Miami Dolphins Alumni Update: July 2011

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Miami Dolphins Alumni Update: July 2011

These are all the pro football transactions involving for Miami Dolphins players in July 2011, which is a much meatier list now that the NFL is back in action:


  • July 2 — The Hamilton Tiger-Cats (CFL) transferred wide receiver Chris Williams to the reserve list. Williams signed with the Dolphins as an undrafted free agent in 2009, but was waived with an injury settlement on Aug. 25 after breaking his wrist during the preseason.
  • July 2 — The Toronto Argonauts (CFL) transferred defensive end Ben Ishola to the reserve list. Ishola was signed by the Dolphins as an undrafted free agent in 2006, but waived during final cuts on Sept. 2.
  • July 4 — The Saskatchewan Roughriders (CFL) transferred defensive end Tearrius George to the reserve list. George spent the 2009 offseason with the Dolphins before being released in August.
  • July 5 — The Virginia Destroyers (UFL) removed placekicker Matt Bryant from the Reserve/Unsigned list. Bryant went 3-for-3 on field-goal attempts and seven-for-seven on extra-point attempts in three games with the Dolphins during the 2004 season.
  • July 8 — The Kansas City Command (AFL) placed wide receiver Todd Devoe on injured reserve. Devoe spent two weeks on the Dolphins' practice squad in Sept. 2004.
  • July 13 — The Calgary Stampeders (CFL) activated offensive lineman Dimitri Tsoumpas from the injured list. A CFL All-Star in 2009, Tsoumpas signed with the Dolphins in January but was waived in late July.
  • July 13 — The Virginia Destroyers (UFL) signed running back Jesse Chatman to the active roster. Chatman spent time with the Dolphins in both 2005 and 2007, seeing his only game action in 2007 with 14 games played (six starts) and 515 rushing yards and a touchdown.
  • July 13 —The Dallas Vigilantes (AFL) were assigned defensive lineman Rodrique Wright. A seventh-round pick by the Dolphins out of Texas in 2006, Wright appeared in 13 games (nine starts) over three seasons with the team, recording 28 tackles and 1.5 sacks.
  • July 15 — The Jacksonville Sharks (UFL) placed wide receiver/defensive back Scorpio Babers on reassignment. Babers spent part of the 2008 season on the Dolphins' practice squad.
  • July 16 — The Toronto Argonauts (CFL) activated defensive end Ben Ishola from the reserve list.
  • July 17 — The Hamilton Tiger-Cats (CFL) transferred wide receiver Maurice Mann to the reserve list. Mann spent part of the 2004 season with the Dolphins, but did not appear in a game.
  • July 17 — The Saskatchewan Roughriders (CFL) transferred wide receiver James Robinson to the reserve list. Robinson spent part of the 2009 season on the Dolphins' practice squad before being released on Nov. 4.
  • July 18 — The Omaha Nighthawks (UFL) removed offensive lineman Joe Toledo from the active roster. The Dolphins' fourth-round pick in 2006, Toledo did not appear a game in two seasons with the Dolphins.
  • July 19 — The Arizona Rattlers (AFL) signed claimed wide receiver/defensive back Scorpio Babers off reassignment.
  • July 20 — The Arizona Rattlers (AFL) placed wide receiver/defensive back Scorpio Babers on the Refused to Report list. 
  • July 24 — The Toronto Argonauts (CFL) transferred defensive end Ben Ishola to the reserve list.
  • July 28 — The Hamilton Tiger-Cats (CFL) transferred wide receiver Maurice Mann to the injured list.
  • July 29 — The Dallas Cowboys placed linebacker Kelvin Smith on waivers. The Dolphins' seventh-round pick in 2007, Smith played in four games for the Dolphins as a rookie and spent the entire 2008 season with the team on injured reserve with a knee injury.
  • July 29 — The Jacksonville Jaguars terminated the contract of guard Justin Smiley. Signed by the Dolphins to a five-year, $25 million contract in 2008, Smiley appeared in 27 games (24 starts) for the team before being traded to the Jaguars in May 2010.
