Miami Dolphins: John Jerry

Free agency has been open for about a month. After a furious start, teams slowed down their spending and turned into bargain shoppers as they approached the NFL draft.

The Miami Dolphins addressed several of their needs in free agency, such as left tackle, running back and safety. Here are their top remaining needs:

1. Right tackle

Analysis: The Dolphins did a good job of securing quarterback Ryan Tannehill's blind side. Miami spent $47 million to sign Pro Bowl left tackle Brenden Albert, which was the team's highest-rated free agent. But who will protect Tannehill's front side? This remains the top need for the Dolphins entering the draft. Miami signed career backup Jason Fox, who was often injured with the Detroit Lions. Fox adds depth to the position, but the Dolphins need to add a top draft pick to the mix.

2. Guard

Analysis: The Dolphins lost both starting guards -- Richie Incognito and John Jerry -- due to last season's high-profile bullying scandal. Miami signed Shelley Smith in free agency to fill one guard position. But who will fill the other guard position? The Dolphins have backups such as Sam Brenner, Nate Garner and 2013 draft pick Dallas Thomas ready to compete. But none of these players have proven to be the long-term solution. Miami could spend a high draft pick at guard.

3. Linebacker

Analysis: The Dolphins spent plenty of money last year on linebackers. Former general manager Jeff Ireland thought he fixed the position by signing Philip Wheeler and Dannell Ellerbe to free-agent contracts and extending starting outside linebacker Koa Misi. But this trio underachieved last season, as Miami finished 26th in stopping the run. Now, the Dolphins are exploring their options at linebacker and how to make this group better. Miami tried to sign linebacker D'Qwell Jackson when he was a free agent. It won't be a major shock if the Dolphins use a pick in the first three rounds on the position.

4. Safety

Analysis: The Dolphins let Chris Clemons walk in free agency and replaced him with the more dynamic Louis Delmas. In terms of talent, Delmas should be an upgrade. But there is considerable risk considering Delmas' lengthy injury history. He's missed 14 games in the past three seasons. The Dolphins could use more insurance at safety. Reshad Jones fills the second safety position but must play better after an inconsistent year in 2013.

Miami Dolphins Stock Watch

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There has been a lot of news and movement with the Miami Dolphins this offseason.

Let’s take a look at whose stock is rising and falling in Miami.

Rising

1. Dennis Hickey, Dolphins general manager: It’s only April, but the early reviews have been good so far on Miami’s new general manager. Hickey’s moves this offseason have made sense. He didn’t re-sign Richie Incognito and John Jerry – two main culprits in last year’s bullying scandal – and even got trade value in return for Jonathan Martin. Hickey also made strides to fix the offensive line (Branden Albert, Shelley Smith), defensive line (Earl Mitchell, Randy Starks), secondary (Louis Delmas, Cortland Finnegan) and tailback (Knowshon Moreno) positions. Hickey’s other major test will be the NFL draft. But it’s been so far, so good for the first-year general manager.

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2. Ryan Tannehill, quarterback: Tannehill has yet to play a game in 2014. But his stock is on the rise after getting a new left tackle in Albert and a well-rounded running back in Moreno. Tannehill made strides in his second year, but his growth was stunted by getting sacked a franchise-high 58 times last season. Miami also couldn’t run the ball consistently, which put Tannehill in tough spots. Albert should provide better protection and Moreno brings toughness to the running game and is strong at blitz pickups. Tannehill also is doing the smart thing by working out with his wide receivers early to learn offensive coordinator Bill Lazor’s new offense.

3. Joe Philbin, head coach: It’s no secret that Miami head coach Joe Philbin is entering a big third season. He is 15-17 in his first two years and has yet to post a winning record. But Philbin showed a new side of him last week at the NFL owners meetings. After listening and learning about locker room culture from his peers in Orlando, Fla., Philbin made a pledge to be more accessible and more visible to his players after last year’s bullying scandal. Philbin was unaware of what was brewing in his locker room, which turned out to be an egregious mistake. But Philbin is showing he’s willing to learn from those mistakes and become a better overall coach.

Falling

1. Lamar Miller, running back: There is a good chance that Miller will lose his starting job this year. The Dolphins paid Moreno $3 million in 2014 with the expectation that he can be the starter. Moreno is a better overall player in terms of running inside, pass protection and catches balls out of the backfield. On paper, Moreno should win the job. Miller was at his best in 2012 as a backup, change-of-pace back and could revert to that role again this upcoming season.

