The Miami Dolphins have chosen not to use the franchise tag. What does this mean for the Chiefs? Well, it means that two pretty damn good players, LB Channing Crowder and OT Vernon Carey, will be available when free agency kicks off.
Carey has started all but two games for the Phins during the past four years. He is only 27 years old and has remained relatively injury free throughout his career. He is 6-foot-5, 335 pounds, yet is a good athlete who, like Branden Albert, played basketball throughout high school.
Crowder has been with the Dolphins for four years and has been a starter when healthy at inside backer. He had his best season to date last season, his first playing in the 3-4. He’s just 25. I’m not as high on him as Carey, but if we whiff on Bart Scott he would be a good alternative. I’m not a big fan of Jonathan Vilma, who seems to be looking for a new team every late February. There’s probably a reason for that.
With so many potential free agents being re-signed or tagged today, I think Carey is a player we must pursue.
The only potential snag is what if Scott Pioli doesn’t want to piss off his father-in-law, Bill Parcells, who is also Todd Haley’s mentor? I say all is fair in love, war and free agency, but the Pioli Trinity could disagree. I highly doubt it, though. Just thought it was a scenario worth mentioning.
Addicts, thoughts on Carey and Crowder?