Dolphins to Visit with Free Agent QB Brock Osweiler

The Dolphins are shopping around for a veteran quarterback to serve as Ryan Tannehill’s backup, and it appears coach Adam Gase has interest in reuniting with one of the quarterbacks he coached in Denver, Omar Kelly of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports.

Brock Osweiler, an unrestricted free agent who has started 25 games for the Denver Broncos and Houston Texans the past three seasons, will reportedly visit the Dolphins this weekend, according to SiriusXM.

Osweiler signed a mega deal with the Houston Texans in 2016, but was traded to the Cleveland Browns last offseason before being released and returning to Denver before the 2017 season. He spent his first three seasons playing in Gase’s offense in Denver.

Osweiler served as Peyton Manning’s backup until an injury forced him to start seven games in 2015. He completed 61.8 percent of his passes, throwing for 1,967 yards with 10 touchdowns and six interceptions. His 86.4 passer rating and 5-3 record as a starter motivated the Texans to hand him a four-year, $72 million contract.

Osweiler, however, had a disappointing season as Houston’s starter, completing 59 percent of his passes for 2,957 yards with 15 touchdowns and 16 interceptions.

Houston traded Osweiler and a second-round pick to Cleveland to clear $16 million in cap space, acknowledging the franchise made a mistake signing Osweiler. The Browns released him before the 2017 regular season and he quickly returned to Denver, where he started four of the six games he played in, completing 55.8 percent of his passes for 1,088 yards with five touchdowns and five interceptions.

Osweiler’s 72.5 passer rating last season was well below his career passing rating of 76.5, which explains why Denver signed Case Keenum and doesn’t intend to re-sign Osweiler. The benefit of Miami signing this six-year veteran is he’s already familiar with Gase’s offense, and is still young enough (27) to be viewed as a developmental quarterback.

The Dolphins are shopping for a veteran quarterback to serve as Tannehill’s backup because the team doesn’t intend on re-signing Matt Moore, who has been with the Dolphins since 2011.

Veteran RB Frank Gore Coming Home to Play for the Dolphins

Veteran running back Frank Gore is coming home to Miami, signing a one-year deal with the Dolphins, a source confirmed to Adam Schefter of ESPN on Thursday.

The story was first reported by SiriusXM.

Gore, who will be entering his 14th season, starred at the University of Miami before beginning his NFL career with the San Francisco 49ers in 2005.

He moved ahead of four Hall of Fame running backs into fifth on the NFL’s career rushing list last season. He enters the 2018 season with 14,026 career rushing yards and needs just 76 yards to pass Curtis Martin for fourth.

Gore will be 35 years old at the start of the 2018 season. If the 2017 season was any indication, Gore proved that age is just a number.

He rushed for 961 yards for the Indianapolis Colts in 2017, just 39 yards shy of a 10th career 1,000-yard season.

Dolphins Gab 2018 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Ohio State CB Denzel Ward

Cornerbacks are always in high demand come draft night, and this year the 2018 draft will be no exception. One player that likely won’t last long is that of Ohio State Buckeyes CB Denzel Ward, a player who is quickly climbing the charts.

Ward is coming off a tremendous combine, and is known by many as the top CB in this year’s draft class. Here’s our official look at Ward and what he’ll bring to the table to the lucky team that grabs him this year in round one.

Here’s a Scouting Report from


OSU cornerbacks coach Kerry Coombs told reporters last spring that Ward was a “gifted player” and truly a “third starter” at cornerback, joining 2017 first-round picks Marshon Lattimore and Gareon Conley. Ward proved his coach correct, earning first-team All-American and all-conference accolades in 2017 with 37 tackles, two for loss, two interceptions, and 15 pass breakups (ranked in the top 10 in the nation). He earned honorable mention All-Big Ten notice from league media as a non-starter in 2016, playing 30 snaps a game on defense. Ward tied Lattimore for the team lead with nine pass breakups on the year (23 tackles), never giving up on a play and being quite physical despite his average size for the position. Ward got onto the field as a true freshman, making seven tackles, primarily on special teams. Ward was a first-team All-Ohio pick and Division II Co-Defensive Player of the Year as a high school senior (nine interceptions, 18 pass breakups). He also qualified for the state track meet as a long jumper and part of the 4×400 relay.


