Earlier this morning, it was reported by Alex Marvez of Fox Sports that the infamous capologist of the Miami Dolphins, Dawn Aponte, was leaving Miami to join rookie GM Bob Quinn to handle the finances of the Detroit Lions.
But not soon after that, Andrew Abramson of the Palm Beach Post tweeted out that despite the reports coming out that Aponte was leaving the Dolphins to go to Detroit, it was in fact false and Aponte will be remaining with the Miami Dolphins.
Marvez has since backed off of his initial stance and has apologized to Dawn Aponte and the Miami Dolphins organization for his false report.
Now here's the most fascinating part of this whole situation. Some of you might be wondering why anyone would care about the Dolphins bookkeeper, she doesn't really have any say when it comes to football decisions...but the truth is, she is actually one of the most polarizing figures in the entire front office.
Some fans love her and consider her one of the best in the business, and some fans absolutely despise her and were signing hallelujah when Marvez reported she was leaving. Those individuals have since ceased their singing and have switched to mourning.
Aponte is the team's chief contract negotiator and is essentially the right hand woman to Mike Tannenbaum, she oversees the day-to-day management of the football business and administration operations and she has a big hand in planning how to use the team's salary cap.
On top of that, she also acts as the team's representative when it comes to keeping up their relationship with the NFL and the other teams in the league.
Folks will cite the fact that the Dolphins have had enormous amounts of dead money due to the way she structures contracts, and that much is true. However, that's the price you pay when you sign players to unworthy contracts. She found a way to structure the contracts of Mike Wallace, Dannell Ellerbe and Philip Wheeler to minimize the damage cutting them would cause if it turned out they flopped.
Which they did.
As much as Aponte does with the team, it isn't her call whether or not the team signs a player. Her job is to make it work, and to structure a contract in such a way that the player, agent, and the team are all happy. Having the third year escape hatch isn't as easy as one might think.
She is very highly respected in league circles from the top down, and she has been offered positions to work as an executive in the NFL's league office several times, only to decline them and remain in Miami. She has connections everywhere, and whether you believe it or not, she is one of the best things Miami has going for them in that front office.
You all can draw your own conclusions, but the reality of the situation is that Miami is very lucky to have Aponte in the building, and they're even luckier that she's decided to stay instead of leaving to go to Detroit.
This story was written by Luis Sung. Follow him on Twitter: @FLSportDebater
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