NFL Free Agency: What Is the Miami Dolphins' Direction?

Ryan AlfieriCorrespondent IIIMarch 17, 2012

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - JANUARY 01:  Matt Moore #8 hands off to  Steve Slaton #23 of the Miami Dolphins during a game  at Sun Life Stadium on January 1, 2012 in Miami Gardens, Florida.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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Well, the Fins sure have made some interesting moves over the past week. They traded their best offensive playmaker, pursued a Hall of Fame quarterback, and re-signed an aging nose tackle who will be playing out of position. 

Now, they have reportedly "low-balled" the player they may consider to be their starting quarterback of the future. 

Their fans are certainly confused, but does the Dolphins brass even have any idea what is going on?

Yes, the Dolphins had every right to pursue Manning. You don't just let a guy like that go to someone else without at least making a few phone calls. But the Dolphins, once again, embarrassed themselves in a hunt to a high-profile NFL figure. 

They were the only team that Manning refused to visit—he had Joe Philbin fly out to Indianapolis to meet him. In addition, Manning insisted that only Philbin would meet with him, making sure Stephen Ross and Jeff Ireland stayed at home. Not exactly a ringing endorsement on what they had to offer. 

Right then and there, the Fins should have gone in a different direction. Why would they want a player play for them who has no respect for the ownership and front office?

When they let go of Brandon Marshall, I figured it was part of a rebuilding process with a new coach in place, weeding out the old and unwanted. Then they turned around and extended Paul Soliai, who will be miscast in the new (and unnecessary) defensive shift to a 4-3 system. 

They seem to be interested in Matt Flynn, but how much of an upgrade will be really be over Matt Moore?

To me, these moves reek of Ross-like desperation for attention and marketability, and will only move the franchise a step backward.