March 10, 2017
Miami Dolphins sign Timmons and Allen
MIAMI – The Miami Dolphins today announced they have signed Pro Bowl linebacker Lawrence Timmons and safety Nate Allen as unrestricted free agents.
Timmons has played in 158 games with 126 starts in 10 seasons with the Steelers (2007-16). He earned second-team All-Pro honors and was selected to the Pro Bowl following the 2014 season in which he totaled 132 tackles (87 solo) and two sacks. In his career, Timmons has tallied 952 tackles (652 solo) with 35.5 sacks, 12 interceptions, 42 passes defensed, 13 forced fumbles and seven fumble recoveries. He has played in 14 career postseason games, including two Super Bowls, and was a member of Pittsburgh’s Super Bowl XLIII championship.
Timmons has active streaks of 120 consecutive games played and 101 starts, which are the longest active streaks in the NFL among linebackers. In 2016, he led the Steelers defense with 114 total tackles (78 solo) to go along with 2.5 sacks, five tackles for loss, 10 quarterback hits, a forced fumble and five passes defensed.
Allen has played seven NFL seasons, beginning his career with the Philadelphia Eagles (2010-14) before playing the past two years with the Raiders (2015-16). In 2016, he played in 14 games with four starts and totaled 26 tackles (20 solo), two interceptions and three passes defensed. He has played in 93 career games with 76 starts and has career totals of 355 tackles (279 solo), four sacks, 13 interceptions, 34 passes defensed, three forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries. Allen originally entered the NFL as a second-round pick (37th overall) by the Eagles in the 2010 NFL draft.
|Lawrence Timmons||LB||6-1||234||5/14/86||11||Florida State ’07||Florence, S.C.||UFA, ’17 (Pit.)|
|Nate Allen||S||6-0||210||11/30/87||8||South Florida ’10||Cape Coral, Fla.||UFA, ’17 (Oak.)|
March 10, 2017
Miami Dolphins make roster moves
MIAMI – The Miami Dolphins today announced they have re-signed defensive end Andre Branch and long snapper John Denney. The team has also waived/failed physical safety Isa Abdul-Quddus.
Branch joined the Dolphins as an unrestricted free agent from Jacksonville on March 16, 2016. In his first season with the Dolphins, Branch played in all 16 games with 11 starts and set a career high with 49 tackles (27 solo). His 5.5 sacks were second on the team and he added two forced fumbles and one pass defensed. Branch played four seasons (2012-15) with the Jaguars and has totaled 67 games played in his five-year NFL career. He originally entered the NFL as a second-round pick (38th overall) by Jacksonville in the 2012 NFL draft.
Denney has played in a team record 192 consecutive regular season games. The streak is tied for fourth in the NFL among active players and his 192 total games played is fourth in Dolphins history. Denney will play his 13th NFL season in 2017, with all 13 coming in Miami. He originally entered the NFL as an undrafted college free agent with the Dolphins on April 29, 2005.
Abdul-Quddus played one season for Miami and started 15 games in 2016. He totaled 77 tackles (49 solo), five passes defensed and two interceptions before suffering a season-ending injury in Week 16 at Buffalo. He joined the Dolphins as an unrestricted free agent from Detroit on March 11, 2016. Previously, Abdul-Quddus played three seasons with the New Orleans Saints (2011-13) and two with the Lions (2014-15). He originally entered the NFL as an undrafted college free agent on July 27, 2011.
March 10, 2017
Miami Dolphins trade for Hayes
MIAMI – The Miami Dolphins today announced they have acquired defensive end William Hayes and a seventh-round pick (223rd overall) in the 2017 NFL draft from the Los Angeles Rams in exchange for the Dolphins’ sixth-round pick (206th overall) in the 2017 NFL draft.
Hayes has played nine NFL seasons and totaled 124 games played with 46 starts in four years with the Tennessee Titans (2008-11) and five with the Los Angeles Rams (2012-16). He totaled 313 tackles (227 solo) with 34.5 sacks, seven forced fumbles and five fumble recoveries. Hayes missed just four total games in the past five seasons. He started a career-high 14 contests for the Rams in 2016 and totaled 43 tackles (31 solo) and five sacks. He originally entered the NFL as a fourth-round pick (103rd overall) by the Titans in the 2008 NFL draft.
|William Hayes||DE||6-3||278||5/2/85||10||Winston-Salem St. ’08||High Point, N.C.||T, ’17 (LAR)|
March 10, 2017
Miami Dolphins sign Larsen
MIAMI – The Miami Dolphins today announced they have signed center/guard Ted Larsen as an unrestricted free agent from the Chicago Bears.
