If you’re waiting for the Miami Dolphins to sign free agent All-Pro guard Evan Mathis don’t hold your breath. Dolphins executive VP Mike Tannenbaum told Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald that “the team isn’t looking for help outside” the organization.
“We are happy with what we have." Tannenbaum told Jackson. "Philosophically, when the right player comes along we’ll pursue him. [But] we’re happy with our roster.”
The Dolphins started camp yesterday and the guard spot received a heavy rotation of players including; veteran Jeff Linkenbach; second year player Billy Turner (who is essentially rookie after sitting out last year due to injury.); everyone’s favorite (sense the sarcasm?) Dallas Thomas; and the Dolphins’ fourth round pick out of Arizona State Jamil Douglas.
PhinManiacs.com’s own Luis Sung (@FLSportDebater) was at Day 1 of training camp. Read his report here.
But the media aren't the only ones giving Douglas his props, as Mike Tannenbaum also spoke to Barry Jackson about the rookie guard they drafted in the fourth-round, and why Mathis may not be that important to their plans.
“Douglas has done some good things; we’re encouraged by some of these guys,” Tannenbaum said. “We have belief in our guys at that position. I’m looking forward to seeing it sort out.”
I think at this point Mathis is too expensive. The Dolphins are not prepared to spend 4-5 million dollars on a guard that will be 34 in November. Like Jeff Darlington from the NFL Network said on the Finsiders, the Dolphins have too much time and draft picks invested in the position to give up now. If the young guards struggle to get it together I think the team will go a cheaper route.
There are certainly possibilities, some even nostalgic, as veteran lineman and former Dolphins favorite Jake Long has been visiting NFL teams looking for a landing spot. His frequent injuries have pretty much ruined his career as a Pro Bowl left tackle, but perhaps if he were moved inside, he could be effective again.
Whatever the case, it appears that the Dolphins are no longer interested in Evan Mathis, and perhaps that's for the best, as the Dolphins need the cap room to be rolled over into next season to bring back their own players like Olivier Vernon and Lamar Miller.
You can breath now Dolphins fans, Mathis isn't coming, the stressing is over.
This story was written by Carlos Hernandez. Follow him on Twitter: @LosDez
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