The Dolphins have signed RB Mark Walton. The 2018 4th-rounder was cut by the Bengals after his 3rd arrest of the offseason (carrying a concealed weapon, marijuana possession, battery). Walton is looking at a suspension from the league and is no lock to make Miami's roster. He figures to battle with rookie Myles Gaskin for a spot behind Kenyan Drake and Kalen Ballage.
The Cardinals have traded QB Josh Rosen to the Dolphins in exchange for the 62nd pick of this year's draft and a 5th-rounder next year. Arizona had zero leverage here and did well to get this return. But it's also a nice move for the Fins, who get a young QB who's under control for 3 more years for cheap. Rosen's rookie year was ugly -- 55.2% completion rate, 5.8 yards per attempt, 11 TDs, 14 INTs -- but he was in a tough situation in stale offense behind a bad offensive line. He'll get at least 1 year in Miami to prove himself.
The Dolphins spent the 13th pick of the NFL Draft on DT Christian Wilkins. The Clemson product tallied 13, 9 and 14 tackles for loss over 3 full starting seasons. Wilkins played multiple spots across the line and added 15 pass deflections. He should compete for a starting job right away in Miami. We'll see about the stat production for IDP owners. Wilkins looks like a later-round option in dynasty-league rookie drafts with DT slots.
The Bengals have released RB Mark Walton. Last year's 4th-round pick has been arrested 3 times since January and is likely facing a suspension from the league. He barely got on the field in Cincinnati as a rookie and averaged an ugly 2.4 yards per carry on 14 totes. His dynasty stock is already cratering.
The Dolphins have agreed to a 2-year, $11 million contract with QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, according to multiple reports. The deal sets Fitzpatrick up as the starter on a depth chart that just lost Ryan Tannehill to trade. We'll see what else Miami does this offseason at the position.
The Dolphins are signing WR DeVante Parker to a new 2-year contract, according to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero. The team had a $9.4 million option on Parker but will presumably be paying him much less on this deal. The 14th overall pick of the 2015 NFL Draft has been a major disappointment through 4 seasons, compiling more missed games (11) than TDs (9). But he's still just 26 with a plus combination of size and athleticism. We'll see if Miami's new coaching staff can turn his career around. Parker should be considered just a late-round flier in early best-ball drafts.
The Dolphins have signed TE Dwayne Allen to a 2-year, $7 million deal. The 29-year-old totaled just 13 catches across the past 2 seasons in New England but does have 6- and 8-TD campaigns on his resume. Allen does his best work as a blocker, though, and figures to be doing a bunch of that in Miami behind pass-catching TE Mike Gesicki.
Most of the talk surrounding the Miami offense this offseason has centered on players who might be leaving -- especially WR DeVante Parker and QB Ryan Tannehill. But new WRs coach Karl Dorrell recently talked about how much he's looking forward to coaching WR Albert Wilson. “He was pretty dynamic wasn’t he?” Dorrell told the Miami Herald. “He’s a very unique player. I’m really excited about him. .... I hear he’s doing a really good job with the recovery process but you could tell when he was on the field, he had a number of ways to affect the defense and to make the defense really pay attention to where he is and things like that.” We'll see about Wilson's recovery progression throughout this offseason, but he'll face a pretty open fight for targets in his 2nd season with the Dolphins and looks worth a late-round shot in current best-ball drafting.
Bengals RB Mark Walton has been arrested twice since the calendar flipped to 2019, first for marijuana possession in January and then for battery this past weekend. Either or both incidents could earn him a suspension. It's a rough start to the offseason for last year's 4th-round pick who averaged just 2.4 yards per carry on 14 attempts as a rookie. Walton will open the 2019 campaign no higher than 3rd on Cincinnati's depth chart, behind Joe Mixon and Gio Bernard.
The Dolphins have named Brian Flores their HC. Like Zac Taylor in Cincinnati, this deal has been done for a while. Flores has been with New England since 2004, working his way up from scout to special teams assistant to safeties and LBs coach. Although never officially named defensive coordinator, Flores called plays on that side of the ball this past season. We'll see who Flores tabs to run the offense.