Strengths Supreme athletic ability. Expected to be impressive Combine tester. Can park in a deep squat under wide receiver’s chin at the line. Patient from press showing no panic or hurry in initial movements. Can pedal and mirror for a long time without opening hips. Tremendously gifted footwork. Mirrors and matches with good balance throughout the route. Matches changing route speed stride for stride. Plays from low side of route to take away comebacks. Uses big burst for recovery and closeouts. Carries true long speed down the field. Reads clues from off-man. Reads slants and drives in front of the route in search of an interception. Allowed just over 32 percent completions over last two years. Ballhawk with sudden hands to attack the throw. Bats throws down and will swirl arms around the catch point to prevent target from finishing the catch.


Frame is somewhat slight and he feels small in coverage at times. Lacks play strength to jam and disrupt. Appears to avoid route contact so he doesn’t upset coverage balance. Physical receivers can body him around at the top of the route. Needs to turn and find football sooner with back to the ball. Always around the throw, but lack of size and length shows up with “just misses” in pass defense. Several pass breakups came on throws with poor placement. Coverage benefitted from deep, talented rush unit up front. Has issues disengaging from big blocking receivers. Big backs drag him for a ride in run support.

Draft Projection Round 1

NFL Comparison Chris Harris Jr.

Chat Sports takes a look at Ward:

The cocky cornerback was a monster in the Big 10 this year, racking up 15 pass deflections and a pick while completely locking down one half of the field. He’s electric, smart, and will be bonafide #1 CB in the NFL. Despite his lack of size, he’s a very physical corner and isn’t afraid to get his hands dirty. He should be one of the first 10 picks in the upcoming NFL draft, but the only question for Ward at this point is what team he’s going to dominate on.


-Absurdly quick
-Excellent ball skills
-Has the swagger you want in a CB
-Big hitter
-Good blitzer when needed
-Very smart player


-Will struggle against physical receivers
-Not the most willing tackler
-Too timid in the run game
-Get blocked out of plays too easy
-Bigger WRs eat him up

Player Comparison: Chris Harris Jr.

NFL Draft Grade: 1st Round (#2 CB)

Projected Round: 1st

The Drafster on Ward:

Ohio State
Cornerback #12
Junior, 5’10” 191 pounds


Long and lean with the athleticism handle duties in the slot and along the perimeter
Production a product of his aggressive, competitive nature when the ball’s in the air
Easy mover with fluid movement skills, equal feet and loose hips that serve as catalysts for his ability to consistently mirror releases with ease
Elite burst and closing burst are evident when transitioning from his pedal to his downhill pursuit
Brings a battle to the catch-point with impressive savvy to directly play through pass-catcher’s hands
Plants himself in receivers’ pockets and remains in-phase down the field to consistently keep him in position to make a play
Understands how his responsibilities work in space and how to utilize leverage to generate turnovers when trailing
Springy leaper who times his attempts on throws with optimal timing


Frame is on the thinner side with room for further development
Timing remains a noticeable issue when getting his head around and locating the ball
Can transfer power through contact when he has space, but physicality as a run defender runs thin
Lack of overall girth has served as a hindrance when pressing and jamming bigger receivers
Requires further refinement when connecting his hands and feet to defend releases without panicking and grabbing in man
Has become reliant on explosion out of breaks to compensate for excessive steps

Pro comp: Jason Verrett

Draft projection: 1st Round

In a class of top-end talented corners, Ward is a name to stash away. He continues the recent run of impressive Buckeye corners that have been early selections and offer a potentially lengthy NFL career. Although he isn’t a physical specimen and is underwhelming size intensifies battles with receivers with the build advantage, Ward is supremely athletic and technically savvy to a degree that unquestionably warrants a first round selection. He can operate on both sides of the field and in the slot, increasing his value when considering his skill set that can succeed from a number of different coverage schemes. Ward has what it takes to find success in the league for a number of years.

Here’s the College Bio Page on Ward.

Some Quotes on Ward from


“Ward wasn’t high enough on my radar early in the year, but I went back and watched some tape from this season — and boy was I impressed. Spending last season behind Marshon Lattimore, Malik Hooker and Gareon Conley (all 2017 first-round picks), he didn’t get much playing time, but he has elite fluidity, quickness and recovery speed. He has closed the gap with Fitzpatrick and had 15 passes broken up (Fitzpatrick had eight).”


