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Dolphins Not Expected to Bring Back DE Cameron Wake

The Dolphins unquestioned leader on defense over the last 10 seasons has been Cameron Wake, but it sounds like the era of Wake is over in Miami.

Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reports that multiple teams have interest in Wake as a free agent, while the Dolphins have not made a serious effort to re-sign him.

Wake has suited up in 146 games for Miami in the last decade, punishing QB’s and piling up 98 sacks.

General Manager Chris Grier last week didn’t give a clear answer as to the future of Wake with the Dolphins, and it sounds more and more like it’s going to be tough for the team to re-sign him.

The 37-year-old is second in sacks in team history and was a member of the team’s 50th Season All-Time Team. He had six sacks in 14 games last season.

The Dolphins are shedding payroll with a number of roster moves, and are also trying to trade defensive end Robert Quinn, which would save $12.9 million in cap space.

Dolphins Create Cap Space, Release DE Andre Branch and OL Ted Larsen

The Dolphins freed up more salary cap room on Thursday by cutting defensive end Andre Branch and offensive lineman Ted Larsen according to Josh Alper of Pro Football Talk.com.

Releasing Branch saves $7 million in cap space with $2 million in dead money. Branch never lived up to his contract in Miami, managing just six sacks the last two years.

Originally a second-round pick out of Clemson by the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2012, Branch will likely have little trouble finding a new NFL home but may not get the of asking price he expects. He turns 30 years old in July.

The 31-year-old Larsen has spent the past two seasons with the Dolphins, playing both left guard and center, but has not been particularly effective.

He did start 13 games in 2018 and played 81-percent of Miami’s offensive snaps. Larsen has also played for the Buccaneers, the Cardinals, and the Bears over his nine-year NFL career.

The Dolphins have four other impending free agents on the offensive line, including right tackle Ja’Wuan James, so there are sure to be more changes to come up front this offseason.

‘Miracle Miami’ Football Sells for $18,000 at Auction

It was by far the most memorable moment of the season for the Dolphins, as Kenyan Drake raced into the end zone to score the winning TD for the Dolphins in a game against the Patriots.

The ball was thrown into the stands by Drake, who asked for it back to no avail, and the ball sold at auction (according to TMZ) for $18,000.

Here’s the story.

The football used to sink the New England Patriots in the “Miami Miracle” game earlier this season just sold for $18k at auction … TMZ Sports has learned.

The pigskin Kenyan Drake famously ran in with no time left on the clock in a Week 14 stunning win over the Pats received plenty of attention — earning 23 total bids during the Steiner Sports auction.

But … we’re told Kenyan — who openly pleaded for fans to give him the game-winning football in a trade for some Dolphins gear and tickets — wasn’t one of the bidders.

Still, the ball could be a great investment for whoever ultimately won it … it could be one of the only blemishes on what might end up being Tom Brady’s last Super Bowl run (then again, who knows with this guy).

Probably worth a little more than some gloves, a jersey and tix — right, Kenyan??

Video: ESPN’s Mel Kiper Gives His First 2019 NFL Mock Draft 1.0

Mel Kiper Jr. joins First Take to break down his 2019 NFL Mock Draft 1.0, which includes the New York Giants taking Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback Dwayne Haskins at No. 6 overall and the Miami Dolphins picking Oklahoma Sooners’ Kyler Murray at No. 13 overall.

Kiper also discusses former Alabama Crimson Tide quarterback Jalen Hurts’ draft stock after transferring to Oklahoma.

Dolphins Set for Roster Dump This Offseason – Parker, Branch and Quinn Likely Gone

With Adam Gase out as head coach, it seems that the Dolphins are going to have a VERY different look in 2019, not only in the coaching staff but also on their roster.

Reports today from the Miami Herald state that the Fins are going to dump DE Robert Quinn, WR DeVante Parker and DE Andre Branch.

Cutting all three would save over $29 million in cap space, and the team can not only give out extensions to other players still on the team, but also look at potential free agents that can help.

It also looks like the team will be in the market for a new quarterback, as reports not only from the Herald but other sources state that Ryan Tannehill is not likely to return, as he will be a free agent.

Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill Suffered Ankle Injury in Sunday’s Win; Should Be Able to Play Vs Vikings

Dolphins starting quarterback Ryan Tannehill suffered an ankle injury in Miami’s wild stunning last play victory over the Patriots on Sunday, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com.

The quarterback, who has been crushed a good part of his career with injuries,should be able to go against the Vikings Sunday, and did take part in the club’s practice according to coach Adam Gase.

Rapoport indicates Tannehill could be limited against against the Vikings. The Dolphins have to win out and likely get some help in order to reach the postseason.

Dolphins WR Kenny Stills Not Happy with Lack of Usage in Teams’ Passing Game

Dolphins wide receiver Kenny Stills is frustrated with his lack of usage during games according to Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald.

The 26-year-old speedster has just six catches in five games since Ryan Tannehill was injured in Week 5. “I couldn’t tell you exactly why I’m not getting more targets. I can tell you I’m getting open,” Stills said. “There are other guys open on plays, too, that aren’t getting hit. … I can’t throw the ball to myself.”

It is hard not to sympathize with Stills’ frustration. He is one of the bestdeep threats in the game but can also be used in the short-to-intermediate range but he has caught only 20 balls for 332 yards and four touchdowns in 10 games. It is a crime against football that such a talented player in his prime is enduring a wasted season due to the Dolphins’ terrible quarterback play.

Stills may be hoping that speaking out will get him some more usage against the Buffalo Bills this weekend as the Dolphins try to hang on to their slim playoff hopes but the situation is too unpredictable for him to be relied on as a fantasy option in Week 13.

Ryan Tannehill to Start Dolphins Week 12 Matchup Against the Colts

Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill will officially as the team’s starter for the Week 12 game against the Indianapolis Colts according to Adam Beasley of the Miami Herald.

Tannehill is not much more than a game manager but is still a big step up from backup Brock Osweiler, whose play has predictably fallen off a cliff after a brief bout of competence. Whoever loses the Dolphins/Colts showdown will struggle to remain in the AFC Wild Card hunt.