February 22, 2017
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Miami Dolphins Re-Sign 6 Former Players
MIAMI – The Miami Dolphins today announced they re-signed quarterbacks Bob Griese and Dan Marino, wide receiver Nat Moore, guard Larry Little, defensive end/linebacker Kim Bokamper and cornerback Sam Madison. Each player signed a contract and will officially retire as members of the Miami Dolphins.
These six former players were added to the active roster to further emphasize the bond between the organization and the team’s alumni, who helped established the rich legacy of the Miami Dolphins. Each player was named as one of the top 50 players in franchise history and have combined for three Hall of Fame inductions, two NFL Most Valuable Player awards, two retired jerseys, 14 first-team All-Pro honors and 25 Pro Bowl selections (15 Pro Bowl starts).
Bokamper played nine years (1977-85) with the Dolphins and was a member of the “Killer B’s” defense that helped the team reach two Super Bowls in the 1980s. With 40.0 career sacks, he ranks tied for No. 8 among the Dolphins’ all-time sack leaders and led the Dolphins in sacks in 1980. Bokamper was named to the 1979 Pro Bowl team.
Griese is one of only three Dolphins to have his jersey retired. He played 14 seasons with the Dolphins (1967-80) and was a key component of the great Dolphins teams in the 1970s. He was the starting quarterback on the Dolphins’ two Super Bowl wins (1972, 1973) and threw for more than 25,000 yards and 192 touchdowns in his Dolphins career. Griese was elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1990 and inducted into the Dolphins Honor Roll in 1990, while his No. 12 jersey was retired by the Dolphins in 1982.
Little played 12 seasons (1969-80) with the Dolphins and was a key ingredient in the powerful running game that led to two Super Bowl titles in 1972 and 1973. He started 152 of the 158 games he played as a Dolphin, the third highest starting total by any lineman in Dolphins history. He was named to four Pro Bowls, including three starts. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1993 and was selected to the Dolphins Honor Roll in 1993.
Madison played nine years (1997-05) with the Dolphins. His 31 interceptions rank No. 3 on the team’s all-time interceptions list. He tied for the team lead with eight interceptions in 1998, which matched the second-highest single-season interception figure in team history and led Miami with seven picks in 1999. He was selected to four Pro Bowl teams (1999-02), the second-highest figure among defensive backs in Dolphins history.
Marino is one of the most prolific passers in NFL history and played 17 years with the Dolphins (1983-99). He is one of only three Dolphins to have his jersey retired. Marino threw for 61,361 yards and 420 touchdowns in his career and when he retired, he held the NFL’s all-time records for most passing attempts, completions, yards and touchdowns. He re-wrote the NFL passing records in 1984 season when he threw for 5,084 yards and 48 touchdowns (the first over 40 TDs and 5,000 yards passing). Marino was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2005 and was inducted into the Dolphins Honor Roll in 2000. His No. 13 jersey was retired by the Dolphins in 2000.
Moore played 13 seasons for the Dolphins (1974-86) and had 510 catches for 7,547 yards (14.8 avg.) and 74 touchdowns. He was the Dolphins’ all-time leader in receptions, reception yardage, and touchdown catches when he retired. Moore ranks No. 2 in touchdowns and No. 3 in receptions and receiving yardage in team history. He also led the AFC in scoring in 1977. Moore was inducted into the Dolphins Honor Roll in 1999 and the team’s annual community service award is named in his honor.
|12||Bob Griese||QB||6-1||190||2/3/45||14||Purdue ’67||Evansville, Ind.||D1, ‘67|
|13||Dan Marino||QB||6-4||224||9/15/61||17||Pittsburgh ’83||Pittsburgh, Pa.||D1, ‘83|
|29||Sam Madison||CB||5-11||180||4/23/74||12||Louisville ’97||Thomasville, Ga.||D2, ‘97|
|58||Kim Bokamper||LB||6-6||245||9/25/54||10||San Jose State ’76||San Diego, Calif.||D1b, ‘76|
|66||Larry Little||G||6-1||266||11/2/45||14||Bethune-Cookman ’67||Groveland, Ga.||T, ‘69 (SD)|
|89||Nat Moore||WR||5-9||188||9/19/51||13||Florida ’74||Tallahassee, Fla.||D3, ‘74|
February 18, 2017
Miami Dolphins Sign Wake To Contract Extension
MIAMI – The Miami Dolphins today announced they have signed defensive end Cameron Wake to a contract extension through the 2018 season.
