Just another ho-hum, typical offseason Wednesday for the Dolphins.
They announced new concessions on the stadium deal. They signed offensive guard Lance Louis. And they made general manager Jeff Ireland and CEO Mike Dee available to season-ticket holders to discuss anything they wanted.
Didn’t matter. It was all logo, all the time in Miami.
The day after confirming that the logo leaked in recent weeks was indeed the real deal, the Dolphins embraced the local and national notoriety.
They even sent Jared Odrick to a community event wearing an off-the-rack T-shirt, with the sleek — albeit controversial — new design. Fans took to Twitter to praise or harangue the new look; Dee acknowledged the reaction was mixed.
But the extreme makeover got the thumbs-up from two respected voices: Don Shula and Dan Marino.
“Glad to see new logo has all the same colors from our great 70’s & 80’s teams. A new look for a new era,” Shula tweeted.
Marino tweeted: “Saw the new Fins logo. Followed the development stage & now its great to see the finished product. #NewEraNewLook #13Approved.”
New logo — and new blood on the offensive line. Louis, who played the first four seasons of his career with the Bears, signed a one-year contract Wednesday. The Dolphins pick up a versatile blocker who was considered an ascendant player before injuring his knee late in the 2012 season.
Louis is three months removed from surgery to repair a torn ACL, which often requires a recovery time of nine months to a year. But Louis said his goal is to be ready by training camp.
Louis, 27, had visited the Dolphins in the first week of free agency and chose Miami over Chicago and “a couple of other teams.”
If healthy, Louis probably will compete with John Jerry at right guard.
Ireland said he doubts Louis will be ready for organized team activities, but “probably” will be for training camp. When asked if the Dolphins were done upgrading the offensive line through free agency — there’s still a hole at right tackle — Ireland was noncommittal.
“We’re still tinkering in free agency at the offensive line position.”
Other takeaways from the 30-minute session:
• Ireland said of the draft that he likes players at the “core positions” — pass-rushers, tackles, receivers and corners. Those happen to also be among the most expensive players to sign in free agency and are much cheaper via the draft. It’s a deep year for those positions, he added.
• Even with Ryan Tannehill, Matt Moore and Pat Devlin, Ireland didn’t rule out using one of the team’s 11 picks on a quarterback.
• When asked by a fan if the Dolphins might be moved if financing for stadium renovations are not approved, Dee said that Stephen Ross would not relocate the team so long as he was the owner.
“He thinks he’s going to live to be 110,” Dee said. “[But] at some point in the next 30 years, he will not be the majority owner of the team. That’s why we think the right time to address the stadium issue is now.”
Source : Adam H. Beasley