Saturday Dolphins Mailbag: Ogbah Importance, Trade Possibilities, Free Agency Goals, And More
Part 2 of the latest SI Fan Nation All Dolphins mailbag:
From the spaceship mirror (@spaceshipmirror):
Now that Seattle appears to be resetting, is there any progress in acquiring DK Metcalf? Or rather is Miami more likely to get Lockett back (needs WR and back, but maybe redundant with Waddle?) than Metcalf?
Hey, space, like everything else, that guess would come down to the asking price. Also understand that there will likely be some quality receivers on the market after they come out so I’m not sure about the idea of giving up draft picks in a trade when you can acquire someone of equal talent without having to give up anything.
From E-Rod (@phinfan2003):
Which players do you think are potential trade candidates?
Hey E, I absolutely think DeVante Parker is someone to jump in here and I would absolutely say Xavien Howard is a trade candidate as well if his contract restructuring talks reach an impasse again. And then I’ll throw another name off the beaten path and that’s Liam Eichenberg, who I could see the Dolphins trade if the new coaching staff decides he’s not really a good candidate for their blocking system. zoned.
From Brian Dougherty (@BrianBoru619):
Now that Wilson is gone from Seattle, any chance to make offers on Lockett or DK?
Hey Brian, like I said to the spaceship mirror, yeah, I think the Dolphins would explore every avenue if Seattle let it be known that either or both guys are in the market, but he there will be other avenues to land a quality wide receiver.
From SirVeyor (@MiamiDon_)
You mentioned more than once that it would be a bad decision for Miami to let Ogbah test FA. Is Miami overthinking this? Could they let him find his value and his match? What did he do best to get you to plead for his return? Thanks Alan.
Hey sir, I’ll answer part two first and it’s simple, he’s the only defensive player I’ve seen in the past two years win one-on-one battles to become a quarterback. He’s also a well-rounded defender in that he’s a good pass thrower but also solid against the run. And the Dolphins don’t have anyone else on the roster with his skills. As for what the team does with him, I’m not sure. The idea of letting Ogbah find his worth is dangerous because there’s nothing stopping his agent (Drew Rosenhaus) from returning to the Dolphins for the opportunity to match. I’ve said it all along and will continue to say he’s the one who should have gotten the franchise tag.
From John Kerns (@yitwail):
Hello Alan. Is Terron Armstead too injury prone to risk signing? Should they settle for Ryan Jensen plus Laken Tomlinson and move Hunt to tackle or hope they sign a player like Penning or Raimann?
Hi John, yes Armstead’s recent injuries are a concern and it’s a factor to be weighed when it comes to what kind of offer you would make the guy. But when he is healthy, he is very good. I would have no problem with a signature Jensen/Tomlinson combo. Finally, I’ve publicly stated that I don’t like the idea of spending another top draft pick on the offensive line. Develop the guys you already have with better coaching, is what I say, as well as adding a veteran free agency or two.
From Olive Grove Jon (@Owlizee):
Alan. The Dolphins will have plenty of wiggle room and the players and their agents will know it. How do they balance team building against overpaying, or is it unavoidable?
Hey OGJ, no, it’s not inevitable, but it’s a temptation that teams must resist. You should also be aware of the impact any signing will have on the rest of your roster, with the prime example being Byron Jones’ contract causing problems with Xavien Howard. Ultimately, however, it will always come down to what the market says and how badly a team wants a player and how far they are willing to go to get him.
From Ken Dasher (@kdash65):
I’ll start with what I know you really want to talk about. Musically, there was no more talented progressive rock band than Gentle Giant, but their work was too cutting edge to be commercially successful. Accept? OK, now how many new starters from OL next year? +/- 3?
Hey Ken, love Gentle Giant as a reference. And I bet maybe 10% of people reading this have heard of them or heard their music. And I agree with you, very talented, very cool (I love “Just The Same”) but a bit “out there” for many. On the offensive line, I would say there will be two or three new starters, so in an over/under proposition, I will have to take the under.
From James Sonny Burnett (@JamesBurnett):
I mean, we could get Chark AND Berrios for less than we would have to pay for Cooper. DJ Chark with dolphins? Yes or no?
Hey James, yes, I’d love that move. The kid is very talented and if he checks physically he has big potential. But the Dolphins won’t be the only ones watching him. But, yes, I would be happy and I might even take Chark/Berrios over Cooper.