Archive: Dolphins

Dolphins Trade J. McCown to Carolina

The Miami Dolphins have traded quarterback Josh McCown to the Carolina Panthers for an undisclosed draft pick next spring. McCown is the odd man out in Miami. The Dolphins apparently will keep rookie Chad Henne and second-year pro John Beck behind starter Chad Pennington. McCown gives the Panthers another...

 

By Mark Maske | August 29, 2008; 07:43 PM ET | Comments (2)

Dolphins Cut Safety With Cowboys Ties

The Miami Dolphins surprisingly released safety Keith Davis. Davis previously had played in Dallas when Dolphins front office chief Bill Parcells, General Manager Jeff Ireland and Coach Tony Sparano were with the Cowboys. He excelled on special teams and it looked like he would have little trouble making the...

 

By Mark Maske | August 28, 2008; 11:38 AM ET | Comments (1)

Pennington, Less Than Shockingly, Named Dolphins' Starter

Miami Dolphins Coach Tony Sparano named Chad Pennington the team's starting quarterback entering the regular season. The announcement comes as no surprise. It had been expected when the Dolphins signed Pennington following his release by the New York Jets that he would be the starter. Pennington faces the Jets...

 

By Mark Maske | August 25, 2008; 04:00 PM ET | Comments (1)

Beck or McCown Likely to be Out in Miami

The odd man out in the Miami quarterback derby probably will be either John Beck or Josh McCown. Chad Pennington and rookie Chad Henne appear to be locks to be on the roster, likely leaving one roster spot for Beck or McCown. Coach Tony Sparano has mentioned the possibility...

 

By Mark Maske | August 20, 2008; 09:53 AM ET | Comments (2)

C. Pennington, Like Favre, Off to Good Start With New Team

Just as Brett Favre was on target in his preseason debut for the New York Jets, the quarterback he replaced, Chad Pennington, was sharp in his exhibition-season unveiling for the Miami Dolphins. Pennington completed five of six passes for 55 yards Saturday night against the Jacksonville Jaguars....

 

By Mark Maske | August 17, 2008; 02:37 PM ET | Comments (0)

Scuffle During Dolphins' Practice

According to reports by South Florida media outlets, there was a significant fight during the Miami Dolphins' practice today. It began with cornerback Will Allen punching wide receiver David Kircus after an incomplete pass. Offensive players came to aid Kircus and then defensive players joined the scuffle on the...

 

By Mark Maske | August 14, 2008; 12:53 PM ET | Comments (0)

Quarterback Updates

Some quarterback updates for teams on which the starter is less than certain... Baltimore... The guess here is that the Ravens will keep rookie Joe Flacco on the bench for a little while and choose Troy Smith over Kyle Boller as the temporary starter until Flacco is ready to...

 

By Mark Maske | August 14, 2008; 08:52 AM ET | Comments (0)

Feely's Availability Makes For Some Uneasy Kickers Around the NFL

Just about every kicker in the league now has to look over his shoulder, with Jay Feely available as a free agent. The Miami Dolphins released Feely on Tuesday even though he connected on 21 of 23 field goal attempts for the team last season. Dolphins Coach Tony Sparano...

 

By Mark Maske | August 13, 2008; 10:09 AM ET | Comments (1)

Dolphins Boot Veteran Kicker Feely

The Miami Dolphins have released veteran kicker Jay Feely. That might clear the way for Dan Carpenter, an undrafted rookie from Montana, to win the team's kicking job. It's also possible that the Dolphins will add a kicker to compete with Carpenter when other clubs begin making their roster...

 

By Mark Maske | August 12, 2008; 10:36 AM ET | Comments (0)

Pennington Has First Dolphins' Practice

Quarterback Chad Pennington participated in his first practice with the Miami Dolphins today. Pennington took the majority of the snaps in full team drills, then stayed around after practice for an additional 20 minutes of throwing. The hierarchy of Dolphins quarterbacks is taking shape. Rookie Chad Henne took slightly...

 

By Mark Maske | August 11, 2008; 07:50 PM ET | Comments (0)

What is Parcells's Approach in Miami?

Bill Parcells has been a highly successful rebuilder of NFL teams. But he's been less than perfect in recent years. He left Dallas without winning a playoff game during his tenure as Cowboys coach. And his signing of Chad Pennington in Miami to take over as the Dolphins' quarterback...

 

By Mark Maske | August 9, 2008; 12:51 PM ET | Comments (4)

C. Pennington Lands in Miami

It didn't take Chad Pennington long to get a new job. On the day after being released by the New York Jets following their trade for Brett Favre, the quarterback has agreed to a contract with the Miami Dolphins. The two-year deal is worth about $11.5 million. Pennington likely...

 

By Mark Maske | August 8, 2008; 11:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Pennington Chase Under Way

CLEVELAND--A half-dozen teams are said to have expressed interest in just-released Jets quarterback Chad Pennington. An NFL source said that Pennington's representatives had heard from the Chiefs, Bills, Raiders, Panthers, Dolphins and Giants. The Chiefs were an obvious suitor because they're coached by former Jets coach Herman Edwards. The...

 

By Mark Maske | August 7, 2008; 10:13 PM ET | Comments (0)

McCown Atop Dolphins' Depth Chart, At Least For Now

The Dolphins put Josh McCown atop their first depth chart of training camp at quarterback. But the situation is very fluid. John Beck and Chad Henne remain in the running for the starting job, for the preseason opener as well as the regular season....

 

By Mark Maske | August 4, 2008; 09:35 PM ET | Comments (0)

Dolphins Look at Q. Carter

Quarterback Quincy Carter worked out for the Miami Dolphins on Thursday. Carter was a former starter for the Dallas Cowboys when they were coached by Bill Parcells, now the head of the Dolphins' front office. Parcells released Carter in training camp in 2004 after Carter reportedly had failed a...

 

By Mark Maske | August 1, 2008; 01:30 PM ET | Comments (0)

T. Glenn Headed to Miami?

Wide receiver Terry Glenn, released by the Dallas Cowboys, reportedly is prepared to sign with the Miami Dolphins. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported that the move is expected to happen within the next few days. In one way, that move would make perfect sense. Glenn played for Bill Parcells,...

 

By Mark Maske | July 30, 2008; 10:01 PM ET | Comments (0)

Brady Overjoyed By J. Taylor's Departure From Division

FOXBOROUGH, Mass.--Tom Brady said he was ecstatic to see pass-rushing defensive end Jason Taylor traded out of the AFC East, from the Miami Dolphins to the Washington Redskins. "I think [Patriots left tackle Matt] Light and I popped a cold beer when we saw that transaction," the quarterback said...

 

By Mark Maske | July 24, 2008; 12:46 PM ET | Comments (0)

J. Taylor Trade Works for Both Teams

We'll just take it as a given here that the Washington Redskins have made a good trade by obtaining defensive end Jason Taylor from the Miami Dolphins. The Redskins had a huge need at defensive end even before opening training camp, and it got even bigger with today's injuries....

 

By Mark Maske | July 20, 2008; 09:00 PM ET | Comments (4)

Key NFL Question No. 7: Will Bill Parcells Get Things Turned Around in Miami?

My thought: No, at least not right away. Parcells hasn't lost his touch. He didn't win a playoff game in Dallas but he handed a Super Bowl-caliber team to successor Wade Phillips. He got young quarterback Tony Romo ready to play and put Romo into the lineup at the...

 

By Mark Maske | July 17, 2008; 01:34 PM ET | Comments (2)

Interest in K. Jones

Four teams reportedly sent representatives to a workout over the weekend in Michigan by former Detroit Lions tailback Kevin Jones. Jones, who's working his way back from a knee injury, remains unsigned after being released by the Lions. According to the Associated Press, Jones's workout Saturday was attended by...

 

By Mark Maske | June 30, 2008; 10:21 AM ET | Comments (1)

Packers Reportedly Could Be in J. Taylor Trade Mix

The Green Bay Packers made a trade inquiry with the Miami Dolphins about defensive end Jason Taylor, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported. The Taylor situation has quieted recently after Taylor said he would play for the Dolphins next season if he's not traded and club officials indicated they want...

 

By Mark Maske | June 19, 2008; 11:09 AM ET | Comments (0)

Parcells Denies Rift With J. Taylor

There's plenty of back-tracking and making up going on between the Miami Dolphins and defensive end Jason Taylor. First it was Taylor saying he isn't demanding a trade and would play for the Dolphins next season if he's not dealt. Then it was Coach Tony Sparano saying the team...

 

By Mark Maske | June 5, 2008; 02:40 PM ET | Comments (0)

Dolphins Will Welcome Back J. Taylor, According to Sparano

The Miami Dolphins apparently are prepared to welcome back defensive end Jason Taylor. Coach Tony Sparano said during an interview with a South Florida radio station Tuesday that he'd told Taylor last week the team wants him back. Sparano's comments come on the heels of Taylor saying Sunday he...

 

By Mark Maske | June 4, 2008; 11:56 AM ET | Comments (0)

J. Taylor Gives Parcells A Chance to End Feud in Miami

Defensive end Jason Taylor took some of the steam out of the controversy surrounding his status with the Miami Dolphins when he spoke during an informal news conference Sunday. Taylor said he wasn't demanding a trade from the Dolphins but would accept one if the team decides to deal...