Larsen has played in 102 games with 65 starts and has played in all 16 games in five of his seven NFL seasons. He participated in 16 contests with eight starts for the Chicago Bears in 2016 and started 26 games in a two-year stint with the Arizona Cardinals (2014-15). Larsen has 55 career starts at guard and 10 at center and started at right guard in the NFC Championship game following the 2015 season with Arizona. Larsen originally entered the NFL as a sixth-round pick (205th overall) by the New England Patriots in the 2010 NFL draft. He played his first four NFL seasons (2010-13) with Tampa Bay.
|Ted Larsen||C/G||6-2||315||6/13/87||8||NC State ’10||Palm Harbor, Fla.||UFA, ’17 (Chi.)|
March 9, 2017
Miami Dolphins sign Fasano
MIAMI – The Miami Dolphins today announced they have signed tight end Anthony Fasano.
Fasano returns to Miami where he spent the 2008-12 seasons with the team. The veteran enters his 12th NFL season in 2017 and has totaled 164 games played with 130 starts and has 287 career receptions for 3,171 yards (11.0 avg.) and 35 touchdowns. He also spent time with the Tennessee Titans (2015-16), Kansas City Chiefs (2013-14) and Dallas Cowboys (2006-07) after he originally entered the NFL as a second-round pick (53rd overall) by Dallas in 2006.
Fasano started 76 games for the Dolphins and totaled 177 catches for 2,104 yards (11.9 avg.) and 23 touchdowns. He had a reception in 24 straight games at the end of his first Dolphins tenure. His 177 receptions with the club are third-most in team history among tight ends. He also caught the first touchdown pass of Ryan Tannehill’s career, a 14-yard strike vs. Oakland on Sept. 16, 2012. The team originally acquired Fasano in a trade with the Dallas Cowboys on April 26, 2008.
|Anthony Fasano||TE||6-4||255||4/20/84||12||Notre Dame ’06||Glen Ridge, N.J.||FA, ‘17|
March 9, 2017
Miami Dolphins sign Jones to contract extension
MIAMI – The Miami Dolphins today announced they have signed safety Reshad Jones to a contract extension through the 2021 season.
Jones started the first six games for the Dolphins in 2016 before suffering a season-ending injury in Week 6. In those six contests, Jones recorded 51 tackles (31 solo), 0.5 sacks, one interception and four passes defensed. He was selected to the Pro Bowl following the 2015 season and was co-recipient of the Dan Marino Most Valuable Player award when he started all 16 games and recorded 135 tackles (106 solo), two sacks, five interceptions, including two for touchdowns, 10 passes defensed, two sacks and one fumble recovery. His five interceptions in 2015 were the most by a Dolphins safety since 2002.
In his seven-year NFL career, Jones has played in 94 games with 80 starts and totaled 542 tackles (420 solo), nine sacks, 16 interceptions, 40 passes defensed, three forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries. He originally entered the NFL as a fifth-round pick (163rd overall) by the Dolphins in the 2010 NFL draft.
March 9, 2017
Miami Dolphins trade for 2-time Pro Bowl selection Thomas
MIAMI – The Miami Dolphins today announced they have made a trade with the Jacksonville Jaguars for two-time Pro Bowl tight end Julius Thomas. In return, the Dolphins will send the Jaguars their seventh-round pick (240th overall) in the 2017 NFL draft.
Thomas has played six NFL seasons, four with the Denver Broncos (2011-14) and two with the Jaguars (2015-16) and was selected to the Pro Bowl following both the 2013 and 2014 seasons. He has totaled 51 career games played with 41 starts and recorded 185 receptions for 2,018 yards (10.9 avg.) and 33 touchdowns. His 33 touchdowns are the fourth-most among NFL tight ends from 2011-16. Thomas caught 65 passes for 788 yards (12.1 avg.) and 12 touchdowns in 2013, posting career highs in all three categories and helping the Broncos win the AFC. He originally entered the NFL as a fourth-round selection (129th overall) by the Broncos in the 2011 NFL draft.
|Julius Thomas||TE||6-5||256||6/27/88||7||Portland State ’11||Stockton, Calif.||T, ’17 (Jac.)|
March 9, 2017
Miami Dolphins trade Albert to Jacksonville
MIAMI – The Miami Dolphins today announced they have traded tackle Branden Albert to the Jacksonville Jaguars in exchange for Jacksonville’s seventh-round pick in the 2018 NFL draft.
Albert started 35 games for the Dolphins in the past three years (2014-16) after Miami signed him as an unrestricted free agent on March 12, 2014. The left tackle started 12 games for the Dolphins in 2016 and was selected to the Pro Bowl following the 2015 season. He has played in 120 games with 118 starts in his nine-year NFL career after spending his first six seasons (2008-13) with the Kansas City Chiefs. Albert was selected with the 15th overall pick of the 2008 NFL draft by Kansas City.