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
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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
March 11, 2016
MIAMI DOLPHINS SIGN BUSHROD
MIAMI – The Miami Dolphins today announced they have signed tackle Jermon Bushrod to a free agent contract.
An eight-year NFL veteran, Bushrod has played in 108 career games and made 96 starts. Bushrod spent the past three seasons with the Chicago Bears (2013-15) and played six years with the New Orleans Saints (2007-12). He played in 12 games with four starts for the Bears in 2015 and was released on Feb. 16, 2016.
Bushrod has been named to the Pro Bowl following the 2011 and 2012 seasons and won Super Bowl XLIV as a member of the Saints. He originally entered the NFL as a fourth-round selection (125th overall) by the Saints in the 2007 NFL draft.
March 10, 2016
MIAMI DOLPHINS MAKE ROSTER MOVES
MIAMI – The Miami Dolphins today announced the team has signed safety Isa Abdul-Quddus, linebacker James-Michael Johnson, center/guard Jacques McClendon and tackle Sam Young. The Dolphins have also signed running back C.J. Anderson to an offer sheet. Cornerback Byron Maxwell has restructured his contract.
Abdul-Quddus (pronounced EE-sa Ab-dool KA-doos) played all 16 games and started eight for the Detroit Lions in 2015. He set a career high with 55 total tackles (40 solo) and added six passes defense and four quarterback hits. Entering his fifth NFL season, Abdul-Quddus has played 74 games and has 16 starts, totaling 136 tackles (99 solo) and two interceptions. He entered the NFL as an undrafted college free agent with New Orleans on July 27, 2011 before he was signed by the Lions on Feb. 3, 2014.
Johnson played in three games for the Dolphins in 2015 after two stints on the team. He totaled three special teams tackles (two solo). Johnson was originally signed by Miami on Nov. 18, 2015 after playing two games for the Jacksonville Jaguars and one for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers earlier in the 2015 season. A fourth-round selection (120th overall) by the Cleveland Browns in 2012, Johnson is entering his fourth NFL season and has played in 48 career games and made 18 starts. He has totaled 88 career tackles (64 solo) and seven tackles for loss.
McClendon spent several stints with Miami in 2015 after two seasons with the Jaguars (2013-14) following time on the practice squads of the Detroit Lions (2011), Pittsburgh Steelers (2012) and Atlanta Falcons (2012). He was also on the Indianapolis Colts’ active roster in 2010. He was originally a fourth-round selection (129th overall) of the Colts in the 2010 NFL draft. Entering his sixth NFL season, McClendon has appeared in 22 career games with five starts. In 2015 he played in three games for Miami. McClendon played collegiately at Tennessee where he started 26 of 49 games at guard.
Young has played in 58 career games and started 13 of them. He spent the past two-plus seasons with the Jaguars (2013-15), where he played in 36 games and made nine starts. In 2015, Young played all 16 games and started three for the Jaguars and was not penalized the entire season. He joined Jacksonville off waivers on Oct. 8, 2013. He originally entered the NFL as a sixth-round selection (179th overall) by the Dallas Cowboys in the 2010 NFL draft. A Coral Springs, Fla. native, Young attended St. Thomas Aquinas in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. before playing collegiately at Notre Dame.
Anderson played the past three seasons with the Denver Broncos (2013-15), where he began his career as an undrafted college free agent from California on April 27, 2013. He has played in 35 career NFL games with 13 starts and totaled 338 career carries for 1,607 yards (4.8 avg.) and 13 rushing touchdowns. Anderson has also caught 59 career passes for 507 yards (8.6 avg.) and two touchdowns. In 2015, Anderson played in 15 games for the Broncos and started six of them. He rushed 152 times for 720 yards (4.7 avg.) and five touchdowns for the Super Bowl champions, including a 2-yard rushing touchdown in Super Bowl 50. Anderson also added 25 receptions for 183 yards (7.3 avg.).
March 9, 2016
MIAMI DOLPHINS RELEASE GRIMES
MIAMI – The Miami Dolphins today announced cornerback Brent Grimes has been released.
Grimes joined the Dolphins as an unrestricted free agent on March 30, 2013 and was re-signed on March 3, 2014. While in Miami, he started 47 games and totaled 166 tackles (141solo), 13 interceptions and 43 passes defensed. In 2015, Grimes totaled 49 tackles (42 solo), four interceptions and 14 passes defensed.
Grimes entered the NFL as an undrafted college free agent with the Atlanta Falcons on May 16, 2006. He played six seasons for the Falcons (2007-12). During his nine-year NFL career, Grimes has played in 106 games and has totaled 401 tackles (346 solo) and 26 interceptions.