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2. Mike Pouncey, center: The Dolphins are still awaiting word on whether Pouncey will be suspended for the start of the 2014 season for his role in last year’s bullying scandal. Pouncey must undergo a medical evaluation before the league makes a decision. Pouncey is one of Miami’s most important players. Hickey said the team will have a contingency plan in place. But until a final decision is made, there will be some nervous moments for Pouncey and the Dolphins.

3. Dallas Thomas, guard/tackle: Thomas remains one of the Dolphins’ biggest mysteries. The 2013 third-round pick still doesn’t have a set position. Philbin all but admitted his staff hasn’t figured out if Thomas is a guard or offensive tackle. In addition, the Dolphins signed veteran free-agent right tackle Jason Fox and most likely will draft another offensive lineman early to push Thomas further down the depth chart. Thomas has a lot to prove in Year 2. His status as a fairly high draft pick will only last so long without production.
If the Miami Dolphins had a game today, the offensive line would still be in shambles.

Miami invested a combined $50 million this offseason on free-agent pickups Branden Albert and Shelley Smith. However, there were so many holes following last season that the Dolphins' offensive line remains incomplete.

There are only three set starters on the offensive line currently on Miami's roster. Albert, a Pro Bowler, is a lock at left tackle. Center Mike Pouncey, who also made his first Pro Bowl in 2013, is another lock at center. Smith is a favorite to start at one guard position but he has to compete for the job.

After that, Miami's offensive line remains a mystery.

The Dolphins' offensive line was turned upside down following last year's bullying scandal. They didn't re-sign former starting guards Richie Incognito and John Jerry, who were culprits cited in the Ted Wells investigation. Miami also traded former starting right tackle Jonathan Martin, who was cited as the victim, to the San Francisco 49ers. On the field, the group allowed a franchise-record 58 sacks last season.

One starting guard spot and right tackle remain wide open. The Dolphins have backups such as Sam Brenner, Nate Garner and Dallas Thomas on the roster. Brenner and Garner could compete for one guard spot. They rotated as starters last season. Thomas, a 2013 third-round pick, remains a wild card. He's raw but has potential. The issue is the Dolphins still aren't sure if Thomas is better at guard or tackle.

"We've got to find him a home and give him a place to anchor down and get comfortable with," Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin said of Thomas last week at the NFL owners meetings. "He's been one of the hardest-working guys we have. ... I just think it's just a matter of consistency, gaining the trust and the confidence in himself, the guy next to him and the staff."

The Dolphins are now bargain hunting in free agency and may not find another veteran starter on the offensive line. They signed former Detroit Lions backup offensive tackle Jason Fox on Wednesday. Miami also could use at least one high draft pick in the first two rounds at right tackle or guard.

Miami has done a good job of remaking its offensive line so far. But there is plenty of work left to be complete.
ORLANDO, Fla. -- NFL commissioner Roger Goodell provided some closing thoughts on this week’s NFL owners meetings.

Here are some tidbits Goodell offered about the Miami Dolphins:
  • Goodell was pleased with the progress the NFL made this week on locker-room culture. There were several productive sessions to help coaches and general managers be proactive and avoid what happened last year in Miami during the Dolphins' bullying scandal.
  • In terms of suspensions, Goodell said the NFL will not take action until all three players complete their medical evaluations. Goodell announced Tuesday that Richie Incognito, John Jerry and Mike Pouncey must seek treatment. “The medical evaluation is a priority for us,” Goodell said.
  • NFL vice president of football Troy Vincent added that the league will “consider everything” when it comes to potential suspensions. Pouncey could be in hot water because NFL lead investigator Ted Wells didn’t find some of Pouncey’s accounts credible, according to the report.

The Dolphins and the NFL leave Orlando with a much better grasp on how to improve locker-room culture, which was a major focus at the owners meetings. The next step for Miami will be awaiting word on Pouncey's playing status for the start of the regular season.
ORLANDO, Fla. -- It’s no secret the Miami Dolphins need help on the offensive line. This year Miami could have as many as four new starters by Week 1 of the regular season.

With that in mind, should the Dolphins pursue Philadelphia Eagles Pro Bowl guard Evan Mathis? Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports Mathis has been put on the trading block this week during the NFL owners meetings.

