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Nick Saban sets record straight about Dolphins not signing Drew Brees

Nick Saban

Nobody disputes that the Miami Dolphins had the opportunity to sign Drew Brees in 2006. The question is who exactly vetoed the deal, putting Brees back on the market to land with the New Orleans Saints.

Then-Dolphins coach Nick Saban has long been adamant that the team’s medical staff essentially vetoed a deal to sign Brees. This has been disputed by at least one reporter. The reporter claimed that the final decision on Brees laid with Saban, who said no.

The subject came up on Tuesday during a Q&A session with Saban at the Texas High School Coaches Association’s annual convention. Saban was asked to name some of the sacrifices he’d made in his coaching career. Saban brought up his decision to leave Miami, which he said came about largely because Miami’s doctors failed Brees on his physical over Saban’s objections.

“Look when the Miami Dolphins were going to sign Drew Brees,” Saban said, via Chris Hummer of 247Sports. “Drew was coming to Miami when I was the coach there. He was going to be the quarterback. That’s all we needed. We just went 9-7 and all we needed was a quarterback to be a playoff team. We were going to sign Drew Brees as a free agent. Dr. (James) Andrews operated on him and I went to Birmingham to see Dr. Andrews, and he said it’ll be fine. Our doctors failed him on the physical. (Drew) was there to sign with us. I actually made a deal with his agent that he wouldn’t tell anybody for 72 hours he failed his physical until New Orleans signed him. That’s how he ended up in New Orleans.

“So, I decided right then when that happened that we don’t have a quarterback in the NFL, we’re not going to win. I’m getting out of here. I’m not staying here. I’m not going to be responsible for this. That doctor didn’t know his a– from a handful of sand. Drew Brees plays 15 more years, wins a Super Bowl, goes to nine Pro Bowls. And we didn’t take him in Miami, where he wanted to go. Some things you can’t control. When we left there nobody understood why. Well that was why.”

The Dolphins signed Daunte Culpepper instead of Brees. Ironically, Culpepper played in just four games with Miami as he struggled to overcome a knee injury he’d suffered in 2005.

For whatever it’s worth, Saban has always been pretty consistent in his retelling of how the Dolphins didn’t get Brees. He still sounds peeved about it, too. He’s certainly sticking to his story, whether it’s a fair retelling or not.

Xavien Howard holdout likely to end with trade from Dolphins?

Xavien Howard

Miami Dolphins cornerback Xavien Howard is one of several players to hold out from mandatory minicamp around the NFL. Howard’s situation, however, sounds like it could escalate much more quickly than most.

Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald believes Howard’s standoff with the Dolphins is likely to end with a trade. Salguero says the “next step” is a training camp holdout, and after that, Howard will either demand a trade or the Dolphins may make him available themselves.

Howard signed a new contract in 2019, which underlines the Dolphins’ reluctance to renegotiate. However, the team signed free agent Byron Jones a year later to an $82.5 million deal that includes nearly $20 million more in guaranteed money than Howard is getting. Despite that, it was Howard who outperformed Jones on the field in 2020, intercepting ten passes to Jones’ two and grabbing All-Pro honors.

Howard appears to be digging in by not showing up to minicamp, which is worrisome for Miami. The team has a lot of optimism surrounding it ahead of 2021. Howard is a big part of why the defense was poised to be a successful unit. If things don’t change and Miami can’t smooth things over, they could run into real issues on that side of the ball.

Ereck Flowers traded back to Washington from Miami

Ereck Flowers

The Miami Dolphins have already moved on from another one of their big free agent signings from last offseason.

Offensive lineman Ereck Flowers has been traded to Washington from Miami, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Media. The two teams are swapping late-round draft picks in the deal.

Flowers was one of several big free agent acquisitions for Miami a year ago when he signed a three-year, $30 million deal with the team. He spent a season with Washington prior to that.

Flowers was a disappointment with the New York Giants after they drafted him with the No. 9 overall pick in 2015. The Giants released the former Miami star after benching him midway through the 2018 season. He had a solid season with Washington in 2019 when he transitioned from tackle to guard.

