Player News - Dolphins

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Dolphins claimed T/G Avery Young off waivers from the Saints.

An undrafted free agent, Young missed all last year on NFI with a knee injury. He'll compete for one of Miami's final roster spots.
Mar 22 - 5:40 PM

Dolphins SLB Koa Misi has agreed to restructure his contract.

He's likely taking a pay cut considering this is the final year of his contract and money can't be pushed into future years. Misi missed the final three-plus months of last season due to neck surgery. For now, Misi is plugged in as the starting SAM, but Miami has flirted with free agent Zach Brown.
Mar 22 - 11:47 AM

Dolphins signed LB Kiko Alonso to a four-year, $28.8 million contract.

The deal reportedly includes $18.5 million guaranteed. For whatever reason, this was one of the Dolphins' top goals this offseason. Alonso was a restricted free agent tendered at the first-round ($3.91 million) level. Alonso didn't necessarily stay healthy in 2016, dealing with hand and hamstring injuries, but he finally stayed on the field. He played over 1,000 snaps across 15 games, ringing up 115 tackles, two interceptions and a forced fumble. Pro Football Focus rated his play as below average, but the Dolphins obviously see room for improvement. The 'Fins have dabbled with the idea of moving MLB Alonso to the weak-side, but he seems to want to remain in the middle.
Mar 21 - 3:47 PM

The Miami Herald does not expect 2016 third-round pick Leonte Carroo's role to change as a sophomore.

Carroo logged just 103 snaps as a rookie, and was passed by Rashawn Scott late in the year. The return of Kenny Stills limits Carroo to fourth receiver duties entering 2017. "We’ve just got to keep bringing him along," coach Adam Gase said of Carroo. "When you’re trying to figure a guy out that’s not in your top three it’s not always as easy as you’d think. The longer I’d been around him the more we’ve kind of figured out how we need to use him. He’s done a good job trying to figure out his role on special teams."
Mar 19 - 10:17 PM

The Miami Herald reports DE Dion Jordan isn't in Miami's 2017 plans.

It falls in line with previous reports. Jordan has been having off-field issues and isn't close to being in football shape, ballooning to 275-pounds after missing the last two years with injuries/suspensions. Miami can save $3.2 million from releasing Jordan.
Mar 17 - 8:06 PM

Dolphins re-signed RG Jermon Bushrod.

Making the switch from tackle, Bushrod was one of the worst guards in the league last season. Right now, he pencils back in as the starter, but the Dolphins will be on the lookout for draft prospects and free agent bargains. Going on 33, Bushrod is unlikely to make a second-year leap at his new position.
Mar 16 - 5:05 PM

The Miami Herald's Barry Jackson reports "those close to" LB Koa Misi (neck) believe the Dolphins would like to keep him if he is medically cleared.

Misi is expected to be cleared from neck surgery around the beginning of May. Even if that happens, the Dolphins likely would want him to take a pay cut to stick around. Misi is scheduled to make $4.2 million in the final year of his deal.
Mar 14 - 12:10 PM

New Dolphins TE Julius Thomas insists he's 100 percent healthy.

Injuries have been a constant presence in Thomas' six-year career. He missed 11 combined games his two seasons in Jacksonville. He's reuniting with a coach in Adam Gase who, along with Peyton Manning, coaxed monster numbers out of Thomas in 2013-14, but it's possible injuries have taken a toll on Thomas' past explosiveness. He turns 29 in June.
Mar 13 - 4:28 PM

The Miami Herald reports the Dolphins are open to re-signing free agent G/T Jermon Bushrod.

2016 was Bushrod's first season at guard, and he was a complete flop. Going on 33, the odds he improves in 2017 are slim. If re-signed, Bushrod would likely compete with free agent addition Ted Larsen. A draft pick figures to be in the mix, as well.
Mar 13 - 4:16 PM

Dolphins restructured DE William Hayes' contract.

Hayes was acquired from the Rams for a sixth-round pick last week. He did have two years remaining on his deal, but the Dolphins axed the final year, which will make him a free agent following the season. Hayes also had his 2017 base salary reduced by $800,000 and his $2 million roster bonus converted into a signing bonus.
Source: ESPN
Mar 13 - 11:39 AM

Dolphins signed S Nate Allen to a one-year, $3.4 million contract.

Allen signed a "four-year, $23 million" deal with the Raiders two years ago, but was released after one season. He ended up re-signing for less money, but remained ineffective in 2016, and was allowed to walk. He'll be a body behind SS Reshad Jones as the Dolphins figure out how to replace Isa Abdul-Quddus.
Mar 10 - 5:04 PM

The Miami Herald reports the Dolphins are "closing in" on a deal with free agent S Nate Allen.

It sounds like Allen should be signed by Friday evening. The ex-Raider would be a warm body for a team that needs depth behind Reshad Jones.
Mar 10 - 4:19 PM

Dolphins signed LB Lawrence Timmons, formerly of the Steelers, to a two-year, $12 million contract.

Timmons gets $11 million guaranteed. The Dolphins made it known after the season they wanted to overhaul their linebacker group, but we're not sure Timmons is an impact player at this stage of his career. He has a lot of miles on the tires and turns 31 in May. It's unclear how the Dolphins will employ Timmons, but he could play MIKE, which would kick Kiko Alonso to the weak side.
Mar 10 - 2:55 PM

Free agent S Nate Allen is visiting the Dolphins on Friday.

Signed to a "four-year" deal by the Raiders in 2015, Allen played just 459 snaps for Oakland the past two seasons as he battled injuries and ineffectiveness. The Dolphins are looking for a replacement for Isa Abdul-Quddus.
Mar 10 - 9:29 AM

Dolphins acquired DE William Hayes from the Rams in exchange for a sixth-round pick.

The Rams are also sending a seventh-rounder Miami's way. The Rams were apparently going to cut Hayes, and this was a way to get something for nothing. Going on 32, Hayes has been an effective situational pass rusher, generating 26.5 sacks as a part-timer over the past five seasons. He'll provide juice for a Dolphins line that seems comfortable rotating players in and out.
Mar 10 - 12:57 AM

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