salguero cautions not to “dismiss” the possibility of them drafting Herbert in that slot.

Per Salguero, Miami is “not fully sold” on Tagovailoa, citing durability concerns raised from his recent hip injury, which spelled an early end to his final season in Tuscaloosa. “Tua is a great player,” owner Stephen Ross acknowledged in recent remarks. “I just worry about his health.”

Meanwhile the Dolphins are reportedly smitten with Herbert’s enticing package of size (6’6″/237), arm talent and mobility. Despite struggling with inconsistency throughout his four-year stay at Oregon, Herbert’s stock appears to be on the rise following a strong showing at last month’s Senior Bowl in Alabama. Miami’s decision at No. 5 will be one of the major plot lines of this year’s draft.

And whichever QB does go to Miami, the other should not have to wait long to herar his name called with two QB-needy teams in the Chargers and Panthers holding the two pick immediately after Miami’s. It should be a fun spring.

Dolphins Owner Stephen Ross Doesn’t See Tom Brady Coming to Miami

Dolphins owner Stephen Ross said on Friday that he doesn’t think Tom Brady would want to go to Miami next season, Conor Roche of the Boston Globe reports.

“I hear he’s going to be a free agent but we’re not allowed to talk to him until March,” Ross said at the Bloomberg Summit on Friday. “I don’t know why he would want to come to Miami as we are a rebuilding team.”

Brady joining the Dolphins has been speculated by some people in the media over the last few days, citing the connection with former Patriots assistant Brian Flores, who is now the Dolphins’ head coach, as one of the reasons why Brady would want to go to Miami.

However, Ross’ comments coupled with the news of Ryan Fitzpatrick saying he wants to stay with the Dolphins should cool down the Brady-to-Miami rumors, for now at least.

Could WR Albert Wilson Be on the Chopping Block for the Dolphins This Offseason?

Numberfire.com has out a list of one player for each AFC team they think might be on the chopping block this offseason.

For the Dolphins the site has picked wide out Albert Wilson as the player that could find himself released. Here’s what they have to say about Wilson getting cut.

Miami Dolphins – WR Albert Wilson

Dead Cap Hit $1.33M, Cap Saving $9.5M

Wide receiver Albert Wilson has played in only 20 games and reeled in a mere 69 receptions in his two seasons with the Miami Dolphins — with 43 of them coming in 2019. Despite showing an elite ability to separate (Wilson was sixth among all wide receivers in target separation, as per PlayerProfiler), Wilson did very little when he actually got the ball in his hands. Wilson averaged an anemic 5.7 yards per target, and by numberFire metrics, he was among the league’s least efficient wide receivers.

Of the 80 wide receivers to see at least 50 targets in 2019, Wilson’s 0.13 Target Net Expected Points (NEP) per target was 66th.

Report of the Dolphins Taking on the Patriots in Mexico City in 2020 is False

There was a report earlier on Tuesday that stated in 2020 the Patriots would take on the Dolphins in Mexico City. The report according to the NFL is false.

Here’s the story from Pro Football Talk:

The league office tells PFT that the report is incorrect. There has been no announcement of the times, places or teams for the NFL’s international games in 2020.

The Dolphins have agreed to give up a home game in 2020 to play an international game, but none of the international games have been scheduled. The Dolphins have previously given up home games to play in London in 2007, 2015 and 2017.

The Patriots have played twice in London and once in Mexico, always as the designated visiting team.

Dolphins ‘Fully Expect’ Ryan Fitzpatrick to Return to the Fins for a 16th Season

Chris Grier said during a break in Senior Bowl the Dolphins “fully expect” Ryan Fitzpatrick to return to the Dolphins for a 16th NFL season, Adam Beasley of the Miami Herald reports.

Fitzpatrick, the Dolphins’ 2019 MVP, has one year left on his current contract — with a base salary of $8 million — but declined to commit to playing this coming fall when asked about his future last month.

But based on Grier’s comments, it seems as though Fitzpatrick has communicated to the Dolphins that he does not plan to retire.

“We fully expect Ryan to be back and playing,” Grier said. “He did a great job in the locker room, his leadership and just his enthusiasm. You guys saw how he carries himself. He did a great job for us.”

Fitzpatrick was the main reason the Dolphins managed to win five games last fall. He led the Dolphins in passing and rushing and threw 20 touchdown passes.

Jim Caldwell Won’t Be Back with the Dolphins After Never Coaching a Game

Veteran coach Jim Caldwell won’t return to the Miami Dolphins’ staff in 2020, Cameron Wolfe of ESPN reports.

Caldwell, who was hired by Brian Flores in February as assistant head coach and quarterbacks coach, never coached a game for the Dolphins. He took an indefinite leave in July due to an undisclosed health issue and did not return to his on-field role.

Caldwell is ready to resume coaching again. The two-time former head coach, who led the Colts to the Super Bowl in 2009, has been mentioned as a candidate for multiple vacant roles this offseason including the Philadelphia Eagles’ offensive coordinator gig.

The Dolphins hired West Virginia senior offensive analyst Robby Brown to be the quarterbacks coach. Miami’s assistant quarterbacks coach Jerry Schuplinski was hired as the New York Giants quarterback coach earlier this month.

Caldwell is a highly respected coach throughout the NFL with a history of developing quarterbacks and running strong offenses. He was on Fritz Pollard Alliance’s recommendation list for teams looking to hire a new head coach. The Alliance is an independent organization that works with the NFL to champion diversity.

What Pick do the Dolphins Have from the Deal to Pittsburgh of Minkah Fitzpatrick?

The Dolphins gained a first-round draft pick back on September 16th of this year when they dealt safety Minkah Fitzpatrick to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

What was unknown was where the Dolphins pick would be, but based on the results of the games of week 17, we now know what pick the Fins have for Fitzpatrick.

The NFL Draft will take place on April 23rd, 2020.