AFC East: Stanford

What is Matt Flynn's price tag?

January, 6, 2012
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Green Bay Packers backup quarterback and pending free agent Matt Flynn made himself a lot of money in the final week of the regular season. Flynn, starting in place in Aaron Rodgers, beat the Detroit Lions with 480 passing yards and six touchdowns. That caught the attention of a lot of quarterback-needy teams.

Will the Miami Dolphins throw their name in the Flynn sweepstakes?

The Dolphins are searching for a new coach and their long-term solution at quarterback. The coaching search is underway. Jeff Fisher, Dave Toub and interim coach Todd Bowles were already interviewed by Miami. The quarterback search won't be settled for months.

Miami picks No. 8 or No. 9, which is most likely too high to draft Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck or Baylor's Robert Griffin III. Therefore, free agency is probably the easiest way to upgrade the quarterback position.

The biggest question is what is Flynn's price tag? Scouts really like him, but he's still somewhat of an unknown.

Flynn has just two career starts in four years in Green Bay. But he's thrown for 1,015 yards, nine touchdowns and five interceptions in mostly mop-up duty. His career passer rating is 92.8.

Matt Schaub was given a six-year, $48 million contract by the Houston Texans with very little playing experience in his previous stop with the Atlanta Falcons. That move panned out. The Arizona Cardinals gave Kevin Kolb a five-year, $63 million extension despite limited experience with the Philadelphia Eagles. That move looks like a bust.

Interested teams have to decide whether Flynn is more "Schaub" than "Kolb" before handing out the big money.

Someone will be willing to pay the unrestricted free agent. Will it be the Dolphins?

DraftWatch: Dolphins slide to No. 9

December, 5, 2011
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The good news for Miami Dolphins fans is their team put forth a dominant effort in a 34-14 win over the Oakland Raiders. The bad news is the victory slid the Dolphins four spots to No. 9 in April's NFL draft.

Head coach Tony Sparano has his team playing well. Miami is 4-1 in its last five games and has become the NFL's most dangerous spoiler. But without the team going to the playoffs, it's not too early to consider Miami's draft position.

The Dolphins are expected to take a hard look at quarterback prospects. Stanford's Andrew Luck will be long gone. But Miami could consider USC's Matt Barkley, Okalahoma's Landry Jones and Baylor's Robert Griffin III, who are all battling to be the No. 2 quarterback selected.

The Dolphins (4-8) have another winnable game at home this week against the Philadelphia Eagles (4-8). No one would be surprised if Miami wins at least two more games in the final month. That could knock a Dolphins team once considered firmly in the Luck Sweepstakes out of the top 10.

Here is the NFL draft order after Week 13:

1. Colts 0-12

2. Rams 2-10

3. Vikings 2-10

4. Jaguars 3-8

5. Redskins 4-8

6. Panthers 4-8

7. Browns 4-8

8. Eagles 4-8

9. Dolphins 4-8

10. Buccaneers 4-8

*ESPN's Stats and Information

Bella Twins on Wrestlemania, Dolphins

November, 4, 2011
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MIAMI -- The Heat and the NBA are locked out.

The Dolphins (0-7) can't win a game and the Hurricanes (4-4) are unranked.

Miami's sports scene is hurting right now, making it the perfect time for Wrestlemania to invade South Florida. The WWE's version of the Super Bowl held its kickoff party in downtown Miami Friday evening.

Because we occasionally like to mix things up, ESPN.com's AFC East blog stopped by and caught up with The Bella Twins -- Brie and Nikki -- to discuss the April 1 event and Miami sports. Wrestlemania brought in an estimated $62 million of revenue to Atlanta last year, and Miami expects similar results.

"Not having the Heat and them losing in the Finals, at least you win and have Wrestlemania and bring the city a lot of money," Brie Bella said of Miami. "We bring people from 142 countries and they get to enjoy your beaches."

The Bella Twins also know their football. Both are big fantasy-league players. Their team is 5-2 this season, although New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady nearly let their team down last week against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Friday we asked The Bella Twins the biggest football question in Miami: How do you fix the winless Dolphins?

"They need to get a quarterback, running back and wide receiver that makes magic together," Nikki Bella said. "I think with the top teams, that's what they have. I feel like the Dolphins do not have that -- they haven't had that."

Miami's rebuilding process starts at quarterback. Chad Henne is out for the year and his contract will be up at the end of the season.

Most Dolphins fans are clamoring for Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck, who is projected to be the No. 1 overall draft pick next year. The Dolphins and Indianapolis Colts (0-8) are the only remaining winless teams in the NFL.

"It would be amazing if Miami got him," said Brie Bella, agreeing with most Dolphins fans. "I think it's a tough fight with the Colts. It looks like the Colts have their eye on him, but who knows if Peyton Manning is going to allow that. But the Dolphins would benefit huge if they got him."

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