The Dolphins’ 2016 free agent strategy has paid off. Instead of matching lucrative offers for Olivier Vernon, Lamar Miller and Rishard Matthews, Mike Tannenbaum allowed them to walk. Tannebaum’s gamble: that the league would award them a treasure trove of compensatory picks in 2017. Well, it’s 2017, and the NFL didn’t disappoint. The Dolphins were granted three comp picks for this April’s draft — one in the third round, and two in the fifth. But there’s more good news. The third-rounder was the best comp pick the league gives out: 97th overall. That was presumably for Vernon, who had an excellent first season for the Giants after signing a five-year, $85 million deal with New York. The Dolphins
The San Francisco 49ers need a quarterback. Colin Kaepernick needs a place to play. So it would make sense for the two sides to at least hear each other out. Kaepernick met with new 49ers general manager John Lynch and new coach Kyle Shanahan, according
The Washington Redskins front office couldn’t bring itself to offer quarterback Kirk Cousins a decent long term deal last year after he broke multiple franchise records and helped win the NFC East Division. General manager Scot McCloughan, team President Bruce Allen and owner Dan Snyder apparently wanted Cousins to prove that his record-setting 2015 season wasn’t a fluke even though it seemed clear he was starting material. The offense; clearly the team’s strongest unit, is solid so now the front office can concentrate on improving the defense this offseason… not a bad place to be what with the full bank account the organization has and the good prospects available in the draft and free agency. It’s as if the Redskins just can’t handle success without doing something to mess it up.