LANDOVER, MD - DECEMBER 11: Chad Ochocinco #85 of the New England Patriots warms up before a game against the Washington Redskins at FedExField on December 11, 2011 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

Dolphins Offseason: Chad Ochocinco Wants To Play A Long Time

The Miami Dolphins and free agent wide receiver Chad Ochocinco reportedly agreed to a one-year contract.

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Olivier Vernon Signs Contract With Dolphins

The Miami Dolphins signed both their 2012 3rd- Round picks on Wednesday afternoon. Former Miami Hurricanes defensive end Olivier Vernon signed a four-year deal along with tight end Michael Egnew to leave Ryan Tannehill as the only unsigned 2012 selection. Vernon's contract is a four-year deal worth $2.84 million, and he'll receive a $638,080 signing bonus according to Omar Kelly of the Sun Sentinel.

The one final obstacle in an agreement on Tannehill's deal is the offset language in his contract. This has become a hurdle for some early 1st Round picks, as most high picks do not have offset language in their contracts. It's expected that the Dolphins and Tannehill will come to a resolution shortly and get the rookie quarterback in camp.

Vernon, however, will now come in to camp on time and ready to challenge for a potential starting rush end spot.

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Dolphins Sign Michael Egnew, 2012 3rd Round Draft Pick

The Miami Dolphins came to terms on a contract with their third round pick Michael Egnew on Wednesday afternoon. The specifications of his rookie deal were not disclosed. Both Egnew and Olivier Vernon inked their rookie deals on Wednesday, leaving only first-round pick Ryan Tannehill unsigned.

Egnew was a standout tight end at Missouri and is expected to compete right away for playing time with Anthony Fasano and Charles Clay. New coach Joe Philbin is expected to use his tight ends often so getting Egnew into camp on time and getting reps in advance of the preseason became a priority.

Tannehill is now one of five Round 1 picks still unsigned. The financial terms are pretty much locked in -- a four-year deal worth around $12.6 million -- but like Trent Richardson with Cleveland this week, the final obstacle is agreeing on offset language.

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Miami Dolphins Offseason: Reggie Bush Thinks Ryan Tannehill Will Be Third-String QB

One of the big stories pertaining to the Miami Dolphins this season will be how the battle at the quarterback position will shake out.

In an article by Pro Football Talk, Dolphins running back Reggie Bush chimed in with how he feels the depth chart will shake out for 2012, and he thinks that Tannehill will be the third-string signal caller behind Matt Moore and David Garrard.

"I would probably agree with you on that," Bush said. "Ryan can watch the veterans and learn. When he gets the call, he'll be ready."

Bush, like many others, feels that Garrards experience has given him a leg-up in the race, although nothing has been decided as of yet. When training camp begins later this month, fans will be able to watch the battle play out.

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Chad Ochocinco To Wed On The Fourth Of July, Wants To Play Football At 40

Last month, free agent wide receiver Chad Ochocinco inked a one-year deal with the Miami Dolphins. This month, the former All-Pro wideout is getting hitched. On Wednesday, he'll tie the knot with his fiancée, Basketball Wives starlet Evelyn Lozada. The two will participate in a ceremony on the island of St. Martin with more than 300 guests in attendance. It is also being filmed as a part of a VH1 Reality TV series named "Eve and Ocho."

"Evelyn hates that I'm so sociable. Too accessible," Ochocinco said in an interview with the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

He'll also be on HBO's Hard Knocks this fall, the NFL Films television series that'll follow the Miami Dolphins during training camp.

Perhaps most significant for the Dolphins' future, the 34-year-old Ochocinco plans to play until he reaches 40.

"I'm going to play 'til I'm 40 years old, and this year I'm going to show the world I can," he also told the Sun-Sentinel. "There is physically nothing wrong with me. I want to race Clyde [Gates] right now. I've asked him. I've still got it. I'm a lot smarter and I'm still fast."

We'll see.

