2013 Miami Dolphins season
Head Coach Joe Philbin
General Manager TBD
Home Field Sun Life Stadium
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The 2013 Miami Dolphins season will be the franchise's upcoming 44th season in the National Football League (NFL), their 48th overall, and their second under head coach Joe Philbin. Template:TOC limit

Personnel changes[edit | edit source]

Logo change[edit | edit source]

The logo which was introduced in the 2013 offseason

During the 2012 season, speculation about the Dolphins updating their current logo, which was introduced during the 1997 season, began during a conference call with season-ticket holders; as owner Stephen Ross and CEO Mike Dee eagerly agreed with a fan on the potential changing of the logo.[1] On December 26, 2012, via Dolphins CEO Mike Dee's Twitter account, Dee unofficially announced that a logo change would take place, but the team was still considering different designs; and an official announcement would be provided sometime before the 2013 NFL Draft.[2]

On March 27, 2013, following an accidental leaking of the new Dolphins logo on NFL.com, Dee confirmed in a press conference that the leaked image, as seen on NFL.com, was in fact the new official logo.[3] This announcement came almost a month premature to the scheduled release date of the logo on April 25.

Roster changes[edit | edit source]

The Dolphins acquired Mike Wallace, who was viewed as the top free agent by analysts

The Miami Dolphins entered the 2013 off-season with an estimated $45 million in salary cap space, third most among other teams, to retain the contracts of impending unrestricted free agents: running back Reggie Bush, safety Chris Clemons, tight end Anthony Fasano, wide receiver Brian Hartline, offensive tackle Jake Long, quarterback Matt Moore, cornerback Sean Smith and defensive tackle Randy Starks.[4] As well as any future free agent signings, and 2013 NFL Draft picks.

On March 4, 2013, the Dolphins placed their franchise tag on defensive tackle Randy Starks, and Starks signed the franchise tender on March 20. The move kept Starks from becoming an unrestricted free agent and guaranteed him $8.45 million from the $3.72 million earned during the 2012 season.[5]

On March 8, 2013, coming off his best career season, wide receiver Brian Hartline signed a new five-year contract for an estimated $31 million to remain with the Dolphins. Hartline's agent Drew Rosenhaus believed Hartline could have received more money in the open market, but decided to take a discount to remain a Dolphin.[6] Shortly after it was reported that quarterback Matt Moore signed a new two-year contract for an estimated $8 million, and should continue to play a back up role behind second year quarterback Ryan Tannehill.[7]

When the NFL free agency period began at 4 p.m. EST on March 12, 2013, former Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Mike Wallace, who was viewed as the top free agent prospect of the 2013 offseason by many analysts,[8] signed a five-year contract for an estimated $60 million.[9] The Dolphins signed former Baltimore Ravens linebacker Dannell Ellerbe to a five-year deal worth an estimated $35 million,[10] and former Oakland Raiders linebacker Philip Wheeler to a five-year deal worth an estimated $26 million.[11] Subsequently, Miami released veteran linebackers Karlos Dansby and Kevin Burnett.[12][13] While safety Chris Clemons re-signed a one-year contract to remain a Dolphin,[14] and unrestricted free agent Anthony Fasano, who had spent the last five seasons in Miami, signed a four-year deal with the Kansas City Chiefs.[15]

On March 15, 2013, cornerback Sean Smith decided to part ways from the Dolphins and signed a new three-year contract with the Kansas City Chiefs.[16] Former New York Jets tight end Dustin Keller signed a new one-year contract, worth an estimated $4.25 million, and former St. Louis Rams wide receiver Brandon Gibson signed a new three-year contract with the Dolphins.[17][18]

Former Dolphins 2008 first round draft pick, offensive tackle Jake Long, after courting offers from various teams, signed a new four-year contract, worth an estimated $34 million, with the St. Louis Rams on March 18, 2013.[19]

On March 30, 2013, cornerback Brent Grimes, signed a one-year $5.5 million year with the Dolphins.[20]

On May 2, 2013, jersey numbers were assigned. During the offseason, undrafted free agents, Chad Bumphis, Michael Clay, Taylor Stockemer, Chris Burnette, Alonzo Highsmith Jr., and Emeka Onyenekwu, were signed.

2013 draft class[edit | edit source]

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Dion Jordan, the Dolphins' first round selection in the 2013 NFL Draft

The 2013 National Football League Draft was held from April 25–27 in the Radio City Music Hall in New York City.

