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    * 28th - 1st Round- Jared Odrick
    * 40th- 2nd Round- Koa Misi
    * 73rd - 3rd Round- John Jerry
    * 119th - 4th Round-A.J. Edds
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    * 252nd- 7th Round-Austin Spitler

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Fins Hoping To Sign Rest of Draft Picks

As reported by Miami Herald’s Armando Salguero, the Dolphins are currently in contract negotiations with their top two draft picks, Jared Odrick and Koa Misi.

Odrick’s agent Drew Rosenhaus has said that there should be no complications that would bar Odrick from holding out from camp, and reports say the same goes for Misi.

Salguero says that the team has submitted offers to the players agents, and that the Fins are also not waiting for other players drafted around the same time as Odrick and Misi, to get signed, according to his source.

The Dolphins do not want a holdout on their hands, but looking at the Trifecta’s track record, a holdout would be a shock to me, seeing as how the Fins got deals done with all of their picks in the last two years before camp started.

Announcement From Nowhere: Ferg Retires

This week, one of the Dolphins locker room leaders, nose tackle Jason Ferguson, announced his retirement from the NFL.

The news was a shock to all that heard, even the players. Only days after Ferguson joined Twitter, and showed his excitement for the oncoming season, Ferg then went on to announce his retirement, which shocked even the players.

Despite conspiracy theories that thought Ferguson retired because of yet another failed drug test, NFL spokesman Greg Aiello says otherwise.  “No, there was no further violation.”

Ferguson had this to say about his retirement.

“You get what you put into this game. I would like to thank my family, the fans and the organizations that I have been a part of for their continued support throughout my career, it’s been an absolute blessing to play this long. I have built a lot of relationships, you develop an extended family playing this game; I would like to thank that extended family, the teammates, the coaches, the support staffs that have all played a part of a great ride.”

The retirement of Big Ferg is yet another blow to the locker room. The Dolphins have lost three past captains this off-season (Joey Porter, Jason Taylor, and now Ferguson), and it is now left up to some of the other guys to pick up the slack and step up to the task.

Ferguson leaving is a huge blow to the teams depth at defensive tackle.

Because Ferguson was suspended for the first eight games of the season for violating the league’s PED policy, the Fins had to switch defensive end Randy Starks over to nose tackle.

Starks served some time at the position last year in short stints, but being the full time guy is a whole different story. Personally, I was looking forward to Ferguson coming back from the suspension fresh, and providing somewhat of a sparkplug for the team in the home stretch of the schedule.

But with the retirement comes a changing of the guard, and perhaps this allows Starks to have the job for the full season without having to look over his shoulder once Ferguson comes back from his suspension.

Starks will have his hands full in his first season as the starting nose tackle, and without Ferguson, our run defense just took a big blow, but it is nothing our front seven, and Mike Nolan cannot handle.

Dolphins Sign Duo Of Rookie Class To Deals

The Miami Dolphins front office had a busy day today, as they completed two rookie deals.

The deals that were agreed upon were with 5th round pick Nolan Carroll, and 7th round pick Austin Spitler.

Spitler, a linebacker from Ohio State was the first of the two to ink his deal, which was a four year deal, worth $1.83 million, which is including his $40,000 signing bonus.

Spitler has showed in the off-season practices so far that he is looking to find his niche on the team as a special teams ace. He has impressed while performing in special teams drills, and will look to make an impact in that area during his rookie year.

Cornerback Nolan Caroll’s deal is believed to be worth $1.981 million, along with a signing bonus worth in the ballpark of $191,000 included in that above figure as well.

Carroll is expected to contribute as a backup cornerback this year, and is expected to compete for the nickel corner job at some point in the future.

With the Dolphins signing the two rookies to their respective deals, that leaves only four more players from this rookie class left unsigned, and only one more that was selected after the first three rounds (Reshad Jones,5th round).

Since both Jones and Carroll were selected in the same round (the 5th), Jones should be inking his contract soon.

Dolphins Quotes: Team Showing Optimism In Themselves

I feel great where we’re at. Tony Sparano feels good, Bill Parcells as well. Nothing really concerns me. (Jeff Ireland on his outlook for the team this year)
I think in February we’re going to be playing in the Super Bowl, Ross said.  [Coach Tony Sparano] thinks that, too.  So does every player on that team.  So I don’t think there’s any pressure.  You just got to go out and do it. (Stephen Ross on his expectations for his team)
If you don’t approach the season thinking that, then you shouldn’t be playing football, Williams told Tim Graham of ESPN.com, when asked about Ross’s prediction. The reason he said that is he probably heard coach Sparano say it, and that takes a lot of balls for a head coach to say it. (Ricky Williams on Stephen Ross’ Super Bowl predictions)
Pat has done a great job right now, Sparano said.  His offseason has been outstanding.  The guy has put an awful lot of time in, I mean he really has.  I mean all of these quarterbacks have to their credit.  But, I’m talking about time like second week of February, like kicking them out of here when Super Bowl teams are practicing and those kind of things.  These guys been here that long. (Coach Tony Sparano on Pat White’s off-season)

So, he’s put a lot of time in, watched a lot of tape, has done a lot of studying on his own and with [quarterbacks coach] David Lee.  So, I think that you can start to see some of that right now.  Just at the end of five practices, six practices wherever we’ve been right now, this guy is close to almost 68-69 percent completions out here right now. S o, he’s going the right places with the ball and he’s able to . . . you’re starting to see him hit some things a little bit quicker, get to some second and third progressions a little bit quicker, so I like where he has progressed. (Sparano on White)

That fire’s still burning. I didn’t want to go out with an injury. I didn’t want to be remembered like that, said Ferguson, who re-signed with the Dolphins this spring, inking a one-year deal. When I leave this game I want to walk off the field. Not be carted off it. (Jason Ferguson on why he did not retire after getting suspended 8 games)

To take 4 QBs into the regular season the coaches would need to feel that they are ALL guys who can win games on Sunday. (Dan Henning on having 4 quarterbacks during the season)

Fins Letting League Act On Merling Situation

During the off-season so far, there has been an array of arrests among Dolphins players. The list formerly included Ronnie Brown (DUI), Will Allen (DUI), Tony McDaniel (domestic battery). 

That troubling list now has a new member, Philip Merling.

Merling was arrested late Wednesday night for assaulting his pregnant girlfriend.

Merling reportedly struck his pregnant girlfriend on Wednesday night, and was released from jail on Thursday.

Despite this flurry of negative activity on Merling’s part, he was still able to attend the first day of OTA’s on Friday.

Today, after all of the practices were over, head coach Tony Sparano had only a few words to say on Merling’s predicament:

 That’s a situation right now that we’re dealing with closely with the league with, trying to gather facts, trying to gather information, but it really is a league situation right now, the league is handling this, We’re going to let the process play itself out right now and see what the league decides down the road.

While Merling continues to practice with the team, it obviously looks like the Fins are letting this one play out. I highly doubt that the team will release Merling at this point. He provides good depth on the defensive line, and competition for jared Odrick for the last remaining starting defensive end spot.

Bess NOT Selling Jersey Number

I think this statement pretty much sums it up:

It’s been a long journey, and I just feel like I had to start from ground zero with that number. It’s just a lot deeper than what it seems to be. … For me to go through what I went through with that number, it speaks measures. … It meant I overcame a lot and I’m still trying to overcome more. I’m my own biggest critic. I’m just trying to get better and better and better.

So this ends all discussions on whether or not Bess will be selling his number to new wide receiver Brandon Marshall.

It is still unknown on what number Marshall will choose to wear during the season.