The Dolphins have now moved on from multiple players this offseason after signing them to multi-year deals in 2020. Kyle Van Noy was the most notable, and he made some interesting comments about Miami head coach Brian Flores after his release.

Dolphins were willing to trade Tua Tagovailoa for Deshaun Watson

Tua Tagovailoa

The Miami Dolphins were at one point viewed as the favorite to land Deshaun Watson in a trade, but those talks fizzled out after the Houston Texans star was accused of sexual assault by multiple women. Had the two sides worked out a deal, however, it sounds like Tua Tagovailoa would have been included.

John McClain of the Houston Chronicle was told that the plan for the Dolphins was to send Tagovailoa and draft picks — including the third overall pick this year — to Houston.

After news of the Watson scandal broke, the Dolphins pivoted to working out a blockbuster draft trade with the San Francisco 49ers. They shipped the No. 3 pick to the Niners in exchange for the No. 12 pick, a third-round pick this year and two future first-round picks.

Less than a week before Watson was first accused of sexual assault, a report claimed the Dolphins were “all-in” on trying to acquire the quarterback. Miami was also supposedly on Watson’s list of preferred trade destinations, and he had been spending a lot of time there this offseason.

None of that matters now, of course. The Dolphins are committed to Tagovailoa and the Texans are in a holding pattern with Watson. While Watson got some good news recently regarding his scandal, he is still facing allegations from numerous women.

The Texans were reportedly one of at least eight teams that showed interest in trading for Watson. You can see who the others were here.

Report: Dolphins receiving trade interest in No. 6 pick

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The Miami Dolphins have already moved down once in the NFL Draft, and they may be poised do to so again.

According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, the Dolphins have received multiple calls from teams interested in moving up for the No. 6 overall pick. The Dolphins are said to be “considering” the possibility, but nothing is clear yet.

There are multiple reasons that a team might want to jump up for the sixth pick. Much has been made of the top four quarterbacks in the draft, and there is an outside chance one could still be on the board there. While quarterbacks are set to go in picks 1-3, the Atlanta Falcons are no guarantee to select one, though a trade is possible there as well. The Cincinnati Bengals, set to pick at No. 5, are set with Joe Burrow, so a quarterback could be sitting there at No. 6 if the Falcons don’t trade out or pick one themselves. That would likely be an ideal scenario for Miami, who could then demand a pretty sizable package for the pick.

Of course, some other teams might have non-quarterback targets at No. 6. It all makes for a very interesting scenario ahead of the draft.

Laremy Tunsil reacts to joke about his role in Dolphins’ draft haul

Laremy Tunsil

The Miami Dolphins are loaded with future draft picks, and in a certain sense, they have one person to thank for it.

After making two major trades on Friday, the Dolphins have two first-round picks in both 2021 and 2023, and also have extra picks in later rounds in the next two years. This all started when the team traded Laremy Tunsil to the Houston Texans in September 2019.

At that time, the Dolphins traded Tunsil in exchange for Houston’s first-round picks in 2020 and 2021. It was Houston’s pick that Miami dealt to San Francisco in a trade that netted them two additional first-round picks from the 49ers. That allowed the Dolphins to trade back up, surrendering their own first-round pick in 2022 and the No. 12 pick in 2020 to move up to No. 6. Because of the trade with San Francisco, the Dolphins still have a first-round pick next season through the Niners.

Tunsil shared a hilarious image depicting a statue of himself outside of Miami’s Hard Rock Stadium in recognition of the draft haul he inadvertently helped the Dolphins assemble.

The Tunsil trade has been getting better and better for Miami ever since they made it. Even they probably couldn’t have expected it to work out as well as it has. They have to get the draft picks right, but if they do and build a contender on the back of them, Tunsil probably deserves some acknowledgement for it.

Dolphins trade back into top 10 of draft via swap with Eagles

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The Miami Dolphins traded out of the top 10 of this year’s NFL Draft when they completed a blockbuster deal with the San Francisco 49ers on Friday, but they were back in just minutes later.