 

By Mark Maske | June 2, 2008; 10:59 AM ET | Comments (0)

J. Taylor Giving No Hints About Plans for Football Future

The staredown between defensive end Jason Taylor and the Miami Dolphins is in full effect. Taylor avoided discussing the specifics about his football future when he spoke to reporters after competing in a golf pro-am Wednesday in Iowa. "I'm under contract with the Dolphins," he said, according to the...

 

By Mark Maske | May 29, 2008; 08:42 AM ET | Comments (0)

Others Around the League Are Convinced that Dolphins Eventually Will Trade J. Taylor

People around the league continue to guess that the Miami Dolphins will trade defensive end Jason Taylor at some point. Dolphins front office chief Bill Parcells said earlier in the offseason that Taylor would play for Miami next season if he plays at all in the NFL. But the...

 

By Mark Maske | May 22, 2008; 10:32 AM ET | Comments (2)

Dolphins Announce J. Taylor Won't Be At Training Camp With Them

Miami Dolphins Coach Tony Sparano announced today that defensive end Jason Taylor won't attend offseason practices or training camp with the team. Sparano told reporters he'd have no further comment on the matter. Taylor has been absent from the Dolphins' offseason activities while participating in the televised dancing competition...

 

By Mark Maske | May 21, 2008; 03:39 PM ET | Comments (0)

Parcells, J. Taylor Reportedly Having Trouble Co-Existing in Miami

The Miami Dolphins didn't trade defensive end Jason Taylor during draft weekend, and General Manager Jeff Ireland told reporters he hopes the organization's relationship with the former NFL defensive player of the year is good. But there are indications otherwise. Taylor has been missing the Dolphins' offseason conditioning workouts...

 

By Mark Maske | April 30, 2008; 09:46 AM ET | Comments (0)

Thoughts on Second-Round Quarterbacks

The draft's third and fourth quarterbacks came off the board late in the second round. Louisville's Brian Brohm went 56th overall to the Green Bay Packers, and Michigan's Chad Henne went to the Miami Dolphins on the following choice. A few issues arising from those selections: * So is...

 

By Mark Maske | April 27, 2008; 09:27 AM ET | Comments (0)

Dolphins Have Deal With Jake Long

The Miami Dolphins have completed a contract agreement with Michigan offensive tackle Jake Long, a source familiar with the negotiations said. The deal will be a precursor to the Dolphins using the top overall selection in the NFL draft Saturday on Long. Long agreed to a five-year contract worth...

 

By Mark Maske | April 22, 2008; 01:44 PM ET | Comments (0)

Dolphins' Talks With J. Long Are Said to be Serious

The Miami Dolphins are engaged in what one source said today are "serious" contract negotiations with the agent for offensive tackle Jake Long. The Dolphins reportedly have been focusing on the Michigan product as the prospective top overall selection in the NFL draft Saturday and are attempting to complete...

 

By Mark Maske | April 21, 2008; 05:19 PM ET | Comments (0)

Could Rumored Trade of J. Taylor Push C. Long or Gholston Ahead of J. Long on Dolphins' List?

There continue to be rumblings that the Miami Dolphins might trade defensive end Jason Taylor before the draft, although front office chief Bill Parcells previously has said that Taylor will play in Miami next season if he plays at all. The question is: If the Dolphins indeed do trade...

 

By Mark Maske | April 19, 2008; 04:21 PM ET | Comments (0)

Slip of Tongue By Dolphins' GM?

A telling slip of the tongue or a pre-draft smokescreen? At this time of the year, it can be impossible to tell. Miami Dolphins General Manager Jeff Ireland said at a news conference today that the team hopes the player it selects with the top overall choice in the...

 

By Mark Maske | April 17, 2008; 02:10 PM ET | Comments (1)

Dolphins Reportedly Also in Contract Talks With Gholston

Add Vernon Gholston to the list of players whose representatives reportedly are negotiating with the Miami Dolphins, who have the top overall selection in this month's NFL draft. The South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported that the Dolphins are negotiating with the Ohio State defensive end as well as the agent...

 

By Mark Maske | April 10, 2008; 02:43 PM ET | Comments (2)

Dolphins Reportedly Negotiating With J. Long

The Miami Dolphins reportedly are negotiating a contract with the representative for Jake Long as a possible precursor to making the Michigan offensive tackle the top overall selection in this month's NFL draft. The Miami Herald reported that agent Tom Condon negotiated with Dolphins officials this week in South...

 

By Mark Maske | April 9, 2008; 07:40 PM ET | Comments (0)

Huizenga Will Make Call About When Ross Takes Over as Dolphins' Controlling Owner

PALM BEACH, Fla.--New York real estate developer Stephen Ross became the half-owner of the Miami Dolphins today. The sale of 50 percent of the franchise from Wayne Huizenga to Ross was approved unanimously by the owners. Huizenga remains the Dolphins' controlling owner for now but Ross is to take...

 

By Mark Maske | March 31, 2008; 06:46 PM ET | Comments (0)

Dolphins Sale Approved

PALM BEACH, Fla.--The owners today approved the sale of 50 percent of the Miami Dolphins to New York real estate developer Stephen Ross. The move required ratification of at least 24 of the 32 teams. Wayne Huizenga retains 50 percent of the franchise and remains the Dolphins' controlling owner...

 

By Mark Maske | March 31, 2008; 11:21 AM ET | Comments (0)

Busy Dolphins Add L. McCown

The Miami Dolphins are keeping busy. They agreed to a two-year contract with free agent quarterback Josh McCown worth $6.25 million. McCown was a part-time starter in Oakland this past season. He could be the Dolphins' best starting option entering next season....

 

By Mark Maske | February 29, 2008; 07:41 PM ET | Comments (96)

Huizenga Sells 50 Percent Stake in Dolphins

INDIANAPOLIS--The Miami Dolphins announced that owner Wayne Huizenga has sold half the franchise to real estate developer Stephen Ross. "I have always said that I wanted to bring in a partner, and I can't think of anyone more appropriate than Steve," Huizenga said in a written statement released by...

 

By Mark Maske | February 22, 2008; 05:06 PM ET | Comments (0)

Dolphins Releasing Z. Thomas

The Miami Dolphins informed seven-time Pro Bowl linebacker Zach Thomas that he's being released, an NFL source said. Thomas, 34, has spent 12 seasons with the Dolphins. But the franchise's new decision-making team of front office chief Bill Parcells, General Manager Jeff Ireland and Coach Tony Sparano is remaking...

 

By Mark Maske | February 14, 2008; 01:45 PM ET | Comments (1)

Dolphins Release T. Green, Eight Others

Veteran quarterback Trent Green was among nine players released today by the Miami Dolphins. Green, 37, could be headed to retirement after suffering his second concussion in two seasons and ending the season on the injured reserve list. The Dolphins also released wide receiver Marty Booker, defensive tackle Keith...

 

By Mark Maske | February 11, 2008; 04:26 PM ET | Comments (0)

New Class of Head Coaches Lacks Star Power

The four head coaches hired by NFL teams this offseason were Tony Sparano, John Harbaugh, Mike Smith and Jim Zorn. That perhaps qualifies this year's class of new head coaches as the least celebrated in recent memory. When the just-completed season began, all were NFL assistant coaches but none...

 

By Mark Maske | February 11, 2008; 10:31 AM ET | Comments (1)

It's No Surprise That the Dolphins Are Willing to Trade the Top Pick

The Miami Dolphins have made it clear that they're willing to trade the top overall selection in the NFL draft in April. No kidding. Just about every year, the team with the top pick in the draft is willing, if not eager, to trade it. The price tag for...

 

By Mark Maske | January 24, 2008; 04:17 PM ET | Comments (1)

Sparano Gets Four-Year Deal in Miami

The Tony Sparano hiring in Miami is official. Sparano agreed to a four-year contract worth about $10 million to be the Dolphins' head coach. He succeeds Cam Cameron, who was fired after a 1-15 season....

 

By Mark Maske | January 16, 2008; 12:01 PM ET | Comments (106)

Dolphins, To No One's Surprise, Settle on Sparano as Coach

The Miami Dolphins have decided to hire Tony Sparano as their head coach and the two sides were working out the final details of a contract, a source familiar with the deliberations said. No last-minute negotiating snags were expected and an announcement should come later today, said the source,...

 

By Mark Maske | January 16, 2008; 10:16 AM ET | Comments (1)

Dolphins Zeroing In on Sparano as Coach

The Miami Dolphins appear to be closing in on hiring Dallas Cowboys offensive line coach Tony Sparano as their new head coach. Sparano is scheduled to be in the Miami area tonight. Dolphins General Manager Jeff Ireland traveled to Dallas today on the private jet of team owner Wayne...

 

By Mark Maske | January 15, 2008; 04:45 PM ET | Comments (1)

Coaching Searches Can Accelerate Now That Sparano, Garrett and Caldwell Are Available

A few head coaching searches around the league should be able to move forward and perhaps be resolved now that the Dallas Cowboys and Indianapolis Colts have been eliminated from the playoffs, making three coveted assistants--offensive coordinator Jason Garrett and offensive line coach Tony Sparano of the Cowboys and...

