March 31, 2016
MIAMI DOLPHINS MAKE ROSTER MOVES
MIAMI – The Miami Dolphins today announced they have re-signed linebacker Spencer Paysinger. The team has also signed tight end MarQueis Gray and running backs Isaiah Pead and Daniel Thomas.
Paysinger played 14 games for the Dolphins in 2015, missing two contests due to injury. He recorded 10 tackles (eight solo) and 15 special teams stops (seven solo) in his first season with the team. Paysinger originally joined Miami as an unrestricted free agent from the New York Giants, where he spent the first four seasons (2011-14) of his career. He posted career highs in games started (10) and total tackles (66) in 2013. Paysinger made two special teams stops in Super Bowl XLVI following the 2011 season. He has played in 76 career games with 14 starts and 105 tackles (86 solo).
Gray has played 29 career games and made seven starts. He has totaled 12 receptions for 144 yards (12.0 avg.) as a member of the Cleveland Browns (2013), Minnesota Vikings (2014) and Buffalo Bills (2014-15). In 2015, Gray played four games for the Bills and caught one pass for two yards before being placed on injured reserve. He originally entered the NFL as an undrafted college free agent with the San Francisco 49ers on May 7, 2013 following his collegiate career at Minnesota, where he primarily played quarterback.
Pead has played 27 career games – all for the St. Louis Rams – and totaled 19 carries for 78 yards (4.1 avg. since entering the league as a second-round draft pick (50th overall) of St. Louis in 2012. He also has added 14 receptions for 94 yards (6.7 avg.) and returned 18 kickoffs for 413 yards (22.9 avg.). Most recently, Pead spent three weeks with the Pittsburgh Steelers before he was released on Nov. 27, 2015.
Thomas re-joins the Dolphins after he played for Miami from 2011-14. In his career, Thomas has played in 52 games for the Dolphins and started three, totaling 409 carries for 1,480 yards (3.6 avg.) and 10 touchdowns. The Kansas State product also caught 55 passes for 412 yards (7.5 avg.) and three touchdowns during his four seasons with the team. Originally a second-round selection (62nd overall) by Miami in the 2011 NFL draft, Thomas was most recently in training camp with the Chicago Bears before being released on Aug. 30, 2015.
March 22, 2016
MIAMI DOLPHINS SIGN URBIK
MIAMI – The Miami Dolphins today announced they have signed center/guard Kraig Urbik to a free agent contract.
Urbik has played in 84 career games and made 57 starts over the past six seasons with the Buffalo Bills (2010-15). The Bills originally signed Urbik off waivers on Sept. 5, 2010 before releasing him on March 1, 2016. Urbik has played in 57 consecutive games dating back to the 2012 season. In 2015, he started four contests.
A native of Hudson, Wis., Urbik entered the NFL as a third-round selection (79th overall) by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 2009 NFL draft. He played collegiately at the University of Wisconsin, where he was a first-team All-American and All-Big Ten honoree.
March 18, 2016
MIAMI DOLPHINS ADD WASHBURN TO STAFF
MIAMI – The Miami Dolphins today announced that Jim Washburn has been named senior defensive assistant/pass rush specialist.
Washburn joins the Dolphins with 17 years of NFL coaching experience, including the past three with the Detroit Lions, where he assisted with the defensive line. He has coached six defensive linemen to Pro Bowl seasons, including Jason Babin, Kyle Vanden Bosch, Kevin Carter, Albert Haynesworth, Jevon Kearse and the Dolphins’ Ndamukong Suh when Washburn coached him in Detroit.
The Lions defensive line was among the league’s best at forcing opponents into negative plays in 2014. Under Washburn’s guidance, the unit ranked fifth in sacks by defensive line (34.0), tied for third in tackles for loss on rushing plays by defensive line (26) and second in total negative plays by defensive line with 60. The Lions also tied an NFL record for the most games (14) holding opponents to less than 100 rushing yards in a season.