Wake had a remarkable comeback season in 2016 in which he earned his fifth Pro Bowl selection. Just one season removed from when he suffered a season-ending Achilles injury in 2015, Wake totaled 11.5 sacks, five forced fumbles and one interception in 2016. His 11.5 sacks were third in the AFC and tied for sixth in the NFL. Since Wake was inserted in the starting lineup in Week 6 of the 2016 season, he was second in the AFC with 10.5 sacks and helped the Dolphins win nine of their final 11 games. He is one of just three NFL players in the past decade to have a double-digit sack season at age 34 or older.
In his eight NFL seasons, Wake has totaled 81.5 sacks. His sack total is second in NFL history among undrafted players (supplemental draft picks not included) and is second in Dolphins history behind Pro Football Hall of Famer Jason Taylor (131.0). Additionally, his 81.5 sacks are the most by any Dolphins player in his first eight seasons in team history.
February 16, 2017
Miami Dolphins Make Roster Moves
MIAMI – The Miami Dolphins today announced they have released defensive tackle Earl Mitchell and defensive end Mario Williams. The team has also waived cornerback Ifo Ekpre-Olomu.
Mitchell played 37 games with 21 starts in three seasons (2014-16) for the Dolphins after he was signed as an unrestricted free agent on March 12, 2014. He totaled 72 tackles (46 solo) and two sacks with the Dolphins. Mitchell played in nine games with five starts in 2016. He was placed on injured reserve on Sept. 13, 2016 and activated/designated for return on Nov. 10, 2016. Mitchell has played seven NFL seasons, including his first four with the Houston Texans (2010-13). He originally entered the NFL as a third-round pick (81st overall) by Houston in the 2010 NFL draft.
Williams played in 13 games with five starts in 2016 – his lone season with the Dolphins – after he was signed on March 9, 2016. During his 11-year NFL career, Williams has played in 158 games with 150 starts and totaled 399 tackles (317 solo), 97.5 sacks, 16 forced fumbles and five fumble recoveries. He was selected to four Pro Bowls (2008, 2009, 2013 and 2014) and was named first-team All-Pro in 2014 as a member of the Buffalo Bills. Williams originally entered the NFL as the No. 1 overall pick in the 2006 NFL draft by the Houston Texans.
Ekpre-Olomu was claimed off waivers by the Dolphins from the Cleveland Browns on April 5, 2016 after he spent the entire 2015 season on injured reserve with the Browns. He also missed the 2016 season after the Dolphins placed him on injured reserve on Aug. 9, 2016. Ekpre-Olomu originally entered the NFL as a seventh-round selection (241st overall) by Cleveland in the 2015 NFL draft after he was a consensus first-team All-American at Oregon in 2014.
January 19, 2017
Miami Dolphins Announce Coaching Changes
MIAMI – The Miami Dolphins today announced that Frank Bush has been hired as assistant head coach / linebackers coach, Darren Rizzi has been promoted to associate head coach / special teams coordinator and Chris Kuper has been promoted to assistant offensive line coach.
Bush has 32 years of NFL experience as a player, scout and coach. He spent the past four seasons as linebackers coach (2013-16) for the Los Angeles Rams and helped linebacker James Laurinaitis tally three 100-tackle seasons and set career highs with 3.5 sacks in 2013 and again in 2014. In 2016, linebacker Alec Ogletree had a career-best 136 tackles (98 solo) and tied his career highs with nine tackles for loss and two interceptions. The Rams allowed just 337.0 yards per game in 2016, the ninth-best mark in the NFL.
Bush began his NFL career as a fifth-round (133rd overall) selection of the Houston Oilers in the 1985 NFL draft. He started 11 games a rookie linebacker in 1985 but had to end his career in 1986 due to a career-threatening condition. He became a college scout for the Oilers in 1987 and moved into coaching in 1992, working with the team’s linebackers. Bush won two Super Bowls (XXXII and XXXIII) with the Denver Broncos (1995-2003). He also had stops in Arizona (2004-06), Houston (2007-10) and Tennessee (2011-12). Bush was the Texans’ defensive coordinator his final two seasons in Houston (2009-10).
