Posted: 11:06 am Wednesday, March 14th, 2012
By Post Staff
A few new free agency notes this morning as they pertain to the Dolphins, in addition to the free agent visits they have set up with RT Eric Winston and DB Richard Marshall:
* The Cleveland Plain-Dealer writes this morning that the Browns aren’t interested in former Packers backup QB Matt Flynn at this time, despite reports stating otherwise. But the Seattle Seahawks are, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
He reports this morning that Flynn, regarded as the second-best quarterback on the free agent market behind Peyton Manning, will visit the Seahawks Thursday night and into Friday. The Seahawks are looking for a quarterback to replace or compete with incumbent Tarvaris Jackson, and are set to host Chad Henne in a visit, according to the Seattle Times.
The Dolphins view Flynn as their contingency plan in case they don’t get Manning, and may be forced to focus their attention on Flynn instead of Manning in the coming days.
Manning is reportedly in Nashville today interviewing with the Titans. He previously spent six hours each at the Broncos’ and Cardinals’ facilities over the weekend, and met with Dolphins coach Joe Philbin for six hours in Indianapolis on Monday. But the Broncos, not the Dolphins, are perceived to be the favorite now for Manning — former Colts president Bill Polian said on ESPN he believes Denver and Tennessee will be the final two — and a source close to the situation indicated Tuesday night that Manning is not as high on the Dolphins as he is with the other suitors.
The Dolphins don’t want to miss out on both Manning and Flynn, and with Flynn headed to Seattle tomorrow, the Dolphins may begin an aggressive pursuit of him in the coming days.
* Free agent defensive end Kendall Langford, the Dolphins’ third-round pick in 2008, would like to re-sign with the Dolphins, but his first priority is to receive fair value in the market place. To that end, Langford has a visit scheduled for tomorrow with the Cincinnati Bengals, and may have a visit with the Patriots in the next few days as well, a league source confirmed. The Atlanta Falcons, whose defensive coordinator is former Dolphins DC Mike Nolan, also have expressed interest. Langford has 7.5 sacks in four seasons (0 in 2011) and is seeking a contract slightly above the four-year, $20 million contract Washington gave Adam Carriker on Tuesday.
* The Dolphins continue to speak to the agent of free agent nose tackle Paul Soliai, but Soliai has set up a visit with the Denver Broncos, according to reports. Soliai is likely to receive a higher offer from another team — the Colts, Chargers and Chiefs may all be interested — but all things considered he would rather stay in Miami, if the Dolphins can offer him a competitive contract.
* The Dolphins are also meeting with Browns guard/tackle Artis Hicks today, as first reported by Alex Marvez of Fox Sports. Hicks, who a source said will arrive in South Florida on Wednesday night, has 71 career starts in 10 NFL seasons with Philadelphia, Minnesota, Washington and Cleveland and could play right guard or right tackle for Miami.