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The Dolphins lost both starting guards from 2013 due to their high-profile bullying scandal. Richie Incognito and John Jerry were cited in the Ted Wells report for the harassment of former teammate Jonathan Martin. Both Incognito and Jerry were unrestricted free agents who will not return. Jerry signed with the New York Giants.

Miami recently signed guard Shelley Smith in free agency to fill one guard position, as well as left tackle Branden Albert. Mathis, 32, would make some sense for the Dolphins due to his familiarity with new Miami offensive coordinator Bill Lazor, who was a quarterbacks coach in Philadelphia.

The major question could be the price tag. The Dolphins have seven draft picks next May and probably aren’t willing to give up a high selection in the first year under general manager Dennis Hickey. But a mid-round pick, such as a third- or fourth-rounder, could make things interesting.
ORLANDO, Fla. -- NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said Monday that improving the workplace environment is a major focus for the league moving forward. Goodell said he spoke numerous times to the Miami Dolphins and 40 players total from nine different teams on how to fix the league’s locker-room culture.

“What do we need to do to make sure we have a workplace that we're all proud of?” Goodell said at the annual league meetings. “Those [talks] have been very productive.”

None of this would be possible without the Dolphins. Had Jonathan Martin not left the team on Oct. 29 amid bullying and harassment claims and caused a media firestorm, this topic would not be near the top of the docket at the NFL’s league meetings. That is perhaps the biggest silver lining the Dolphins can take from one of the most controversial chapters in franchise history.

The curtain was pulled back on Miami’s locker-room culture last season and prompted conversation and change. Mike Pouncey, Richie Incognito and John Jerry were three players cited for harassment in the 144-page Ted Wells report. That certainly caught Goodell’s attention, and the NFL is examining various measures to prevent another situation like this from happening again.

“We’re trying to get as much input as possible,” Goodell said. “This is a culture change. ... This is more about people understanding the importance of a professional workplace where there’s respect for everybody, whether it’s a teammate, an opponent, game officials.”

In this case, change is good. NFL locker rooms have long been behind the times. The Dolphins just happen to be the team that exposed the need for change. What the Dolphins experienced last year was negative, but learning from it going forward is a positive for the Dolphins and the entire NFL.

According to Goodell, no decisions have been made on potential suspensions for Incognito, Pouncey and Jerry. Goodell said all three players must first go through medical evaluations before the NFL makes a decision.
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The Miami Dolphins filled one of their two guard positions Friday. They signed free-agent offensive lineman Shelley Smith to a two-year, $5.5 million contract, according to a report by ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

Smith played 14 games with the St. Louis Rams last season and is projected to start in Miami, where the offensive line was ravaged due to a high-profile bullying scandal. Former Dolphins starting guards Richie Incognito and John Jerry were cited for bullying and harassment of then-teammate Jonathan Martin in 2013. Incognito and Jerry are both free agents who will not return to Miami.

That left two starting spots open at guard. Smith will man one guard spot at an affordable rate. New Dolphins general manager Dennis Hickey can fill the other guard opening via free agency or the draft. Miami holds the No. 19 overall pick in May.

What holes remain for Dolphins?

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The Miami Dolphins got off to a successful start in free agency. New Dolphins left tackle Branden Albert, safety Louis Delmas and defensive linemen Earl Mitchell and Randy Starks all filled holes. Miami even got compensation in a trade for embattled right tackle Jonathan Martin. Overall it's a good start.

But there remains well-defined needs that remain for Miami. Here are several areas the the Dolphins must still address:

No. 1: Right tackle

Analysis: Despite having two Pro Bowlers in the fold in Albert and center Mike Pouncey, there are still holes on the offensive line. The biggest right now is at right tackle, where the Dolphins don't have a legitimate starter on their roster. Dallas Thomas is a 2013 third-round pick who is a major project. Based on last year's performance, Thomas appears too raw to fill that role. The Dolphins may wait to fill this position in the draft, where a player like Notre Dame's Zack Martin could be available at No. 19 overall.

No. 2: Guards

Analysis: Miami's two guard positions are wide open. Richie Incognito and John Jerry were the Dolphins' two starters last year. Both are unrestricted free agents who will not return after being involved in the bullying scandal. Currently Nate Garner and Sam Brenner are the two replacements on the roster. Both are backups. The Dolphins need to find quality starters via the draft or free agency to build around Albert and Pouncey.

