The 2016 league New Year officially began at 4pm est on Wednesday March 9th when contracted till that moment NFL players hit the open market free for all. The Miami Dolphins in order to avoid the frenzy arrived to the feeding grounds a day early, encircled their prey and fed to their delight with three starting main courses prior to the opening of free agencies front doors.
They did so by bottle-nosing the under belly of the Buffalo Bills recently cut Super-Mario Williams which made him the ultimate big fish for the early eaters. His only visit was with the Dolphin pod, they corralled him within the swarm and shortly thereafter he was swimming along as part of the family.
As a true 4 - 3 Defensive End Williams no longer fit Buffalo's 2015 3 - 4 defense instituted via new head coach ReXXX Ryan, as well, he was scheduled to count as a 19.9 cap hit against the cash strapped Bills. Miami landed Mario Williams the AFC sack leader since 2006 for 8.5 million dollars times two years.
Miami beat the 4pm dinner rush a day early for the second time with a trade of one Dolphin draft pick for a draft pick and two established starters at positions of need from the Eagles.
OFFICIALLY; The trade equates to Philadelphia's 25 year old starting Middle Linebacker Kiko Alonso (at under 1 million) for 2016 in the final year of his rookie contract. Starting Corner-back Byron Maxwell (28), and a 2016 draft pick #13 for Miami's pick at #8. Basically two proven starters with what should be a third starter for Miami at pick 13 to slide down five spots in the drafts first round.
Kiko Alonso 2013 Rookie Of The Year
Byron Maxwell Didn't notice anyone around him having anything to do with the play's he made here.
WELCOME TO MIAMI !!
Dolphins signed Safety Isa Abdul-Quddus (26) to 3 years for 12.75 million as the only post 4pm free agent defensive acquisition.
Dolphins ink Defensive End Super-Mario Williams at 8.5 million per for two years with the potential of an additional 3 million worth of incentives should he want to be extra productive!!
TWO DAYS IN, many more to come !!!
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Offensive Updates ;
UPDATE 3/9 ;
Dolphins sign six year veteran Swing Tackle/Guard Sam Young (13 starts) to one year at 910,000..
UPDATE 3/10 ;
CJ Anderson (25) RFA-RB agrees to four year 18 million deal with Miami..
Denver has five days to match offer that includes 6 million salary for o16..
UPDATE 3/11 ;
Dolphins have signed 8 year veteran Left Tackle Offensive Lineman Jermon Bushrod who has 93 starts, 2011/12 ProBowl selections, and wears a SuperBowl ring from his New Orleans Saints tenure..