Twice now in three weeks, the Dolphins have hosted an established free agent receiver.
And like Michael Crabtree before him, Greg Jennings left team headquarters without a deal.
Jennings spent most of Tuesday visiting with the Dolphins, who currently have the youngest group of wide receivers in the NFL. If he ultimately signs with Miami, which very much remains a possibility, he would become the most senior player at that position by six years.
But the Dolphins seem to be sticking to their plan of not overpaying for a free agent receiver — even though they probably need at least one veteran.
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The Miami Herald reported Sunday that Crabtree was not pleased with the offer the Dolphins made to him, and he has since pursued other options. As of now, the team’s starting wideouts would be Jarvis Landry (entering his second year) and Kenny Stills (third). The Dolphins have also hosted running back Stevan Ridley in recent weeks, but Ridley likewise left town without a deal.
Coach Joe Philbin had a good idea of what he would be getting in Jennings long before Tuesday’s meeting; Philbin was Jennings’ offensive coordinator in Green Bay for five years before taking the Dolphins job.
Jennings, 31, has 552 catches for 8,083 yards and 63 touchdowns in nine NFL seasons, the past two with the Minnesota Vikings. The 6-foot, 195-pound receiver was a second-round pick out of Western Michigan in 2006.
Jennings was last a free agent in 2013, but the Dolphins instead signed Mike Wallace to a five-year, $60 million contract. Now, Jennings could serve as Wallace’s replacement, essentially completing a trade between the two teams in March. In the first week of free agency, the Dolphins shipped Wallace and a seventh-round pick to Minnesota, getting a fifth-rounder in return.
That made Jennings expendable. Cut by the Vikings shortly after the trade, Jennings made headlines last week with an ill-received April Fool’s joke. On Twitter, he announced on March 31 that he had a “Done deal!,” but wouldn‘t disclose his new team until 1 a.m. the next morning. When that late-night hour arrived, Jennings instead sent out a video message of his kids saying “April Fool’s.”
▪ Malcolm Richard “Dick” Wood, the first starting quarterback in Dolphins history, died Saturday in Atlanta. He was 79.
Wood spent one year with the Dolphins — their inaugural NFL season — before retiring. He then went into coaching, working for seven different NFL franchises during his second career as an assistant.