Monday, January 25, 2010

Yeremiah Bell named Pro Bowl replacment; other news and notes

  • Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reports that Miami Dolphins safety Yeremiah Bell will replace Colts safety Antoine Bethea in the 2010 Pro Bowl. Bethea will be forced to miss the game, as his team will be playing in Super Bowl XLIV in two weeks. The Dolphins' sixth-round pick in 2003, Bell finished the season with 114 tackles, 1.5 sacks and three interceptions. It's a questionable selection, to be sure, as Bell is pretty one-dimensional and is only a solid NFL safety. Then again, Antoine Bethea probably wasn't deserving in the first place, either.
  • Ethan J. Skolnick of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel poses the question of whether or not the Dolphins should release linebacker Joey Porter this offseason, citing new information regarding some troubling behavior on Porter's part. According to Skolnick's sources, which appear to be teammates and potentially fellow linebackers, Porter would routinely refuse to leave the field, sending teammates off the field after they had been sent in to spell him. That kind of insubordination, coupled with a high salary and diminishing ability, seems like plenty of reason to cut ties with the former Pro Bowler, even if a long-term replacement isn't currently on the team. The Dolphins should release Porter, re-sign Jason Taylor, continue to develop Cameron Wake, and draft an outside linebacker within the first three rounds of the 2010 NFL Draft. Any potential contributions by Porter don't outweigh the constant headache he brings to the team.
  • Senior Bowl week begins today, and as you well know, the Dolphins' staff (sans an outside linebackers coach) will be leading the South squad. Here is the full roster of players on the South team that the Dolphins' staff will get an up-close look at this week. Some of the prospects that interest me most include Alabama defensive tackle Terrence Cody, Tennessee defensive tackle Dan Williams, Miami tight end Jimmy Graham, Auburn running back Ben Tate, Ole Miss wide receiver Dexter McCluster, and South Florida defensive end George Selvie.
  • Edgar Thompson of the Palm Beach Post suggests the Dolphins' in particular will take a close look at nose tackles Cody and Williams, as the position is one of great need for the Dolphins. It's possible, however, both players could come off the board between the Dolphins' first- and second-round picks.
  • Adam Schefter of ESPN suggests that Denver Broncos outside linebacker and impending restricted free agent Elvis Dumervil will "be on Miami's radar" this offseason. However, this is pure speculation, and it's important to note that the NFL's sack leader will likely receive the highest tender from the Broncos, which would cost Miami its first- and third-round picks if they signed him. Schefter also hurts his credibility by saying "Mike Nolan brings 3-4 defense to Miami," despite the team having run it for the past two seasons.

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