No. 3: Cornerback

Analysis: The Dolphins lost seven interceptions from their cornerback position last season when they cut Dimitri Patterson and let Nolan Carroll go in free agency. That leaves a big hole to fill opposite Pro Bowl cornerback Brent Grimes. The Dolphins may rely on 2013 draft picks Jamar Taylor and/or Will Davis to step up in Year 2. Both players have potential but didn't get on the field much last season due to injuries. Miami could add another veteran to the mix to push its young corners and challenge for a starting job in training camp.
Branden AlbertPeter G. Aiken/Getty ImagesThe Dolphins bolstered their O-line by agreeing to a five-year, $46 million deal with Brandon Albert.
NFL free agency kicked off with a bang Tuesday, and Pro Bowl left tackle Branden Albert was one of the biggest names to switch teams. Albert signed a five-year, $46 million contract with Miami Dolphins. He spent the previous five seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs.

One team’s loss is another team’s gain in free agency. ESPN.com’s Chiefs reporter Adam Teicher and Dolphins reporter James Walker weigh in on both sides of the Albert signing.

James Walker: Adam, the Dolphins are ecstatic to land a player of Albert’s caliber. Pro Bowl left tackles do not grow on trees, and Albert was the highest-rated player at that position on the market. Albert also filled Miami’s biggest need on the offensive line, which was torn apart last season with the bullying controversy. The price tag wasn’t cheap. But the Dolphins feel it was worth the investment, especially after watching their quarterback get sacked a team-record 58 times last season. Albert will protect Ryan Tannehill’s blindside. Adam, how are the Chiefs dealing with the loss of Albert?

Adam Teicher: It’s a loss for the Chiefs for the short term without a doubt. Eventually, the Chiefs should be able to handle his departure. The Chiefs and Albert were so far apart on a long-term contract last year that they knew it was never going to happen. So they began preparing for this day last year by selecting a tackle, Eric Fisher, with the first pick in the draft. Fisher started as a rookie at right tackle but didn’t play well. He was a huge disappointment, but there’s no reason to believe he won’t eventually become the player the Chiefs envision. He needs a year in Kansas City’s weight program. That alone should make him better.

The Chiefs and Dolphins talked about a trade involving Albert last year. How disappointed was Miami they couldn’t acquire Albert then?

Walker: The Dolphins liked Albert last year, but the person calling the shots this year is different. Miami fired former general manager Jeff Ireland and hired new GM Dennis Hickey in January. Ireland liked to acquire picks as opposed to trading them away. So it wasn’t a shock when talks with Kansas City failed. It turned out to be a mistake as Miami’s offensive line was atrocious, which played a factor in Ireland losing his job. Hickey doesn’t want to make the same mistake. It appears he values the perks of a good offensive line and is making it a priority by putting money into Albert.

Adam, the Chiefs’ offensive line appears to be in transition with losses of Albert, Jon Asamoah and Geoff Schwartz. How will they recover?

Teicher: They’ve tried to prepare for this. Over the last four drafts, the Chiefs have used five picks in the first three rounds on offensive linemen. Four of them will start next season. They have three developmental linemen and the Chiefs could slide one of them into a starting spot in the middle of the line. Their depth will definitely take a hit, particularly at tackle. They’ll have to find some backups and perhaps even a starter through free agency or the draft.

With regard to the offensive line, is anything left for the Dolphins to do or are they set?

Walker: The Dolphins are far from set, Adam. Unlike Kansas City, Miami has not invested much in the offensive line in the past year. Pro Bowl center Mike Pouncey is the only starting offensive lineman expected to return. Last year’s starting guards -- Richie Incognito and John Jerry -- will not return due to their involvement in Miami’s high-profile bullying scandal. Offensive tackles Tyson Clabo and Bryant McKinnie are both unrestricted free agents who are long in the tooth. Pouncey and Albert are a solid foundation. But the Dolphins still need two starting guards and a right tackle to play alongside their two Pro Bowlers.

Poll: Dolphins free agency

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The NFL's annual spending spree begins in about 24 hours!

At 4 p.m. ET on Tuesday, teams can officially sign free agents in an effort to improve their rosters. The Miami Dolphins and other teams have been in negotiations with free agents since Saturday. Many parameters were set over the weekend.

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With that in mind, here is our latest poll question: Which free agent should the Dolphins sign Tuesday?

