Dolphins Notes: Clowney, Grant, Alonso

The Dolphins believe they are the favorites to land Texans star Jadeveon Clowney, but Jason Fitzgerald of believes that Miami would have to increase Clowney’s tag number (currently just under $16MM) to something in the $20MM+ range to land the former No. 1 overall pick (Twitter link). Fitzgerald suggests that the Dolphins may not be interested in giving Clowney the long-term deal he wants and could be looking to trade a second-round pick for Clowney this year and flipping him for a first-rounder next year.

Let’s take a quick swing around South Beach:

  • Wide receiver Jakeem Grant‘s extension was reported as a four-year, $24MM pact, but NFL Insider Adam Caplan says the base value is actually $19.7MM (Twitter link). The total value could increase to $24MM with Pro Bowl incentives. The contract includes $7.5MM in guaranteed money, only $3.72MM of which is fully guaranteed.
  • The Dolphins are said to be shopping linebacker Kiko Alonso, though rival teams expect him to be cut. Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald writes that head coach Brian Flores was non-committal when asked about the status of Alonso and tight end Dwayne Allen, both of whom have battled injuries this summer. Alonso returned to practice on a limited basis Sunday, and while Jackson says Miami could very well keep him around in 2019, it would not be surprising if both Alonso and Allen were released.
  • More from Jackson, who suggests that edge rusher Nate Orchard is on the roster bubble. Though Flores didn’t elaborate, he said “this will be a big week” for Orchard. It sounds as if one of last year’s “Hard Knocks” stars could find his way onto the 53-man roster with a strong performance in Miami’s last preseason game.
  • The Dolphins’ QB competition between Josh Rosen and Ryan Fitzpatrick remains open.
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12 comments on “Dolphins Notes: Clowney, Grant, Alonso

  1. ziggy13

    If Clowney won’t play without a longterm deal for Hou, why would he play without one for Mia? Unless they plan on signing him long term and flipping him after year 1 which is idiotic

    • Bill Jasper

      Miami can’t sign him to a long term deal until free agency opens in 2020. This isn’t the brightest move for a rebuilding team to make.

      • frankchitown

        Why can’t they? As far as I can tell his situation would be the same as Khalil Mack’s last year. The Bears traded for a player that was on a franchise tender and signed him to a long term deal after trading for him.

        • Bill Jasper

          Past the deadline to negotiate long term contracts for franchise-tagged players.

          • ziggy13

            can someone educate me as to why that’s a rule? I’m sure it’s probably something about not wanting to cause a distraction or something in that realm but it seems a bit counterproductive to me

            • password is tacko

              They can increase his salary on a 1 year tender. They can’t offer him a multi year deal

  2. TJECK109

    Wouldn’t mind seeing Allen as a backup in Pittsburgh. Need another vet.

  3. Pigskin 101

    Does anyone remember just how great the Suh contract worked out for Miami. (SARCASM) Also Miami is not one player away from competing for a playoff spot more like 6.™️

  4. jeb39999

    Miami needs to go the Cleveland route and stop acquiring players that keep them from fully tanking.

  5. bravesfan88

    “The contract includes $7.5MM in guaranteed money, only $3.72MM of which is fully guaranteed.”

    I don’t really understand how a player can only have $3.72M fully guaranteed, when he already has a $7.5M guarantee.

    Last I checked a guarantee is a guarantee..If he is guaranteed $7.5M, then that means he’s assured $7.5M…

    Can someone please explain what I’m missing here!?! Does it have something to do with an arrest and/or a non-sports injury clause or something along those lines??

    • Rory Parks

      It’s often a function of when it becomes guaranteed. For instance, his 2020 base salary may not be guaranteed until the first day of the 2020 league year. The $3.72MM is likely a signing bonus that he is assured of, even if it’s not all paid out right away.

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