New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft revealed earlier this week that he sat down for a meeting with Bill Belichick and Tom Brady, and he implied that it had something to do with the faces of the franchise clearing the air. While the sit-down may have helped, it does not sound like it was a cure-all.
If Ryan Tannehill can stay healthy, I think he will. It feels like everything is up for grabs in Miami right now, but a fresh start at quarterback is unlikely. For two big reasons:
The Dolphins hold the 11th spot in a draft in which it’s conceivable that the four top quarterback prospects in this class — Sam Darnold, Josh Rosen, Josh Allen and Baker Mayfield — will be off the board in the first 10 picks. Hell, they could all be claimed after the Broncos pick at five. There are other enticing options beyond the Big Four — Louisville’s Lamar Jackson and Oklahoma State’s Mason Rudolph come to mind — but Miami brass will have to see something very special in that second tier to reboot the position.
Toilolo will join a revamped position group, which includes another free agent addition, Luke Willson, along with Michael Roberts, a fourth-round pick in 2017 returning for his second season.
On Tuesday, Lions coach Matt Patricia highlighted the team’s need for a tight end, foreshadowing the addition of a player like Toilolo.
I would say right now if we had to go line up and play, we’re probably short maybe at the tight end position, Patricia said when asked his team’s biggest need. Try to get another body in there if we can from a free agency standpoint.
The Lions released former first-round pick Eric Ebron earlier this month in a cost-saving move. He was due $8.25 million this season had the team retained him. Additionally, Darren Fells departed via free agency, agreeing to a three-year contract with the Browns.