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David Garrard Early Leader In Dolphins QB Competition

While there are three quarterbacks on the Miami Dolphins' roster at this moment, the early word out of Miami is that David Garrard is the early leader in the competition, according to National Football Post writer Terry McCormick. There he reported on comments by ESPN's Adam Schefter saying that the former Jacksonville Jaguar could have the inside track.

The more you hear, the more it sounds like David Garrard has really taken this opportunity to emerge as the favorite to be the starting quarterback down in Miami. Very impressive, adept, good footwork. Matt Moore's been good, Ryan Tannehill's been good, but David Garrard has looked the most comfortable of any of the quarterbacks.

Garrard did miss all of last season with a back injury, but after signing with the Dolphins he has tried to do everything that he could possibly do so that he could get the starting role. The Dolphins did draft their solution for the future with Ryan Tannehill, but he is still a few seasons away from making making major contributions.

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Reggie Bush Viewed As A Versatile Playmaker

While Reggie Bush has not been as electrifying as he was when he played at USC, there's no denying that he is a very versatile running back. His pure athleticism always has defensive coordinators on guard, not wanting to allow the big play out of the backfield, be it on a run or a screen pass. Gary Horton of ESPN.com listed Bush as one of the 10 most versatile players in the AFC.

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He is a dynamic player in almost every aspect of this offense and under new creative head coach Joe Philbin his contributions will expand. He had 1,086 yards on the ground in 2011, added 43 receptions and really got hot at the end of the season. He can still contribute as a returner in the kicking game, but with his heavier workload, he needs help in that area. Getting him the ball in space and on the edges is always a goal, but Bush runs between the tackles more effectively than you might think.

While there could be concerns about his durability given a heavier work load, Bush is a running back that can cause fits for just about anyone if given enough space.

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Marvin Lewis: No 'Downside' For Miami In Signing of Chad Ochocinco

Marvin Lewis coached wide receiver Chad Ochocinco, the latest member of the Miami Dolphins, for eight seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals from 2003 through 2010. And according to Lewis, the wideout's new one-year deal with Miami should turn out rather well. In short, there aren't many negatives for either side.

"There is no downside for them," the Bengals coach told reporters on Tuesday, "and I know he would be excited about that opportunity"

Ochocinco, who will wear No. 85 for Miami, had 15 receptions for 276 yards while playing for the New England Patriots last season before being cut by the team last week at OTAs. It was reportedly an amicable separation.

The Dolphins inked the six-time Pro Bowler to a deal on Tuesday.

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Chad Ochocinco Signs 1-Year Deal With Dolphins

Free agent wide receiver Chad Ochocinco has reportedly signed a one-year contract with the Miami Dolphins. Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk reported Monday night that the popular wideout and Miami native had come to terms on a deal that was more than the cap-friendly "minimum salary benefit" that was initially believed to be the likely agreement. Via Florio:

The Dolphins apparently opted not to use the minimum salary benefit. Per a source with knowledge of the situation, Ochocinco's deal has a "multi-million-dollar incentive package."

Ochocinco was released by the Patriots less than week ago, with Bill Belichick cutting the cord at OTAs on Thursday in what appeared to be an amicable separation. Over the weekend, reports surfaced that Ochocinco wanted to return to his hometown and hopefully finish his career with the Dolphins. It didn't take long for the Fins to act, working him out on Monday and then coming to terms that night, if reports are accurate.

Regardless of on-field impact, he will instantly become the face of the franchise and be a central figure in the upcoming HBO Hard Knocks series that will feature the Dolphins and debut this August.

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Chad Ochocinco Has Workout With Miami Dolphins

Former Cincinnati Bengals and New England Patriots wide receiver Chad Ochocinco has had a 'recent' workout with the Miami Dolphins according to head coach Joe Philbin.

How recent the workout was is not yet known. The idea of bringing in a player like Ochocinco, who has been in the league for11 seasons, could provide some excitement in Miami. There is the question of whether or not he has any ability left.

