Miami Dolphins: T.J. McDonald is Best Safety Option Available

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Miami Dolphins: T.J. McDonald is Best Safety Option Available

Post by rightchea on Thu Mar 23, 2017 1:56 pm

Mark Morales-Smith wrote:The Miami Dolphins still need help at safety. Free agent T.J. McDonald is the best available, and the team needs to consider offering a contract.

The Miami Dolphins must upgrade the safety position, which isn’t some newfound revelation. Signing Reshad Jones to a well-deserved extension was a key move, but losing Isa Abdul-Quddus was a major hit to the secondary. Nate Allen cannot be relied upon to be a full-time starter and Miami must make a move to put a better starting safety opposite Jones.

The best player available by a long shot to fill the void is former Los Angeles Rams strong safety T.J. McDonald. Jones has the talent and versatility to play either safety spot and McDonald would be an outstanding addition next to him.

http://www.foxsports.com/nfl/story/miami-dolphins-t-j-mcdonald-is-best-safety-option-available-032317

Miami going after McDonald would be a good choice but probably too expensive.

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Re: Miami Dolphins: T.J. McDonald is Best Safety Option Available

Post by white1 on Sat Mar 25, 2017 12:38 pm

If he's still on the market, it's probably because teams are waiting to see how the draft falls to them.

You will see a second wave of free agency signings after the draft. Not a bad approach. Sure, I'd love to have McDonald. But even better would be a rookie that plays the position cheap for 4 or 5 years.

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Post by JMP on Sat Mar 25, 2017 8:50 pm

Good player, but I don't think the Phins are going to shell out two huge contracts to safeties. The contract they gave Jones means that they are not going to be going after any top safeties in free agency. And that's fine - as long as they draft one and don't rely on Allen.

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Re: Miami Dolphins: T.J. McDonald is Best Safety Option Available

Post by Birdmond on Sun Mar 26, 2017 6:29 am

Way to many great safety prospects in the draft.

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Re: Miami Dolphins: T.J. McDonald is Best Safety Option Available

Post by Umix10 on Mon Mar 27, 2017 9:28 pm

Allen has Gibril Wilson written all over him

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Post by JMP on Mon Mar 27, 2017 9:31 pm

Umix10 wrote:Allen has Gibril Wilson written all over him

Ugh...still have nightmares about him. But you may be right...

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Re: Miami Dolphins: T.J. McDonald is Best Safety Option Available

Post by rightchea on Tue Mar 28, 2017 12:11 pm

Wilson was the worst tackler I have ever seen on the fins.

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Re: Miami Dolphins: T.J. McDonald is Best Safety Option Available

Post by mercury22nathan on Thu Mar 30, 2017 9:01 am

T.J. McDonald, a free agent safety formerly of the Rams, visted the Dolphins on Wednesday, ESPN first reported. However, that same report stipulated that McDonald has been suspended the first eight games of the 2017 season after pleading guilty to driving under the influence of drugs.

http://www.miamiherald.com/sports/nfl/miami-dolphins/article141528159.html

Miami worked him out, but this guy is going to miss half the season.

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Re: Miami Dolphins: T.J. McDonald is Best Safety Option Available

Post by rightchea on Thu Mar 30, 2017 10:21 am

Going after a guy that is on a eight game suspension is like going after someone that is injured.

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Re: Miami Dolphins: T.J. McDonald is Best Safety Option Available

Post by rightchea on Fri Mar 31, 2017 2:32 pm

James Park wrote:The Dolphins have a new fixture in their secondary.
On Friday, the team announced they signed free agent safety T.J. McDonald.
McDonald will be suspended without pay for the first eight games of the 2017 season after being found to be in violation of the league’s substance abuse policy.
A third-round selection from Southern California four years ago, McDonald had 64 tackles, a sack, two interceptions, and six pass breakups last season with Los Angeles.

http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/news/miami-dolphins-sign-safety-t-j-mcdonald/

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Re: Miami Dolphins: T.J. McDonald is Best Safety Option Available

Post by HalCHorn on Sat Apr 01, 2017 11:11 am

Well, for the veteran's minimum, why not?

It is a need position, and if it keeps us from reaching for a FS if there's a better talent on the board I'm all for it.

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Post by white1 on Sat Apr 01, 2017 12:40 pm

Agree with Hal not a bad move at all.

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Re: Miami Dolphins: T.J. McDonald is Best Safety Option Available

Post by JMP on Sat Apr 01, 2017 1:06 pm

HalCHorn wrote:Well, for the veteran's minimum, why not?

It is a need position, and if it keeps us from reaching for a FS if there's a better talent on the board I'm all for it.

It IS a need position...and McDonald won't fill that need till week 10 at the earliest. It's completely stupid - just like waiting for Culliver last season. What do we do in the meantime? Throw garbage on the field like Nate Allen? Why not draft a safety that is actually capable of playing and can maybe lock down the position for years? We just keep putting band-aids on gaping wounds, and the result is bottom-of-the-league defense.

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