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The Miami Heat have been exposed in National Basketball Association for being a under size team. The Utah Jazz, the L.A. Lakers and the Oklahoma City Thunder have given the entire NBA a blue print on how to beat the Miami Heat. The lack of bulk and depth with their big men have left the Heat organization shaking there heads. Yes, Bosh and Anthony are very good but they need some help down low in the paint. They have gotten away with playing without a real center all season long and teams are taking notice.

The Heat have continued to look to add a couple of veteran big men to their roster. They attempted to sign Kenyon Martin but he went to the L.A. Clippers. Then they attempted to sign Joel Przybilla, but he stayed with the Portland Trail Blazers. Sources say Miami reportedly worked out Rasheed Wallace and nothing has developed. According to league executives, the Heat have been calling around for reserve big men as the trade deadline approached but nothing worked out.

The Heat have signed veteran center Ronny Turiaf to tighten up its front line before the playoffs. Pat Riley has been searching for a big man to complement center Joel Anthony and power forward Chris Bosh since before the season. The Heat signed Eddy Curry but it has not panned out yet and the development of second-year center Dexter Pittman has been real slow. Don’t get me wrong NBA fans, every team has a soft spot or two, this happens to be the Heat’s problem. I’m not completely sold on the Heat’s entire roster and coaching staff(but that’s for another blog) but it is something that could stand between them and the NBA Title.

Written by: Myster Keepinit

Other blog: keepinitrealsports.tumblr.com

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The Miami Dolphins finally filled a position need Monday night (sort of) when they signed quarterback David Garrard, presumably to be Matt Moore’s backup.

I say “sort of” because Garrard is no lock to make the roster – his 1-year deal doesn’t become guaranteed until he makes the roster in Week 1, and Garrard, 34, didn’t play in 2011 after being cut and having back surgery. And the Dolphins still need at least one more quarterback, with just Moore, Garrard and Pat Devlin, an undrafted rookie last year, on the roster.

The Dolphins also cleared some much-needed salary cap space by cutting Yeremiah Bell and removing $4.35 million off the books. After shedding Brandon Marshall and Bell and signing Paul Soliai, Richard Marshall, Artis Hicks and Garrard, the Dolphins should be about $8-10 million under the salary cap right now.

The Dolphins will need every penny, because they still have several needs to fill on the roster: A receiver to replace Brandon Marshall; a pass rusher to replace Jason Taylor; a defensive back to replace Bell or Will Allen (Richard Marshall will fill one of the spots, but it’s unclear if he will play strong safety or cornerback); one more offensive lineman to compete with John Jerry, Lydon Murtha, Nate Garner and Hicks.

So where do the Dolphins go from here?

First, they probably need to shed a little more salary cap space. They still have to sign some free agents – though none will likely be high-priced – and have to sign a rookie class, which could cost upwards of $6 million. The Dolphins also need to maintain some salary cap space during the regular season for signing free agents off the street and so forth.

Who are the candidates to have their contracts restructured, or join Bell in unemployment? We have to look at the players who have high cap numbers and low amounts of “dead money” – money the Dolphins are charged against the cap even if they cut a player (they already have just under $13 million in dead cap money for 2012 on Brandon Marshall, Bell, Vernon Carey, Tim Dobbins and A.J. Edds).

The Dolphins could save $4.75 million of Reggie Bush’s $6 million cap number; $3.85 million of Randy Starks’ $5 million cap number; $3.675 million of Anthony Fasano’s $4.375 million cap number; and $3.025 million of Matt Moore’s $3.775 million cap number. Players entering the final year of their contracts are also candidates, in theory – Chris Clemons, Brian Hartline, Tyrone Culver, etc. – but those players provide crucial depth and don’t provide much cap saving (more or less $1 million per player). The team also hopes offensive tackle Jake Long, with a team-high cap number of $12.8 million, can agree to a contract extension that would lower his cap number in 2012.

And once a little more space is made, what roster moves do the Dolphins make?

In looking at the remaining free agents, there is still good depth at positions of need. Mark Anderson, who visited over the weekend, remains an option at pass rusher with the Titans set to sign Kamerion Wimbley to a five-year deal today, according to Adam Caplan of SiriusXM. Another Patriot, Andre Carter, is also available, as are Matt Roth (not coming back to Miami) and Jarvis Moss.

If they want a Nickel cornerback, there are still decent options out there in Baltimore’s Ladarius Webb, New Orleans’ Tracy Porter or Pittsburgh’s William Gay. Several offensive tackles are available in Marcus McNeill, Demetruis Bell, Anthony Collins and Kareem McKenzie. For interior linemen, St. Louis center Jason Brown and San Francisco guard Chilo Rachal would be solid signings.

The Dolphins can be bold and take a chance on receiver Braylon Edwards, who could be had for pennies on the dollar after he caught just 15 passes for 181 yards last year. Outside linebacker Manny Lawson would fill out the Dolphins’ linebacker corps, and played for defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle last year in Cincinnati. At safety, Reggie Smith and OJ Atogwe are still out there.

So the Dolphins still have some options in free agency. And they’ll fill in the rest of the holes in late April’s draft – focusing on a pass rusher, receiver and, yes, quarterback in the first three rounds.

Written by Ben Volin

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Tebow: Stay or Go

Now that the Denver Broncos have inked in Peyton Manning, should the Broncos trade or release Tim Tebow? If Denver does trade or release Tim Tebow, to whom and for what, is there a market for a quarterback like a Tim Tebow?

Myster Keepinit thinks so especially in the state of Florida. The Jacksonville Jaguars were one the teams that wanted the services of Tim Tebow. Currently the Jaguars have four quarterbacks under contracted Blaine Gabbert, Chad Henne, Luke McCown and Dan LeFevour but I think the Jaguars would work something out for Tim Tebow. The Miami Dolphins are in need of a quarterback and a quarterback that will fill in those empty seats at Sun Life Stadium. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are not completely sold on Josh Freeman, he is in his third year with sixteen touchdowns and twenty-two interceptions, I see the Buccaneers running that wildcat offense with Tim Tebow. Maybe the same with the New England Patriots, since Josh McDaniels is the offensive assistant over there now but I highly doubt that will happen.

The Denver Broncos could just keep Tim Tebow and have him learn under Peyton Manning. Peyton Manning’s pre-snap routine is one of the most recognizable and parodied routines in the NFL. Either way I think Tim Tebow Is a good quarterback and will be an assets to any team.

I’m just keeping it real !!!!

Can’t wait til I get started

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