Prior to Detroit, Washburn spent two seasons as the defensive line coach with the Philadelphia Eagles (2011-12) and 12 seasons as the defensive line coach with the Tennessee Titans (1999-2010). Washburn also spent time on the staffs of the University of Houston (1998), Arkansas (1994-97), Charlotte Rage (1993), London Monarchs (1991-92), Charlotte Barons (1990), South Carolina (1983-88), New Mexico (1980-82), Livingston (1979), Lees-McRae (1977-78) and Southern Methodist (1976).
A native of Shelby, N.C., Washburn was a four-year letterman at Gardner-Webb, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in physical education. He later earned his master’s degree at North Carolina A&T.
Washburn and his wife, Sandy, have three children, Jessica, Brady and Jeremiah. Jeremiah is currently the assistant offensive line coach for the Dolphins.
March 18, 2016
MIAMI DOLPHINS SIGN WHALEN
MIAMI – The Miami Dolphins today announced they have signed wide receiver Griff Whalen to a free agent contract.
Whalen has spent the past three seasons with the Indianapolis Colts where he played 33 games and started three from 2013-15. Whalen totaled 45 receptions for 487 yards (10.8 avg.) and three touchdowns and added 46 punt returns for 376 yards (8.2 avg.) and 25 kickoff returns for 645 yards (25.8 avg.). He originally signed with Indianapolis as an undrafted college free agent on April 30, 2012 but was placed on injured reserve prior to the 2012 season.
In 2015, Whalen played a career-high 14 games for Indianapolis and caught 19 passes for 205 yards (10.8 avg.) and one touchdown. He also recorded 12 punt returns for 85 yards (7.1 avg.) and nine kickoff returns for 244 yards (27.1 avg.). Whalen was placed on injured reserve on Dec. 21, 2015 and the Colts waived him on Jan. 1, 2016.
March 18, 2016
Dolphins Cancer Challenge Announces Inaugural DCC Celebrity Golf Tournament hosted by Turnberry Isle Resort & Golf Club
Miami – The Dolphins Cancer Challenge (DCC) today announced an additional exclusive opportunity for the South Florida community to be cancer fighters. On April 4, 2016, the DCC will hold its inaugural DCC Celebrity Golf Tournament hosted by Turnberry Isle Resort & Golf Club. Co-Chaired by Don Soffer and James Caan, the tournament will offer cancer fighters a chance to golf and interact with athletes and other celebrity guests. One hundred percent of the funds raised from the golf tournament will benefit Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami.
The golf tournament will follow DCC VI, scheduled for Feb. 20, 2016. Participants can choose from a bike ride 13-100 miles and a 5k run/walk, with all routes leading to the stadium. DCC VI will culminate with a concert celebration featuring Grammy-Award winners Sheryl Crow and Melissa Etheridge.
“The participants, donors and partners of the Dolphins Cancer Challenge are dedicated to improving people’s lives through the financial support of innovative cancer research,” Miami Dolphins President & CEO and DCC VI Chair Tom Garfinkel said. “We wanted to expand the scope of ways for anyone to be a cancer fighter. This golf tournament provides an additional opportunity – along with our bike ride, 5k run/walk, Fall Family Fest and concert to help in this fight.”
Players will enjoy a complimentary, VIP shopping experience at the Pro Shop onsite exclusively for the DCC Celebrity Golf Tournament. Signature food and drinks will be served on the course with a cocktail reception and awards ceremony to end the day. Golfers will tee off for a round of scramble-golf on the world-famous Soffer Course, home to a number of LPGA and PGA events. Additional sponsorship opportunities are still available. To register for a foursome, please visit DolphinsCancerChallenge.com.
