New year, new team and new look — in most every way.
In what has been among the slowest rollouts of a new uniform in league history, the Dolphins officially debuted their new duds at their annual draft party Thursday night.
Dolphins legends Bob Griese, Dan Marino and Jason Taylor took the stage first, sporting the uniforms of their respective eras.
Then Ryan Tannehill, Cameron Wake and other current players took the stage, modeling the fresh Nike threads. On the helmet: the logo’s fifth generation in the franchise’s 48-year history. The club says the color scheme is a return to the original aqua and orange, and the logo is a fresh take on the iconic elements: the sun and the Dolphin.
“It’s probably one of the more active and historical offseason days in Dolphins history,” Dolphins CEO Mike Dee said. “On the image, the feedback to what’s been available has been overwhelmingly positive.”
The Dolphins will wear Nike Elite 51 uniforms, which are said to be lighter and cut for mobility, with mesh ventilation and customizable baseline padding.
Despite all the action in South Florida, Dolphins executives kept one eye on Tallahassee.
The Senate postponed debate on its version of the bill Thursday, and House Speaker Will Weatherford voiced concern over the delays in the other chamber.
“We’ve been waiting for three weeks,” said Weatherford, who holds the fate of the Dolphins in his hands. “We’ve been hearing that it’s going to come over [from the Senate] for several weeks, and we haven’t seen anything yet.”
With a week left until the end of the legislative session, Dee said it is “a race to the finish” in its bid for state and county money.
Dee said that given the tight time frame, it appears “less likely” that the current House bill will get through committee. That means the team’s best hope of getting a stadium bill to Gov. Rick Scott’s desk is the Senate passing its version and sending it directly to the House floor for a vote.
This and that
• The draft began with Davone Bess still with the Dolphins. But a trade involving the slot receiver remains an option. They want a fourth or fifth-round pick as compensation.
• Equipment manager Joe Cimino and accounting manager Craig Heil have been the Dolphins’ representatives in New York for more than a decade, and they were at Radio City Music Hall again Thursday.
Miami Herald staff writers Barry Jackson and Toluse Olorunnipa contributed to this report.