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The stadium where the Dolphins play will be hosting, eventually, the Copa América final between Argentina and Colombia. But not yet.

Hard Rock Stadium has announced that the start time of the match has been delayed due to fans without tickets entering the venue.

As of this posting, the match has not yet started.

"[T]housands of fans without tickets attempted to forcibly enter the stadium, putting other fans, security and law enforcement officers at extreme risk,” the statement said. “Security has shut the gates in order to control the entry process at a much slower rate and ensure everyone is kept safe.”

The venue has implored all fans without tickets to leave the stadium premises.

Tyreek Hill wants his quarterback, Tua Tagovailoa, to get paid. The Dolphins receiver also wants to get paid, but he isn’t sweating it.

Hill said he knows a contract extension will come in due time.

“I’m just very like glad the position that I’m in now, man,” Hill told ESPN, via video from Omar Kelly of the Miami Herald. “The reason I say that is: I know when it’s time for me to get a deal the Miami Dolphins will do what’s right. I’m very content with where I’m at right now. My mindset and my focus right now is making sure that I’m able to help this team win it all, win the Super Bowl, and I’m real content with that. I’m going into year nine now. Money is the least of our worries right now. Like the biggest thing right now is to be able to grab onto something that we can hold onto the rest of our lives, as a brotherhood, as a fan base, as an organization. If we’re able to do that, I’ll be happy.”

Hill has a fully guaranteed contract that will pay him $19.665 million in base salary this season. He has no guaranteed money after this season, and he has seen Vikings receiver Justin Jefferson, Eagles receiver A.J. Brown, Lions receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown and Dolphins teammate Jaylen Waddle get contract extensions this offseason.

“The contract, it’ll come. Whenever it comes, I’ll be happy,” Hill said.

Hill has 238 receptions for 3,509 yards and 20 touchdowns the past two seasons in Miami, earning two more All-Pro accolades.

Dolphins wide receiver Tyreek Hill is “excited” to see how wide receivers getting paid around the league impacts him, but that’s not the only contract he has an eye on heading into the season.

While Hill is signed through the 2026 season, his quarterback Tua Tagovailoa is entering the final year of his current deal. Tagovailoa and the Dolphins have not been able to find common ground on an extension, but Hill said during an appearance on ESPN that there should be no hesitation from the team about getting something done.

Hill praised the quarterback’s development over his first four seasons and shrugged off those who believe Tagovailoa succeeds because of head coach Mike McDaniel or the presence of talented receivers by saying you “still got to get those playmakers the ball.”

“For people to sit here and try to discredit Tua and say he’s not deserving of a contract is wild to me,” Hill said. “A lot of guys on the team understand his value and understand that we need him. We need his leadership, we need his mindset. The mindset that he brings into each and every week, it’s there, it’s like Terminator almost, man. I feel like he should be one of the highest-paid quarterbacks in the league. Obviously save some room for me.”

Dolphins training camp opens on July 23 and a holdout or a hold-in would amp up the pressure to get a deal done in order to ensure the team’s preparations for the 2024 season go as smoothly as possible. That will be something to watch in Miami if a deal doesn’t get announced in the next week.

In his eighth season, Jonnu Smith is on his fourth team. The Dolphins are the second AFC East team the tight end has played for, and it’s safe to say he will never play for one of the two other teams in the division.

Smith bashed Buffalo, chicken wings and Bills fans during a appearance on The Dive Bar Podcast.

“That’s why the fans be hating so much because they want to be down here [in Miami],” Smith said, via Ryan Talbot of “You ever went to Buffalo? Oh, my gosh, man. I don’t know how those dudes do it. I don’t know how they did it. I don’t know how they did it, man. Going from anywhere in the country, man, and going to Buffalo. It got to be the worst place you could be.”

Smith, 28, signed a two-year, $8.4 million deal with the Dolphins in the offseason after four seasons in Tennessee, two in New England and one in Atlanta.

He is 1-1 in his career playing at Buffalo after missing the Week 18 game of the 2022 season while with the Patriots.