Round Selection Player Position College Ref Notes
1 3 Dion Jordan Defensive end Oregon [21] [a]
2 54 Jamar Taylor Cornerback Boise State [22] [a] [b]
3 77 Dallas Thomas Tackle/Guard Tennessee [23]
93 Will Davis Cornerback Utah State [24] [c]
4 104 Jelani Jenkins Linebacker Florida [25] [d]
106 Dion Sims Tight end Michigan St. [26] [c]
5 164 Mike Gillislee Running back Florida [27] [c] [d]
166 Caleb Sturgis Placekicker Florida [27] [e]
7 250 Don Jones Strong safety Arkansas State [c] [d] [e]
^[a] The Dolphins traded their first- (No. 12 overall) and original second- (No. 42 overall) round selections to the Oakland Raiders in exchange for the Raiders' first-round selection (No. 3 overall).
^[b] The Dolphins acquired this second-round selection in a trade that sent cornerback Vontae Davis to the Indianapolis Colts.
^[c] The Dolphins previously acquired an additional third-round selection — No. 82 overall — as part of a March 2012 trade that sent wide receiver Brandon Marshall to the Chicago Bears. The Dolphins later traded the No. 82 selection to the New Orleans Saints in exchange for two fourth-round selections from the Saints — Nos. 106 and 109 overall. The No. 109 selection, along with the Dolphins' original fifth-round selection (No. 146 overall) and one of their seventh-round selections (No. 224 overall — previously acquired in a July 2012 trade that sent guard Ryan Cook to the Dallas Cowboys), were traded to the Green Bay Packers in exchange for one of the Packers' third-round selections (No. 93 overall).
^[d] The Dolphins acquired these fourth- and fifth-round selections in a trade that sent wide receiver Davone Bess the team's original fourth- and seventh-round selections (Nos. 111 and 217 overall, respectively) to the Cleveland Browns.
^[e] Compensatory selection.

The Dolphins did not have a selection in the sixth round. The team traded their sixth-round selection (No. 180 overall) along with fourth- and sixth-round selections from the 2012 NFL Draft to the San Francisco 49ers in exchange for the 49ers' 2012 fourth-round selection.

Schedule[edit | edit source]

Preseason[edit | edit source]

On March 19, the NFL announced that the Dolphins will face the Dallas Cowboys in the 2013 Pro Football Hall of Fame Game at Fawcett Stadium in Canton, Ohio.[28] The remainder of the Dolphins' preseason schedule was announced on April 4.

Week Date Opponent Results Game site NFL.com
Score Record
HOF August 4 Dallas L 20–24 0–1 Fawcett Stadium (Canton, OH) Recap
1 August 9 at Jacksonville W 27–3 1–1 EverBank Field Recap
2 August 17 at Houston L 17–24 1–2 Reliant Stadium Recap
3 August 24 Tampa Bay L 16–17 1–3 Sun Life Stadium Recap
4 August 29 New Orleans W 24–21 2–3 Sun Life Stadium Recap

Regular season[edit | edit source]

Week Date Opponent Results Game site Att NFL.com
Score Record
1 September 8 at Cleveland W 23–10 1–0 FirstEnergy Stadium 71,513 Recap
2 September 15 at Indianapolis W 24–20 2–0 Lucas Oil Stadium 65,406 Recap
3 September 22 Atlanta W 27–23 3–0 Sun Life Stadium 70,660 Recap
4 September 30 (Mon) at New Orleans L 17–38 3–1 Superdome 73,118 Recap
5 October 6 Baltimore L 23–26 3–2 Sun Life Stadium 68,342 Recap
6 Bye week
7 October 20 Buffalo L 21–23 3–3 Sun Life Stadium 60,592 Recap
8 October 27 at New England L 17–27 3–4 Gillette Stadium 68,756 Recap
9 October 31 (Thu) Cincinnati W 22–20 (OT) 4–4 Sun Life Stadium 52,388 Recap
10 November 11 (Mon) at Tampa Bay L 19–22 4–5 Raymond James Stadium 64,448 Recap
11 November 17 San Diego W 20–16 5–5 Sun Life Stadium 60,256 Recap
12 November 24 Carolina L 16–20 5–6 Sun Life Stadium 60,156 Recap
13 December 1 at New York Jets W 23–3 6–6 MetLife Stadium 76,957 Recap
14 December 8 at Pittsburgh W 34–28 7–6 Heinz Field 52,489 Recap
15 December 15 New England W 24–20 8–6 Sun Life Stadium 71,863 Recap
16 December 22 at Buffalo L 0–19 8–7 Ralph Wilson Stadium 54,305 Recap
17 December 29 New York Jets Sun Life Stadium
Intra-division opponents are in bold text.
 *  Indicates that the game time and network are subject to change as a result of flexible scheduling.