“Quick-twitch athlete with explosive movements in any direction. Owns track speed with immediate acceleration to close gaps – the ‘fastest guy’ at Ohio State during the Urban Meyer era, according to OSU strength and conditioning coach Mikey Marotti. Sudden, but composed with swivel hips and velvet feet to stay in phase with elusive receivers.

“Lacks ideal height and length for the outside, creating mismatch issues vs. bigger targets. Works hard in the weight room, but lacks ideal bulk and limb strength. Bad habit of grabbing cloth at the line of scrimmage or near the top of routes. Ward’s lack of inches shows at times in coverage and as a run defender, but he is a premier athlete with the budding instincts and required toughness to be trusted vs. NFL receivers on an island, either on the outside or in the slot. He is one of the top-three cornerbacks in this draft class.”

Dolphins to Ink Patriots WR Danny Amendola

Danny Amendola is leaving the New England Patriots, Kevin Patra of reports.

NFL Network’s Dan Hellie reports Amendola is expected to sign with the Miami Dolphins, per a source informed of the situation.

Amendola spent the past five seasons in New England, taking yearly pay cuts to remain with Tom Brady. The 32-year-old receiver has never earned more than 690 yards or four touchdowns in a single season during his nine-year career. He has repeatedly shined in the playoffs for the Patriots, however, including a two-TD performance in the AFC championship game and 152 yards on eight receptions in a Super Bowl LII loss.

Amendola marks the second receiver pick up the Dolphins plan to make when free agency opens on Wednesday. The team agreed to a three-year, $24 million deal with ex-Chiefs receiver Albert Wilson earlier on Tuesday, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported

Dolphins Release LB Lawrence Timmons; Also Expected to Release TE Julius Thomas

The Dolphins released linebacker Lawrence Timmons on Monday, making a move that has been expected all offseason, Omar Kelly of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports.

According to a league source, Miami is also expected to release tight end Julius Thomas before Wednesday’s 4 p.m. start of free agency.

Cutting Timmons and Thomas, two underperforming veterans added to the team last year, will clear nearly $12.1 million in cap space.

Factoring in defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh’s impending release, which will clear another $17 million, and the pending trades that will send receiver Jarvis Landry to Cleveland and bring former Rams defensive end Robert Quinn to Miami, the Dolphins will have $26 million in cap space to play with when free agency’s legal tampering period opens at 4 p.m. on Monday.

Teams can make offers, and free agents can agree to contracts during the legal tampering period, but no deals can become official until Wednesday at 4 p.m.

Now Departed WR Jarvis Landry Talks About His Time with the Dolphins

On Friday wide receiver Jarvis Landry learned he will soon be traded to the Cleveland Browns. Landry has no regrets, Joe Schad of the Palm Beach Post reports.

“As stressful as it may seem, I tried to enjoy (the process),” Landry said. “I’m happy. I’m happy. I can live with what’s happened, because I know that I gave my all, all the time.”

Landry said that he left everything he had on the field in the for years he played for the Dolphins.

“I don’t have any regrets,” said Landry, who added that he did not have input in the Cleveland trade decision.

“Just going through the whole process with my agent and it kind of worked out that way,” Landry said.

Landry was asked specifically about his feelings about Cleveland and his future.

“I’m excited man,” he said. “I’m excited about the next chapter in my life. Most of all, I’m excited about the next chapter in my life. And creating this moment. And these memories. And this is a hell of a last memory, right here. Tonight is a hell of a last memory. So — that’s it.”

Dolphins Dealing WR Jarvis Landry to the Browns

To the surprise of no one based on all the speculation, the Dolphins have traded wide receiver Jarvis Landry to theBrowns for two draft picks, one in 2018 and one in 2019, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

The Browns are also working on a new contract for Landry, and a deal is expected to get done, per a source.

Report: WR Jarvis Landry Says He’ll Sign Dolphins Franchise Tag

Dolphins wide receiver Jarvis Landry, who was franchised by the team last month, has informed the Dolphins he will be signing his franchise tag, a source tells Adam Schefter of ESPN.

Once Landry signs, he can be traded, but no trade is close at this time, a source tells Schefter. Friday, a source told ESPN’s Josina Anderson that Landry is headed toward signing his franchise tag as early as next week.

On Thursday, ESPN confirmed an NFL Network report that the Dolphins had given Landry’s agent permission to seek a trade.