 

By Mark Maske | January 14, 2008; 11:50 AM ET | Comments (0)

Dolphins Coaching Candidate Drops Out

Arizona Cardinals offensive coordinator Todd Haley withdrew from consideration for the Miami Dolphins' head coaching vacancy. The Dolphins requested and received permission from the Cardinals to interview Haley. But they also moved to keep Haley by negotiating a new three-year contract with him, and Haley declined to interview with...

 

By Mark Maske | January 9, 2008; 09:28 AM ET | Comments (0)

Dolphins to Interview Sparano Today

The Miami Dolphins are scheduled to begin their head coaching search today with a planned meeting between their new general manager, Jeff Ireland, and Cowboys offensive line coach Tony Sparano in Dallas. Sparano is regarded by some observers as the front-runner to replace the fired Cam Cameron in Miami....

 

By Mark Maske | January 5, 2008; 10:40 AM ET | Comments (0)

Falcons to Interview Garrett, Sparano Today

The Atlanta Falcons are scheduled to interview two Cowboys assistants, offensive coordinator Jason Garrett and offensive line coach Tony Sparano, for their head coaching vacancy today in the Dallas area. Teams in the head coaching market are using the opportunity they have under NFL rules to interview candidates on...

 

By Mark Maske | January 4, 2008; 10:04 AM ET | Comments (0)

Look for Parcells to Hire a Coach He Knows Well

With the Miami Dolphins now in the market for a new head coach, it is believed that front office czar Bill Parcells will pursue a coach with whom he was worked closely in the past. Some Parcells associates have mentioned Dallas Cowboys offensive line coach Tony Sparano, Arizona Cardinals...

 

By Mark Maske | January 3, 2008; 11:41 AM ET | Comments (1)

Dolphins Fire Cameron

The Miami Dolphins fired Cam Cameron as their coach today after a 1-15 season. New front office chief Bill Parcells now has his expected housecleaning well under way. Parcells fired Randy Mueller as the team's general manager on Monday, the day after the regular season ended. Parcells hired Dallas...

 

By Mark Maske | January 3, 2008; 09:50 AM ET | Comments (3)

Dolphins Hire J. Ireland as GM, Decision on Cameron Looms

The Miami Dolphins hired Dallas Cowboys scouting executive Jeff Ireland as their general manager. Ireland and front office chief Bill Parcells could make a decision soon about whether to retain Cam Cameron as the Dolphins' coach....

 

By Mark Maske | January 2, 2008; 08:10 PM ET | Comments (0)

Dolphins Appear Close to Hiring GM

The Miami Dolphins appear close to hiring Dallas Cowboys scouting executive Jeff Ireland as their general manager. Ireland was interviewed by new Dolphins front office chief Bill Parcells late Tuesday and today. Dolphins owner Wayne Huizenga joined the deliberations today. Ireland worked closely with Parcells in Dallas and has...

 

By Mark Maske | January 2, 2008; 02:31 PM ET | Comments (0)

Parcells Keeps Cameron on Hold

Miami Dolphins front office chief Bill Parcells met Tuesday with the coach he inherited, Cam Cameron, without resolving Cameron's status with the team. Parcells might hire a general manager before making a decision about Cameron, who went 1-15 this season as a rookie NFL head coach. Parcells, hired last...

 

By Mark Maske | January 2, 2008; 09:44 AM ET | Comments (0)

Parcells to Interview J. Ireland Today for Dolphins' GM Job

Bill Parcells is wasting no time trying to hire a general manager for the Miami Dolphins. The Dolphins interviewed Joey Clinkscales, the New York Jets' director of college scouting, Monday and are scheduled to interview Dallas Cowboys scouting executive Jeff Ireland today. Parcells, hired last week as the Dolphins'...

 

By Mark Maske | January 1, 2008; 09:16 AM ET | Comments (0)

Parcells Fires Mueller as Dolphins' GM

The expected housecleaning has begun in Miami. Bill Parcells, the team's newly hired executive vice president of football operations, fired Randy Mueller today as the club's general manager. Mueller had been hired to work with the team's previous coach, Nick Saban, and helped to assemble the roster that produced...

 

By Mark Maske | December 31, 2007; 01:32 PM ET | Comments (0)

Parcells Attends Dolphins' Practice

Bill Parcells, the Miami Dolphins' newly appointed football boss, attended the team's practice today at its training facility in Davie, Fla. Parcells didn't address the players and spoke only briefly with Coach Cam Cameron. But he'll be busy after Sunday's season finale. Parcells was hired last week by owner...

 

By Mark Maske | December 27, 2007; 05:44 PM ET | Comments (0)

Parcells Says He's Unsure About Status of Cameron, Mueller

Bill Parcells said in an interview with ESPN that he hasn't decided whether he will retain General Manager Randy Mueller and Coach Cam Cameron once he begins his new job in the Miami Dolphins' front office overseeing the team's football operations. "I don't have any preconceived ideas going in,"...

 

By Mark Maske | December 20, 2007; 04:32 PM ET | Comments (0)

Parcells Signs Contract With Dolphins, According to Source

Bill Parcells has signed a contract with the Miami Dolphins, a source close to the situation said. The four-year contract will put Parcells in charge of the Dolphins' football operations. Parcells agreed to the deal with Dolphins owner Wayne Huizenga late Wednesday after spurning a similar offer from the...

 

By Mark Maske | December 20, 2007; 10:33 AM ET | Comments (0)

Dolphins Have Deal With Parcells... Or At Least They Think They Do

The Miami Dolphins have reached an agreement with Bill Parcells on a four-year contract under which the retired coach would become a front office executive with the team and oversee its football operations, a source familiar with the negotiations said. The Dolphins can only hope that their tentative deal...

 

By Mark Maske | December 19, 2007; 07:55 PM ET | Comments (0)

Dolphins Now Trying to Finish Deal the Falcons Couldn't

The Miami Dolphins are deep in negotiations with Bill Parcells on a longterm contract for the former coach to be an executive with the team overseeing its football operations, an NFL source said tonight. Talks between the Dolphins and Parcells re-started today when owner Wayne Huizenga told Parcells he...

 

By Mark Maske | December 19, 2007; 06:54 PM ET | Comments (0)

Dolphins Reportedly Going Back to C. Lemon as Starter

The Miami Dolphins are going back to Cleo Lemon as their starter at quarterback, according to reports in several South Florida media outlets. Lemon took over for the injured Trent Green as the Dolphins' starter but was benched in favor of rookie John Beck just after midseason. Coach Cam...

 

By Mark Maske | December 12, 2007; 10:43 AM ET | Comments (0)

Cameron Going Back to C. Lemon as Dolphins' Quarterback?

Coach Cam Cameron isn't saying yet whether rookie John Beck or Cleo Lemon will be the Miami Dolphins' starter at quarterback this week. Cameron benched Lemon in favor of Beck just after midseason. But with the Dolphins three losses from becoming the first NFL team ever to go 0-16,...

 

By Mark Maske | December 11, 2007; 04:59 PM ET | Comments (0)

Winless Dolphins Now Without Z. Thomas

The winless Miami Dolphins will be without linebacker Zach Thomas for the remainder of the season. They placed Thomas on the injured reserve list Tuesday. He'd missed seven games this season because of concussion symptoms. He and his agent, Drew Rosenhaus, had urged team officials to leave Thomas on...

 

By Mark Maske | December 5, 2007; 09:28 AM ET | Comments (1)

R. Williams's Season Over After One Game

Ricky Williams's season is over. Agent Leigh Steinberg told the Associated Press that Williams suffered a torn pectoral muscle during the Miami Dolphins' loss Monday night to the Pittsburgh Steelers and will miss the rest of the season. The game was the tailback's first appearance of the season. He...

 

By Mark Maske | November 27, 2007; 08:35 PM ET | Comments (0)

R. Williams Practices With Dolphins

Tailback Ricky Williams practiced with the Miami Dolphins today. It was his first full practice since being reinstated by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell last week after serving a drug-related suspension of more than 18 months. Williams is eligible to play in Monday night's game at Pittsburgh but the Dolphins...

 

By Mark Maske | November 21, 2007; 07:51 PM ET | Comments (0)

Cameron Decides to Welcome Back R. Williams

Miami Dolphins Coach Cam Cameron decided after meeting with tailback Ricky Williams today to allow the former NFL rushing champion to rejoin the team. Williams is scheduled to practice with the Dolphins on Monday, and is eligible to play for them a week later in a game at Pittsburgh....

 

By Mark Maske | November 15, 2007; 07:33 PM ET | Comments (0)

R. Williams Rejoins Dolphins

Tailback Ricky Williams rejoined the Miami Dolphins today. Williams arrived at the team's training facility in Davie, Fla., in a van late in the morning. He was scheduled to meet with Coach Cam Cameron, who will decide whether to activate the former NFL rushing champion. Williams was reinstated by...

 

By Mark Maske | November 15, 2007; 02:31 PM ET | Comments (1)

R. Williams's Status With Dolphins Could Be Determined by Meeting With Cameron Today

Ricky Williams is scheduled to be in South Florida today to meet with Miami Dolphins Coach Cam Cameron. Cameron has not said whether the Dolphins will activate the tailback, who was reinstated by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on Wednesday after serving a drug-related suspension of more than 18 months....

