Miami Dolphins Lucky Friday The Thirteenth.

The Miami Dolphins Brass of Mike Tannenbaum, and Dennis Hickey go for the throat in an aggressive break of the final straw while swinging a black cat by the tail, and walking under ladders on Friday The Thirteenth.

Trade winds of an absolutely wild Friday the Thirteenth blew Northward from Miami through New Orleans and into Minnesota. It was like watching the bottom line ticker of the stock market report as something changed on a minute by minute basis throughout the league, but especially for the Miami Dolphins.

At one moment (due to the Wednesday acquisition of the elite defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh). The often injured, under achieving, overpaid (via Jeff Ireland) linebacker Dannell Ellerbe was suddenly willing to talk about restructuring his near nine million dollar 2015 contract.

A few scrolls of the bottom line later Ellerbe had been traded to the New Orleans Saints for 22 year old Kenny Stills who is an up and coming speedster receiver with 91 receptions, 1,572 yards for 8 touchdowns over his first two NFL years in a crowded Saints receiver group. Stills is someone that many Dolphins fans were hoping to land in the 2013 draft as a security blanket for the instance of something potentially happening to Wallace.

Within an hour of the Kenny Stills acquisition the news flashing red lights appeared across the NFL Network telecast, and the Dolphins had sent the said to be discontent receiver Mike Wallace (29), and the most part of his (Jeff Ireland contracted 12.1 million dollar cap hit) to the Minnesota Vikings. Miami gained a fifth round pick for the eventually to be cut (for nothing gained) Mike Wallace. "Eventually to be cut" due to the replacement of his proficiency Kenny Stills being reeled in moments earlier.

As suggested in the Shouts pre free agency receiver roundup. If Miami were to display some aggression in free agency toward replacing the skill sets of a Mike Wallace type, they would then be able to justify (to some extent) the trading and/or eventual cutting of his severely high priced, somewhat distracting attitude. The Dolphins were more than aggressive in landing the same sized with similar speed and skills Kenny Stills to replace Mike Wallace. They did it via the trade route rather than simply going after what happened to be on the open market.

The Dolphins gave up a soon to be cut cap casualty Dannell Ellerbe, and a third round draft pick on Stills that they would have likely spent on a speedy receiver anyway, if not for the Stills acquisition. Such a commitment is highly suggestive that Miami is extremely high on the youthful Stills who accrued 64 more yards (931) on four fewer catches (63) than Wallace for the 2014 NFL campaign. Kenny Stills had a 76 yard 2013 touchdown and a 69 yard 2014 touchdown. Mike Wallace had the same number of touchdowns as Kenny Stills in 2013, and seven more in 2014.

But wait. A few moments before or after all the above,(who knows anymore with all these sirens screaming, lights flashing, and headline breaking NFL New Years instances taking place upon one another).

One way or another Miami lands an instant answer to the 10 touchdown production loss of Mike Wallace. They pick up a 26 year old Pro Bowl free agent Tight End named Jordan Cameron who is a 6 - 5 big play making type of tight end. The Dolphins are hoping to team him up with Charles Clay (whom they still have first rights to), and Dion Sims in order to establish one of the leagues daunting top tight end trio's. In 2013 Cameron gathered in 80 catches for 917 yards with 7 touchdowns from the tight end position for the quarterback deprived Cleveland Browns. Supposedly, 7.5 or so million per season dead President paperbacks that Miami was scheduled to pay Ellerbe for services rendered (or not rendered) will now go in the direction of Miami's tallest skill player in tight end Jordan Cameron over the next two years.

Kenny Stills' 2015 New Orleans Saints contract (acquired by Miami) pays him $633,613 single dollar bills for 2015 with 90,000 more greenbacks contracted toward a 2016 cost of living raise. Due to an outright refusal to restructure for the sake of his team without losing money overall. The similarly skilled, temper tantrum throwing Mike Wallace contract would have resulted in an annual 12 plus million dollar Dolphin cap disaster for the next three years. By trading Wallace the Dolphins cleared up approximately 6 to 9 million dollars (depending on structure), and that is after paying Stills. In comparison to their scheduled 2016 contracts Miami will pay at least 12 million fewer ducats to Stills than they would have to Wallace for what is basically the same player with far more youth and maturity.