Shortly after it was reported that the Dolphins had traded the No. 3 overall pick to the San Francisco 49ers for the 12th overall pick and future picks, the Philadelphia Eagles announced that they had completed a trade of their own with Miami. That deal involves the Dolphins flipping the No. 12 pick to Philly in exchange for the No. 6 pick. The Eagles are also getting a future first-round pick in the deal.

The Dolphins look like the big winners here. They essentially acquired a future first-round pick to move back three spots in the draft. Since they are committed to Tua Tagovailoa and not looking to draft a quarterback, they were in a great position to make the deals. Miami also still has the 18th overall pick in the first round this year in addition to No. 6.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that the Eagles also expressed interest in moving up to No. 3, but they only wanted to do that if they were assured to land BYU’s Zach Wilson.

The NFL Draft is still more than a month away, but teams are already wheeling and dealing.

Dolphins, 49ers swap first-round picks in blockbuster pre-draft trade

John Lynch

The NFL Draft is still more than a month away, but we already have our first blockbuster trade of the event.

The Miami Dolphins have traded the No. 3 overall pick in the draft to the San Francisco 49ers in exchange for the No. 12 overall pick, a third-round pick and two future first-round picks. ESPN’s Adam Schefter was the first to report the deal.

The Dolphins still have a first-round pick this year, as they also have their own pick at No. 18. The third overall pick was one they had acquired from the Houston Texans in a previous trade.

With the move, the 49ers are obviously targeting a quarterback in this year’s draft. Schefter reports that they do not have one specific QB in mind and are happy with multiple players at the position who could be available third overall. The NFL insider also notes that San Francisco has no plans to trade Jimmy Garoppolo at this time.

It would be a shock if the Niners are not at least listening to offers for Garoppolo. Their decision to give up a ton of draft capital to move up this year is a clear signal that they do not believe he is their quarterback of the future. General manager John Lynch said recently that he still feels Jimmy G. is the guy, but that is now even harder to believe.

We know of at least one team that has been repeatedly linked to Garoppolo, so that will be worth monitoring.

Report: Isaiah Wilson cut by Dolphins three days after trade

Isaiah Wilson

The Miami Dolphins tried to help Isaiah Wilson get his career on track, but have given up after just three days.

According to Adam Beasley of the Miami Herald, the Dolphins cut Wilson just three days after acquiring him from the Tennessee Titans for a late-round draft pick. Wilson, a first-round pick in last year’s NFL Draft, reportedly spurned the team’s efforts to help him overcome the issues that he exhibited with the Titans.

Since being traded to Miami, Wilson had arrived late for both his physical and his team orientation. He had also been absent for two optional workouts he had pledged to attend.

To make matters worse, video was posted to Wilson’s Instagram on Friday that appeared to depict the offensive lineman vaping and dancing on top of a car.

Things were bad enough that the source told Beasley that Wilson would have been cut even if the video had not been posted.

Wilson’s rookie year with Tennessee was a disaster of epic proportions. With all that’s happened, don’t expect any other teams to take a flier on him. He looks to be heading out of the NFL less than a year after being drafted.

Texans trade Benardrick McKinney to Dolphins for Shaq Lawson

Houston Texans

The Houston Texans and Miami Dolphins have agreed to a trade, but it is not one that involves star quarterback Deshaun Watson.

The Texans are trading linebacker Benardrick McKinney to Miami in exchange for pass-rusher Shaq Lawson, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports. The teams are also swapping late-round draft picks.

McKinney received permission in recent days to seek a trade, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Media. The Tennessee Titans also showed interest in the former second-round pick.

McKinney underwent shoulder surgery last October and missed the remainder of the 2020 season. He averaged more than 100 total tackles per season in each of his previous four before that.

Lawson, a former No. 19 overall pick of the Buffalo Bills, had four sacks in 14 games last season.

It is hardly a surprise that McKinney wanted to be traded, as several veteran players reportedly want out of Houston. Watson, of course, is the most notable of the bunch.