2011 was undoubtedly Ochocinco's worst season in the league, catching only 15 passes for 276 yards and one touchdown, a 33-yard reception against the Denver Broncos in Week 15. However, being a more integral part of the Dolphins offense with either veteran quarterbacks David Garrard or Matt Moore could be invigorating to the wide receiver.

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Dolphins Offseason 2012: Miami Signs Fullback Jorvorskie Lane

After spending two years playing in the Indoor and Arena Football Leagues, former Texas A&M fullback Jorvorskie Lane has finally signed with an NFL team. As Aaron Wilson of Scout.com and Fox Sports reported on Twitter:

Lane, now 25, ran for over 2,000 yards at Texas A&M and scored 49 touchdowns. He's the half-brother of Packers tight end Jermichael Finley. Lane is listed as 5'11'', 270 pounds on the Arena Football League's website. He has also trained in mixed martial arts.

Lane joins second-year man Charles Clay, who caught 16 passes last year but didn't run the ball once in his rookie season, as the other fullback on Miami's roster.

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Dolphins Offseason 2012: Miami Signs Fourth Round Draft Pick Lamar Miller

The Miami Dolphins announced the signing of fourth-round draft pick Lamar Miller on Monday. Miller played his college football at the University of Miami. His contract is believed to have an expected value of $2.586 million with a signing bonus of $486,000 according to NFL.com.

In 23 games with the Hurricanes, Miller ran for 1,918 yards, scoring 15 touchdowns. He had two years of eligibility remaining at Miami, but he opted to declare for the NFL draft, where he slid to the third day.

Miller certainly has speed to give, clocking a 4.4 in the 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine. He will likely compete against running backs Reggie Bush and Steve Slaton for playing time early on in the season.

The Dolphins now have only three drafted players unsigned. Third round picks tight end Michael Egnew and defensive end Olivier Vernon and first round draft pick quarterback Ryan Tannehill have yet to finalize their contracts.

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Dolphins Offseason 2012: Miami Decides Not To Offer Brian Banks A Tryout

According to a report from Pro Football Talk, the Miami Dolphins considered offering a tryout to 26-year-old linebacker Brian Banks, but the team has ultimately opted not to.

Banks, a former high-school star who was set to attend USC, was imprisoned for a rape conviction by a high-school classmate in 2002 and spent five years in jail instead of heading to college. After being released, he was placed on probation and had to register as a sex offender. That was until Banks was exonerated from those charges last week, after his accuser admitted that she made all of her claims up.

Banks is now trying to make a go of it in the NFL. "We did our due diligence but did not invite him to a tryout," the Dolphins told Pro Football Talk. Banks has been offered a tryout with the Seattle Seahakws, coached by Pete Carroll, the man who recruited him to come to USC.

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Cameron Wake Agrees To 4-Year Contract Extension With Dolphins

The Miami Dolphins and pass rusher Cameron Wake agreed to a four-year, $49 million contract extension over the weekend, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. The deal includes $20 million in guaranteed money. Additional contract details were unknown on Sunday morning.

Wake sat out veteran workouts prior to the draft, displeased about the lack of a new deal. This season was the final year of the deal he originally signed with the Dolphins in 2009. Wake attended conditioning workouts on April 20, with his contract issue still unresolved. Both Wake's agent and the Dolphins were working on a deal at that time. The draft put it on the back burner for a week or so.

Wake led Miami with eight and a half sacks last season. The year before that he had 14 sacks, and a total of 28 coming to the NFL three years ago.

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Dolphins Set To Release Defensive End Phillip Merling Monday, According To Report

The Miami Dolphins are set to make a big roster move on Monday, releasing 2008 second round pick Phillip Merling.

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2012 NFL Free Agency: Cameron Wake Rejoins Team, Agent Still Discussing Extension

The Miami Dolphins began some offseason workouts this week, but for a while they were without one of their best players on the defensive side of the ball. Cameron Wake had been missing practices while he and the team discussed the parameters of an extension, and while an agreement has not been reached, Wake is back on the field with the Dolphins; according to Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald.

