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Nobody should ever rag on Jeff Ireland and Stephen Ross for pursuing Peyton Manning, Matt Flynn and Jeff Fisher.
You would've done the same thing if you were in their position.
But, it's the way that the Dolphins lost out on these three that made it so tough to swallow.
The Dolphins made themselves far too vulnerable during the Peyton Manning and Jeff Fisher sweepstakes. Despite reports that both favored the 'Fins at one point, both signed elsewhere, making this storied franchise the butt of NFL jokes.
In retrospect, it looks like Manning and Fisher used the Dolphins to attract bigger offers from other teams. Miami should've seen this coming, and they should've done something to save face.
And then, there was the Matt Flynn debacle.
Flynn says the Dolphins low-balled him, but Joe Philbin said, "We made an aggressive push...ask Matt Flynn why he's in Seattle."
By drafting Ryan Tannehill and a promising crop of rookies, Miami made fans forget about this disastrous offseason. But, this free-agency period will be a black eye in Dolphins history.