ORLANDO — The Miami Dolphins opted to sign some experienced free agents this off-season, such as Frank Gore (34), Danny Amendola (32) and Josh Sitton (31).
Why didn’t Miami opt for a more complete rebuild, choosing to focus more exclusively on younger players?
“Because I believe of the people in our building,” Executive Vice President Mike Tannenbaum said Tuesday at the NFL Owners Meetings. “I believe in our players and coaches. There is a lot of players we’re counting on to do more. And we’re excited to see their progress. We’re trying to be opportunistic. And we were in acquiring Robert Quinn and Daniel Kilgore and Josh Sitton. We’re excited to get our starting quarterback (Ryan Tannehill) back. And I’m excited to watch him, with our head coach. So there are a lot of reasons we’re excited.”
What Tannenbaum was saying is there is basically no reason the team can’t compete for a playoff spot with Gase, Tannehill and some key off-season additions. Tannenbaum said each year the goal is to put a “competitive product” on the field.
This never was going to be a Cleveland Browns- or New York Jets-like gut job in Miami.
Even though Jarvis Landry, Ndamukong Suh and Mike Pouncey are gone, Tannenbaum believes in the players who remain.
“We have to accurately assess our own,” Tannenbaum said. “And make difficult decisions. To have sustainability we have to keep acquiring and developing our own guys. And we believe in the guys that we have here. And we’re going to keep trying to add to that.”
Earlier this off-season, the Daily Dolphin chronicled some of the players on rookie deals who must perform well in order for Miami to have any chance to be better-than-expected in 2018.
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Among the Dolphins who must outperform their deals?
DeVante Parker, Laremy Tunsil, Xavien Howard, Kenyan Drake and Raekwon McMillan.
The Dolphins need those players to perform so well it’s not easy to sign them to a second contract.