"Cameron felt like he had to go in to speak with Joe Philbin face to face, man to man, out of respect to him as a new coach," said agent Paul Sheehy, who represents Wake. "They spoke, and Cameron decided to work with his teammates during this voluntary period, while I work on the business side of things with the Dolphins."

The sides will continue to discuss an extension. Nothing is imminent on a deal front. Both sides want to get it done. Both sides obviously have a difference what the final numbers should be.

Being back on the field with the team is a good sign for Wake and his teammates, but it seems like he would really like to get a deal done before the season begins.

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Dolphins Sign Legedu Naanee To 1-Year Deal

The Miami Dolphins traded wide receiver Brandon Marshall to the Chicago Bears during the offseason, so wide receiver is a position the team is looking to add some players. The Dolphins visited with former San Diego Chargers and Carolina Panthers wide receiver Legedu Naanee earlier in the week and according to his agent have signed him to a one-year deal.

Naanee took a couple of seasons before he got going with the San Diego Chargers as a rotational wide receiver and was a part-time player for the Panthers last season, having a career year with 44 receptions with 467 yards and a touchdown. Naanee is a big body wide receiver who could help the Dolphins in the redzone.

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Dolphins Sign Basketball Player Les Brown, According To Report

The Miami Dolphins haven't bee too active during the 2012 NFL Free Agency period, but that have brought in a couple of veteran players like David Garrard, Gary Guyton, and Tyrell Johnson. They've also signed a former Westminister basketball player to play tight end, according to a report by Sports Illustrated's Tony Pauline.

The 6'4" 238 pound Brown played small forward for Westminister and worked out for NFL Scouts at BYU's Pro Day. With a sprained ankle, Brown ran a 4.44 in the 40-yard dash, measured a 39-inch vertical jump and 10-3 broad jump. He turned the heads of a lot of scouts, especially the Dolphins who have signed Brown to play tight end.

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Dolphins Offseason 2012: Cameron Wake Absent For The Start Of Offseason Work

Miami Dolphins linebacker Cameron Wake is absent from the Dolphins facility at the start of offseason workouts according to a tweet by Jason La Canfora of the NFL Network.

Wake finished the 2011 season with 8.5 sacks. Though it was off his career high of 14 sacks in 2010, Wake has established himself as one of the best pass rushers in the NFL.

Wake is most likely looking for a more lucrative contract entering this season. He has recorded 28.5 sacks in three seasons with the Dolphins after being undrafted out of Penn State.

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Dolphins Free Agency 2012: Safety Tyrell Johnson Visits Miami

The Miami Dolphins recently had a visit from Minnesota Vikings free agent safety Tyrell Johnson, according to Ben Volin of the Palm Beach Post. The Dolphins are looking to replace recently departed free agent Yeremiah Bell, who was released on March 19.

Johnson, like Bell, is limited to the strong safety position, where he works in the box as an extra run defender. Last season, the Vikings had to put Johnson on the injured reserve list in late November because of a torn hamstring. Johnson has been limited to action in just 18 games over the last two seasons. He told 1500 ESPN in the Twin Cities that he was at 75-80 percent recovered following surgery to repair his hamstring. Johnson was a second-round pick in 2008.

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NFL Draft: Joe Philbin Speaks About Dolphins Focus for 2012

New Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin has been preparing for his first year of coaching in the NFL. But based on his interview with SunSentinel.com, he seems to be very thought out in his approach for starting the new season.

In regards to the quarterback position, Philbin had this to say.

I envision Matt Moore, and David Garrard, and Pat Devlin at this point and time getting a lot of repetitions in the voluntary minicamp and as things move forward based on what things happen we'll divide the reps up from there. It's an open competition.

Both Moore and Garrard have decent amounts of NFL experience so there is a chance that either of those players will be the starting quarterback in 2012.

Another topic that was brought up to Philbin was how he was going to utilize running back Reggie Bush.

One thing that's exciting us as an offensive staff is he's got a chance to lineup at a different couple of spots, at a different couple of positions....We're excited about the flexibility it gives an offense

His interview with SunSentinel.com goes over so many different players like Steve Slaton, Daniel Thomas and others. Check the link in the article for the full interview.