Rizzi is the second longest-tenured coach on the Dolphins’ staff, having joined the team in 2009 as assistant special teams coach. He was promoted to special teams coach in 2010 and then special teams coordinator in 2011 before adding assistant head coach responsibilities in 2015. In 2016, Rizzi’s units blocked four kicks (three PATs and one punt), had three different touchdown returns (Jakeem Grant – punt, Kenyan Drake – kickoff, Walt Aikens – blocked punt) and had two players rank in the NFL’s top three for special teams tackles (Michael Thomas, T-1st, 19; Mike Hull, 3rd, 18). They also blocked a PAT that was returned for a 2-point conversion on Dec. 11, 2016 vs. Arizona, the first defensive 2-point conversion in team history. Miami had several top 10 special teams units, ranking No. 10 in field position following kickoffs, No. 8 in field position following kickoff returns and No. 3 in opponent gross punting average.
Kuper previously served as the team’s offensive quality control for the 2016 season where he primarily assisted with the offensive line. He helped the unit block for three 200-yard performances by running back Jay Ajayi, making Ajayi just the fourth NFL player to ever have three-plus 200-yard games in the same season. The offensive line also protected quarterback Ryan Tannehill, who posted the highest rating (93.5) and yards per attempt (7.70) of his five-year NFL career.
January 12, 2017
Miami Dolphins Promote Burke
MIAMI – The Miami Dolphins today announced that Matt Burke has been promoted to defensive coordinator.
Burke served as the team’s linebackers coach during the 2016 season. Under his guidance, linebacker Kiko Alonso finished ninth in the AFC with 115 tackles (69 solo) and made many big plays that helped the Dolphins late in games. Alonso intercepted a pass and returned it for a 60-yard touchdown with 1:01 remaining to defeat San Diego in Week 10. He also assisted on a stop of 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick at the 2-yard line on the game’s final play to defeat San Francisco in Week 12.
Burke has eight years of NFL experience coaching linebackers, having served as the linebackers coach in Cincinnati (2014-15) and Detroit (2009-13). Previously he spent five seasons with Tennessee, where he served as an administrative assistant (2004-05) and defensive assistant/quality control coach (2006-08). In 2015, he helped the Bengals post the second-best scoring defense (17.4 points per game) in the NFL and force 28 turnovers, tied for sixth in the league. Burke also spent time coaching at Harvard (2003), Boston College (2002-03) and Bridgton Academy (1998-99) in Maine.
January 11, 2017
Miami Dolphins Ajayi and Landry Named to Pro Bowl
MIAMI – The National Football League today announced that Miami Dolphins running back Jay Ajayi and wide receiver Jarvis Landry have been named to the AFC Pro Bowl roster. They join defensive end Cameron Wake and defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, who had previously been named to the Pro Bowl on Dec. 20, 2016.
Ajayi totaled 1,272 rushing yards, the third-most in a single season in Dolphins history and fourth-highest in the NFL in 2016. He became the fourth player in NFL history to have at least three 200-yard games in the same season. His three 200-yard games ranked No. 3, No. 5 and No. 6 on Miami’s single-game rushing chart. Ajayi is also the fourth player to ever have back-to-back 200-yard performances. From Week 6 through the end of the season, he led the NFL with 1,155 rushing yards and tied for the lead with 36 runs of 10 yards or more. Ajayi posted a 1,085 yard improvement from the 2015 season, the largest year-over-year gain in the league in 2016. The selection is the first in Ajayi’s career and he becomes the first Dolphins running back to earn a Pro Bowl bid since Ronnie Brown in 2008.
Landry posted his second consecutive 1,000-yard season with 94 receptions for 1,136 yards (12.1 avg.). His 94 receptions are second in team history behind the team record he set in 2015 of 110 catches. The 1,136 receiving yards are eighth-best in Dolphins history and 10th in the NFL in 2016. He also caught 26 passes on third downs, tied for seventh-most in the league. The Pro Bowl nod is the second of Landry’s career after he was also named to the team following the 2015 season.
