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Snatch98
02-20-2009, 05:36 AM
the Associated Press Published: February 19, 2009

INDIANAPOLIS: Coach Tony Sparano says the Miami Dolphins won't use the franchise tag on a player, which will mean one more hole to fill when free agency begins next week.

Set to become unrestricted free agents Feb. 27 are tackle Vernon Carey, linebacker Channing Crowder, cornerback Andre Goodman and safeties Yeremiah Bell and Renaldo Hill. It's possible not all will depart the Dolphins are negotiating with several, including Carey.

Sparano met with reporters for 20 minutes Thursday at the NFL Scouting Combine and said the Dolphins won't use the franchise tag.

"No. Nothing to talk about," he said.

In his first year as coach, Sparano led the Dolphins to an 11-5 regular-season record and the AFC East title one year after they went 1-15. He said he hopes the turnaround will help when Miami begins courting free agents.

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"I would think when you're coming off a 1-15 and now you're 11-5, when you start to turn the corner and we're not there yet and change the culture, that that's attractive to free agents. I think the players on our team right now probably have a pretty good message for potential free agents that might be out there."

Sparano said the Dolphins' plan under Bill Parcells is to build through the draft with an occasional dip into the free-agent market.

"It starts with the free agents, of course," Sparano said. "That's the phase we're in right now, or we're closest to. We're not going to be able to address all of our needs from a free-agent standpoint. That really isn't our philosophy. It never has been. Our philosophy is plain and simple. We want to build it through the draft."

That's where the NFL Combine comes in, with potential draftees on display for a week.

"You try to build it through the draft with as many pieces as you can," Sparano said. "We need a lot of players."

The Parcells regime brought in 29 new players in 2008. The turnover likely won't be as dramatic this offseason, but there will be no standing pat.

The offensive line is a work in progress. The defensive line and pass rush also need an upgrade. The thinnest area is receiver, with Miami's wideouts totaling only five touchdowns last year.

Sparano said the Dolphins were watching with interest the progress of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, the 2007 NFL most valuable player. He missed the final 15 games last season with a knee injury.

"We pay attention to it," Sparano said. "To get to where you want to be, it starts in your division. You better know everything about your division."

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Vernon Carey is a professional offensive tackle for the Miami Dolphins of the National Football League.

In February of 2009, it was rumored that the Dolphins were considering using their franchise tag on Carey, who is set to become a free agent.1

WoodleyofTroy
02-20-2009, 08:20 AM
The Dolphins are the first team to be reported as interested in Bryant McFadden as well. Thought I'd put this in here.

Oviedo
02-20-2009, 09:28 AM
Carey would be too expensive to sign. I think if we are even going to consider a free agent tackle it will be mid level guys like Frank Omilye (Carolina), Donald Penn (TB) or Daniel Loper (Titans).

I think the most likely course of action though is to develop Hills and build through the draft. We have too many other good players like Harrison, Miller and Woodley that need to be extended.

Discipline of Steel
02-20-2009, 09:42 AM
Carey would be too expensive to sign. I think if we are even going to consider a free agent tackle it will be mid level guys like Frank Omilye (Carolina), Donald Penn (TB) or Daniel Loper (Titans).

I think the most likely course of action though is to develop Hills and build through the draft. We have too many other good players like Harrison, Miller and Woodley that need to be extended.

Arggg! You said extended! Im jaded on the word after being exposed to the gazillion 'Extenze' TV commercials. Talk about ignorant and an insult to the intelligence of the general public! Makes me not want to watch the Discovery/A&E channels anymore.

pfelix73
02-20-2009, 10:15 AM
We franchise tagged Max Starks- so why discuss a FA such as Carey now?

Unless it's just for giggles..... :D

JUST-PLAIN-NASTY
02-20-2009, 10:33 AM
Having Carey would be nice for RT but it won't happen. The Steelers did what they had to do in tagging Starks. If Kemo prices himself out (Over 2.5), which will most likely happen, the Steelers can use the draft to fill the rest of the holes. I expect Essex to be retained if Kemo goes elswhere. I also expect at least 2 OL to be added in the draft and one will be in the 1st 2 rounds. Keeping Starks creates some stability and also takes away some priority in the draft. Whenever you take priority into the draft...You can reach. The Steelers can concentrate on interior OL and maybe a RT if someone falls to them.

grotonsteel
02-20-2009, 11:57 AM
Just-Plain-Nasty your draft is awesome...

JUST-PLAIN-NASTY
02-20-2009, 12:54 PM
Just-Plain-Nasty your draft is awesome...

Thank You! It would be nice if it fell that way and those players were available at those spots. I get the feeling some might grade out higher after the combine.

WoodleyofTroy
02-20-2009, 12:58 PM
Just-Plain-Nasty your draft is awesome...

x2

Iron Shiek
02-20-2009, 03:30 PM
Just-Plain-Nasty your draft is awesome...

x2


I don't know some of those guys, but you seem to have a lot of board favorites JPN. However what are you planning for Steelers WR spot? I don't see a WR being drafted in your mock. Do we lose Nate and bring in FA or sign Nate in your opinion?

grotonsteel
02-20-2009, 05:00 PM
Its better Steelers bring some FA WR if Nate goes in FA. I don't think Steelers will be drafting a WR before 4th RD and i don't think a 4th RD WR is going to contribute much in his rookie season. :2c

Sweed can be the Steelers 3rd WR if he catches the ball.

Iron Shiek
02-20-2009, 05:09 PM
Groton,

I have no doubt Sweed can and will be our #3 and eventual #2. Even next year. So if we draft a WR, that would be our #4 probably. But if we lose Nate and try to bring in someone like Curry, that would give Sweed more time to develop at #4.