Soon-to-be former Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Mike Sims-Walker is lobbying the Miami Dolphins, through the media, to offer him a contract once the lockout is lifted and free agency begins.
The main reason Sims-Walker wants to play in Miami seems to be his friend and fellow wide receiver Brandon Marshall.
“We would love (playing for the same team),” Sims-Walker told the Florida Times-Union. ”Me and him, our relationship on the field and off the field. We make each other better. We compete with each other so much that we’re going to bring the best out of each other every single minute. That will be the best thing for the whole team.”
That part of it makes sense, but both Marshall and Sims-Walker are very vocal guys who are known to be frustrated when they’re not a big enough part of the offense. Sims-Walker would have to be comfortable taking a supporting role to Marshall, and friend or not, I’m not sure he’d be able to handle that.
Sims-Walker would also have to be willing to get paid like a second option, and he might not settle for that either.
So while it sounds like a good idea on the surface, it’s likely Sims-Walker’s ego will get in the way of anything actually getting done. Not only that, but the Dolphins have much more pressing issues than wide receiver and Sims-Walker probably is not even on their offseason list right now.
It’s more likely Sims-Walker ends up with the St. Louis Rams, New England Patriots, Tennessee Titans, or maybe even a team like the Cincinnati Bengals if Chad (I refuse to call him Ochocinco) Johnson is traded as some seem to expect.