Dolphins Trade Smiley, Sign Procter: Jake Grove on Hot Seat.
So long, Justin Smiley. Hello, Cory Procter.
That’s what the Dolphins said yesterday in perhaps the most anti-climatic move of the off-season. A lot of motion in the ocean as the Dolphins try to shore up their offensive line. Is center Jake Grove now on the hot seat for his starting job?
Two months ago, Miami Dolphins veteran guard Justin Smiley received a phone call from Bill Parcells, who told him not to report to OTAs because the team was looking to trade him.
After drafting Mississippi offensive lineman John Jerry and picking up free agent Richie Incognito, it was fairly obvious the Dolphins were ready to unload Smiley. So he went out and hired agent-shark Drew Rosenhaus, and then came the waiting game.
That game ended yesterday when the Miami Dolphins finally reached an agreement with the Jacksonville Jaguars for an undisclosed draft pick (presumably a late-round draft pick), pending a physical.
Smiley was drafted by the 49ers in 2004 and signed a five-year, $25-million contract with Miami in 2008 as an unrestricted free agent, but has since faced a string of injuries. He missed time last season with a nagging shoulder, and he also sat out part of the ‘08 season when he broke his right leg in a win over the St. Louis Rams.
Now awaiting a physical (which I was just told as of 3:00 on May 26 he did), Smiley will part ways with Miami and head up I-95 north where he’ll join his new team for mini-camp. All smiles, of course.
With Smiley presumably gone and Nate Garner out with an unspecified injury, the Dolphins signed Cory Procter in an effort to add some insurance to the offensive line.
Procter, who was cut by the Cowboys last week, spend five seasons with Dallas after signing with the Detroit Lions as an undrafted free agent in 2005. He started 11 games in 2008 and appeared in 12 as a reserve last season. I’ve also been informed that he’s an avid musician, a drummer for the Dallas-based heavy metal band Free Reign.
A 6-foot-4, 311-pound center by trade, the versatile Procter has some experience at left guard and he also had experience (at least in practice) running a version of the Wildcat in Dallas.
Procter is the third University of Montana Grizzlies player currently on the Dolphins’ roster, joining kicker Dan Carpenter and running back Lex Hilliard. I have reason to believe those guys from Missoula, Montana, know how to play in all kinds of weather.
With Procter coming to Miami, it’s center Jake Grove who just got a wake-up call via a cold bucket of water. The Dolphins recently announced an open competition for his starting center spot, and with several able-bodies on the depth chart, Grove’s probably feeling a little “Under Pressure,” a la David Bowie.
Wakey Wakey Jakey,you can’t afford to make a big mistakey.
LOOK: This “A Few Good Men” spoof perfectly represents Tom Brady and DeflateGate
I'm tired of DeflateGate, so freaking tired. I want it to be done. I don't want to hear about it again. I want to forget it ever happened. Unfortunately, that's just not going to happen. Read More
This stat about Lavonte David shows just how amazing he truly is
Next to J.J. Watt, you could make a solid case that Lavonte David is the best defender in the NFL. You won't hear that from the press or ESPN or the fans or the end-of-the-year-award voters, but stats don't lie. And this stat says it all. Read More
Redskins fans are really excited about Ryan Kerrigan’s massive contract extension
Washington Redskins fans are really, really happy about Ryan Kerrigan's big extension. Read More
Three hysterical notes from Deadspin on why the Jacksonville Jaguars suck
Deadspin writer Drew Magary is currently launching his "Why Your Team Sucks 2015" series and doing it in draft order. Which means, the Jacksonville Jaguars were his third victim thus far. Uh oh Jags fans, cover your ears, or don't because even if you are a fan this is down right hilarious. Read More