If one were to look at all that took place as one gigantic transaction between three teams and free agency, rather than grade them as three individual transactions? The summarized equivalent goes like this. If you're willing to look at it all with your head cocked slightly to the side!

Miami traded the no longer required skills, production, and huge contracts of Danell Ellerbe, Mike Wallace, a third round pick, and inconsequential 7th round pick.

In return.
The Dolphins gained the immediate replacement to Wallace in Stills, a 6 - 5 Pro Bowl play making tight end with Jordan Cameron (potentially for more reasons than one depending on Clay's final status), and a fifth round pick.

Overall in layman terms.
Two youthful starting receivers of the ball for one malcontent receiver.

Break it down even further and basically Miami gets receiver Kenny Stills for Ellerbe, and a highly productive Jordan Cameron for Wallace (which is more than fair from the Dolphins side of things while saving a guesstimated 6 to 9 million dollars to boot toward 2015. Miami loses a little in the gaining of a fifth round pick for the rights to a third and seventh round pick, but the millions saved, migraines relived, and needs being immediately filled trump those disadvantages of summarized versions. Ndamukong Suh accounts for just six million toward the 2015 cap, the dollars saved in these trades of the no longer desirable Ellerbe and Wallace will be well spent toward KONG in 2016 and beyond!

Above all the good that took place.
The most inspirational thing about all of this, is that The Miami Dolphins did what they had to do before it had to be done, and/or before it was too late! They made sure that they had all the desirable ingredients in place before pouring their imported cups of coffee, and drank it up at the perfect temperature!

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And that's just the half of it!
Miami also re-signed several of their somewhat productive 2014 players of depth (especially on defense at safety and linebacker), AND they picked up a couple free agent corner-backs. One being a six year veteran Brice McCain who was a 2014 starter for Pittsburgh with three interceptions in nine games that will be tough for Jamar Taylor, and Will Davis/others to beat out for the spot opposite of Brent Grimes and/or the slot position. McCain is similar in stature to Grimes, and is one of the leagues fastest players.

Look for Miami to acquire their Big, Tall, Do-It-All True Number One Receiver to be drafted with the 14th pick of the first round.

Miami Dolphins Break Ground, Plant Flag On Foundation Of Superstar Ndamukong Suh

On Wednesday, March 11th at 4pm EST, shortly after pen was put to paper towards a six year 114 million dollar contract, Ndamukong Suh was introduced to the public by the Miami Dolphins Brass as their newest addition. Ndamukong (which means King Of Spears) was the second overall pick of the 2010 drafts first round. He is also a four time Pro Bowl starting selection, and three time All-Pro First Team representative as one of the most consistently productive players over his five year career.

His Dolphin contract averages out to 19 or so million per year which is approximately 5 million less than Detroit was scheduled to pay him, had they kept him for the 2015 season. The Lions attempted to talk him down to 18 million for 2015, but he decided to check out his value on the open market. In allowing Suh to leave while still owing him some 9 million dollar's, and having to trade a fourth plus a fifth round pick for the rights to his positional replacement, (Haloti Ngata of Baltimore who's no Suh) at another 9 plus million dollars. Detroit will be paying 18.2 million dollars as well as those 4th and 5th round traded draft picks for their one (vacated by Suh) defensive tackle position in 2015. Seems as though that the Lions should have simply franchised him rather than forfeiting future draft picks while giving the Miami Dolphins the opportunity to land this blockbuster of a man!

For a third consecutive year The Miami Dolphins have landed The Number One overall free agent prospect in the league with receiver Mike Wallace, offensive tackle Brandon Albert, and now defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh. A press conference took place, and Mike Tannenbaum said "To get a player of Ndamukong's stature says a lot about our organization. The fact that he chose us speaks volumes about our organization, our chance to win and the foundation that has been laid here."

Suh stated that he learned a lot about the Miami Dolphins in their 2014 head to head match up in that "they were talented, well coached, played hard, never quit even after suffering injuries to major starting cogs such as Brandon Albert early-on, and that they were very tough to beat". Suh sacked Tannehill on Miami's second play of the game as Detroit jumped out to a 10 - 0 first quarter lead with 121 yards to Miami's one. Tannehill led the Dolphins on an impressive late fourth quarter go ahead touchdown drive just before the defense faltered to allow a last second game winning Lions touchdown in Detroit.