It’s just the second time in Dolphins history they’ve had a 1,000-yard rusher and 1,000-yard receiver in the same season.
The selections of Landry and Ajayi mark only the sixth time in team history that a Dolphins wide receiver and running back were both selected to a Pro Bowl in a season. The other times were following the 1970-74 seasons when wide receiver Paul Warfield and running back Larry Csonka were selected each year and were also joined by running back Mercury Morris following the 1971-73 seasons.
Ajayi replaces Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy while Landry replaces Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green, both of whom are unable to participate due to injury.
The 2017 Pro Bowl will be played on Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017 and simulcast live on ESPN and ESPN Deportes from Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida. Fans may visit NFL.com/ProBowlOnSale to purchase game tickets.
January 10, 2017
MIAMI – The Miami Dolphins today announced they have signed linebacker Lamin Barrow, cornerback Daniel Davie, tackle Jesse Davis, quarterback Brandon Doughty, running back Storm Johnson, linebacker Deon Lacey, defensive end Arthur Miley, tight end Chris Pantale, running back Senorise Perry, tackle Terry Poole, defensive end Julius Warmsley and linebacker Brandon Watts to reserve/futures contracts.
Barrow finished the 2016 season on Miami’s practice squad after he was waived by the Chicago Bears on Dec. 5, 2016. Barrow played in all 16 games with the Bears in 2015 and appeared in all 16 games with the Denver Broncos in 2014. He also played in one playoff game for the Broncos in 2014. He has totaled one career start and one assisted tackle on defense, while collecting 14 special teams tackles (10 solo). He originally entered the NFL as a fifth-round pick (156th overall) by Denver in the 2014 NFL draft.
Davie began his NFL career as an undrafted college free agent with the Indianapolis Colts on May 2, 2016, but was waived on July 26, 2016. The following day he was awarded off waivers to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers before he was again waived on Aug. 28, 2016. Davie played collegiately at Nebraska where he was a four-year letterman (2012-15). He started all 13 games as a junior in 2014 and recorded 41 tackles (25 solo), two interceptions and five pass breakups.
Doughty was a seventh-round selection (223rd overall) by the Dolphins in the 2016 NFL draft. In the 2016 preseason, Doughty completed 20-of-28 passes (71.4 pct.) for 185 yards, no touchdowns and no interceptions, giving him an 89.1 quarterback rating. Doughty spent Week 1 on the Dolphins’ active roster but was waived on Sept. 14, 2016 and re-signed to the practice squad.
Johnson was signed to Miami’s practice squad on Nov. 8, 2016 after spending the 2016 training camp with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He has played in six career games with one start, all for Jacksonville during the 2014 season. He totaled 29 carries for 86 yards (3.0 avg.) and two touchdowns. He originally entered the NFL as a seventh-round selection (222nd overall) by the Jaguars in the 2014 NFL draft.
Lacey played the past three seasons (2014-16) for the Edmonton Eskimos of the Canadian Football League. He totaled 114 tackles, seven sacks, three interceptions and four forced fumbles and played in all 54 games. He also totaled 68 special teams tackles. Lacey originally entered the NFL as an undrafted college free agent with the Dallas Cowboys on May 10, 2013 and spent the 2013 training camp with Dallas before he joined the Eskimos. Lacey played collegiately at West Alabama, where he was named the Gulf South Conference Defensive Player of the Year in 2011.
Miley originally entered the NFL as an undrafted college free agent on May 4, 2015 with the Carolina Panthers but spent the entire 2015 season on injured reserve. He participated in offseason activities and training camp with the Panthers in 2016 and recorded nine tackles (two solo) and one quarterback hit in three preseason games before he was waived on Sept. 3, 2016. Miley played collegiately at Southern University, where he participated in 47 games with 36 starts and earned first team All-Southwestern Athletic Conference honors as a senior in 2014.
Pantale began his NFL career as an undrafted college free agent with the New York Jets on May 10, 2013. He spent the entire 2013 season with the Jets with stints on both the practice squad and active roster but did not appear in a game until 2014, when he played in five contests and returned one kickoff for 24 yards. Pantale was with the Chicago Bears for the 2015 offseason and training camp before he was signed to the Philadelphia Eagles’ practice squad on Sept. 21, 2015. He went to training camp with the Eagles in 2016 before he was waived on Sept. 3, 2016.