 

By Mark Maske | November 15, 2007; 09:52 AM ET | Comments (0)

R. Williams Reinstated

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has reinstated Miami Dolphins running back Ricky Williams after a suspension that lasted more than a year and a half. A source said the Dolphins were informed this morning of Goodell's decision. Williams applied for reinstatement Oct. 1. He was suspended in April 2006 for...

 

By Mark Maske | November 14, 2007; 11:42 AM ET | Comments (1)

No Quarterback Switch for Dolphins

The winless Miami Dolphins are sticking with Cleo Lemon as their starting quarterback. Coach Cam Cameron had left open the possibility of switching to rookie John Beck but announced Monday that Lemon would keep the job. The Dolphins are coming off their bye and play the Buffalo Bills this...

 

By Mark Maske | November 6, 2007; 01:45 PM ET | Comments (0)

Dolphins to Turn to Rookie Quarterback?

With the Miami Dolphins' season in ruins and the team on its bye week, Coach Cam Cameron is leaving open the possibility of switching to rookie John Beck as the club's starting quarterback. Cleo Lemon took over for Trent Green as the starter after Green suffered a concussion that...

 

By Mark Maske | October 30, 2007; 09:54 AM ET | Comments (0)

Dolphins Lose R. Brown For Season

The winless Miami Dolphins have lost their top offensive player, tailback Ronnie Brown, to a season-ending knee injury. Brown suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament during Sunday's loss to the New England Patriots. The third-year pro finishes the season with 602 rushing yards in seven games. Jesse Chatman, Patrick...

 

By Mark Maske | October 22, 2007; 07:46 PM ET | Comments (0)

Dolphins Place T. Green on IR List

The Miami Dolphins placed quarterback Trent Green on the injured reserve list today, ending his season. Green has been sidelined since suffering his second severe concussion in the past two seasons and doctors have not cleared him to return to play. It is not clear at this point whether...

 

By Mark Maske | October 20, 2007; 05:02 PM ET | Comments (0)

T. Green Says He'd Like to Play But Doesn't Know if He'll Be Cleared

Miami Dolphins quarterback Trent Green told reporters he would like to resume his NFL career but hasn't been told whether his doctors will clear him to play after suffering a severe concussion during a game 11 days ago. "It's just finding someone to clear me, and I don't know...

 

By Mark Maske | October 17, 2007; 07:28 PM ET | Comments (0)

Chargers Get Wide Receiver Chambers from Dolphins

The San Diego Chargers obtained former Pro Bowl wide receiver Chris Chambers in a trade that sends a second-round draft pick next spring to the Miami Dolphins. Chambers had 31 catches for 415 yards in six games for the Dolphins this season. He had 405 receptions his nearly 6-1/2...

 

By Mark Maske | October 16, 2007; 04:27 PM ET | Comments (0)

T. Green Tells Cameron He's Hopeful of Playing Again

Quarterback Trent Green reportedly told his coach with the Miami Dolphins, Cam Cameron, during a telephone conversation Wednesday that he's hopeful of resuming his NFL career at some point even after suffering a severe concussion for the second time in two seasons. Green is being evaluated by doctors in...

 

By Mark Maske | October 11, 2007; 01:17 PM ET | Comments (0)

No Fine for T. Johnson for Taunting T. Green

NFL officials decided against fining Houston Texans defensive tackle Travis Johnson for taunting injured Miami Dolphins quarterback Trent Green during Sunday's game. Johnson was penalized during the game for yelling at Green following the play on which Green was hurt. Gene Washington, the league's director of football operations, reviewed...

 

By Mark Maske | October 10, 2007; 08:20 AM ET | Comments (0)

T. Green to Undergo Further Testing Before Making Decision About Playing Again

Miami Dolphins quarterback Trent Green will undergo further tests and medical evaluation before deciding whether to retire or resume his career. Green suffered what was diagnosed as a grade three concussion, the most severe, during Sunday's loss to the Houston Texans, the second severe concussion that he's suffered in...

 

By Mark Maske | October 8, 2007; 07:49 PM ET | Comments (0)

Concussion Raises Questions About T. Green's Football Future

One has to wonder if quarterback Trent Green has played his final career game. Green was knocked from the Miami Dolphins' loss Sunday in Houston when he suffered a concussion while throwing a block on Texans defensive tackle Travis Johnson. The low block enraged Johnson, and it put Green's...

 

By Mark Maske | October 8, 2007; 02:07 PM ET | Comments (0)

R. Williams Applies to NFL for Reinstatement

Suspended Miami Dolphins tailback Ricky Williams applied to the league for reinstatement, according to his representatives. The former NFL rushing champion has been suspended since April 2006 for violating the league's substance abuse policy. Williams reportedly tested positive for marijuana this past April, pushing back his potential reinstatement. It...

 

By Mark Maske | October 1, 2007; 04:31 PM ET | Comments (0)

Z. Thomas to be Sidelined By Concussion

The Miami Dolphins will be without linebacker Zach Thomas this weekend after tests showed he has a mild concussion. Thomas complained of headaches and missed practices all week after saying he felt lightheaded following last Sunday's loss to the Dallas Cowboys....

 

By Mark Maske | September 21, 2007; 03:38 PM ET | Comments (1)

Z. Thomas Undergoes Concussion Tests

The Miami Dolphins expect to know today whether linebacker Zach Thomas will be able to play Sunday against the New York Jets. Thomas underwent tests Thursday to determine if he has a concussion after complaining of headaches this week....

 

By Mark Maske | September 21, 2007; 11:05 AM ET | Comments (1)

R. Williams Reportedly Will Seek Reinstatement Next Month

Miami Dolphins running back Ricky Williams reportedly will seek reinstatement to the NFL when he's eligible after Oct. 1. Williams is under suspension for violating the league's substance abuse policy. "He sounds wonderful," David Cornwell, Williams's attorney, told the Associated Press. "He sounds like he's in a great place,...

 

By Mark Maske | September 14, 2007; 07:17 PM ET | Comments (0)

Dolphins Sign Darius

The Miami Dolphins signed safety Donovin Darius, a former standout for the Jacksonville Jaguars who most recently was released by the Oakland Raiders. The Dolphins also signed safety Lamont Thompson, formerly of the Cincinnati Bengals and Tennessee Titans. They placed safety Yeremiah Bell on the injured reserve list after...

 

By Mark Maske | September 11, 2007; 10:55 PM ET | Comments (0)

T. Green, Not Surprisingly, Named Dolphins' Starter

Miami Dolphins Coach Cam Cameron ended a less-than-suspenseful quarterback competition today by naming Trent Green the team's starter. It was clear from the moment that the Dolphins obtained Green in a trade with the Kansas City Chiefs in June, which led to the release of Daunte Culpepper last month,...

 

By Mark Maske | August 20, 2007; 09:30 PM ET | Comments (0)

J. Porter Undergoes Arthroscopic Knee Surgery

Miami Dolphins linebacker Joey Porter underwent arthroscopic knee surgery today in Birmingham. The procedure was performed by orthopedist James Andrews. Porter is to be sidelined at least two weeks. He'd been bothered by knee soreness since late last week. The Dolphins signed Porter in the offseason after he was...

 

By Mark Maske | August 7, 2007; 02:02 PM ET | Comments (0)

J. Porter Getting Sore Knee Examined

Miami Dolphins linebacker Joey Porter is being bothered by a sore knee and was scheduled to be examined today by orthopedist James Andrews. There have been reports that Porter might have to undergo arthroscopic surgery. He signed with the Dolpins in the offseason after being released by the Pittsburgh...

 

By Mark Maske | August 6, 2007; 01:42 PM ET | Comments (1)

Culpepper Leaves Practice Field, Wants to be Released

Quarterback Daunte Culpepper attended the Miami Dolphins' minicamp today but left the field during practice after being allowed to participate only in individual drills. The Dolphins, after obtaining veteran quarterback Trent Green from the Kansas City Chiefs, are attempting to trade Culpepper. But Culpepper wants to be released so...

 

By Mark Maske | June 8, 2007; 05:44 PM ET | Comments (0)

Dolphins Tell Culpepper They Plan to Trade Him

Miami Dolphins officials reportedly told quarterback Daunte Culpepper today that they plan to trade him. Dolphins General Manager Randy Mueller and Coach Cam Cameron delivered the news to Culpepper in a meeting this morning, Culpepper wrote in an e-mail to several media outlets. The meeting came a day after...

 

By Mark Maske | June 6, 2007; 03:13 PM ET | Comments (0)

Chiefs, At Last, Agree to Trade T. Green to Dolphins

The Miami Dolphins finally completed a long-awaited trade to obtain veteran quarterback Trent Green from the Kansas City Chiefs. According to a source familiar with the deliberations, speaking on the condition of anonymity because the deal had not yet been announced, the Dolphins agreed today to send a fifth-round...

 

By Mark Maske | June 5, 2007; 08:36 PM ET | Comments (0)

Dolphins' Makeover Unlikely to Produce Quick Turnaround

Team-By-Team Offseason Roundup Miami Dolphins Coaching Change: Resigned: Nick Saban Hired: Cam Cameron Players Released: Seth McKinney, C Bennie Anderson, G Eric Kimble, WR Kevin Carter, DE Jeno James, G Joey Harrington, QB Randy McMichael, TE Eddie Jackson, CB Manny Wright, DT Marcus Vick, WR Free Agents Lost: Sammy...