Suh said that "he's looking forward to playing next to the great Cam Wake, as well as opposite of him" and that "There's no way I can do it by myself. I want to be — without question — a cornerstone of it, but at the same time, our quarterback is going to be a cornerstone in Ryan Tannehill, who I have a lot of respect for because he has taken my hits and has given me some tough times in chasing him around. At the end of the day, I just want to be a cornerstone with this franchise and continue to do my part, on the field, as well as off the field." Suh and Wake are two players of which both require a minimum of two blockers in order to keep from getting to the oppositions quarterback which leaves numerous others versus one on one, if not unblocked entirely for the most part of every given game!

The "King Of Spears" also suggested. "I love going against Tom Brady we have a great mutual relationship, I've seem him at the Pro Bowl, played against him in the regular season, and I look forward to seeing him twice a year, he's a great quarterback, I hope he's around for a few more years so that I can get after him, he's a great quarterback, Congratulations to him if he hears this."

Previous to a late November 2014 game against the Detroit Lions. New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick had this to say about Ndamukong Suh.

""He changes everything, you can't let him penetrate or he'll foul the whole play up. You've got to be able to secure him on the line of scrimmage and again, that's a lot easier said than done, because of his talent and also some of the different looks they give you. He's very disruptive in both the running and passing game. He's got great effort. He makes plays in pursuit and on the backside. So, really there is no weakness to his game. He's got to be blocked on every play no matter what the play is."" HOW DO YOU DO, MY NAME IS SUH !

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Miami Dolphins Free Agent Top Tier Targets Of Positional Dire Need

The 2015 season officially gets underway with the opening of the Free Agency signing period on Tuesday March 10th. Teams can begin speaking with players and their agents today, Saturday March 7th. The Wide Receivers have been covered in recent post, and now some other positional desires of need are brought to the negotiating table, so here they are.

Offensive Line Savior.

Bryan Baluga will turn 26 this month, he is 6 - 5, 314 pounds, and has started at right tackle (for the most part) in 48 of 52 games played over his five seasons in Green Bay. He missed 11 games between 2011-12 (4 and 7 respectively), and all of the 2013 season while missing just one game in 2014. His only non starts of games played came in his first four games of his rookie season as a 2010, 23rd overall first round draft pick.

Mike Iupati 28 in May dents the turf as a guard at 6 - 5, and 331 pounds. He has missed just five games in his five years for the San Francisco 49'ers, and has started in all 75 of 75 games played. He was the 17th overall first round pick of the 2010 draft.

Clint Boiling turns 26 in May and stands at 6 - 5, 310 pounds. Over his four seasons he has started in 47 of 49 games played for the Cincinnati Bengals. He started in all 16 games at left guard in 2012 and 2014 while missing four games in 2013. He started three of five games played as a 2011 rookie fourth round pick.

Of the profiled defensive prospects in this piece. All but Kareem Jackson's Texans play a 4 - 3 Defense primarily. The Miami Dolphins play the 4 - 3 which (at least to some extent) should be an asset to all involved.

Corner Back Pick-off

Sterling Moore is 25 years old at 5 - 10, 202 pounds. He started three of six games played with two interceptions and a touchdown coming against Buffalo as a rookie for New England in week 17 of 2011. He was traded to Dallas midway through the 2012 campaign. A four year veteran of the Patriots and Cowboys that became the starter for Dallas over 2014's last seven games.

Kareem Jackson 27 in April is 5 - 10, 188 and runs a 4.4 forty. In 71 games started over five years for the Houston Texans, he has ten career interceptions with four and a touchdown in 2012 while three picks came in 2014.

Byron Maxwell 27 stands at 6 - 1, 207 with 4.43 speed. He is a four year veteran that started the last five games with four interceptions for the 2013 Super Bowl Champion Seattle Seahawks. He had two interceptions in starting 12 of 13 games played for their 2014 Super Bowl losing team.

Safety Steals

Da'Norris Searcy will be 26 until November, and is 5 - 11 at 207 pounds. He is a four year veteran of the Buffalo Bills and started 13 of 15 games played with three picks in 2014. He started three games as a 2011 rookie and became their full time starter midway through the 2013 season with four sacks, a pick, and a touchdown.