Perry was signed to Miami’s practice squad on Oct. 12, 2016 after he spent the first two seasons of his career and the 2016 training camp with the Chicago Bears. Perry played in all 16 games with the Bears in 2014 and totaled one reception for -1 yard. He also had four kickoff returns for 88 yards (22.0 avg.) and 10 special teams tackles (eight solo). Perry was on injured reserve and missed the entire 2015 season. He originally entered the NFL as an undrafted college free agent with the Bears on May 19, 2014.
Poole spent the final 11 weeks of the regular season on Miami’s practice squad after the Dolphins signed him on Oct. 11, 2016. He was released off injured reserve by the Seattle Seahawks on Oct. 3, 2016. Poole has yet to appear in an NFL game, but spent most of the 2015 season on Seattle’s practice squad. He originally entered the NFL as a fourth-round selection (130th overall) by the Seahawks in the 2015 NFL draft.
Warmsley played in five games for the Dolphins in 2016, totaling eight tackles (four solo) and one quarterback hit before he was waived on Oct. 26, 2016. He was later added to the team’s practice squad on Oct. 31, 2016 and spent the remainder of the season there. Warmsley spent portions of the 2014 and 2015 seasons on Seattle’s practice squad. He originally entered the NFL as an undrafted college free agent with the Houston Texans on May 19, 2014.
Watts joined Miami’s practice squad on Sept. 6, 2016 after he was waived by the Minnesota Vikings on Sept. 3, 2016. Watts had spent the past two seasons (2014-15) with Minnesota, playing in nine games and totaling four tackles (three solo) and one forced fumble. He also added four solo special teams tackles. Watts originally entered the NFL as a seventh-round selection (223rd overall) by the Vikings in the 2014 NFL draft.
|Lamin Barrow||LB||6-1||237||11/29/90||3||LSU ’14||Marrero, La.||FA, ‘17|
|Daniel Davie||CB||6-1||190||8/4/93||R||Nebraska ’16||Beatrice, Neb.||FA, ‘17|
|Jesse Davis||T||6-6||309||9/15/91||1||Idaho ’15||Asotin, Wash.||FA, ‘17|
|Brandon Doughty||QB||6-3||217||10/6/91||R||W. Kentucky ’16||Davie, Fla.||D7a, ‘16|
|Storm Johnson||RB||6-0||216||7/10/92||2||UCF ’14||Loganville, Ga.||FA, ‘17|
|Deon Lacey||LB||6-1||225||7/18/90||1||W. Alabama ’13||Brighton, Ala.||FA, ‘17|
|Arthur Miley||DE||6-6||270||3/3/93||1||Southern ’15||Mangham, La.||FA, ‘17|
|Chris Pantale||TE||6-5||254||3/22/90||1||Boston College ’13||Wayne, N.J.||FA, ‘17|
|Senorise Perry||RB||6-0||211||9/19/91||3||Louisville ’14||Summerville, Ga.||FA, ‘17|
|Terry Poole||T||6-5||300||2/27/92||1||San Diego State ’15||Seaside, Calif.||FA, ‘17|
|Julius Warmsley||DE||6-2||294||5/16/90||1||Tulane ’14||Baton Rouge, La.||FA, ‘16|
|Brandon Watts||LB||6-2||231||1/21/91||3||Georgia Tech ’14||Tennille, Ga.||FA, ‘17|
MIAMI – The Miami Dolphins today announced the team has waived defensive end Jason Jones.
Jones played in 14 games with five starts this season, his lone season in Miami. He recorded 36 tackles (22 solo), 3.5 sacks, two passes defensed and one fumble recovery. A nine-year NFL veteran, Jones signed with the Dolphins as an unrestricted free agent on May 16, 2016 from Detroit, where he played from 2013-15. Jones also spent one season in Seattle (2012) and played four years with Tennessee (2008-11). In his career, Jones has totaled 109 games played, 70 starts, 211 tackles (155 solo) and 31.5 sacks.