Will Miami land left tackle Branden Albert? The Dolphins desperately need help on the offensive line, and Albert is the highest-rated player on the market. Albert was a Pro Bowler last season for the Kansas City Chiefs.

What about the Dolphins and Eugene Monroe? Miami could like the mixture of quality and value with the former Baltimore Ravens and Jacksonville Jaguars left tackle. Monroe is not as good a player as Albert, but he could still protect Miami quarterback Ryan Tannehill's blindside.

Should Miami fill its guard position with Roger Saffold on Tuesday? Dolphins guards Richie Incognito and John Jerry are free agents and not expected to return. Both were key people involved in Miami’s high-profile bullying scandal. Oakland Raiders free agent Jared Veldheer also could be an option.

Using our SportsNation poll, vote on which free agent the Dolphins should sign Tuesday. You can share your thoughts in the comments section below or send a message via Twitter @JamesWalkerNFL.

Free-agency primer: Dolphins

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Key free agents: DT Randy Starks, DT Paul Soliai, S Chris Clemons, G Richie Incognito, G John Jerry, OT Bryant McKinnie, OT Tyson Clabo

Where they stand: The Dolphins are expecting major turnover on their offensive line this offseason. Four starters -- Incognito, Jerry, McKinnie and Clabo -- are unrestricted free agents; most are not expected to return after Miami set a franchise record with 58 quarterback sacks allowed and were 26th in rushing. Incognito and Jerry were both involved in Miami’s high-profile bullying scandal. McKinnie and Clabo are older veterans at the end of their careers. So the Dolphins will look to get younger at offensive tackle. Starks and Soliai are solid defensive tackles who could get interest on the open market. Clemons is an average safety who has starting experience.

What to expect: Incognito and Jerry are as good as gone. Both were cited in the 144-page Ted Wells report. The Dolphins will let them go elsewhere in order to distance the franchise from that ugly scandal. Miami has plenty of cap room and will look to spend it at offensive tackle. Free-agent tackles like Eugene Monroe and Branden Albert could be high priorities. If the Dolphins can land one of them, that rules out a return for McKinnie. The defensive tackle position is interesting. Miami may aim to bring back Starks or Soliai, but nothing is guaranteed if neither player is signed before March 11. There is a chance the Dolphins could lose both players and need a contingency plan.

Twitter mailbag: Mike Pouncey's future

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MIAMI – The Miami Dolphins had another interesting week to add to their wild offseason.

Let’s open the Twitter mailbag and see what’s on the mind of Dolphins fans:
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Miami Dolphins combine preview

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The Miami Dolphins have been "team turmoil" as of late. They have been dealing with the aftermath of the Ted Wells report, but there are some other things on the way in terms of free agency and the NFL draft.

With that in mind, the NFL combine kicks off later this week. The Dolphins hold the No. 19 overall pick.

Here are some key questions and answers:

1. How will the new GM handle the combine?

This is the first NFL combine as the top guy for Dolphins general manager Dennis Hickey. He worked in both college and pro scouting for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for 18 years before getting the GM job in Miami in January.

Hickey was not Miami’s first choice, but he has an opportunity to begin proving his worth at the combine. Scouting is his specialty and one of the primary reasons he got the job. The Dolphins have some holes to fill.

Hickey will address the media on Thursday in Indianapolis. Unfortunately for the Dolphins, Hickey most likely will have to spend a good amount of time addressing the fallout from the Ted Wells report, which was released last week and detailed Miami’s bullying scandal involving Dolphins offensive linemen Richie Incognito and Jonathan Martin.

2. Who are some players to watch for Miami?

The Dolphins were 8-8 in 2013. So they are not a rebuilding team with a bare cupboard. However, Miami does have some well-defined needs that must be addressed if the Dolphins want to get to the next level.

For starters, Miami must rebuild nearly its entire offensive line. It was the weakest part of the team last year, allowing a franchise-record 58 sacks to go with an inconsistent running game. The Dolphins have four starters about to become unrestricted free agents: offensive tackles Tyson Clabo and Bryant McKinnie, as well as guards Incognito and John Jerry. Incognito and Jerry were two parties involved in the Ted Wells investigation for Miami’s bullying scandal and won’t return. Clabo and McKinnie are older players and the Dolphins will look to get younger at the position.