Devin McCourty 28 at seasons start looms the field at 5 - 10, 195, with 4.41 speed. He is a five year, 77 game starter for the New England Patriots with 17 interceptions, and can also play corner back.

Linebacker, Middle-Man Stud

Mason Foster just this month turned 26 years old, he stands at 6 - 1, 241 pounds, and plays the Middle Line Backer position. He has started all but three games in four years for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers since his rookie 2011 season as a third round draft pick. Miami Dolphin General Manager Dennis Hickey played a large roll in the Tampa Bay draft process back in 2011, and the Bucs play a 4 - 3 base defense. Mason Foster has accrued 343 tackles, six sacks, five interceptions, and two touchdowns in just four years from the Middle Line Backer spot.

Defensive Tackle Superstar

Ndamukong Suh will be 28 years young through 2015.
Suh demands a minimum of two blockers on every play which suggest that Olivier Vernon, and/or Cameron Wake would have to beat just one guy on any given play! He is a four down guy that minimizes the ("do we have the right defensive line personnel on the field") timeouts. Suh instantaneously makes everybody on the Defense a better player!

He has 36 sacks in his 5 years from the Defensive Tackle position, and is a run stuffing monster! Miami has obviously been severely incapable of stopping the run, and have NEVER had a Tackle that can get to the Quarterback with relative ease!

Randy Starks has 41 sacks in his eleven year career, and he was a pass rushing defensive end for more than half of those years. Jared Odrick had 16 sacks over the same five years as Suh and his 36 sacks !!

If the Dolphins were to keep Starks at his contracted 5 plus million, and re-sign Free Agent Odrick, it would cost them approximately 10 million per year. For few more million per year. Suh is far more of a force all by himself than that of the Starks/Odrick combo.

Miami is talking 100 plus million for Quarterback Ryan Tannehill over seven years (which doesn't have to be done this year). There are other options that can be used to insure that Tannehill remains with the Dolphins (until absolute proof that he's worth that kind of money comes to the surface). At which time, his then earned payday can also be manipulated cohesively with a Suh contract to the benefit the teams cap situation.

Suh is worth that kind of money right now as he is an obvious superstar that simply upon his presence makes everyone around him immensely better! The Wake, Vernon, Jordan, Mitchell, Misi, Jenkins, Grimes, and Jones' of the world become immediate upgrades to what they've been.

For those that think that Ndamukong Suh is a penalty waiting to happen. Over his five year career, he has been fined just four times for overaggressive, unsportsmanlike conduct while he has been the most aggressive football player in the league on every single play of his 78 games started!

Most fans don't want to spend money in free agency for a bunch of run a of the mill, maybe they'll help type guys!

Teams have to spend Free Agent money to stay within a reasonable range of the leagues mandated cap structure over a certain time frame! Other-wise they are forced to overspend on everybody somewhere down the road in order to get near the suggested cap number, or face penalties of draft picks taken away!

The Dolphins are going to spend money in Free Agency! Why not spend it on a guaranteed force for the best Defensive Tackle in all of football? Which is something that they are in obvious desperate need of!

The only real question is.
Would you rather have a fading fast, sack deprived duo of Randy Starks at 32 years old and a Jared Odrick skill type for 10 or so million combined, or a SUH for a few million more per year (for the next half a decade plus)?

That three or so million dollars more per year that Miami were to spend on Suh might buy them another bottom 46 player. Other-wise the Dolphins will still have a somewhat similar amount of dollars available, whether they were to go with the Starks & Odrick combo, or Suh!

Starks is about washed-up, and Odrick does a good Pee-Wee Herman!!
Ndamukong Suh is an absolute SUHperstar that will earn the worth of every single dollar offered!

