NFL Notes: Dolphins, Lions, Panthers, & Steelers


Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald has a ton of nuggets regarding the Dolphins’ plans for the offseason in his latest article. Here’s a look at some of them.

  • According Jackson the Dolphins realize they will need to do what it takes to upgrade at one, if not both, guard spots.
  • Jackson reports that the like Ravens OL Kelechi Osemele, but the bidding could end up pricing them out. Other speculative options, according to Jackson, include: Evan MathisAlex BooneBrandon Brooks, Ben Jones, and/or Tim Barnes.
  • Should they look to the draft, Jackson suggests Mississippi OT Laremy Tunsil.
  • Jackson mentions that the Dolphins want to re-sign RB Lamar Miller, but it will ultimately come down to the economics.
  • The Dolphins are expected to at least consider keeping TE Jordan Cameron, but new HC Adam Gase will have input on the idea.
  • Jackson would be surprised if WR Rishard Matthews returns to Miami in 2016.
  • Despite some speculation, Jackson says the Dolphins remain committed to QB Ryan Tannehill. However, they could still move on from him in 2017, depending on how things go this season.


  • Adam Caplan reports that the Lions gave new GM Bob Quinn the title of executive Vice President to go along with a five-year contract.
  • Caplan adds that this is rare for a first time GM to have both titles.
  • During his introductory press conference, Quinn told reporters that he’s not coming here with a plan to just cut and paste everything that New England did. (Tim Twentyman)
  • Regarding analytics, Quinn said: “We will use analytics as a supplemental tool, not a primary tool in scouting.” (Dave Birkett)
  • Quinn confirmed that they’ve yet to make a decision regarding HC Jim Caldwell returning for the 2016 season. (Tim Twentyman)
  • Quinn is hoping to get to know Caldwell over the next few days and says there’s no timetable for a decision. (Tim Twentyman)
  • Regarding Calvin Johnson‘s potential retirement, Quinn said when the time is right, he’ll reach out to Johnson. (Tim Twentyman)
  • According to Quinn, the decision regarding Caldwell is his alone and he has no preconceived notions going in the situation or any mandate from ownership. (Tim Twentyman)
  • Quinn said that he plans to meet with QB Matthew Stafford before making call on Caldwell. (Kyle Meinke)



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