As our lede would suggest, we are really wondering at this point, if the Dolphins are smart or if they have outsmarted themselves. Or, even worse for their fans, do they not really have a solid plan at all, especially when it comes to what to do with the most important position on the field, quarterback.
We already know that coach Adam Gase has publicly backed Ryan Tannehill to come off his ACL surgery and be installed as the starter for training camp and this fall. Gase said so at the NFL scouting combine in late February.
However, with the 11th overall pick and by giving every outward indication that they are strongly interested in drafting a quarterback, the Dolphins are at best, sending mixed signals.
Earlier this week they met with Heisman Trophy winning Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield and worked him out, individually. As we wrote, there is strong belief in the Miami market and elsewhere that the Dolphins will look to take Mayfield and may even decide to trade up from #11 to grab him.
If that is in fact your plan, and you already have Tannehill under contract and in the fold who you are backing, then why are you worried about having a significant veteran QB come visit and maybe sign with you?
Well, that’s what the Dolphins are doing by hosting and talking to former Broncos, Texans, and Browns quarterback Brock Osweiler at their facility on Friday.
Brock Osweiler has now arrived at Dolphins camp.
— Armando Salguero (@ArmandoSalguero) March 23, 2018
Osweiler was supposed to be the “Heir Apparent” to Peyton Manning in Denver, when he retired after winning the Super Bowl three years ago. However, he jumped after one season as the Broncos starter on a huge four year $72 million free agent offer to go to the Houston Texans.
The Texans watched him struggle in 2016, eventually benched him, and then traded him and his massive contract to Cleveland with a draft pick before last April’s draft.
The Browns made no secret that they only wanted the draft pick from Houston and they didn’t really want Osweiler. He was released by Cleveland on the final cuts last September and actually, Osweiler ended up back with the Broncos as a backup during their miserable 2017 season.
Got all that?
Now he’s a free agent again and the 6-7 former Arizona State quarterback is looking for a home.
And on Friday afternoon, he found that home agreeing to a one year deal with the Dolphins:
QB Brock Osweiler is signing with the Miami Dolphins, per source.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 23, 2018
The interesting part is he was with Gase in Denver, when Gase was the offensive coordinator there four seasons ago. However, none of this flirtation now, makes any sense with the Dolphins.
How can you have commitment to Tannehill, be thinking about drafting a future quarterback early, and also signing Osweiler and not confuse everyone in your own building about the plan?
Well, the Dolphins have gone and done it.
So that’s part of the current plan, if there truly is a plan?
Or, just like the Jarvis Landry situation, are the Dolphins almost “making it up as they go along” by putting the franchise tag on their best player, and then ending up giving him to Cleveland for a third round draft pick this year.
Maybe, the Dolphins don’t intend to draft a quarterback and are only signing Osweiler, so that if they need him for down the road because of injury poor play or whatever, he will be on the roster.
That would be prudent and very forward-thinking.
However, it looks more like the Fins are flying by the seat of their pants. Publicly showing that they don’t really know what they’re going to do and then expecting the fans to cheer on whatever it is that eventually do.
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