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In Defense Of Ryan Tannehill

Drafting Ryan Tannehill should placate an infuriated Dolphins fan base.

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NFL Free Agency: Yeremiah Bell Could Return To Dolphins?

Safety Yeremiah Bell was released a few days ago. This was after he was made assured by Miami Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland at the scouting combine that he would remain a Dolphin with no restructuring of his current contract. But even after that promise was broken and Bell was released for salary cap reasons, there is still a possibility that Bell could return to the Dolphins.

In an interview on WQAM's Joe Rose Show, Bell's agent Drew Rosenhaus expressed disappointment at how Bell's situation played out in Miami, but also mentioned that there is the possibility that the safety could return to his original team.

There is interest, and maybe there's a chance he'll come back to the Dolphins. I certainly will not get into the way that I feel. Let us just move on.

While Rosenhaus did not address a possible return further, he went on to give glowing reviews to Bell about his work ethic, his leadership in the locker room and the fact that he thinks there's a lot of good football left to be played by him.

The Dolphins are currently $7 million under the salary cap, so there's little chance that Bell could be resigned at his old salary of $4.3 million. The New England Patriots appear to have interest in signing Bell as do a few other teams.

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Tim Tebow Trade: Miami Dolphins Have No Interest In Broncos' QB, According To Report

While the Dolphins are still in the market for a quarterback, they do appear to have knocked one possible name off their watch list, Denver Broncos quarteback Tim Tebow.

Tebow is a name that will float around for quite awhile now that Peyton Manning has signed with the Broncos. In addition to that, the Dolphins have just signed quarterback David Garrard to a deal that could make him the de facto starter entering training camp. Tebow with a first-year head coach in Joe Philbin, not used to dealing with the attention that will inevitably follow Tebow, would more than likely not want to deal with said attention.

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David Garrard Signs One-Year Deal, Dolphins Release Yeremiah Bell To Create Cap Space

More details continue to emerge from Monday night's original report by Fox's Jay Glazer that the Miami Dolphins signed former Jaguars' quarterback David Garrard. It appears that he will be given a shot at the starting job come training camp this summer. The one-time Pro Bowler issued some statements to the Associated Press, indicating that he's excited to get back in the league and compete for a starting job.

Via Associated Press:

"They didn't say for sure they were bringing another guy in, but they said it's a possibility, whether in the draft or whatever," Garrard said in a phone interview.

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"It's going to be a great competition, and I'm all about that," Garrard said. "I'm going to do my best to make sure it's me on opening day."

According to reports, he signed a one-year deal with the Dolphins, who also released safety Yeremiah Bell to create cap space for another potential quarterback signing.

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NFL Free Agency 2012: David Garrard Signs With Dolphins, According To Report

While the Miami Dolphins have hosted a carousel of free agent quarterbacks this offseason, they had yet to land one in South Beach. It may not be a big catch, but according to reports, that changed Monday night when former Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback David Garrard signed with the Fins. Fox's Jay Glazer tweeted that he received a text from Garrard indicating that he had signed with Miami.

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Garrard visited Miami on Monday, the third QB visit in as many days. He sat out all of the 2011-12 season after being cut by the Jaguars before the season and then having surgery on a herniated disk shortly thereafter.

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NFL Free Agency: David Garrard Will Visit Miami Dolphins, According To Report

The next quarterback to visit the Miami Dolphins will be David Garrard, according to Jason La Canfora of the NFL Network. Garrard has not played in more than a year, after being cut loose from the Jacksonville Jaguars before the 2011-2012 season and then sitting out the season after surgery on a herniated disk. But according to La Canfora, Garrard will be in Miami this week:

Via @JasonLaCanfora:

Garrard will be the third quarterback to visit in three days, with Matt Flynn visiting on Saturday and Alex Smith of the 49ers visiting on Sunday.

