Dolphins Confident LT Branden Albert Will Be Ready by Week One

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Dolphins general manager Dennis Hickey has expressed optimism that left tackle Branden Albert will be ready to roll by the regular season opener, Marty Gitlin of CBS Sports reports.

Albert has been rehabbing from a torn ACL and MCL sustained last November against Detroit. He had signed a five-year, $46 million contract the previous March and had been performing particularly well before going down.

“It’s been a long rehab and he’s really attacked it every day,” Hickey told SiriusXM NFL Radio, adding that there was a “reasonable explanation” that he would be ready for Week 1. “We really like his progress. He’s out there with his team working out. We’re really encouraged by what we’re seeing with him.”

Miami Could Host the Super Bowl in Either 2019 or 2020

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Miami could be getting the biggest game on Earth again.

The NFL has selected Miami, Tampa, New Orleans and Atlanta as finalists for the 2019 and 2020 Super Bowls, according to NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport.

All four cities’ bids will go before the owners for a vote next May. The next three Super Bowls are slated for Santa Clara, Houston and Minneapolis.

The city of Miami last hosted a Super Bowl in 2010 when the Saints beat the Colts 31-17.

Dolphins Take WR DeVante Parker in Round One of NFL Draft

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The Dolphins took a wide out in round one to help an offense that lost Mike Wallace this past offseason, as they took Louisville senior receiver DeVante Parker.

He’s a big talent for the franchise, and here’s a scouting report on Parker.

Among most NFL Draft experts, there’s little doubt that Alabama’s Amari Cooper is the top wide receiver prospect in this year’s projected draft class. There’s significantly more debate over who the next-best option is, and many believe that that player is Louisville senior receiver DeVante Parker.

Parker, who was Teddy Bridgewater’s top target in 2012 and 2013, has continued to be productive this season after deciding not to enter the NFL Draft as a junior. Despite playing in just five games in 2014 after returning from an injury, he was still the Cardinals’ top receiver this year, doing it with three different quarterbacks.

While Parker doesn’t quite have the big-play ability that Cooper possesses, he’s exceptionally athletic, combining great size, quickness, and route-running skills. He’s big and powerful enough that he can be a valuable red zone target, and he figures to be a legitimate touchdown threat week after week in the NFL.

There might be continued worry about the injury that caused Parker to miss more than half of his senior season, but beyond that, there’s little that’s up for debate in terms of his skill. Parker figures to be at least a mid-first-rounder who could move up the board if there’s an increased need at the position among the teams selecting early.

Dolphins let Charles Clay trade Miami sand for Buffalo snow

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It was a move that not a lot of people saw coming. The Dolphins had a shot to match the offer sheet for tight end Charles Clay, and instead allowed him to move to the rival Buffalo Bills. Find out how the draft picks will influence the NFL betting odds at Mybookie.ag.

Last season catching passes from Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill, he pulled in 58 passes for 603 yards and three scores. In his career he has 161 catches for 1809 yards and 14 touchdowns.

He was a part of the Dolphins offense that saw Tannehill look to him in tight spaces, but at the end of the day the team felt that the deal which will pay him $24.5 million in guaranteed money was just too much for a player who put up 127 catches the last two seasons.

Clay sounded all too happy to get away from the Dolphins, and will join the new look Bills with loud head coach Rex Ryan who comes to Buffalo from New York, where the Jets fired him the day after the 2014 season ended.

“I don’t care if we throw the ball 50 times a game, we run the ball 50 times a game,” Clay said.

“At the end of the day, I just want to win. That’s what it all boils down to in this league, is wins and losses, so if we’re running the ball 50 times a game and we’re winning, I don’t think anyone will be complaining.”

The Bills went out of their way to impress Clay, flying him to Buffalo on Terry and Kim Pegula’s private plane. Sending it down to Florida to head to Western New York just for him to visit.

It was enough to show Clay just how much they wanted him, and was enough for him to finally put his name on the bottom line.