Dolphins WR Albert Wilson doesn't need surgery on the hip injury that ended his 2018 season, according the Miami Herald, and is expected to be ready for the start of the offseason program in April. It's good news for a guy who flashed big-play ability in his 7 games last year, averaging 15.0 yards and scoring 4 times on 26 catches. He's a nice late-round target in early best-ball drafts.
The Cardinals have hired Kliff Kingsbury as their new HC. He was named USC's OC last month but is bolting for a head gig in the pros. Kingsbury was a prolific passer at Texas Tech, racking up 11,937 yards and 91 TDs over his final 3 seasons. After flaming out in the NFL, he spent 5 seasons as an assistant coach at Houston and then Texas A&M. Kingsbury was named HC at his alma mater in 2013 and led the Red Raiders to top-28 finishes in total offense in all 6 seasons there. His squad never ranked worse than 8th in passing yards. Of course, it remains to be seen how Kingsbury's offense will translate to the NFL. It's an exciting but risky hire by Arizona.
Cardinals HC Steve Wilks is expected to be fired, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Wilks went 3-13 in his lone season in the desert. A defensive mind, Wilks' defense ranked 20th in yards allowed and 26th in points. The offense was even worse, finishing dead last in both yards and points. We'll see who Arizona tabs to lead QB Josh Rosen and Co. moving forward.
Dolphins S Reshad Jones left Sunday's loss to the Bills early with a leg injury and didn't appear to return. Jones did, at least, supply a pick-6 for IDP owners before leaving.
Dolphins LB Kiko Alonso and DE Robert Quinn were ejected in the 3rd quarter of Sunday's loss to the Bills for fighting (along with Buffalo RT Jordan Mills).
Dolphins LB Kiko Alonso (ankle, hamstring) is active for today's game against the Bills. He's expected to play after sitting out a week ago despite being active then. Alonso will be risky but also in play for IDP usage. CB Xavien Howard (knee) and S T.J. McDonald (ankle) are inactive.
Dolphins S T.J. McDonald (ankle) is doubtful for Sunday's game against the Bills. It'll be the 2nd straight game he has missed. LB Kiko Alonso (knee, hamstring) is questionable for the 2nd straight week. Alonso was active last week but didn't play a snap. It sounds like Alonso will actually play this time around. HC Adam Gase told the South Florida Sun Sentinel on Friday: “He looks a lot better this week. It’s probably good that we didn’t play him [last week] because it could have gotten worse. He could have pulled it. He looks night and day from what I saw Sunday.” The hamstring appears to be the bigger issue. If active, Alonso will be usable this week. But he'll also carry elevated risk. Lead Dolphins CB Xavien Howard (knee) is also questionable after missing the past 3 weeks. He's not an IDP factor, and his status shouldn't matter for any particular Bills WR option.
Dolphins LB Kiko Alonso (knee, ankle) is active for today's game against the Jaguars after arriving "questionable." He's fine for normal IDP usage in a strong scoring matchup. S T.J. McDonald is inactive, as expected. His ankle injury had him doubtful.
Dolphins LB Kiko Alonso is questionable for Sunday's game against the Jaguars because of knee and ankle issues that limited his practice participation all week. Alonso did, at least, take part every day and played 100% of the snaps in last week's loss to the Vikings. We're betting he'll be active for his high-ceiling fantasy matchup with Jacksonville.
Dolphins S T.J. McDonald is doubtful for Sunday's game against the Jaguars because of an ankle injury. He played through it last week after limited practices and a "questionable" tag, missing just 3 snaps of the lopsided loss to the Vikings. But the issue evidently got worse. McDonald missed practice every day this week. CB Xavien Howard (knee) is questionable for the game after managing limited practices all week. He sat out the past 2 games. Howard would be a low-floor IDP against the Jags if active.
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