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Dolphins Free Agency: Alex Smith Visiting Miami, According To Report

The Miami Dolphins have been in pursuit of a free agent quarterback during the 2012 NFL offseason. With lots of interest in Peyton Manning, the Dolphins moved on to Matt Flynn, but now have also brought in San Francisco 49ers quarterback Alex Smith for a visit, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.

Smith is coming off nearly taking the 49ers to the Super Bowl, as he got hot during the NFC playoffs but cooled off against the vaunted New York Giants defense. Smith, a former No. 1 overall draft pick, is coming off the best season of his career throwing for over 3,000 yards with 17 touchdowns and just 5 interceptions.

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2012 NFL Free Agency: Peyton Manning Will Not Sign With Dolphins, According To Report

The Peyton Maning saga has apparently come to a close, in Miami at least. We don't know where he will sign as a free agent, but it is becoming clear that it will not be in Miami. Manning has allegedly informed the club that he will not be signing with him.

The Dolphins seemed like a natural fit for Manning's services from Day 1 considering he already has residence there and it is in the AFC. But maybe he just doesn't want to go up against Tom Brady for a playoff spot.

Now the Dolphins can turn their attention to other quarterback options. Matt Flynn seems like a good fit, but the Dolphins could also just turn their attention towards drafting a QB in the upcoming NFL Draft.

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Miami Dolphins Sign Richard Marshall To 3-Year Deal

The Miami Dolphins brought back nose tackle Paul Soliai earlier on Wednesday afternoon, but they're still added pieces to their defense in free agency. According to a Tweet by former Arizona Cardinals safety Richard Marshall, the Miami Dolphins have signed him to a three-year deal.

Marshall was originally a second round draft choice by the Carolina Panthers in the 2006 NFL Draft, starting at cornerback for quite a few seasons. In the 2011 season, Marshall signed a one-year deal with the Cardinals and transitioned to the safety position. Marshall is expected to play the same position for the Dolphins, which is an area of need.

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Jaguars Sign Chad Henne To 2-Year Deal

The Jacksonville Jaguars continued to stay active in free agency on the second day of the open market. After agreeing to a contract with free agent wide receiver Laurent Robinson, the Jaguars filled the void at the back up quarterback position by signing former Miami Dolphins quarterback Chad Henne to a two-year deal.

Former back up quarterback Luke McCown is an unrestricted free agent, but the Jaguars were looking to get a younger back up quarterback and someone they felt could push Blaine Gabbert. Henne will not compete for the starting quarterback position, but he does provide a serviceable patch for a few games. Adding Henne should also squash and Tim Tebow speculation that never really had wheels to begin with.

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Paul Soliai Re-Signs With Miami Dolphins

The Miami Dolphins have been a little quiet on the NFL free agency front outside of their trading wide receiver Brandon Marshall to the Chicago Bears. In some good news however, the Miami Dolphins will be re-signing free agent nose tackle Paul Soliai according to a report.

Soliai was originally a fourth-round pick by the Miami Dolphins in the 2007 NFL Draft. Soliai was set to be a free agent during the 2011 offseason, but was hit with the franchise tag before the NFL Lockout. The Dolphins chose not to franchise tag Soliai in the 2012 offseason, but have managed to bring him back on a new deal. Soliai replaced Haloti Ngata in the 2012 Pro Bowl when Ngata pulled out.

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Brandon Marshall Trade: Miami Dolphins Exchange Talent For Cap Space

A mere five minutes after NFL free agency began in earnest, the Miami Dolphins completed the first blockbuster deal of the year, sending WR Brandon Marshall to the Chicago Bears in exchange for two third round draft picks.

The Dolphins originally acquired Marshall for two second round draft picks, so this move has left many analysts scratching their heads. The Dolphins are trading a Pro Bowl caliber wide receiver and receiving a middling return, but why? The answer might lie in the money.

Marshall does not come cheap, and the Dolphins had only $12 million in free cap space coming into today. Considering they have made it clear that they intend to pursue one the top free agent quarterbacks — not to mention that they are losing multiple players on their roster to free agency — the Dolphins needed to clear some more cap space in order to allow them to accomplish their off-season goals.