That means Miami will have a long look at guards and tackles in the draft. The Dolphins are fortunate that this is an area of great depth this year. Some offensive tackles to keep an eye on are Notre Dame’s Zack Martin, Alabama’s Cyrus Kouandjio and Virginia's Morgan Moses. All three should be in range for Miami at No. 19. Potential second-round selections could come at running back, where players like Carlos Hyde from Ohio State or Wisconsin’s James White could be available.

3. What is Jonathan Martin’s future?

Scouting rookies isn’t the only business that happens at the combine. Team executives also meet with agents in Indianapolis to discuss current NFL players, potential trades and contracts. One major issue for Miami is what to do with Martin.

The 2012 second-round pick has two years left on his rookie contract. But it’s clear after the Wells report that a mutual parting of ways is best for both parties. Both sides are expected to meet in Indianapolis to figure out where to go from here.

Miami Dolphins Stock Watch

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The Miami Dolphins have a lot going on this offseason.

Here is a look at whose stock is rising and falling this week:

Falling

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1. Richie Incognito, guard: Incognito's already poor reputation took a bigger hit last week during the release of the Ted Wells report. Incognito harassed teammate Jonathan Martin and former teammate Andrew McDonald, according to the report. This will not make it easy for Incognito to find a job next season.

2. Jim Turner, offensive line coach: Outside of Incognito, Turner most likely will be the biggest fall guy in Miami’s bullying scandal. Turner was the supervisor responsible for the offensive line, which was described as an “anything goes” group. The Wells report also showed Turner, at times, was a willing participant in the banter, which doesn’t look good. I wouldn’t be surprised if Turner loses his job soon.

3. Mike Pouncey, center: The Dolphins will have an interesting decision with Pouncey. Incognito was the ringleader, but Pouncey took part in the harassment. He’s also under contract and is one of Miami’s top players. Will Pouncey get fined? Suspended? That remains to be seen. But it’s doubtful the Dolphins will offer Pouncey a contract extension, despite his quality play on the field.

Rising

1. Dennis Hickey, Dolphins GM: This has to be exciting times for Miami’s first-year general manager. He's running the show for the first time and will be a major part of Miami’s plans at the NFL combine. College scouting is Hickey’s strength. Therefore, this week’s events will be right up his alley. Miami also has plenty of cap room for Hickey to spend in free agency in March.

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2. Brent Grimes, cornerback: Grimes put in the work last season and made his second Pro Bowl. Now it’s time to cash in. Grimes will be an unrestricted free agent in March and is in line to get a sizable contract extension. The Dolphins also can use the franchise tag on Grimes, which will pay him top dollar for 2014. Grimes wants long-term security, but he will get paid handsomely next season either way.

3. John Benton, assistant offensive line coach: With Turner most likely on the way out, that may provide an opportunity for a quick promotion for Benton. He joined the team just last month. The Dolphins had an idea of Turner’s role in the bullying scandal and hiring Benton, who formerly worked with the Houston Texans, may have been a pre-emptive move. Benton will work with a group that struggled mightily in 2013 and could face wholesale changes.

Poll: What happens to Mike Pouncey?

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It will be easy for the Miami Dolphins to wash their hands of embattled offensive linemen Richie Incognito and John Jerry following last week’s harassment details in the Ted Wells report. Both players are unrestricted free agents in March, and the Dolphins can simply move on without them and leave discipline up to the NFL.

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What should happen with Dolphins C Mike Pouncey following the Wells report?

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But Miami Pro Bowl center Mike Pouncey's situation is much more complex for the Dolphins. He's still under contract and is one of Miami's top players. The Wells report found Pouncey was a participant in the harassment of teammate Jonathan Martin and former teammate Andrew McDonald. Pouncey also took part in racially insensitive activity towards an Asian assistant trainer, according to the report.

Pouncey was not the ringleader – that was Incognito -- but he was a part of Miami’s sordid locker room culture. Therefore, here is our latest poll question: What should the Dolphins and NFL do with Pouncey?

Will Pouncey get fined? This is the equivalent of a slap on the wrist by the NFL. What about a suspension? It could be minor (1-4 games) or significant (5 or more). Pouncey also could walk away with no punishment by the Dolphins and the NFL.

Using our SportsNation poll, vote on what happens to Pouncey following the Wells report. You can share your thoughts in the comment section below, or send a message via Twitter @JamesWalkerNFL.

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