“When you look at the organization as a whole, new owners, new coaching staff, a lot of the moves they made this offseason, I was kind of intrigued by it before I even took my visit,” Clay said.

“I could kind of get a sense that they were a team that they were on the rise, you know they were a team that was looking to win right away. That’s definitely something I was excited to have an opportunity to be a part of.”

How much were the Dolphins willing to give Clay? The team used a $7 million transition tag, and according to sources that was above where contract talks had reached with the tight end.

Putting the $8.2 million franchise tag on Clay would have effectively been $1.4 million more than what Clay was asking at the time on a one-year basis.

While it would have been nice to keep him, the Dolphins saw the writing on the wall. Clay will be missed, but the price tag wasn’t enough for the Dolphins to keep him around.

Dolphins Land TE Jordan Cameron In Wild Turn of Events

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In a bizarre twist of events, former Browns Pro Bowl tight end Jordan Cameron is signing with the Miami Dolphins instead of returning to the Cleveland Browns, Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

Despite reports by several national reporters that the Browns had reached an agreement on a two-year deal with the Cameron, the two sides had never actually finalized the agreement, and the Dolphins swooped in.

Within a couple of hours, at about 8:45, he signed with Miami, according to Charles Robinson of Yahoo Sports.

When reports first surfaced at about 6 p.m. by Yahoo Sports, NFL Network and ESPN that the Browns had reached agreement on a two-year deal with Cameron worth $15 million, a source told Northeast Ohio Media Group that no deal had been struck at that time.

Former Dolphins CB Cortland Finnegan Announces Retirement

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Former Dolphins, Rams and Titans cornerback Cortland Finnegan has announced he’s retiring, Aaron Wilson of the National Football Post reports.

“Spent 9 years doing something I Loved and it has payed off in so many ways,” Finnegan wrote on Instagram. “To say I have been blessed is an understatement I am forever thankful.. I have made my share of mistakes and had moments of glory. I even got into a fight in an NFL Game ( he hits like a bish)

“I’m thankful for the friends I made on and off the field love yAll. Time to move on and enjoy new people new places and new ideas. I forgot to thank all the haters I love yaAll to.”

Finnegan started a dozen games for the Dolphins last year and registered 44 tackles with zero interceptions.

Vikings at Dolphins NFL Week 16 Capsule

VIKINGS DOLPHINS
SERIES LEADER 6-4
STREAKS   Past 2
COACHES VS. OPP. Zimmer: 0-0 Philbin: 0-0
LAST WEEK L 16-14 at Lions L 41-13 at Patriots
LAST GAME 9/19/10: Dolphins 14 at Vikings 10. Miami WR Brian Hartline catches TD pass. Dolphins defense records 3 INTs, including 2 by CB Jason Allen. Miami LB Koa Misi has FR-TD.
LAST GAME AT SITE 11/19/06: Dolphins 24, Vikings 20. Miami QB Joey Harrington throws for 254 yards & TD. Dolphins DE Jason Taylor records sack, 2 FFs & 51-yard INT-TD.
BROADCAST FOX (1:00 PM ET): Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston, Tony Siragusa (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 138 (Min.), 93 (Mia.). XM: 225 (Mia.).

STATS

PASSING Bridgewater (R): 223-351-2451-11-10-82.7 Tannehill: 334-504-3390-22-11-90.8
RUSHING Asiata: 129-421-3.3-7 Miller: 178-829-4.7-6
RECEIVING Jennings: 53-641-12.1-5 Landry (R): 71-672-9.5-5
OFFENSE 312.9 337.2
TAKE/GIVE -1 +3
DEFENSE 339.9 331.6
SACKS Griffen: 12 (3C) Wake: 9.5
INTs
  1. Smith: 4 (T2C)
Grimes: 5 (T3L)
PUNTING Locke: 44.4 Fields: 46.3
KICKING Walsh: 91 (25/25 PAT; 22/31 FG) Sturgis: 117 (33/33 PAT; 28/34 FG)