“The Buffalo wings ain’t even good,” Smith said. “They ain’t even good. I’m at Buffalo. I’m at them. All type of shots at Buffalo.”

The Dolphins play at Buffalo on Nov. 3, and Bills fans undoubtedly will have something special to lob at Smith.

The Dolphins released Xavien Howard, Emmanuel Ogbah and Jerome Baker. They lost Christian Wilkins and Raekwon Davis in free agency. They parted ways with defensive coordinator Vic Fangio.

The Dolphins, though, still have Jalen Ramsey, Jevon Holland, David Long Jr., Jaelan Phillips, Bradley Chubb and Zach Sieler, and they added Calais Campbell, Jordyn Brooks, Anthony Walker Jr. and Jordan Poyer. New coordinator Anthony Weaver still has plenty of talent.

“We’ve got a lot of dogs coming in; some dogs already there,” Long Jr. told Aaron Wilson of KPRC. “We’re just reloading. I think the most important thing when it comes to new players and new coaches is the chemistry that comes with time. We built something. The next step is to go to training camp and build from that.”

Long, who signed a two-year, $11 million deal with the Dolphins before last season, ended 2023 with a career-high 113 tackles after a slow start. Now, he, and the returning Dolphins defenders, again are starting anew.

“Same thing as last year: New system, new coaches,” Long said. “It was kind of difficult to get in a rhythm, especially earlier in the year when I wasn’t playing as much. Now, I’m in a place where I’m comfortable. I’m back to where I’m supposed to be. Right now, everything is what it’s supposed to be. Whether it’s the chemistry, the health, which is very important to me and my mental, that’s all good.”

Coach Mike McDaniel spent the offseason reminding the Dolphins how long it’s been since the franchise has won a playoff game. It came 24 years ago, in the 2000 season, when Miami beat the Colts 23-17 in overtime.

The Dolphins reached the postseason each of the past two seasons under McDaniel but lost in the wild-card round.

But with their offseason additions, the Dolphins appear primed to do what they haven’t done since Jay Fiedler, Zach Thomas and Jason Taylor led the organization into the divisional round. The Dolphins haven’t reached the championship game since 1992.

Very exciting,” All-Pro receiver Tyreek Hill told Aaron Wilson of KPRC earlier this week.” As a lot of people know, you’ve got a fast-paced offense. So, really looking forward to taking another step and that next step is winning a playoff game, because we’ve got the talent to do it. Obviously, you’ve got one of the best quarterbacks in the league [in Tua Tagovailoa]. So, very excited about that. Also, on defense, it was very good.”

Hill won a Super Bowl ring with the Chiefs before a trade to the Dolphins. Since Hill left, the Chiefs have won two more titles.

Hill has 238 receptions for 3,509 yards and 20 touchdowns the past two seasons in Miami. He also has earned two more All-Pro accolades. But Hill still is searching for a second Super Bowl ring.

That, he insists, is what he wants even more than a contract extension.

“Oh yeah, for sure, so very excited for [a new deal], man, but the real goal is to win the Super Bowl,” Hill said. “It’s cool to get paid and all that, but you know being able to win a Super Bowl and bring something special to the city of Miami, that’s something that can live with us forever. I believe that’s very monumental for all of us. Create greatness, man.”

Hill has a fully guaranteed contract that will pay him $19.665 million in base salary this season. He has no guaranteed money after this season, and he has seen Vikings receiver Justin Jefferson, Eagles receiver A.J. Brown, Lions receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown and Dolphins teammate Jaylen Waddle get contract extensions this offseason.

He said this offseason that his No. 1 priority was to make sure he remains “a Dolphin for life,” and Hill told Wilson that he is excited to see where his new contract fits among those recently signed.

Training camp is coming. When the 32 teams gather for preseason practices, several high-profile players might not be present, if they force the issue on getting new contracts.

So which names are the ones to watch? Funny you should ask, even if you didn’t.

The goal of this item is to list all of the potential veteran holdouts, with some explanation and analysis of each situation.