Game summaries[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Volin, Ben (June 11, 2012). Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross eager for uniform, stadium changes. Palm Beach Post. Retrieved on March 12, 2013.
  2. Dee, Mike (December 26, 2013). CEO MikeDeeFins Twitter Account. Twitter. Retrieved on March 12, 2013.
  3. Mike Florio (March 27, 2013). Dolphins confirm new logo. Pro Football Talk. NBC. Retrieved on March 27, 2013.
  4. [Ben] (2013). Talking Points: Miami Dolphins don’t have as much salary cap space as you think. Palm Beach Post. Retrieved on March 8, 2013.
  5. ESPN.com News Services (March 4, 2013). Dolphins franchise Randy Starks. ESPN.com. Retrieved on March 11, 2013.
  6. ESPN.com News Services (March 8, 2013). Brian Hartline back with Dolphins. ESPN.com. Retrieved on March 11, 2013.
  7. Sessler, Marc (March 8, 2013). Matt Moore signs new contract with Miami Dolphins. NFL.com. Retrieved on March 12, 2013.
  8. Rosenthal, Gregg (March 15, 2013). Top 85 free agents. NFL.com. Retrieved on March 27, 2013.
  9. Kelly, Omar (March 12, 2013). Miami Dolphins agree to terms with Mike Wallace. Sun-Sentinel News Online. Retrieved on March 12, 2013.
  10. Brinson, Ryan (March 12, 2013). Dolphins sign LB Philip Wheeler to 5-year, $26 million deal. CBS Sports News Online. Retrieved on March 12, 2013.
  11. Rosenthal, Gregg (March 12, 2013). Dannell Ellerbe, Miami Dolphins agree to $35M deal. NFL.com. Retrieved on March 12, 2013.
  12. Kelly, Omar (March 12, 2013). Miami Dolphins release linebacker Karlos Dansby. Sun-Sentinel News Online. Retrieved on March 12, 2013.
  13. Brinson, Will (March 12, 2013). Dolphins make it rain in South Beach. CBS Sports News Online. Retrieved on March 12, 2013.
  14. Kelly, Omar (March 12, 2013). Miami Dolphins have re-signed Chris Clemons. Sun-Sentinel News Online. Retrieved on March 12, 2013.
  15. Hanzus, Dan (March 12, 2013). Anthony Fasano, Mike DeVito agree to K.C. Chiefs deals. National Football League News Online. Retrieved on March 15, 2013.
  16. ESPN.com News Services (March 15, 2013). Chiefs sign Sean Smith. ESPN.com. Retrieved on March 21, 2013.
  17. Cimini, Rich (March 15, 2013). Dustin Keller signs with Dolphins. ESPNNewYork.com. Retrieved on March 21, 2013.
  18. Volin, Ben (March 15, 2013). Miami Dolphins sign WR Bradon Gibson, too. Palm Beach Post. Retrieved on March 21, 2013.
  19. Bell, Jarrett (March 18, 2013). Jake Long, St. Louis agree to four-year term. USA Today Online. Retrieved on March 21, 2013.
  20. Kareem Copeland (March 30, 2013). Brent Grimes signs $5.5M contract with Miami Dolphins. NFL.com. Retrieved on March 30, 2013.
  21. Jim Corbett (April 26, 2013). Dolphins shake up NFL draft by picking Dion Jordan. USA Today. Retrieved on April 27, 2013.
  22. Chris Perkins (April 26, 2013). Dolphins select CB Jamar Taylor of Boise State in second round. Sun Sentinel. Retrieved on April 27, 2013.
  23. Kevin Nogle (April 26, 2013). NFL Draft Results: Dolphins Pick OT Dallas Thomas with 77th overall pick. The Phinsider. SB Nation. Retrieved on April 27, 2013.
  24. Alessandro Miglio (April 27, 2013). Will Davis to Dolphins: How Does the CB Fit with Miami?. Bleacher Report. Retrieved on April 27, 2013.
  25. Florida LB Jelani Jenkins taken by Dolphins in 4th round of draft. Fox News (April 27, 2013). Retrieved on April 27, 2013.
  26. Mike Griffith (April 27, 2013). Michigan State tight end Dion Sims looks for bright future in Miami with the Dolphins, picked 106th. M Live. Retrieved on April 27, 2013.
  27. 27.0 27.1 Omar Kelly (April 27, 2013). Dolphins get UF RB Mike Gillislee, K Caleb Sturgis in fifth round. Sun Sentinel. Retrieved on April 27, 2013.
  28. "Hall of Fame Game: Miami Dolphins vs. Dallas Cowboys", nfl.com, March 19, 2013. Retrieved on March 19, 2013. 

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