 

By Mark Maske | May 21, 2007; 10:20 AM ET | Comments (1)

R. Williams's Reinstatement Delayed By Positive Marijuana Test

Suspended Miami Dolphins tailback Ricky Williams tested positive last month for marijuana use, an NFL source said. Williams sat out last season and continues to serve a one-year suspension for violating the league's substance abuse policy. He has applied for reinstatement but now won't be eligible before September, said...

 

By Mark Maske | May 11, 2007; 03:15 PM ET | Comments (0)

Dolphins Release M. Wright, M. Vick

The Miami Dolphins released defensive tackle Manny Wright and wide receiver Marcus Vick. Wright spent last season on the reserve-nonfootball injury list, reportedly to deal with depression. He reportedly showed up overweight to a recent minicamp. His Dolphins tenure was best remembered for him being reduced to tears by...

 

By Mark Maske | May 1, 2007; 08:23 PM ET | Comments (0)

Culpepper Vows He's On His Way to Full Recovery

Quarterback Daunte Culpepper said in an e-mail sent to reporters who cover the Miami Dolphins that he expects to resume football activities next month and eventually recover fully from the knee injuries that have derailed his career. "I have been frustrated since last year about the way that my...

 

By Mark Maske | April 27, 2007; 10:12 AM ET | Comments (0)

Dolphins Eager to Try to Complete T. Green Trade This Week

Quarterback Trent Green and the Miami Dolphins plan to press the Kansas City Chiefs to complete a trade this week that would send Green from the Chiefs to the Dolphins. Chiefs President Carl Peterson suggested publicly last week that the club should receive second- and seventh-round draft choices for...

 

By Mark Maske | April 23, 2007; 10:32 AM ET | Comments (2)

Linehan Expresses Interest in R. Williams

Never mind that the league's tampering rules prohibit an official with one NFL team from commenting publicly on his interest in a player under contract to another club. St. Louis Rams Coach Scott Linehan told reporters today that he would be interested in adding the Miami Dolphins' Ricky Williams...

 

By Mark Maske | April 19, 2007; 08:15 PM ET | Comments (0)

Dolphins Allow D. Jones to Go to Rams

The Miami Dolphins opted against matching a contract offer by the St. Louis Rams to punter Donnie Jones, a restricted free agent. The Dolphins receive a seventh-round draft choice from the Rams as compensation....

 

By Mark Maske | April 18, 2007; 08:06 PM ET | Comments (0)

Chiefs' Asking Price for T. Green Still High

The Miami Dolphins and Kansas City Chiefs intensified trade talks over the weekend regarding Chiefs quarterback Trent Green. Several media outlets in South Florida reported that the trade was imminent, and there was speculation that the Dolphins might release quarterback Daunte Culpepper after trading a mid- to late-round draft...

 

By Mark Maske | April 17, 2007; 10:19 AM ET | Comments (0)

Dolphins Appear Ready to Give Up on Culpepper

The Miami Dolphins appear ready to give up on quarterback Daunte Culpepper. Former Dolphins coach Nick Saban made a career-altering mistake last offseason when he traded for Culpepper instead of signing Drew Brees as a free agent. Saban apparently was more wary of Brees's injured shoulder than Culpepper's injured...

 

By Mark Maske | April 16, 2007; 10:23 AM ET | Comments (0)

Dolphins Reportedly Close to Completing T. Green Trade, Could Release Culpepper

According to reports by several South Florida news outlets, the Miami Dolphins are close to completing a trade with the Kansas City Chiefs for veteran quarterback Trent Green. The deal reportedly could lead the Dolphins to release quarterback Daunte Culpepper. Trade talks between the Dolphins and Chiefs regarding Green...

 

By Mark Maske | April 15, 2007; 03:53 PM ET | Comments (1)

Dolphins Make Two Moves as Minicamp Opens

The Miami Dolphins made two free agent moves before opening a minicamp today, signing offensive tackle Mike Rosenthal and re-signing safety Travares Tillman. Rosenthal played the last four seasons with the Minnesota Vikings after four seasons with the New York Giants. He made three starts at right tackle for...

 

By Mark Maske | April 13, 2007; 06:55 PM ET | Comments (0)

Rams Sign Dolphins Punter to Offer Sheet in Restricted Free Agency

Miami Dolphins punter Donnie Jones, a restricted free agent, agreed to an offer sheet with the St. Louis Rams. Once the offer sheet is signed, the Dolphins will have a week to decide whether to retain Jones by matching the Rams' five-year, nearly $5.6 million offer. The deal includes...

 

By Mark Maske | April 13, 2007; 11:24 AM ET | Comments (0)

Culpepper Reportedly Not Ready For Full Minicamp Participation

The Miami Dolphins have a minicamp scheduled for next weekend but quarterback Daunte Culpepper reportedly won't be ready to participate fully. Culpepper continues to work his way back from the knee troubles that plagued his first season with the Dolphins. The club obtained him in a trade with the...

 

By Mark Maske | April 7, 2007; 02:23 PM ET | Comments (1)

R. Williams Applies For Reinstatement

Suspended Miami Dolphins tailback Ricky Williams has applied to the NFL for reinstatement. Williams's one-year suspension for a violation of the league's substance abuse policy expires on April 25....

 

By Mark Maske | April 7, 2007; 11:18 AM ET | Comments (0)

Browns Intensifying Pursuit of T. Green

The Cleveland Browns reportedly are launching contract negotiations with Trent Green and his agent as a possible precursor to a trade for the Kansas City Chiefs' veteran quarterback. The Chiefs are attempting to trade Green after re-signing fellow quarterback Damon Huard to go with youngster Brodie Croyle. The Chiefs'...

 

By Mark Maske | April 6, 2007; 10:22 AM ET | Comments (0)

Dolphins Trade Mare to Saints

The Miami Dolphins traded kicker Olindo Mare to the New Orleans Saints today for a sixth-round draft pick. The Dolphins previously signed free agent kicker Jay Feely to replace Mare. The Saints' incumbent kicker, John Carney, connected on 23 of 25 field goal attempts last season but is about...

 

By Mark Maske | April 3, 2007; 09:01 PM ET | Comments (0)

Preseason Game in China to be Postponed

The NFL is postponing its plans to play a preseason game in China. The league is expected to announce within the next few days that it won't play its game in Beijing as scheduled in August, a source familiar with the deliberations said this morning. The decision first was...

 

By Mark Maske | April 2, 2007; 08:40 AM ET | Comments (2)

R. Williams Readying to Return to Dolphins

Tailback Ricky Williams is prepared to return to the Miami Dolphins. Williams's one-year suspension for a violation of the NFL's substance abuse policy expires later this month, and he reportedly has written a letter to Commissioner Roger Goodell to request reinstatement. Williams played in the Canadian Football League during...

 

By Mark Maske | April 1, 2007; 09:55 PM ET | Comments (2)

Broncos Void Wilkinson Trade

The Denver Broncos voided a trade over the weekend in which they'd obtained defensive tackle Dan Wilkinson from the Miami Dolphins. The deal was contingent upon Wilkinson passing a physical, but he didn't report to the Broncos to undergo one. The Broncos traded a sixth-round draft choice to the...

 

By Mark Maske | April 1, 2007; 09:49 PM ET | Comments (0)

Browns, Possibly Lions Joining Dolphins in T. Green Chase

The Cleveland Browns have entered the bidding for Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Trent Green. Both teams have confirmed publicly that trade talks have taken place. The Chiefs had been dealing mostly with the Miami Dolphins. Green apparently has agreed to a new contract with the Dolphins as a precursor...

 

By Mark Maske | March 30, 2007; 10:56 AM ET | Comments (1)

Dolphins, Chiefs Haggling Over T. Green Trade

PHOENIX, Ariz.--A potential trade of quarterback Trent Green from the Kansas City Chiefs to the Miami Dolphins is being held up because the Chiefs are asking for a second-round draft pick, an NFL source said here today. Green apparently has agreed to rework a contract that was to pay...

 

By Mark Maske | March 26, 2007; 03:10 PM ET | Comments (0)

Dolphins, Possibly Raiders Chasing D. Carr

The Miami Dolphins reportedly are among the teams interested in trading for David Carr, the former top overall selection in the NFL draft by the Houston Texans. Texans General Manager Rick Smith said at Thursday's introductory news conference for Matt Schaub, the club's new starting quarterback obtained in a...

 

By Mark Maske | March 23, 2007; 09:39 AM ET | Comments (10)

Dolphins Reportedly Trying to Complete Trade for T. Green

The Miami Dolphins reportedly are close to trading a seventh-round draft pick to the Kansas City Chiefs for veteran quarterback Trent Green. The Palm Beach Post reported that the final obstacle to the trade being completed is Green agreeing to a new contract that would lower his salary next...

 

By Mark Maske | March 22, 2007; 10:54 AM ET | Comments (0)

J. Porter Reportedly Cited for Punching Bengals Tackle at Vegas Gaming Table

Joey Porter, the linebacker recently signed by the Miami Dolphins after being released by the Pittsburgh Steelers, reportedly was cited by the Las Vegas police for misdemeanor battery after a fight Sunday evening at a casino with Cincinnati Bengals offensive tackle Levi Jones. Porter punched Jones in the face...

