The offseason program is underway with the Miami Dolphins.
Let’s open the Twitter mailbag to see what’s on the minds of Dolphins fans:
@JamesWalkerNFL Do you think Tannehill extension gets done before week 1?— anthonyfuda (@Anthonyfuda3) May 11, 2015
James Walker: The Dolphins plan to continue negotiations with quarterback Ryan Tannehill and his representatives to see if they can work out a long-term extension. That’s a good sign. But the results of those negotiations over the next 2-3 months will come down to both sides. Miami would like to get Tannehill under contract long term at a relatively team-friendly rate. However, Tannehill’s reps obviously want a “quarterback premium” that could pay him more than $100 million. The Dolphins have most of the leverage. They used their fifth-year option for 2016 and can sit on that for the next two seasons. These talks could go well into the summer.
@JamesWalkerNFL With Kyle Arrington being cut by New England, any chance the fins can and should sign him?— JoshD (@JoshDuenas24) May 11, 2015
Walker: No, Josh. The Dolphins have enough cornerback candidates after drafting two (Bobby McCain, Tony Lippett), signing two in free agency (Zach Bowman, Brice McCain) and having a pair of holdovers (Jamar Taylor, Will Davis). Pro Bowler Brent Grimes will start in one spot, and these six players will battle for three roles as Miami’s starter, nickel and dime corner. Arrington will get a job somewhere, but don’t expect it to be with the Dolphins.
@JamesWalkerNFL First impressions on Jamil Douglas?— TheHungryCondor (@TheHungryCondor) May 11, 2015
Walker: The first thing that stood out to me at rookie camp was his hunger and sense of urgency. Douglas believes he’s capable of earning a starting job at guard right away despite being a fourth-round pick. That’s the right attitude. On the field, it’s way too early to tell. I saw some good things, such as Douglas holding his ground against big, second-round pick and defensive tackle Jordan Phillips. But Douglas faced rookies last weekend without pads. It’s hard to gauge trench play under those circumstances.
Thanks for the good questions, Dolphins fans. If you have additional questions, comments or concerns, feel free to reach me via Twitter @JamesWalkerNFL.