March 9, 2016
MIAMI DOLPHINS TRADE FOR ALONSO, MAXWELL
MIAMI – The Miami Dolphins today announced the team has acquired linebacker Kiko Alonso and cornerback Byron Maxwell and the No. 13 overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft in a trade with the Philadelphia Eagles. In return, the Dolphins will send the Eagles the No. 8 overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft.
Alonso played in 11 games for the Eagles in 2015, totaling 45 tackles (35 solo) and one interception in his lone season in Philadelphia. The Eagles acquired him from the Buffalo Bills in a trade on March 10, 2015. He missed the 2014 season due to injury.
The Pro Football Writers’ Association NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2013, Alonso played all 1,145 snaps the Buffalo defense had that season. He started all 16 games and totaled 159 tackles and four interceptions, becoming just first rookie since 1989 to record 150-plus total tackles and four-plus interceptions in a season. Alonso entered the league as a second-round pick (46th overall) by the Buffalo Bills in 2013.
Maxwell joined the Eagles as an unrestricted free agent on March 10, 2015 and finished tied for second on the team with two interceptions. He totaled 64 tackles (53 solo), forced two fumbles and recovered a fumble in 2015. Among all NFL players, Maxwell is tied for eighth with nine interceptions since 2013 (including playoffs).
Maxwell played four seasons for the Seattle Seahawks (2011-14) and started at cornerback in Super Bowls XLVIII and XLIX. He posted 12 passes defensed in both 2013 and 2014 and totaled seven interceptions in his final two seasons in Seattle, including an interception in the NFC Championship Game against Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
March 8, 2016
MIAMI DOLPHINS MAKE ROSTER MOVES
MIAMI – The Miami Dolphins today announced that the team has restructured the contracts of tight end Jordan Cameron and defensive tackle Robert Thomas II. The team has also signed wide receiver Christion Jones to a free agent contract.
Cameron joined the Dolphins as an unrestricted free agent on March 12, 2015 after playing his first four NFL seasons with the Cleveland Browns (2011-14). In 2015, his first season with the Dolphins, Cameron started all 16 games and totaled 35 receptions for 386 yards (11.0 avg.) and three touchdowns.
For his career, Cameron has played in 63 games and made 47 starts. He has caught 165 passes for 1,986 yards (12.0 avg.) and 13 touchdowns. Cameron was selected in the fourth round (102nd overall) of the 2011 NFL draft by the Browns.
The Dolphins originally signed Thomas off the New England Patriots practice squad on Dec. 1, 2015. Thomas played in one game, the first regular season appearance of his NFL career, before being placed on injured reserve.
Thomas started seven games as a senior at Arkansas in 2013 and made 31 stops (16 solo), including six tackles for loss, and 3.5 sacks. He missed the rest of his senior season due to injury.
Jones originally entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent with the Dolphins in 2015. He was waived on Sept. 9, 2015 after the final preseason game.
As a collegiate player at Alabama, Jones played in 53 career games and lettered four years for the Crimson Tide. He recorded 85 receptions for 1,030 yards (12.1 avg.) and seven touchdowns. Jones also returned kickoffs and punts for Alabama, totaling 66 career punt returns for a 10.9-yard average and 68 kickoff returns for 1,727 yards (25.4 avg.) and two touchdowns.
March 8, 2016
MIAMI DOLPHINS SIGN ALL-PRO WILLIAMS
MIAMI – The Miami Dolphins today announced that the team has signed four-time Pro Bowl defensive end Mario Williams to a free agent contract.
Williams has totaled 96 career sacks and 153 quarterback hits during his 10-year NFL career. His sack total is tied for sixth among all active NFL players. He has started all 145 games that he has played in and has played a full 16 games in seven of his 10 professional seasons. His 386 career tackles are fourth among active defensive ends and his 96 sacks are tied for the third-most among all NFL players since he entered the league in 2006.
The 6-foot-6, 292 pound defensive end earned Pro Bowl nods following the 2008, 2009, 2013 and 2014 seasons and was named first team All-Pro in 2014. Williams played the past four seasons (2012-15) for the Buffalo Bills and ranked sixth in the NFL with 43 sacks during those four years, including 10-plus sacks in three consecutive seasons from 2012 to 2014.
Williams was the No. 1 overall draft pick by the Houston Texans in the 2006 NFL draft. He will be only the fifth former No. 1 overall pick to play for the Dolphins organization, joining tackle Jake Long (2008 NFL draft by Miami), defensive tackle Dan Wilkinson (1994 by Cincinnati), defensive tackle Steve Emtman (1992 by Indianapolis) and wide receiver Irving Fryar (1984 by New England). Williams was named first team All-American in 2005 after setting the single-season school records for sacks (14.5) and tackles for loss (27.5). He also is North Carolina State’s career record-holder in both categories.