 

By Mark Maske | March 19, 2007; 01:02 PM ET | Comments (3)

Dolphins Shopping Kicker Mare

The Miami Dolphins are trying to trade kicker Olindo Mare before being forced to possibly release him. They're shopping him to the New York Giants and other teams. The Giants lost kicker Jay Feely when he signed with the Dolphins as a free agent....

 

By Mark Maske | March 13, 2007; 07:24 AM ET | Comments (0)

Decision Day for D. Stallworth?

Free agent wide receiver Donte Stallworth might be making his decision today. He's made visits in recent days to the Tennessee Titans, Miami Dolphins and New England Patriots. The Philadelphia Eagles, the team with which Stallworth spent this past season, apparently remain in the running and the San Francisco...

 

By Mark Maske | March 9, 2007; 09:47 AM ET | Comments (0)

Dolphins Re-Sign Traylor

The Miami Dolphins re-signed free agent defensive tackle Keith Traylor. The Dolphins also added safety Cameron Worrell, a free agent from the Chicago Bears....

 

By Mark Maske | March 8, 2007; 03:36 PM ET | Comments (0)

Giants Lose Kicker to Dolphins

Free agent kicker Jay Feely agreed to a three-year contract with the Miami Dolphins worth approximately $6 million. Feely's previous team, the New York Giants, had been trying to re-sign him and he'd drawn interest from other clubs as well. But he made a visit to Miami this week...

 

By Mark Maske | March 8, 2007; 08:41 AM ET | Comments (0)

Dolphins are Possibility for T. Green

One possible landing spot for Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Trent Green could be Miami. The Chiefs have asked Green to renegotiate a contract that is to pay him a $7.2 million salary next season. The Chiefs re-signed Damon Huard and have young quarterback Brodie Croyle and it's possible they'll...

 

By Mark Maske | March 7, 2007; 11:45 AM ET | Comments (0)

Four Teams Chasing D. Stallworth

It appears to be a four-team race for free agent wide receiver Donte Stallworth. He is scheduled to visit the Tennessee Titans today after meeting Tuesday with the New England Patriots. A visit to the Miami Dolphins is scheduled for Thursday and Stallworth and agent Drew Rosenhaus continue to...

 

By Mark Maske | March 7, 2007; 09:42 AM ET | Comments (1)

Feely Generating Interest on Kicker Market

Free agent kicker Jay Feely visited the Miami Dolphins on Tuesday. The Dolphins would release Olindo Mare if they can sign Feely. But the New York Giants are attempting to re-sign Feely and the Kansas City Chiefs and Atlanta Falcons also are interested....

 

By Mark Maske | March 7, 2007; 07:05 AM ET | Comments (0)

J. Porter's Deal

According to an NFL source, linebacker Joey Porter's contract with the Miami Dolphins is worth about $32.5 million over five seasons. The deal includes approximately $20 million in guaranteed money....

 

By Mark Maske | March 6, 2007; 11:03 AM ET | Comments (0)

J. Porter Reportedly Chooses Dolphins

Linebacker Joey Porter reportedly has decided to sign with the Miami Dolphins. WPXI-TV in Pittsburgh reported that Porter chose the Dolphins over the Cincinnati Bengals and will sign a deal with a signing bonus of around $12 million. The Pittsburgh Steelers released the three-time Pro Bowl selection last week....

 

By Mark Maske | March 6, 2007; 10:55 AM ET | Comments (1)

Dolphins Cut Harrington, McMichael

The Miami Dolphins released quarterback Joey Harrington and tight end Randy McMichael. The club avoided paying Harrington a $1 million roster bonus and McMichael a $3 million roster bonus....

 

By Mark Maske | March 5, 2007; 07:58 PM ET | Comments (0)

Patriots Trade for Dolphins' Welker

The New England Patriots traded undisclosed draft choices to the Miami Dolphins for wide receiver Wes Welker. The Patriots had been prepared to sign Welker, a restricted free agent, to an offer sheet and would have owed the Dolphins a second-round pick as compensation. Instead, the Patriots sweetened the...

 

By Mark Maske | March 5, 2007; 05:41 PM ET | Comments (0)

Poison Pill Reprise?

Wide receiver Wes Welker, a restricted free agent from the Miami Dolphins, is scheduled to meet today with New England Patriots officials. It's thought the Patriots will sign Welker to a six-year, $38.5 million offer sheet. If so, the Dolphins will have a week to decide whether to match...

 

By Mark Maske | March 5, 2007; 08:50 AM ET | Comments (3)

Plummer Trade to Bucs Goes Through, After All

The Denver Broncos traded quarterback Jake Plummer to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers today, after all. A day after the deal was put on hold because Plummer was threatening to retire, the Broncos announced today they'd sent Plummer to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for a conditional draft choice in 2008....

 

By Mark Maske | March 3, 2007; 02:03 PM ET | Comments (0)

K. Carter Added to List of Dolphins' Cuts

The Miami Dolphins released defensive end Kevin Carter. The Dolphins tried to retain Carter by negotiating a revised contract with him but the two sides were unable to complete an agreement....

 

By Mark Maske | March 1, 2007; 11:20 PM ET | Comments (0)

J. Harrington Likely to be Looking for Work

Quarterback Joey Harrington probably will be looking for a job again soon. The former first-round draft selection by the Detroit Lions spent this past season with the Miami Dolphins but probably will be released so the club can avoid paying him a $1 million roster bonus. That would leave...

 

By Mark Maske | February 28, 2007; 11:52 AM ET | Comments (0)

Dolphins Re-Sign V. Holliday

The Miami Dolphins re-signed defensive tackle Vonnie Holliday to a four-year contract. The deal is worth $20 million, including $10 million in bonuses, and keeps Holliday from being an unrestricted free agent....

 

By Mark Maske | February 21, 2007; 10:13 PM ET | Comments (0)

Giants-Dolphins Set for Oct. 28 at Wembley Stadium

MIAMI--The NFL announced that the New York Giants and Miami Dolphins will play on Oct. 28 at Wembley Stadium in London. The Dolphins will be listed as the home team in the second regular season game in league history to be played in a foreign country. The league's team...

 

By Mark Maske | February 2, 2007; 02:15 PM ET | Comments (0)

Cowboys Interviewing J. Garrett for Offensive Coordinator Job

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is interviewing Jason Garrett today for the team's offensive coordinator job. Garrett, a former backup quarterback for the Cowboys, now is the Miami Dolphins' quarterbacks coach. The Dolphins, according to an NFL source, granted the Cowboys' request to interview Garrett only after Jones agreed...

 

By Mark Maske | January 24, 2007; 01:23 PM ET | Comments (2)

Dolphins Hire Cameron

The Miami Dolphins hired San Diego Chargers offensive coordinator Cam Cameron as their coach today. Cameron was one of three candidates to have second interviews with the team this week, following Georgia Tech Coach Chan Gailey and recently fired Atlanta Falcons coach Jim Mora. The Dolphins wanted an offensive-minded...

 

By Mark Maske | January 19, 2007; 07:05 PM ET | Comments (1)

Cameron Reportedly Is Dolphins' Front-Runner

Reports in South Florida are pegging San Diego Chargers offensive coordinator Cam Cameron as the favorite to land the Miami Dolphins' head coaching job. Cameron just completed his second interview with the club. The Dolphins also have had second interviews with Georgia Tech Coach Chan Gailey and recently fired...

 

By Mark Maske | January 19, 2007; 10:08 AM ET | Comments (0)

Dolphins Have Second Interview With Cameron, Inch Closer to Decision

The Miami Dolphins planned to hire a new coach Friday or Saturday after having a second interview today with San Diego Chargers offensive coordinator Cam Cameron. Georgia Tech Coach Chan Gailey and recently fired Atlanta Falcons coach Jim Mora also have had second interviews with the Dolphins, who are...

 

By Mark Maske | January 18, 2007; 10:37 PM ET | Comments (0)

Cameron Having Second Interview With Dolphins

San Diego Chargers offensive coordinator Cam Cameron is having a second interview for the Miami Dolphins' head coaching job today. The Dolphins also have had second interviews with Georgia Tech Coach Chan Gailey and recently fired Atlanta Falcons coach Jim Mora. It's thought that the Dolphins might complete their...

 

By Mark Maske | January 18, 2007; 09:56 AM ET | Comments (2)

Steelers, Dolphins Taking Their Time in Coaching Searches

The Pittsburgh Steelers and Miami Dolphins don't seem to be in a hurry to fill their head coaching vacancies. The Steelers had a second interview Tuesday with Minnesota Vikings defensive coordinator Mike Tomlin and are to speak to their own offensive line coach, Russ Grimm, for the second time...

 

By Mark Maske | January 17, 2007; 09:44 AM ET | Comments (0)

M. Shula Reportedly Interviewed By Dolphins

Mike Shula interviewed for the Miami Dolphins' head coaching job over the weekend, the Associated Press reported. Shula is the son of the Dolphins' Hall of Fame former coach, Don Shula, and was the coach at the University of Alabama before being fired in November. Alabama replaced him by...