About Dolphins Cancer Challenge
The Dolphins Cancer Challenge (DCC) was founded in 2010 by the Miami Dolphins organization as the signature initiative of the Foundation’s health pillar. In part inspired by Dolphins alumnus and long-time radio voice Jim “Mad Dog” Mandich’s courageous battle with cancer, the DCC’s mission is to improve people’s lives through financial support for innovative cancer research at South Florida’s only academic-based cancer center – Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami. Since its inception, the DCC has raised more than $11.55 million, donating 100 percent of participant-raised funds to Sylvester. For additional information, call (305) 943-6799 or visit www. DolphinsCancerChallenge.com. DCC can be found on Facebook at facebook.com/RideDCC and on Twitter at @TackleCancer.
March 16, 2016
MIAMI DOLPHINS RE-SIGN MOORE
MIAMI – The Miami Dolphins today announced they have re-signed quarterback Matt Moore.
Moore is entering his sixth season for the Dolphins and ninth in the NFL. He has played in 19 games for Miami, including one in 2015. Moore started 12 games for the Dolphins in 2011 and completed 210 of 347 passes (60.5 pct.) for 2,497 yards and 16 touchdowns. He was originally signed by the Dolphins as an unrestricted free agent on July 29, 2011.
An Oregon State product, Moore entered the NFL as an undrafted college free agent with the Dallas Cowboys on May 14, 2007. He was signed off waivers prior to the 2007 season by the Carolina Panthers and started 13 games there over the course of four seasons (2007-10). For his career, Moore has played in 41 contests and started 25 of them. He has totaled 5,356 passing yards and 33 touchdown passes.
March 16, 2016
MIAMI DOLPHINS SIGN BRANCH
MIAMI – The Miami Dolphins today announced they have signed unrestricted free agent defensive end Andre Branch.
Branch spent the first four years of his NFL career with the Jacksonville Jaguars (2012-15) after he was selected by the Jaguars in the second round (38th overall) of the 2012 NFL draft. Throughout his four-year career, Branch has played in 51 games and made 12 starts. He has totaled 90 tackles (69 solo), 14 sacks, 11 passes defensed, five forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries.
Despite missing the first three contests of 2015 due to injury, Branch played 13 games and made nine starts for Jacksonville. He recorded 24 tackles (18 solo), four sacks, five quarterback hits and two forced fumbles. Branch also recovered a fumble, returning it 49 yards for his first career touchdown in a win vs. Indianapolis (Dec. 13, 2015).
March 13, 2016
***Photo/Video Credit: Miami Dolphins***
Miami Dolphins Select Four Participants In Mexico City Audition For Cheerleader Finals in Miami
Mexico City, Mexico – The Miami Dolphins selected four ladies from the Mexico City cheerleader auditions to participate in the Miami Finals. More than 200 registrants came from all over Mexico to participate in the NFL’s first international cheerleader audition at Universidad la Salle. The finalists are Abril, Carla, Holly and Tamara.
These ladies will join other finalists from cheerleader auditions in Bogota, Colombia; Buenos Aires, Argentina; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; and Miami to participate in the Finals on May 1.
Auditions will continue next in Bogota on Saturday, April 2 at Four Points by Sheraton. The following are the dates and locations for auditions:
|March 3||JW Marriott Copacabana||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil|
|March 6||Sheraton Buenos Aires Hotel y Centro de Convenciones||Buenos Aires, Argentina|
|March 12||Universidad la Salle||Mexico City, Mexico|
|April 2||Four Points by Sheraton||Bogota, Colombia|
|April 23||Doctors Hospital Training Facility||South Florida|
For further information or to register for auditions, please visit DolphinsCheerleaders.com
Rio Photos/Video: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/4h14xfnofvq7fzl/AACkCl8P_p3WHxwgnveFWAA6a?dl=0
Buenos Aires Photos/Video: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/86b4554cmb5dwju/AAAXpKcSO0EUKHptC_52oiONa?dl=0
Mexico City Photos/Video: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/mvn57f9cxvu6ykn/AAAFOTLMqvTPLJLM7spMGof2a?dl=0