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Other youthful starters of potential note;

Offensive Tackle
Byron Bell 26 year old Panther Left Tackle, Marshall Newhouse 26 year old Bengal Right Tackle

Orlando Franklin 27 year old Denver Left Guard/Tackle

Chris Culliver 27 (SF 3-4), Brandon Flowers 29 (San Diego 3-4)

Chris Conte 26 Chicago Free Safety, Marcus Gilchrist 26 (San Diego 3-4) Strong Safety

Middle Line Backer 4 - 3 Defense
Rey Maualuga 28 Cincinnati, Brandon Spikes 27 Buffalo

Miami Dolphins Free Agent Wide Receiver Replacement Prospects

In a cost cutting decision, The Miami Dolphins released receivers Brian Hartline and Brandon Gibson this past Friday. Hartline coming off of a 39 reception, 474 yard with two touchdowns 2014 season was scheduled to count for 7.35 million against Miami's 2015 salary cap. Gibson with his 29 catches for 295 yards and one touchdown for 2014 was due 4.26 million pictures of President George Washington in 2015.

Brian Hartline's six year Miami Dolphin career included 298 catches, 4,243 yards, and 12 touchdowns. He will be 29 before the 2015 season's end. During 28 year old Brandon Gibson's 7 year career, he produced 233 receptions for 2,711 yards with 13 touchdowns.

Previous to these decisions, The Dolphins had approximately 3 million dollars available with the opening of free agency just ten days away. These most recent moves free-up an additional 6.4 million for Miami to play with which happens to be just the right amount to secure their 2013 MVP Tight End Charles Clay who is scheduled to hit the March 10th open market. Presently, the Dolphins now have a suggested 10 million dollars to make the best of with while many more millions will become available over the next ten days with the cuts of other positional overpaid underachievers. You know who they are beyond the receiver position!

Though he is not an under achiever while averaging 8 touchdowns and nearly 1000 yards per season, Mike Wallace is overpaid at 12.1 million for said production. He isn't willing to restructure his contract for the sake of the team. He has some personality conflicts with certain others. While, he may also be replaceable with a somewhat equal force at a more fair rate to the Miami Dolphins than what Jeff Ireland burdened them with. However. Few if any that may be legitimate considerations have been as consistently reliable or productive as Mike Wallace (thus-far), and most all receivers are to some extent, a diva.

Currently, Jarvis Landry, Rishard Matthews, and Mike Wallace are the only remaining 2014 Miami Dolphin receivers that saw the field.

Previously we discussed the combine/draftee prospects in the case of such a blossoming dilemma. Of 40 that will soon become available. Here are a handful of Free Agent receivers that are equatable to and/or recently upgraded replacements to fill the rolls of Brian Hartline, Brandon Gibson, and/or potentially Mike Wallace.

Hakeem Nicks 27 has missed 10 of 96 career games. His only 16 game season came this past year for Indianapolis at a pay rate of 2.2 million. His one season with Andrew Luck at Quarterback also happened to be the productively worst season of his career. In his first year away from a familiar system his 2014 numbers were 405 yards with 4 touchdowns. Such 2014 production was similar to the receiver that he is best suited skill-wise as an upgrade to replace Brian Hartline, (at a far more affordable price). Just one year ago Nicks had totaled 896 yards on 56 catches for Eli Manning and the New York Giants. His best seasons to date came in 2010 when he snatched 79 receptions for 1,052 yards with 11 touchdowns, and 2011's (76, 1,192 and 7 touchdowns) for the same Giants. For his six year NFL career, Hakeem Nicks has accrued 349 catches for 5,027 yards and 31 touchdowns.

Kenny Britt will be 27 and has missed 23 of 96 games, (basically a season and a half) of his six year career. He has been available for all 16 games in only his rookie and 2014 seasons. His best year was in 2010 with 42 catches, 775 yards, and 9 touchdowns in just 12 games while with a deficient at quarterback Titans team. His one 2014 season with the lacking at quarterback Rams was his second best year as he accounted for 48 grabs, 748 yards with 3 touchdowns. When totally healthy which has been a rare occasion to this point, he can do almost everything and more than what Mike Wallace does. He has good speed for his size while actually possessing the height 6 - 3, weight 218, and strength (23 reps of 225 as a collegiate) attributes of a true number one receiver. Landing a healthy Britt as a potential number One (at his current rate of less than 2 million), and keeping Mike Wallace as a Two (where he belongs, rather than as the one) could be the ultimately desired scenario. It would exceed by far the one, two punch potential of the Wallace/Hartline 2014 combo. As a five year Tennessee Titan, and 2014 St.Louis Ram, Kenny Britt has 205 receptions for 3,198 yards with 22 touchdowns.

