By DJ Siddiqi @DJSiddiqi on May 21, 2014
The Miami Dolphins enter 2014 with make-or-break expectations. If the team does not clinch its first playoff berth in six years, the franchise will undergo a huge rebuilding effort. In that scenario, don't expect head coach Joe Philbin to return for a fourth season. With the pressure high in South Florida entering 2014, here are the five biggest rumors surrounding the Dolphins heading into OTAs.
Jarvis Landry was drafted in the second round by the Dolphins in the 2014 NFL Draft. Because of his draft billing, Landry has a roster spot locked up this season. Which means one of Miami's top receivers are on their way out before the season begins. With Landry best suited to be a slot receiver, does this mean Brandon Gibson is on his way out? Or does it mean another receiver is on his way out of South Florida?
The Miami Dolphins placed Dion Jordan on the trade block earlier this offseason, and received a trade offer from the Philadelphia Eagles. The Dolphins rejected the trade offer, and the Eagles just recently selected defensive end Marcus Smith in the first round of this year's NFL draft. With the Eagles now out of the picture to acquire Jordan, expect the 2013 first-round draft pick to remain a Dolphin for at least one more year.
Ryan Tannehill is entering his third season in the NFL, and when compared to his quarterback peers from the 2012 NFL Draft such as Russell Wilson, Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III, it's clear Tannehill has had the least amount of success. If Tannehill hopes to be the Dolphins' franchise quarterback, he will have to either have a great season statistically, or lead the Dolphins to the postseason.
Earlier this offseason, there were also rumors surrounding the Dolphins attempt to trade Mike Wallace. The issue isn't that Wallace is not a quality player, the issue is his cap figure -- it's $ 17.25 million for the 2014 season alone. With Wallace the highest-paid receiver in the NFL despite marginal numbers in 2013, it's hard to envision the Dolphins being able to trade Wallace in 2014.
The Dolphins are not feeling a lot of love for 2014. Despite a busy offseason that saw the team address its key deficiencies, ESPN.com ranked the Dolphins as the 24th-best team in the NFL, while Bleacher Report ranked the Dolphins as the worst team in the NFL. Though the Dolphins are far from being the NFL's best team, they are also far from being the NFL's worst team.
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