The St. Louis Rams will allow Brandon Gibson to leave the team, and the inconsistent playmaker will offer a team plenty of upside and could flourish under the right conditions. Ian Rappoport tweeted earlier this week that Gibson is receiving significant interest from teams around the league, and he told us specifically to watch for AFC East teams.
Well, it looks like Rappoport called it. According to the Miami Herald, the Dolphins are in “serious” talks with Brandon Gibson, and the Herald writes, “some believe that Gibson could earn a contract comparable to the one given to Brian Hartline.”
Hartline is making just over $6 million per year for five years ($31 million overall) as a result of his new contract, and it was surprising to see Hartline get that kind of money. He’s a good No. 2 receiver in this league who does a little bit of everything well, but I didn’t expect Jeff Ireland to meet Hartline’s demands of getting around $6 million a year.
Anyway, if they sign both Gibson and Hartline to $30 million contracts, then that probably means the Dolphins won’t be able to sign Mike Wallace. The Dolphins are the favorites to sign Wallace, since they have the desire for a true playmaker on offense in the passing game, Stephen Ross is willing to spend whatever it takes to get him, and Wallace enjoys the warm weather of Miami. I would be surprised to see Wallace sign with a team other than the Miami Dolphins, but anything can happen.
That’s why I think the Dolphins are looking at Gibson as a Plan B to Wallace, who is clearly their top option. The Dolphins are hounding after a playmaking wide receiver, and Gibson is a player who can stretch the field and make big plays as well. He’s a backup plan for the Dolphins in case they can’t secure Wallace’s signature, and Gibson might not be a bad backup plan either. I wrote about Gibson, the AFC East, and the fact that he could be a good fit for the New England Patriots.
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