 

By Mark Maske | January 16, 2007; 09:38 PM ET | Comments (1)

Mora, Gailey Among Finalists for Dolphins' Job

The Miami Dolphins have had former Atlanta Falcons coach Jim Mora and Georgia Tech Coach Chan Gailey in for second interviews in their head coaching search. New York Jets offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer was to have a second interview Tuesday but he withdrew from consideration. The Dolphins might interview...

 

By Mark Maske | January 15, 2007; 08:04 PM ET | Comments (0)

Dolphins Keep Capers As Defensive Boss With Huge Deal

The Miami Dolphins agreed to a three-year, approximately $8 million contract extension with Dom Capers to retain him as their defensive coordinator. He becomes the NFL's highest-paid assistant coach, ahead of Washington Redskins defensive boss Gregg Williams. The Dolphins re-signed Capers before hiring a head coach to replace the...

 

By Mark Maske | January 13, 2007; 07:11 PM ET | Comments (0)

Dolphins Interview Martz, T. Lewis, B. Schottenheimer

The busy Miami Dolphins interviewed three more head coaching candidates Wednesday, including Detroit Lions offensive coordinator and former St. Louis Rams coach Mike Martz. The Dolphins also interviewed New York Giants defensive coordinator Tim Lewis and New York Jets offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer, the son of San Diego Chargers...

 

By Mark Maske | January 11, 2007; 10:24 AM ET | Comments (0)

Dolphins Planning to Interview Martz

The Miami Dolphins are scheduled to interview former St. Louis Rams coach Mike Martz, now the offensive coordinator of the Detroit Lions, for their head coaching vacancy. Martz will become the 10th candidate known to have interviewed for the job. The other nine probably won't matter if the Dolphins...

 

By Mark Maske | January 9, 2007; 09:57 PM ET | Comments (0)

Carroll Associates Think He's Likely to Stay at USC

People who know Pete Carroll say they still believe he's likely to stay at USC rather than leave the school for the Miami Dolphins' coaching job. Carroll met Sunday in Costa Rica with Dolphins owner Wayne Huizenga and other team officials. The Dolphins interviewed two more candidates on Monday,...

 

By Mark Maske | January 9, 2007; 10:34 AM ET | Comments (0)

Dolphins Reportedly Meet With Carroll

Miami Dolphins officials, including owner Wayne Huizenga, reportedly met with USC Coach Pete Carroll on Sunday in Costa Rica to see if he's interested in the team's head coaching job. Carroll previously coached the New York Jets and New England Patriots but has said in the past he's not...

 

By Mark Maske | January 8, 2007; 11:54 AM ET | Comments (0)

J. Taylor Named Defensive Player of Year by AP

Miami Dolphins defensive end Jason Taylor was named the NFL's defensive player of the year by the Associated Press. Taylor played for a team that went 6-10 but had 13-1/2 sacks, forced 10 fumbles and returned two interceptions for touchdowns. A panel of 50 media members gave 22 votes...

 

By Mark Maske | January 5, 2007; 12:57 PM ET | Comments (4)

Saban Says He Left Dolphins Because He Realized He Loved College Coaching

Nick Saban said during his formal introduction as the University of Alabama's coach today that he left the Miami Dolphins on Wednesday because he realized he would rather be coaching in college. "What I realized in the last two years is that we love college coaching because of the...

 

By Mark Maske | January 4, 2007; 01:00 PM ET | Comments (8)

Future Unclear for Dolphins' GM

The future of Miami Dolphins General Manager Randy Mueller is in limbo. The Dolphins haven't determined whether they'll keep Mueller but owner Wayne Huizenga did not mention the GM on Wednesday when he said the club's coaching search would be conducted by team executives Joe Bailey and Bryan Wiedmeier....

 

By Mark Maske | January 4, 2007; 10:09 AM ET | Comments (0)

There's Already Cowher-to-Dolphins Talk in League Circles

Executives with some teams around the league already are speculating that the Miami Dolphins might try to hire Bill Cowher as their coach if Cowher resigns, as expected, from the Pittsburgh Steelers. Dolphins owner Wayne Huizenga said Wednesday after losing his coach, Nick Saban, to the University of Alabama...

 

By Mark Maske | January 4, 2007; 09:55 AM ET | Comments (0)

Was Saban's NFL Tenure That Much Better Than Spurrier's?

Steve Spurrier won 12 games in two seasons as the head coach of the Washington Redskins, didn't reach the playoffs and then returned to college football, where he'd won a national championship. He was lampooned as a complete failure in the NFL. Nick Saban won 15 games in two...

 

By Mark Maske | January 3, 2007; 03:28 PM ET | Comments (24)

Huizenga Says He Doesn't Feel Betrayed By Saban

Miami Dolphins owner Wayne Huizenga confirmed at a news conference at the team's headquarters in Davie, Fla., that Coach Nick Saban had decided to leave the club to accept a contract offer from the University of Alabama. "It is what it is," Huizenga said. "... There's a lot of...

 

By Mark Maske | January 3, 2007; 11:52 AM ET | Comments (8)

Saban Tells Dolphins He's Leaving for Alabama

Nick Saban has informed the Miami Dolphins that he's resigning as the team's coach to accept a lucrative contract offer from the University of Alabama, a source close to the situation said. Saban informed his assistant coaches and Dolphins owner Wayne Huizenga of the decision, said the source, who...

 

By Mark Maske | January 3, 2007; 10:53 AM ET | Comments (24)

Others Around League Increasingly Convinced That Saban Will Leave Dolphins

Some people around the league are increasingly convinced that Miami Dolphins Coach Nick Saban will accept an approximately $4 million-a-year contract offer to become the coach at the University of Alabama. "I'd be surprised at this point if he stays," an executive from another NFL team said this morning....

 

By Mark Maske | January 3, 2007; 09:52 AM ET | Comments (1)

Saban Tells Huizenga He'll Make Decision By Wednesday Morning

Miami Dolphins Coach Nick Saban met with the team's owner, Wayne Huizenga, today but postponed a decision about whether he'll remain with the club until Wednesday. Saban and Huizenga are scheduled to meet at 10 a.m. Wednesday and Saban is to inform Huizenga then what he'll do. Saban is...

 

By Mark Maske | January 2, 2007; 06:40 PM ET | Comments (0)

Saban Decision Near

The Miami Dolphins could find out today whether they'll retain Coach Nick Saban, who's considering a lucrative contract offer from the University of Alabama. The school's athletic director, Mal Moore, reportedly was in the Miami area Monday to meet with Saban and deliver a contract proposal worth about $4.5...

 

By Mark Maske | January 2, 2007; 09:52 AM ET | Comments (0)

J. Taylor Says Steroid Suspension Should Eliminate Merriman from Defensive Player of the Year Consideration

Miami Dolphins defensive end Jason Taylor says that San Diego Chargers linebacker Shawne Merriman shouldn't be eligible to be the NFL's defensive player of the year because Merriman was suspended for four games this season for violating the league's steroids policy. "You really shouldn't be able to fail a...

 

By Mark Maske | December 28, 2006; 10:17 AM ET | Comments (0)

Lemon Gets Starting Nod for Dolphins

The Miami Dolphins are going with Cleo Lemon as their starter at quarterback this week. He played in relief of Joey Harrington in each of the last two games. Lemon becomes the Dolphins' third different starting quarterback this season, following Daunte Culpepper and Harrington....

 

By Mark Maske | December 27, 2006; 09:04 PM ET | Comments (0)

Saban Continues to Deny Persistent Alabama Rumors

Miami Dolphins Coach Nick Saban continues to say that he's not leaving for the University of Alabama's coaching job even though reports and rumors continue to link him to the school. "I guess I have to say it: I'm not going to be the Alabama coach," Saban told reporters...

 

By Mark Maske | December 22, 2006; 12:04 PM ET | Comments (0)

Culpepper Placed on IR

The Miami Dolphins placed quarterback Daunte Culpepper on the injured reserve list Tuesday, ending his season. Culpepper began the season as the Dolphins' starter after being obtained in an offseason trade with the Minnesota Vikings. But he hadn't fully recovered from the major knee injury that he suffered last...

 

By Mark Maske | December 13, 2006; 09:49 AM ET | Comments (1)

Saban Tells Dolphins Players He's Not Leaving for Alabama

Miami Dolphins Coach Nick Saban told his players today that he's staying with the team despite overtures by the University of Alabama. Through intermediaries, the school reportedly offered Saban a contract with a $7 million signing bonus and an overall value of $5 million per season....

 

By Mark Maske | December 7, 2006; 09:14 PM ET | Comments (0)

Culpepper Undergoes Knee Surgery Again

Miami Dolphins quarterback Daunte Culpepper underwent around round of knee surgery. Culpepper had a piece of cartilage removed from his right knee. It's not clear how long the recovery period will be or whether he will play again this season. He began the season as the Dolphins' starter but...

 

By Mark Maske | November 30, 2006; 05:02 PM ET | Comments (0)

Culpepper Still Sidelined as Dolphins Prepare to Face Vikings

Sidelined Miami Dolphins quarterback Daunte Culpepper spoke to reporters for the first time in more than a month Thursday and acknowledged that his 2006 season might be over. Culpepper said he'd like to play again this season but conceded it's possible that he won't. Culpepper continues to experience pain...

