Dolphins aren’t aiming to match Patriots’ offseason

Miami Dolphins executive vice president is pleased with the team’s offseason so far, and he isn’t trying to stay in lockstep with the Patriots after years of trying do so with the Jets.

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“Look, all you can do is control your own team,” Tannenbaum said, via the team’s official site. “We’ve got 31 other teams that are competitors, obviously. New England has done a tremendous job for a long time. They’re in our division. But we’re trying to build the best program for us. And that’s all baseball jerseys for cheap we can control.

“That’s enough on our plate. To worry about what we can do. To put the best team out there for the foreseeable future. We’ll play them twice in the fall and we’ll go from there. But we can’t just sit there and say, ‘hey, you know they made Move A, so we’ve got to do Move B.’ We’ve got to build and do what we feel is in our best interest.”

This is a bit of a departure for Tannenbaum. From 2009-13, he had the yeoman’s task of fueling Rex Ryan’s death feud against New England. This often meant acquiring high-profile talent (, Bart Scott, Jason Taylor, , Antonio Cromartie) and pushing the Jets to their salary-cap limits.

While the Dolphins haven’t exactly been thrifty in free agency since Tannenbaum arrived in Miami, they have definitely taken a less emotional and explosive approach to team building.

The Dolphins prioritized locking down the 26-year-old linebacker after he compiled 115 tackles, two interceptions and four passes defended in 2016, his first year in Miami.

The Dolphins acquired the linebacker in a trade with the after one disappointing season, when Alonso was clearly struggling to return from a knee injury that wiped out his entire 2014 year.

As a rookie with the , Alonso became a cult-like figure in Western New York. The tackling demon was all over the field, compiling 159 tackles and and four interceptions in 2013.

Alonso had an up-and-down campaign in 2016, sometimes looking like his former rangy self, while in other games getting lost in the wash versus the run and looking slowed by hand and hamstring injuries. Pro Football Focus ranked Alonso their 48th linebacker in 2016.

Nike Dolphins #20 Reshad Jones White Men's Stitched NFL Vapor Untouchable Limited JerseyThe Miami Dolphins inked the productive and versatile linebacker to a two-year, $12 million deal, according to NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport. The 30-year-old was a first-round pick by the Steelers organization back in 2007 and just finished the tail end of a five-year contract. Nearly all of the money is guaranteed.

Timmons has appeared in fewer than 16 games just once during his career, back in 2009 when he made appearances in 14 of 16 games. His stunning longevity has provided a bedrock in Pittsburgh’s swarming 3-4 defense for years and 2016 may have been one of his finest seasons to date.

In 2016, Timmons picked off a pair of passes, broke up five more , forced a fumble and logged 2.5 sacks to go along with a team-high 78 solo tackles, which is 23 more than the next highest player on the roster, Ryan Shazier.

Second-year Dolphins head coach Adam Gase is going with the flow in building the 2017 rendition of his team. His defense is already loaded with veteran talent and Timmons will be another seasoned professional added to the mix.

The team appears to have wooed him in style during the opening hours of free agency.