The headlines in day three of Free Agency focused on players trying to claim a throne or fighting for independence from it.
We saw Phillip Rivers take the throne from Jacoby Brissett in Indianapolis, Nick Foles becoming a challenge to Chicago’s Mitch Trubisky, and Teddy Bridgewater became Carolina’s royalty after Cam Newton was forced unceremoniously to vacate his throne.
“Winter is coming.”
All of these moves paled in comparison to what happened in New England!
Tom Brady walked away from “The Throne of Thrones” in New England as he takes over in Tampa Bay leaving Jameis Winston in the cold.
Brady’s move stimulated an exodus in New England to which benefited the Miami Dolphins.
Center Ted Karras and Outside Linebacker Elandon Robert both formerly with New England last season signed deals yesterday with the Miami Dolphins.
Ted Karras at 6-foot-4, 305 pounds is a fighter, working his way up from the Patriots practice squad in 2017 to becoming the fulltime starter at center last season.
In fifteen games and 1,051 snaps, Karras only allowed two sacks and had three penalties, earning himself a one-year, $4 million contract with the Dolphins.
Ted Karras received a higher-valued long term contract from New England but opted to bet on himself in Miami.
LB Elandon Roberts was a captain for the Patriots last season, taking snaps on offense as a fullback when needed.
“He’ll do whatever he can to help the team in any way,” said Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick.“He’s also one of the toughest and most physical players on the team as well. He really is a tempo setter, an impact hitter, but his intelligence and his awareness and how hard he studies the game.”
Roberts had a breakout year in 2018. Pro Football Focus had Roberts as their 25th highest graded linebacker in 2018, Roberts saw his defensive totals drop in 2019, likely impacted by his offensive duties.
“I run through a motherf—–’s face”, said Miami’s newly acquired LB/FB. “Offense, defense, special teams, whatever you want.”
It’ll be exciting to add more heart and gut to the Dolphins’ roster, something Head Coach Brian Flores praises and wants from everyone on his team.
The Miami Dolphins also officially announced that they have released safety Reshad Jones and waived center Evan Brown, cornerback Rashard Causey, tackle Chidi Okeke and wide receiver T.J. Rahming.
Miami also released/failed physical linebacker Mike Hull and waived/non-football injury defensive tackle Kendrick Norton.