The preseason is just over a month away for the Miami Dolphins as the ‘Fins look to build on a 6-10 season. May was not the most eventful of months for the Dolphins, but there were some significant roster moves made nonetheless.
Miami was able to agree to terms with one of their draft picks thought to be able to make an immediate splash this year. The Dolphins signed running back Lamar Miller who was selected in the fourth round of April’s NFL Draft. Miller rushed for nearly 1,300 yards and scored 10 total touchdowns last season with the University of Miami. Miller also has college experience returning kicks including a kickoff return for a touchdown against Ohio State in Columbus in 2010.
The biggest news for the Dolphins of late came on June 11th when Miami signed wide receiver Chad Ochocinco. Ochocinco was with the New England Patriots last season. In his only season as a Patriot, Ochocinco caught just 15 passes for 276 yards, but over his 11-year career has made six Pro Bowls. Ochocinco had seven 1,000 yard receiving seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals from 2001-10. Six times during that span, Ochocinco caught seven or more touchdowns in a season. His 1,369 yards in 2006 led the NFL and his career-high 1,440 yards in 2007 was good enough for third.
On a sad note, former Dolphins’ president Eddie Jones died at the age of 74 on June 27th. Jones joined the staff in 1988 as vice president of administration before becoming the team’s executive vice president and general manager in 1990. Jones became president of the team in 1996 where he stayed until his retirement following the 2005 season. As president, the Dolphins made the playoffs five times and won the AFC East in 2000.
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