The waiting game continues. In light of the obvious problems the Miami Dolphins are having with the guard position they are not in hurry to sign free agent guard Evan Mathis.
According to the Armando Salguero (@ArmandoSalguero) from the Miami Herald,
“The Dolphins are comfortable -- for now -- with the work rookie Jamil Douglas and third-year player Dallas Thomas have done in camp, they're not likely to move significantly right away. It would require one or both those players fading in camp or performing poorly in the preseason for the Dolphins to rethink their stance.”
According to Salguero the Dolphins and Mathis’ agent Drew Rosenhaus have talked “parameters” of a deal but the two parties are about 2-3 million apart in terms of compensation. The Dolphins would like to do “a deal that doesn't tie them up for a second season although it might be a two-year deal.”
With the expectations high the fans are in “win-now” mode. But as things stand, “the Mathis camp and the Dolphins are far apart on the money issue while neither side feels any significant desperation or feels close to any looming deadline to do a deal.”
Signing Mathis would not be a problem in 2015, but the Dolphins cap situation in 2016 is already in serious trouble, as they're over $9 million over the projected cap for that year. Right now the Dolphins seem to want to roll over the $9 million they currently have in cap space to soften the blow in 2016. If the Dolphins decide to give in to Mathis, it will hurt all the more in the long run. It's a deadly game of cat and mouse the Dolphins are playing, question is...who is who?
This story was written by Carlos A. Hernandez. Follow him on Twitter: @LosDez
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