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Dolphins Send Edge Rusher Charles Harris to Atlanta

The Dolphins agreed to trade edge rusher Charles Harris to the Atlanta Falcons for a 2021 seventh-round pick, Cameron Wolfe of ESPN reports.

Harris, a 2017 first-round pick out of Missouri, totaled 3.5 sacks over 41 games (eight starts) with Miami. The Dolphins attempted to move Harris to a 3-4 outside linebacker role in 2019 after his early struggles as a 4-3 defensive end, but he registered just a half-sack in 14 games (five starts) last season.

Friday’s move comes just one day after the Dolphins released defensive end Taco Charlton.

Harris worked out for the Falcons before the 2017 NFL draft. At the time, Harris said Falcons coach Dan Quinn was “great” and “I like the defense they run.”

Atlanta drafted defensive end Takk McKinley at No. 26 overall in 2017, four spots after Miami selected Harris. On Wednesday, the Falcons declined the fifth-year option on McKinley’s contract.

Dolphins Go QB in Round One, Snag Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa with 5th Pick

After trying several times to move up to #1 to likely take Joe Burrow as their QB of the future, the Dolphins instead shifted to Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa with the 5th overall pick in Thursday’s Draft.
ESPN’s Cameron Wolfe gave his take on why the Fins picked Tua five overall:

The Dolphins haven’t had a Pro Bowl quarterback in 24 years (Dan Marino), and they desperately need Tagovailoa to lead their rebuild. With Burrow off the board at No. 1, the Dolphins took a swing at the most efficient quarterback in college football history in Tagovailoa. He has the accuracy, leadership qualities, anticipation and “it factor” — all things that Dolphins general manager Chris Grier and coach Brian Flores prioritized in their quarterback search. Tagovailoa has the charisma and talent to lead the Dolphins back to relevance in the AFC.

The ESPN 2020 NFL Draft crew describes how the Miami Dolphins have been struggling at the quarterback position since the days of Dan Marino, then they throw it over to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, who reveals the Dolphins have taken former Alabama Crimson Tide QB Tua Tagovailoa with the No. 5 overall pick.

Based on How It Stands Right Now, the Dolphins are Underdogs in 13 Games in 2020

The 2019 Dolphins season went a lot differently than most people felt, as the team showed fight all season and their record showed it, as they wound up winning five games.

Looking ahead to 2020, the NFL schedule won’t be out till May, but we know the teams that the Fins will play and where it will be.

With that, website BetOnline (www.BetOnline.ag, Twitter: @betonline_ag) has put out odds for all 32 teams in the league.

Here’s the rundown on what the site expects for Miami in 2020.

Miami Dolphins +5 @ Arizona Cardinals
Miami Dolphins +8 @ Buffalo Bills
Miami Dolphins +5 @ Denver Broncos
Miami Dolphins -1 @ Jacksonville Jaguars
Miami Dolphins +4 @ Las Vegas Raiders
Miami Dolphins +7½ @ New England Patriots
Miami Dolphins +3½ @ New York Jets
Miami Dolphins +11½ @ San Francisco 49ers
Buffalo Bills @ Miami Dolphins +3½
Cincinnati @ Miami Dolphins -3½
Kansas City Chiefs @ Miami Dolphins +7½
Los Angeles Chargers @ Miami Dolphins pk
Los Angeles Rams @ Miami Dolphins +3

Dolphins Told “Thanks But No Thanks” Asking the Bengals About the First Overall Pick

Tonight is finally the NFL Draft, and with it the likely new look for the Dolphins under center, as the team is looking to take a QB for the first time since Ryan Tannehill.

The Dolphins have been doing what they can to move up, as the team made a couple of calls to the AFC North’s Cincinnati Bengals about the first overall pick.

Adam Schefter of ESPN says that there has been more than one call to Cincy about the pick, which will be Joe Burrow of LSU.

The Dolphins called on more than one occasion over the past few weeks but were told by the Bengals that they are not trading the pick and will stay at No. 1, sources said.

Miami has an NFL-high three first-round picks — Nos. 5, 18 and 26 — and has been widely speculated as a possible candidate to trade up in the round. The Dolphins also have a league-high 14 total selections in this draft.

The Dolphins have shown interest in a number of potential first-round quarterbacks, including Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa and Oregon’s Justin Herbert. Last week, Dolphins general manager Chris Grier said he has gotten to know Tagovailoa and Herbert through the draft process, calling them both “interesting kids.”

ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr. predicted that Miami would select Tagovailoa at No. 5, defensive tackle Javon Kinlaw at No. 18 and offensive tackle Josh Jones at No. 26 in Kiper’s most recent mock draft, released Thursday morning.

The Bengals are expected to draft LSU quarterback Joe Burrow with the first pick Thursday. Sources told ESPN’s Dianna Russini on Wednesday that the Bengals want to wait until they are on the clock to make it official, giving Burrow that special moment when he gets the call from his new team.

For now, the Dolphins are going to have to go back to the drawing board to come up with the player they want in the first round of tonight’s draft.

Video: Watch the Story of How Dolphins Coach Brian Flores Grew Up in Brooklyn

Dolphins coach Brian Flores made quite a positive impression in his first season with the team, and now what we’re in the offseason fans are starting to find out more about the coach in a video series put out by the team.

Here’s a tweet with the three minute video all about the Dolphins coach.

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.