As the NFL owners gather for their annual spring meeting in Arizona, Miami Dolphins GM Chris Grier decided to talk briefly with their local media Monday afternoon on the latest with the franchise that he’s now charged with improving.
Grier covered a wide range of subjects in the Q&A session and Dolphins beat writer for the Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel, Safid Deen had some video of it:
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Grier acknowledged that the two-year deal given to 15 year veteran free agent quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick is only a short-term solution. He further told the Miami media that the Dolphins could possibly take a quarterback in the 2019 draft and then still look to take another one in 2020 that they might like even better to them a year from now. However, that hypothetical is highly unlikely.
Still, it will only fuel the speculation that Miami is simply making moves off the field in preparation for having a better salary cap in 2020 and the shot to potentially take someone like Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa at the top of next year’s draft.
Grier refused to go along with a question Monday about whether the Fins stuck with Ryan Tannehill too long with his injury issues. Miami traded the veteran to Tennessee days after free agency began.
Grier also acknowledged that the team is trying to rework the deal of safety Xavien Howard and also help relieve salary cap constraints in the same process. Howard was the loan Pro Bowler for the Dolphins in what was a disappointing 2018 season across the board.
Greer also said Monday that the team is giving veteran defensive end Robert Quinn at the opportunity to shop for the best possible landing spot should Miami be able to work out a deal to trade him. Quinn has already met with the Dallas Cowboys and reportedly is in New Orleans on Monday talking to the Saints. However, the Dolphins still have him under contract, and obviously, they have the option to bring him back and even maybe renegotiate his deal to help this year’s cap.
Finally, Miami’s new boss knows that the Fins have to rebuild, particularly, on their offensive line. And that’s likely what they will focus on in the first three rounds of the upcoming April draft.
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