That said, there’s a chance some of the players listed below will “hold in.” That’s a fairly new trend where the player shows up for training camp but doesn’t practice while negotiations continue. The only problem with this approach is that, if/when there’s no deal, at some point it’s time to practice and play. For the player who never shows up, it’s easier to keep holding firm. And the pressure remains even more pronounced on the team if the player isn’t there.

The following list has no particular order to it, other than the fact that I went through the eight divisions from AFC East to AFC North to AFC South to AFC West before doing the same in the NFC when compiling the list.

Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa

He wants a market deal. The Dolphins have yet to offer one, or they’d already have an agreement. At some point before training camp opens, the Dolphins will make an offer far better than the $23.1 million he’s due to make in his option year. To get what he wants, Tua’s best and only play might be to hold out.

Dolphins receiver Tyreek Hill

He’s doing everything he can to put a happy face on a contract situation that has him nearly as unhappy as he was two years ago in Kansas City. Still, the market has passed him by. Even though he says he’s making $30 million per year, he’s at $25 million — behind teammate Jaylen Waddle.

Hill seems to believe the Dolphins will adjust his contract. Maybe they will, maybe they won’t. Maybe, at most, they’ll move some of the $45 million he’s due to make in 2026 into 2024, where he’s south of $20 million. If that’s not good enough, maybe he’ll stay away in order to get a deal that compares favorably to other high-end receivers.

Patriots linebacker Matt Judon

Judon skipped some of the offseason program as he enters the final year of his contract. He showed up for mandatory minicamp.

Last year, he held in. This year, he said he won’t be “throwing tantrums.”

One way to not throw tantrums is to not show up. Still, he has made it clear that he plans to show up. While plans can change, his mindset as of last month was to show up and get to work.

Jets linebacker Haason Reddick

The Jets traded for a guy who wanted a new contract without signing him to a new contract. It should be no surprise, then, that he skipped the entire offseason program.

Will he show up for camp? No one knows at this point. The possibility that he won’t underscores the magnitude of the mistake the Jets made in trading for him without getting him signed.

Yeah, the Jets supposedly thought they had a verbal understanding with Reddick that he’d show up for the offseason and they’d eventually do something with his contract. As we’ve seen time and again, verbal understandings aren’t worth the paper they aren’t printed on.

Bengals receiver Ja’Marr Chase

On the day Justin Jefferson got his new deal, the Bengals could have worked out a contract for Chase that same day. And they should have.

It should be easy to get to the new-money number Chase wants. Although Chase showed up for mandatory minicamp, he could decide to take a stand if the Bengals keep dragging their feet.

The good news for the Bengals is that receiver Tee Higgins has signed his franchise tender. Since training camp opens after the deadline for doing a long-term deal, there’s nothing to be gained by staying away. He has opted to accept $21.8 million for 2024, followed by a likely shot at free agency in March, given the team’s longstanding habit of tagging a player for one year before letting him walk away.

Browns receiver Amari Cooper

Cooper skipped mandatory minicamp in an effort to get a deal to replace the final year of his current contract, with a base salary of $20 million. If he doesn’t get a new deal by the start of camp, a holdout can’t be ruled out.

Broncos receiver Courtland Sutton

Sutton showed up for mandatory minicamp despite wanting a new deal. (He’s due to make only $13 million this season.) He hasn’t ruled out a holdout.

Cowboys receiver CeeDee Lamb

Lamb reportedly won’t attend camp without a deal that replaces the $17.9 million he’s due to make in the final year of his rookie contract. Will the Cowboys give him what he wants? As explained Monday, there’s a way to do it while also creating current-year cap space. Which would be a win-win for a team desperately hoping to engineer some wins in the playoffs.

Cowboys linebacker Micah Parsons

Parsons has said he’ll be patient when it comes to getting a new contract. He shouldn’t be.

He’s one of the best defensive players in football. He shouldn’t risk his health for less than $3 million in 2024. He should refuse to practice or play until he gets paid.

Yes, he attended mandatory minicamp. So did Ezekiel Elliott in 2019. And then Zeke didn’t show up for training camp.

Without a new contract, Parsons should do the same.

Packers quarterback Jordan Love

There’s currently no reason to think the Packers and Love won’t get a new deal done before training camp opens. If they don’t, however, why should Love show up?

