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NFL Rumors: Why Dolphins fired Chad O'Shea one year after Patriots departure

NFL Rumors: Why Dolphins fired Chad O'Shea one year after Patriots departure

Amid the inevitable Black Monday firings, one under-the-radar transaction stood out: The Miami Dolphins fired offensive coordinator Chad O'Shea after just one season.

O'Shea seemed like a logical fit on head coach Brian Flores' staff, considering he spent the previous 11 years with Flores as the Patriots' wide receivers coach.

So, why did Flores ditch O'Shea after just 16 games, especially with Miami's offense averaging 28.6 points over its final five contests?

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In a column Monday, Sports Illustrated's Albert Breer reported that O'Shea's history with Flores in New England actually played a role in his departure.

I’m told that part of (the decision to fire O'Shea) was Brian Flores’s desire to move away from his Patriot roots on that side of the ball.

Flores hired a handful of former Patriots assistants to his Dolphins staff, including tight ends coach George Godsey and assistant quarterbacks coach Jerry Schuplinski.

But as Breer explained, Miami's young offense doesn't necessarily want to emulate the advanced system that Josh McDaniels and Tom Brady operate in New England.

My theory is that since Miami’s going to be really young the next couple years, running a scheme with the complexity of New England’s might be tough on the players developmentally. Which is why it wouldn’t surprise me if we see some more college ideas infused into what Miami is doing.

Breer's theory jibes with the news that Miami reportedly is hiring Chan Gailey to replace O'Shea as offensive coordinator.

Gailey has worked with Dolphins quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick on two other occasions (with the Buffalo Bills from 2010 to 2012 and New York Jets from 2015 to 2016) and also has extensive college coaching experience, most recently serving as Georgia Tech's head coach from 2002 to 2007.

So, while O'Shea's system may have helped Miami upset his former team in Week 17, the Dolphins apparently don't want to become New England South on offense with a vastly different roster construction than the Patriots.

That means O'Shea is out of a job after one season ... but we can think of one team that may want him back.

NFL Rumors: Patriots free up millions in cap space from Antonio Brown, Aaron Hernandez grievances

NFL Rumors: Patriots free up millions in cap space from Antonio Brown, Aaron Hernandez grievances

The New England Patriots just got whole lot of financial breathing room.

The Patriots have earned a total of $6.25 million in settlements from compensation grievances involving former wide receiver Antonio Brown and ex-tight end Aaron Hernandez, ESPN's Mike Reiss and Field Yates reported Saturday.

New England now has $7.79 million in cap space, per Reiss and Yates, a huge bump from the less than $500,000 in spending money the team had earlier this week.

Brown, who spent less than two weeks with the Patriots last September, filed a grievance against the team in October 2019 following his release seeking to receive his unpaid Week 1 salary, his $1.025 million guaranteed base salary and his $9 million signing bonus.

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The Patriots will pay Brown $5 million as part of the settlement, per Reiss and Yates.

The NFL Players Association filed a grievance against the Patriots on Hernandez's behalf in October 2013 seeking over $6 million in guaranteed salary. Hernandez was arrested and later convicted for the 2013 murder of Odin Lloyd and died in prison in April 2017.

New England was up against the cap after squeezing free-agent quarterback Cam Newton in on a one-year contract and inking all of its 2020 NFL Draft picks to rookie deals. With nearly $8 million in cap space, however, the Patriots have more flexibility to bolster their roster via free agency or trade.

Our Patriots Insider Tom E. Curran suggested tight end David Njoku could be a strong fit in New England after requesting a trade from the Cleveland Browns, and there are a number of quality free agents still on the market, as well.

Patriots TE Devin Asiasi joins Cam Newton, N'Keal Harry for workouts

Patriots TE Devin Asiasi joins Cam Newton, N'Keal Harry for workouts

Twelve days ago, Cam Newton was still a free agent looking for work.

But ever since he agreed to a one-year contract with the Patriots, he's been very busy trying to get ready for the 2020 season, learning the playbook and developing chemistry with his new receivers.

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In addition to N'Keal Harry, whose workout with Newton was captured on video, rookie tight end Devin Asiasi was also catching passes from New England's new quarterback. Twitter user amirmehrtash15 took pictures with both Asiasi and Newton at the UCLA practice session and posted them in reponse to the Providence Journal's Mark Daniels.

The workout wasn't limited to Patriots, as Browns wideout Odell Beckham Jr. was also in attendance.

Newton trying to fast-track a relationship with his new teammates makes perfect sense. He set up his first practice with Mohamed Sanu on the day he signed his Patriots contract, and in less than two weeks, he's already connected with three of the guys who will be among his top receiving options in 2020.

The Patriots certainly hope all that extra work pays off, as training camps could open as soon as the end of this month once the NFL and NFLPA can finalize preseason dates.