NOTES

VIKINGS: Rookie QB TEDDY BRIDGEWATER has won 5 starts. Aims for 3rd in row with 70+ comp. pct. & 300+ pass yards. Has 103.3 rating in past 3 starts…RB MATT ASIATA had rush TD last week. Has 11 TDs (10 rush, 1 rec.) in past 15. Had career-high 7 catches last week…WR GREG JENNINGS had 6 catches for 133 yards & TD (86 yards) in last game vs. Mia. (10/17/10 with GB). 86-yard TD catch is longest of his career & 1 of his 7 TDs of 70+ yards. Had TD catch last week & has TD in 3 of past 4. WR-KR CORDARRELLE PATTERSON has 3 TDs (2 rec., 1 rush) in past 5 vs. AFC. WR JARIUS WRIGHT has 8 catches for 172 yards (86 per game) & TD in past 2. WR CHARLES JOHNSON has 9 catches for 175 yards (87.5 per game) & TD in past 2. TE KYLE RUDOLPH has TD catch in 5 of past 10 games vs. AFC. Had season-high 7 catches & 69 yards last week…DE EVERSON GRIFFEN has 10 sacks in past 10. Is 3rd in NFC with 12 sacks. Has 5.5 sacks & FF in past 4 vs. AFC. DE BRIAN ROBISON has sack in 4 of past 7. Since 2012, CB CAPTAIN MUNNERLYN ties for 2nd in NFL with 4 INT-TDs & S HARRISON SMITH ties for 4th with 3 INT-TDs…DOLPHINS: In past 11, QB RYAN TANNEHILL has completed 264 of 380 passes (69.5 pct.) for 2,766 pass yards & 18 TDs vs. 9 INTs for 96.2 rating. Club is 16-3 (.842) when Tannehill has 90+ rating. Has 70+ comp. pct. in 5 of past 7 overall. Leads AFC QBs with 316 rush yards…In past 6 at home, RB LAMAR MILLER has 547 scrimmage yards (408 rush, 139 rec.) with 3 total TDs (2 rush, 1 rec.)…WR MIKE WALLACE led team with 104 yards on 5 catches with TD last week. Aims for 5th in row vs. NFC with TD catch. Since entering NFL in 2009, leads AFC WRs with 45 TD catches. WR-KR JARVIS LANDRY (Round 2, No. 63 overall) is tied for 1st among NFL rookies with 71 rec. & has 672 rec. yards with 5 TDs. Leads rookies in KR avg. (29.7)…In past 11 at home, DE CAMERON WAKE has 9.5 sacks, 3 FF & FR. Since joining Dolphins in 2013, CB BRENT GRIMES has 9 INTs, most among AFC CBs. LB JELANI JENKINS leads team with 97 tackles.

Vikings vs Dolphins Wednesday Injury Report

MINNESOTA VIKINGS
Practice Report
DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
Wednesday LB Anthony Barr (knee), S Robert Blanton (ankle, knee), G Charlie Johnson (ankle), DT Linval Joseph (illness), TE Kyle Rudolph (ankle, knee)
LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
Wednesday RB Matt Asiata (foot), DT Sharrif Floyd (knee), WR Greg Jennings (hamstring), DE Brian Robison (ankle)
FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
Wednesday CB Xavier Rhodes (wrist), S Andrew Sendejo (thumb)
MIAMI DOLPHINS
Practice Report
DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
Wednesday T Nate Garner (illness), G Dallas Thomas (foot), RB Daniel Thomas (knee)
LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
Wednesday TE Charles Clay (hamstring), CB Cortland Finnegan (ankle), LB Jonathan Freeny (hamstring), LB Jelani Jenkins (foot), S Don Jones (shoulder), LB Koa Misi (hamstring, knee), CB Jamar Taylor (shoulder)