He’s due to make only $11 million this year. He needs to be willing to take a stand, if his contract situation isn’t resolved before the Packers head to training camp.

Buccaneers tackle Tristan Wirfs

With only $18.44 million in salary for 2024, he’s been looking for a new deal all year. He showed up at mandatory minicamp. Again, that’s no guarantee he’ll show up for training camp unless he gets a contract offer that prompts him to sign on the dotted line.

Saints running back Alvin Kamara

Kamara left mandatory minicamp early, due to frustration with contract talks. He wants security beyond 2024, given that the team will tear up next year’s phony-baloney $25 million compensation package.

Will he skip camp without a new deal? We’ll find out when camp opens.

49ers receiver Brandon Aiyuk

Much has been said about Aiyuk and the 49ers and whether he will or won’t be traded. He ultimately needs to ask himself whether he’s willing to show up and play for $14.1 million in 2024 — or whether he wants to draw a line in the sand.

Short of a long-term, market-level deal, the 49ers could give him a sweetener and/or agree not to tag him in 2025. For now, there’s been nothing other than a staring contest augmented by the various things Aiyuk has said, on social media and elsewhere.

When it’s time to show up for camp, we’ll see if he does.

Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford

Stafford has wanted more guarantees for a while. He should also want more money. A deal hasn’t been done yet.

If it doesn’t happen before camp opens, who knows? Given the lack of high-end options on the roster, Stafford had plenty of leverage. If he chooses to use it.

The social media influencer suing Dolphins receiver Tyreek Hill, accusing him of breaking her leg, is asking for an immediate jury trial, Andy Slater of Fox Sports 640 reports.

If the judge grants her request, the next available date could fall during the season. The woman’s attorney told Slater he expects the trial to take 7-10 days.

The accuser, Sophie Hall, claims Hill “forcefully and purposefully” shoved her while the two were participating in a football drill at his South Florida home last summer. She filed a lawsuit in Broward County on Feb. 23.

Hall’s suit alleges Hill violently charged at her after she “humiliated” him by knocking him backward during a friendly football lesson. It led to a right leg fracture that required surgery with metal hardware implantation, according to the lawsuit.

Hall is seeking up to $75,000 in damages for battery, assault, intentional infliction of emotional distress and negligence.

The Copa América soccer tournament is heading for a July 14 championship at Hard Rock Stadium, where the Dolphins play. The governing body responsible for the tournament predicts that the grass will be fine for the final game.

We hope it is in excellent condition,” Maristela Kuhn, coordinator of the Copa América 2024 grass project, told Alanis Thames of the Associated Press on Monday. “The same condition as it was for the first match.”

The grass at Hard Rock Stadium was removed on Sunday for a July 6 concert. Installation of a new grass pitch will start on Monday, six days before the final match.

Complaints about the quality of grass have emerged from several NFL stadiums being used during the tournament, from those with artificial turf for football (Falcons and Cowboys) to those that use grass (Raiders).

The stakes will be increased dramatically in two years, when the World Cup lands at NFL venues throughout the country.

Several wide receivers signed new contracts this offseason, including Vikings star Justin Jefferson and Jaylen Waddle of the Dolphins.

Jefferson’s contract will pay him an average of $35 million per season, which is a new high for NFL wideouts, and Waddle will be making an average of $28.25 million. That’s more than his Dolphins teammate Tyreek Hill, who has been in contact with the Dolphins about his own desire for a revised pact in light of the rising market for players at the position and said on Monday he’s looking forward to seeing how everything plays out.

“I’m very excited just to be a part of the old wave, which was great, $30 million, and Justin Jefferson came in and surpassed that, man,” Hill said, via Aaron Wilson on KPRC. “So, very proud of those guys, happy for obviously my teammate Waddle getting his new deal. For guys like me, that’s great. I’m 30 years old, also looking for a new deal. So, very, very excited to see where I fit in that category. It’s amazing.”

Hill is due to make $19.765 million this season and then has two more years left on his current contract, but it doesn’t sound like he’ll be content to stand pat for too much longer.