 

By Mark Maske | November 17, 2006; 01:57 PM ET | Comments (0)

Dolphins Sitting Down Traylor

The Miami Dolphins are sitting down defensive tackle Keith Traylor to rest an ailing right knee. Traylor underwent surgery on the knee last season and had been attempting to play through the discomfort this season. It's not clear how long he'll be sidelined. Miami is ranked second in the...

 

By Mark Maske | November 16, 2006; 03:41 PM ET | Comments (0)

Dolphins Guard James Undergoes Knee Surgery

Miami Dolphins guard Jeno James underwent knee surgery and is to miss at least one game. Kendyl Jacox is to replace him in the Dolphins' lineup this weekend....

 

By Mark Maske | November 14, 2006; 08:12 PM ET | Comments (0)

Culpepper Could Be Headed to IR List

The Miami Dolphins are considering placing quarterback Daunte Culpepper on the injured reserve list, which would end his season. Culpepper began the season as the Dolphins' starter and team officials were hopeful he'd made a nearly complete recovery from the severe knee injury that cut short his 2005 season...

 

By Mark Maske | November 3, 2006; 09:57 AM ET | Comments (1)

J. Taylor Sticks Up For Beleaguered Dolphins

Miami Dolphins defensive end Jason Taylor told reporters Wednesday it's possible that his 1-6 team could beat the undefeated Bears on Sunday in Chicago. "It's not going to take a miracle to beat this team," Taylor said. "I'm sorry. I'll give the Bears their respect. They're a good football...

 

By Mark Maske | November 2, 2006; 11:17 AM ET | Comments (4)

Will Culpepper Ever Make It All the Way Back? J. Johnson Doesn't Think So

Former Miami Dolphins and Dallas Cowboys coach Jimmy Johnson told a Miami radio station that he doesn't think Dolphins quarterback Daunte Culpepper ever will regain his Pro Bowl form. "I don't see him ever playing at the level he played at a couple years ago, when he was up...

 

By Mark Maske | October 19, 2006; 09:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Dolphins Promote Vick From Practice Squad

The Miami Dolphins promoted rookie wide receiver Marcus Vick from their practice squad to their 53-man roster. The former quarterback at Virginia Tech is the younger brother of Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick and was signed by the Dolphins as an undrafted free agent....

 

By Mark Maske | October 17, 2006; 09:02 PM ET | Comments (0)

Culpepper Does Not Object to Benching

Miami Dolphins quarterback Daunte Culpepper told reporters today he didn't object to Coach Nick Saban's decision to go with Joey Harrington as the club's starter. "I have to say thank you to Coach Saban because in this situation he's really protecting me and doing what's best for the team,...

 

By Mark Maske | October 11, 2006; 08:42 PM ET | Comments (0)

Dolphins Release Suggs

The Miami Dolphins released tailback Lee Suggs on Tuesday. The team might need help at wide receiver with Marty Booker sidelined by a separated shoulder. Among the free agent wideouts the Dolphins have worked out in recent weeks is former Detroit Lions first-round draft choice Charles Rogers. It's also...

 

By Mark Maske | October 11, 2006; 11:14 AM ET | Comments (0)

Harrington Keeping Dolphins' Starting Job

Joey Harrington remains the Miami Dolphins' starting quarterback this week, Coach Nick Saban announced today. Harrington is to make his second straight start while Daunte Culpepper begins a program to further rehabilitate his surgically repaired knee. No team in the league has been more disappointing this season than the...

 

By Mark Maske | October 9, 2006; 09:11 PM ET | Comments (0)

Culpepper Practices But Bruised Shoulder Leaves Status Uncertain

Quarterback Daunte Culpepper participated in the Miami Dolphins' practice today after missing part of Thursday's practice because of a bruised shoulder. Coach Nick Saban told reporters he's not certain if Culpepper will be able to play Sunday at New England. Joey Harrington would make his first start for the...

 

By Mark Maske | October 6, 2006; 03:25 PM ET | Comments (0)

Dolphins Lose Guard Anderson

Miami Dolphins guard Bennie Anderson underwent season-ending surgery today for a torn triceps tendon. Kendyl Jacox probably will become the Dolphins' new starter at right guard. Anderson will become the third Dolphins' right guard placed on the injured reserve list, following Seth McKinney and Joe Toledo....

 

By Mark Maske | September 19, 2006; 09:02 PM ET | Comments (0)

Dolphins Keeping Rogers In Mind

The Miami Dolphins didn't sign Charles Rogers after the wide receiver worked out for them Tuesday--at least not immediately. "When we bring guys in [for workouts], we're evaluating not only for right now but also for the future and how we can help make our team better if on...

 

By Mark Maske | September 13, 2006; 08:29 PM ET | Comments (0)

WR Moves: Lions Sign Hakim, Vikings Negotiating With Q. Morgan, Dolphins Look at C. Rogers

The Detroit Lions signed veteran wide receiver Az-Zahir Hakim on Tuesday. Hakim spent three seasons with the Lions between 2002 and 2004. He also is reuniting with his former coach in St. Louis, first-year Lions offensive coordinator Mike Martz. There could be more wide receiver moves about to happen...

 

By Mark Maske | September 13, 2006; 10:34 AM ET | Comments (0)

Saban, Not Officials, At Fault In Botched Replay Challenge

PITTSBURGH--Nick Saban blamed the officials. He should have blamed himself. The key play in the Pittsburgh Steelers' 28-17 triumph over the Miami Dolphins in the NFL's season-opening game Thursday night at Heinz Field came when the Steelers scored the go-ahead touchdown with just more than six minutes left on...

 

By Mark Maske | September 8, 2006; 07:05 AM ET | Comments (7)

Suggs With Third Team in a Month

When tailback Lee Suggs signed with the Miami Dolphins on Monday, he joined his third team in a month. The Cleveland Browns traded Suggs to the New York Jets last month, but the deal was voided when Suggs failed the Jets' physical. Suggs returned to Cleveland but the Browns...

 

By Mark Maske | September 5, 2006; 03:35 PM ET | Comments (0)

Dolphins Could Be Interested in C. Rogers

The Miami Dolphins have expressed some interest in wide receiver Charles Rogers, the second overall selection in the 2003 NFL draft who was released by the Lions over the weekend after three unproductive seasons in Detroit....

 

By Mark Maske | September 5, 2006; 03:09 PM ET | Comments (2)

Dolphins RB Morris Reportedly Suspended

According to several newspaper reports in South Florida, Miami Dolphins backup running back Sammy Morris will be suspended for the first four games of the season after testing positive for ephedrine last October. Morris's appeal of the suspension reportedly was denied after he contended that he took the over-the-counter...

 

By Mark Maske | September 1, 2006; 10:43 AM ET | Comments (0)

Dolphins Sign Wilkinson

The Miami Dolphins signed defensive tackle Dan Wilkinson to a three-year contract today. Wilkinson, 33, was released by the Detroit Lions in May. Negotiations with the Dolphins intensified in recent days after the sides had spoken, off and on, for months. Wilkinson was the top overall selection in the...

 

By Mark Maske | August 14, 2006; 04:46 PM ET | Comments (0)

Seau Retirement Announcement Set

Linebacker Junior Seau is to announce his retirement Monday at the San Diego Chargers' training facility. Seau, 37, spent three seasons with the Miami Dolphins after 13 seasons with the Chargers. He finished each of the past two seasons on the injured reserve list but might have played again...

 

By Mark Maske | August 13, 2006; 08:50 PM ET | Comments (0)

Dolphins' McKinney Has Surgery For Neck Injury

Miami guard Seth McKinney underwent surgery today to have a disk in his neck repaired. He is to be sidelined two to three months....

 

By Mark Maske | August 10, 2006; 11:08 PM ET | Comments (0)

Saban Won't Accommodate Wright's Request to be Released or Traded

Second-year defensive tackle Manuel Wright left the Miami Dolphins last week and has asked the team to release or trade him. But Coach Nick Saban indicated that the team has no intention of accommodating that request. Wright reportedly has taken medication for depression and has struggled with weight problems,...

 

By Mark Maske | August 10, 2006; 10:57 PM ET | Comments (0)

Culpepper To Play This Weekend

Daunte Culpepper is scheduled to play in the Miami Dolphins' first preseason game Saturday against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Culpepper is working his way back from the knee injury that ended his 2005 season, when he was with the Minnesota Vikings. The Dolphins traded for the quarterback during the offseason,...

 

By Mark Maske | August 10, 2006; 03:18 PM ET | Comments (0)

Agreement Between Dolphins, Allen Leaves Leinart as Only Unsigned First-Rounder

The Miami Dolphins agreed to a six-year contract Monday with safety Jason Allen, the 16th overall selection in the NFL draft in April. Allen likely will practice with the Dolphins today. The agreement will leave Arizona Cardinals quarterback Matt Leinart as the only still-unsigned first-round pick league-wide. Negotiations between...

 

By Mark Maske | August 8, 2006; 07:58 AM ET | Comments (0)

Saban Declines To Dine With President

Miami Dolphins Coach Nick Saban was invited by White House officials to dine with President Bush on Sunday night in Miami Beach, but declined. Saban thought his coaching duties should take precedence. "It was really a tough decision," Saban said, according to the Associated Press. "I feel like my...

 

By Mark Maske | July 31, 2006; 08:54 PM ET | Comments (0)

 

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