Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill (17) warms up before the start of the game against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

Miami Dolphins News: Ryan Tannehill, Paul Soliai


The Miami Dolphins made plenty of splashes in free agency, and the biggest moves were directed at giving second-year signal-caller Ryan Tannehill better weapons. The Dolphins added a big-name (and big-money) deep threat in Mike Wallace, an intriguing wideout in Brandon Gibson, and former division rival TE Dustin Keller. It’s a nice mix of new faces for Tannehill, as Wallace can stretch the field, Keller can be a great safety net and give the Dolphins the solid pass-catching TE they wanted, and the Dolphins were also able to keep Brian Hartline, who has a great rapport with Tannehill and is coming off of a big 2012 season. Whether or not they overpaid for those guys doesn’t seem to be an issue with the Dolphins, because Jeff Ireland was prepared to spend on those players in order to improve the team offensively.

But with a patchwork offensive line, Ryan Tannehill still doesn’t have it easy. The Dolphins success next season largely rests upon Tannehill’s shoulders, but he has plenty of upside after showing flashes in an up-and-down rookie year. In fact, it sounds like he isn’t the only second-year player on the team that is impressing this offseason (Lamar Miller gets the most praise), as Chris Mortensen reported on ESPN that Tannehill is generating a lot of buzz and praise.

According to Mortensen, Tannehill’s receivers are praising him for an improved deep ball, and that’s going to be crucial will plenty of deep threats surrounding Tannehill. His ability to get rid of the ball quickly was also praised, and that’s going to be even more important for Tannehill; the offensive line is arguably the team’s biggest weakness.

The Miami Herald’s Barry Jackson reports that the Dolphins have not approached veteran defensive tackle Paul Soliai regarding a contract extension, and his contract runs out at the end of this season. Randy Starks was franchised, and the Dolphins have a decision to make. It is extremely unlikely for the Dolphins to be able to keep both, and Jackson tells us that the Dolphins will “likely” be choosing one or the other next free agency. Both players are about the same age, but Starks is the better player (though not by much). At the end of the day, the Dolphins will likely end up keeping the cheaper player.




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  • Tyler Cary

    It is a shame that either Soliai or Starks won’t be around forever, those guys are amazing players. They need to lock Jones down soon with a good contract. A lot of teams will be in for a nasty surprise courtesy of this new look Dolphins team.

    • http://www.musketfire.com/ Joe Soriano

      Reshad Jones is likely the most underrated player in the league. He’s an elite safety in every sense of the word, and it seems like people are most misguided with their evaluations on free safeties (hence, why Quintin Mikell is always so underrated and Charles Godfrey is actually viewed as a solid player by some).

      • Tyler Cary

        I don’t think Jones will remain underrated for much longer, people are really starting to notice him.

  • Johnny

    Next years cap will be around 30 mil with alot of FAs moving on Jones, Clemons, Misi, Starks, Soliai just to name a handful… Rashad Jones will be priority #1 to resign and priority #2 will be either Soliai or Starks.. And Odrick will fill that hole… So we will be fine.. Lets just focus on THIS YEAR!!!
    PHINS UP!!!

    • Joshua Sexton

      People are flipping out we paid this year financially yes. But we also kept our salary cap at a good level. I think before this year even gets underway we have jones and maybe Soliai under extension we still have money available and I’m pretty sure sturgis is gonna be our kicker, so that free’s up another 2 million dollars. Common guys we signed alot of guys but we also cut some dead weight salary.

      Let’s GO FINS!

      • Johnny

        Did you read what I said?? I said the Dolphins will still have about 30 mil in cap space next year?? And we will be fine?? Have to resign Jones and either Soliai or Starks..Great cap management from Ireland..

        • Paulmatthew22

          I really, really hope Soliai plays his whole career as a Dolphin,.I know the HE wants to,.He is one of my favorite players on the team,.I just love his mannerisms,.They’re hilarious!

  • Paulmatthew22

    Soliai blows Starks away!,.I was upset they franchised Starks,.He wont be back,.Soliai takes on 3 blockers every play!,.He is about to go APE on the league this yr! He is also becoming a LEADER on the Def. line,.. I heard Oliver Vernon talking about him,.Oh yeah,.Vernon is another guy that’s about to blow some shyte up this yr!,.The whole defense is going to be in the backfield causing pain and confusion in a way maybe never seen before,.This teams front seven is an all-out nightmare! remember you heard it here,..The Chaos Crew!

    • http://www.musketfire.com/ Joe Soriano

      If Soliai is actually better than Starks, then it isn’t by as much as you say. As for Vernon, that guy is a sleeper poised for a breakout year. Let’s see if he can put it together in 2013, because he has talent. The Dolphins defense is great at every positional unit, which is pretty scary for other teams. They are making the playoffs as the No. 5 seed imo.

  • Paulmatthew22

    The O-line wasnt a WEAKNESS last yr,.Our wr core was!,.And we had a rookie qb playing with some pretty terrible guys,.Lets see you try to get a pass to Marlon Moore, Naanee, and Anthony Armstrong,.Our wr core got better by 1000%

    • http://www.musketfire.com/ Joe Soriano

      Your offensive line will be the weakness this year, but yes, the wide receiver corps was definitely the weakness last year. I think you read the post wrong. Legedu Naanee is absolutely horrendous, and the only worthwhile receivers were Hartline and Bess. Yeah, that’s obviously not good. The Dolphins WR corps is so much better that it’s the main reason why they are a playoff team. Tannehill now has a boatload of weapons, and I think already addressed those guys and praised them accordingly in the piece. Not every Pats fan is after your team, man.