Randall Cobb is 25 and has missed twelve of 64 career games. He excels from the slot position, but like Jarvis Landry (or Hartline), he is versatile enough to also be highly productive from the interchangeable number two receiver spot. Though not as fast (4.46) as Wallace (4.33), due to precise routes he's almost every bit as capable of getting beyond the coverage. Cobb is a highly competitive, motivational type player that rises to the occasion when called upon, and he is a physical player that's not afraid of contact over the middle, or in blocking. In his 2012 sophomore season with Green Bay he had 80 catches for 954 yards and 8 touchdowns. He missed 10 games in 2013, and still outproduced the 2014 numbers of Brian Hartline. For his breakout 2014 season, he caught 91 balls with 1,287 yards, and 12 touchdowns from Aaron Rodgers. Upon the duration of his four year career, Randall Cobb has tabulated 227 receptions, 3,049 yards with 25 touchdowns.

Torrey Smith at 26 years old has been relegated as active in all of his teams 64 games. Similar to Mike Wallace in size, Torrey Smith is also a true number two receiver that would desire a true number one option to complement, while with a (4.43) forty he is the fastest straight line runner of this free agent bunch. Smith has a great work ethic, passion, and displays good leadership skills. He has averaged 53 receptions for 900 yards, while his high yardage mark of 1,128 came during the 2013 season. His career touchdown season high of 11 came about this past 2014 season with 767 yards as he limped through a half season long knee issue. As Joe Flacco's security blanket over his four year Baltimore Raven career, Torrey Smith has accrued 213 catches for 3,591 yards, and 30 touchdowns.

Jeremy Maclin 27 at seasons start has been absent for 5 of his teams 80 games. He is the same size as Wallace and though he's not as fast at (4.45), he can get open and/or over the top just as easily due to great running of all routes. Over his first four years in Philadelphia (the origin of Miami OC Bill Lazor), Maclin averaged 875 yards on 64 receptions. His second most productive season came in 2010 when he gathered 70 balls for 964 yards with 10 touchdowns. In 2014 he had his breakout career year and accrued 1,318 yards for 10 touchdowns on 85 catches. With a revolving door variation of quarterbacks, Jeremy Maclin's 5 year career has accounted for 343 receptions with 4,771 yards, and 36 touchdowns.

Mike Wallace will be 29 at seasons start, he has missed one game of 96. During his first four years with Pittsburgh, Ben Rothlisberger accounted for 32 of his touchdowns while in the last two years Mike Wallace has kept up the pace as the recipient of 15 Ryan Tannehill touchdowns. Over his six year career Mike Wallace has 375 receptions for 5,834 yards with 47 touchdowns.

Wallace will count for 12.1 million as a 2015 Miami Dolphin.

He will count for 9.6 mill against the cap if he is cut before June 1st.

The cost is 6.6 mill if he's traded
(for whats being suggested to be a late round draft pick).

A 5.2 million dollar loss takes place if he's designated to be a Post June 1st cut.

He is guaranteed 3 million if he's on the team (without a June 1st cut designation) as of March 15th!!

With that March 15th guarantee of 3 million dollars!
One or more of the above options is likely to become official within the next ten to 15 days.

Free Agency opens on March 10th!!

MAYBE (over those 5 days) between March 10th and 15th?
Miami aggressively goes after and lands a free agent receiver replacement at (2 to 6 million) with a similar to Mike Wallace set of abilities?
In such a case, the potential immediate need for speed is somewhat voided.
Wallace can then be designated as a June 1st cut while Miami eats the minimum of future "dead money", and simultaneously creates additional cap space of (6 to 10 million) toward the 2015 seasons roster.

MAYBE The Miami Dolphins will prefer a reliably healthy and consistently productive Mike Wallace at 12.1 million over some other 2 to 6 million dollar wide receiver diva?
MAYBE by releasing the 11.6 million dollars due to Brian Hartline and Brandon Gibson for the 2015 season, the Dolphins can justify (to some extent) paying Mike Wallace his contracted 12.1 million? He was after all far more productive than both Hartline and Gibson combined!

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Who, How, Why, When, and What would be your preferred route??