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NFL Free Agency 2012: Miami Dolphins Trade Brandon Marshall To Chicago For Draft Picks

Why did the Dolphins trade away their top wide receiver?

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NFL Free Agency: Peyton Manning Meets With Dolphins Coach Joe Philbin, According To Report

The Miami Dolphins were expected to meet with free agent quarterback Peyton Manning on Monday, and it sounds like both sides were engrossed in conversation for much of the day. ESPN's Chris Mortensen reported that Dolphins coach Joe Philbin and other staff members met with Manning in Indianapolis for five or six hours. Many were awaiting Manning's arrival in South Florida, but instead, the Dolphins went to him and held the meeting away from the team facilities.

Via @MortReport:

While the Broncos and Cardinals emerged this week as favorites to land Manning, the Dolphins and Titans were still on the schedule to meet the the Hall-of-Fame quarterback. Miami has long been rumored as a potential landing spot for Manning, with Fins owner Stephen Ross desperate to sign him.

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NFL Free Agency 2012: Chad Henne, Tony Sparano Reunion Looks Imminent

Miami Dolphins free agent quarterback Chad Henne is expected to reunite with former Phins head coach Tony Sparano, now the offensive coordinator for the New York Jets, once free agency begins on Tuesday, March 13. According to ESPN New York, Henne is still believed to be interested in Henne, despite the contract extension given to Mark Sanchez over the weekend.

Henne has been linked to the Jets in the recent past, after Sparano took the job there. The team reportedly wants a young quarterback to compete with Mark Sanchez, pushing him with the threat of losing his starting role.

Of course, Sanchez just received a three-year, $40.5 million contract extension from the Jets, so benching him for any lengthy amount of time seems unreasonable.

The Dolphins have Matt Moore, but are one of several teams interested in free agent quarterback Peyton Manning.

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NFL Free Agency 2012: Peyton Manning To Meet With Dolphins Head Coach, According To Report

According to a tweet from ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter, Peyton Manning will meet with new Miami Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin soon.

The tweet comes just as the free agency period is set to begin Tuesday afternoon at 4 p.m. The Dolphins have been regarded as one of the possible landing sites for Manning. The Dolphins are hoping that Manning's experience against the AFC East will help their fortunes going forward to gain a leg up against teams like the New England Patriots.

For more developments on this story and Dolphins free agency, make sure to stay tuned to this StoryStream. For all things Dolphins, stop by The Phinsider. For all the latest NFL news, please visit the SB Nation NFL Hub Page.

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NFL Free Agency 2012: Dolphins Are $11.8 Million Under The Salary Cap Entering Free Agency

The Dolphins are rumored to be one of the teams most interested in signing free agent quarterback Peyton Manning when he is released officially on Tuesday when the free agency period begins. However, signing Manning may make it difficult to garner any other help. The NFL announced that its salary cap will bet $120.6 million for 2012. The Dolphins, right before free agency, stand $11.8 million under the cap.

Though it is dependent on what the terms of any contract that the Dolphins would sign Manning to, but signing him could hamstring the Dolphins in either re-signing their own players or maybe going after lesser priced players. Free agent quarterback Matt Flynn could be another possibility if the Dolphins do not sign Manning.

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Peyton Manning Lands In South Florida, But For What?

Ahh, the NFL free agency rumor mill. Shortly, it will be firing on all cylinders, and thanks to the fact that Peyton Manning has recently been released by the Indianapolis Colts, it will likely be more ridiculous than it has ever been before. Manning and Jim Irsay held a press conference earlier on Wednesday in which his release was made official. Later, Manning got on an airplane. BUT TO WHERE?!?

He's in Florida! The Miami Dolphins need a quarterback and are rumored to be interested in Manning!

The tweet is a tease, however. Click the link and go to CBS Miami's facebook page, where you get the full story.

FYI, Peyton Manning is on the ground, he landed at Opa-Locka Airport and just got off his plane just before 4:30 p.m. Not likely to sign today, he owns a condo down here.

