“It’s nice that we don’t have to get on a plane,” Dolphins coach Adam Gase said this week.
The Dolphins (1-2) last played in Hard Rock Stadium on Aug. 17, their second preseason game, against the Ravens. They’ve logged a league-high 15,675 travel miles after three games in Los Angeles, New York and London.
The Dolphins, who now have to play 16 consecutive weeks without a bye, hope to take advantage of having two of their next three games at home.
Free agency begins March 9, and almost all teams will have plenty of money to spend with the salary cap expected to jump into the vicinity of $155 million from $143 million last season.
Thanks to the franchise tag, though, the quality of free-agent talent available is going to leave a lot to be desired.
The five highest-rated players scheduled for free agency — Broncos Super Bowl MVP Von Miller, Panthers cornerback Josh Norman, Jets defensive tackle Muhammad Wilkerson and Chiefs safety Eric Berry — are expected to stay in place either through the franchise tag or a contract extension. The Redskins likely are to do everything they can to keep quarterback Kirk Cousins, too, though the prospect of a $20 million tag complicates matters.
After the Murray play, the Titans were forced to kick a field goal, which made the score 16-13 Oakland. If the Titans had scored a touchdown, they would’ve been leading 17-16 late in the third quarter.
Increased security measures — an effective, active NBA police force — would cost a ton. And it’s no secret NBAers have a habit, no matter how many millions they’re paid, of going broke.
Deshaun Watson is the one remaining quarterback in the first round in the latest mock draft. (Richard Shiro/Associated Press)
Free agency changed the entire complexion of this version of the mock draft all because the quarterback demand is now a little more diminished.
With the Chicago Bears and the San Francisco 49ers snatching up free agent quarterbacks and the Buffalo Bills keeping Tyrod Taylor, all but one of the quarterbacks fell out of the first round for now. Three more falling dominoes could change this mock draft even more: Jimmy Garoppolo, Tony Romo and Jay Cutler.
It seems a fait accompli that the Cleveland Browns will trade for Garoppolo, but will the New England Patriots comply? Will the Houston Texans or Denver Broncos end up with Romo? Where will Cutler land after the New York Jets signed Josh McCown? The anticipated movement of those three veterans could change the interest in quarterbacks throughout this entire draft and alter it yet again.