You. Jerks. Way to get a fanbase worked up over a man going to his own house.

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Peyton Manning And The Miami Dolphins: A Match Made In Heaven

Peyton Manning in a Dolphins uniform makes too much sense for either party to pass up.

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Peyton Manning To Be Released By Colts, According To Reports

Sources have told ESPN's Chris Mortensen that the Indianapolis Colts are expected to announce the release of quarterback Peyton Manning tomorrow. The announcement is to come at a press conference Wednesday with both Manning and owner Jim Irsay in attendance.

Manning missed the entire 2011 season after neck surgery and will be a very attractive free agent to many teams in need of a quarterback, including the Miami Dolphins. According to the report, Manning is feeling improvement in his throwing strength, and intends to play next season.

The Dolphins have been rumored to be looking a Packers quarterback Matt Flynn as a posibility for next year, so the availability of Manning will certainly draw their interest.

In his 14-year career with the Colts, Manning led the team to the playoffs 11 times, two AFC championships and one Super Bowl title.

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Dolphins Free Agency 2012: Will Miami Consider Matt Flynn?

The Miami Dolphins got some good play out of Matt Moore at the quarterback position, but he hardly brings back memories of Dan Marino under center. As a result they will likely be in the market for a new quarterback this season, and Nate Davis of USA Today has a suggestion for who they might be looking at.

It seems logical to take a long look at QB Matt Flynn given new HC Joe Philbin's relationship with him from their time together in Green Bay. A new QB would immediately enjoy solid support with RB Reggie Bush, LT Jake Long, C Mike Pouncey and WR Brandon Marshall on hand.

Flynn would certainly make a lot of sense with Philbin already on the staff, and you have to wonder if that was the team's intention in brining him on board.

For more on the Dolphins offseason moves, and all things Miami football, please head over to the Phinsider, SB Nation's Miami Dolphins blog.

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Dolphins Free Agency 2012: Paul Soliai Unlikely To Receive Franchise Tag

Monday is the first day that NFL teams can franchise one of their free agents, ensuring that they will keep that player for the next year while they decide if they want to come to a long-term contract. The fellas over at SB Nation have put together a list of a player on each team that they feel might get franchised, and ranked them in the order of likelihood. According to them, the Dolphins are very unlikely to franchise Paul Soliai for a second straight year.

They franchised him last year, but I doubt that happens again. His agent has said there aren't any indications that the franchise tag or a deal is coming from the Dolphins' front office. I've seen crazier things but expect Soliai to hit the open market.

The Dolphins don't really have another player that could get franchised, so it will be interesting to see if they use that tag at all.

For more on the Dolphins offseason moves, and all things Miami football, please head over to the Phinsider, SB Nation's Miami Dolphins blog.

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2012 NFL Free Agency: Updated Salary Cap Numbers For All Florida Teams

The NFL has an interesting provision in the CBA where teams are allowed to rollover unused cap space from one season to the next, so there are plenty of teams this year that have low salary numbers that could improve their team greatly through free agency. According to SB Nation, the Jaguars and the Buccaneers have among the most cap space in the NFL.

The Jacksonville Jaguars didn't spend $31 million of cap room in 2011, so they now have $45 million of room. . . The Tampa Bay Buccaneers, thanks to $23.519 million of carryover cap money, have the second-most cap space with $60.496 million.

The Dolphins, meanwhile, should have some room to play with because they can rollover their cap room from last year to add to what they had today; and according to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, they had $9.1 million as of November.

For more on the Dolphins and their offseason permutations, please head over to the Phinsider. To find out what the Bucs are planning on doing with all that room, check out Bucs Nation. And for more on the Jaguars, please head over to Big Cat Country.

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Can The Dolphins Reunite Joe Philbin With At Least One Of His Former Players?

The Dolphins hired Packers offensive coordinator Joe Philbin to be the new head coach. Maybe they can convince a certain quarterback or tight end to join him in Miami.

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