  • July 29 — The Kansas City Chiefs terminated the contract of wide receiver Chris Chambers. The Dolphins' second-round pick in 2001, Chambers spent just over six seasons with the Dolphins and was selected to one Pro Bowl before being traded to the Chargers in October 2007 for a second-round pick (eventually used on quarterback Chad Henne). Chambers left the Dolphins ranking fifth in franchise history in receptions (405), fourth in yards (5,688), and fourth in touchdowns (43).
  • July 29 — The New York Jets placed cornerback Will Billingsley on waivers. Billingsley spent most of the 2008 and 2009 season on the Dolphins' practice squad.
  • July 29 — The Tampa Bay Buccaneers placed linebacker J. D. Folsom on waivers. A seventh-round pick by the Dolphins in 2009, Folsom appeared in two games as a rookie and recorded one tackle.
  • July 29 — The Tennessee Titans terminated the contract of defensive tackle Tony Brown due to a failed physical. Brown spent three games with the Dolphins in 2003 but did not appear in game.
  • July 29 — The Washington Redskins placed wide receiver Taurus Johnson on waivers. Johnson spent part of the 2009 season on the Dolphins' practice squad and was waived during the 2010 preseason.
  • July 30 — The Atlanta Falcons re-signed placekicker Matt Bryant to a contract.
  • July 30 — The Baltimore Ravens re-signed running back Jalen Parmele to a contract. A sixth-round pick in 2008, Parmele spent most of his rookie season between the Dolphins' practice squad and active roster before being signed to Baltimore's active roster in December.
  • July 30 — The Buffalo Bills signed quarterback Tyler Thigpen to a contract. Acquired from the Chiefs for a fifth-round pick in September 2009 following an injury to Chad Pennington, Thigpen spent two seasons with the Dolphins and appeared in six games (one start), throwing for 518 yards and three touchdowns with four interceptions.
  • July 30 — The Carolina Panthers signed placekicker Olindo Mare to a contract and claimed linebacker Kelvin Smith off waivers. The Dolphins' all-time scoring leader with 1,048 points, Mare was the Dolphins' placekicker from 1997 to 2006 after joining the team as an undrafted free agent. He was selected to the Pro Bowl in 1999.
  • July 30 — The Cincinnati Bengals re-signed safety Gibril Wilson to to a contract. Wilson totaled 93 tackles and eight pass deflections in one season for the Dolphins after signing a five-year, $27.5 million contract in 2009. He was released in March 2010.
  • July 30 — The Cleveland Browns placed nose tackle Travis Ivey to the PUP list and re-signed offensive lineman Billy Yates to a contract. Ivey signed with the Dolphins as an undrafted free agent in 2010 and was waived on Aug. 23. Signed by the Dolphins as an undrafted free agent out of Texas A&M in 2003, Yates appeared in three games for the team as a rookie, but was waived prior to the 2004 season.
  • July 30 — The Denver Broncos re-signed placekicker Matt Prater to a contract. Prater spent the 2007 offseason and preseason with the Dolphins, but lost the kicking competition to Jay Feely.
  • July 30 — The Detroit Lions re-signed return specialist Stefan Logan and placekicker Dave Rayner to contracts. Undrafted out of South Dakota in 2007, Logan spent part of his rookie season on the Dolphins' practice squad. Rayner spent part of the 2008 offseason with the Dolphins between March and June.
  • July 30 — The Kansas City Chiefs re-signed cornerback Travis Daniels to a contract. The Dolphins' fourth-round pick in 2005, Daniels recorded 125 tackles and three interceptions in three seasons in Miami before being traded to the Cleveland Browns for a 2009 seventh-round pick in August 2008 (eventually used to select linebacker J. D. Folsom).
  • July 30 — The New England Patriots re-signed running back Sammy Morris to a contract. Morris spent three seasons with the Dolphins between 2004 and 2006, appearing in 41 games (14 starts) and rushing for 981 yards and eight touchdowns.
  • July 30 — The Philadelphia Eagles signed tight end Donald Lee to a contract. A fifth-round pick by the Dolphins in 2003, Lee appeared in all 32 games (15 starts) with the team over his first two seasons, catching 20 passes for 220 yards and two touchdowns.
  • July 30 — The San Diego Chargers re-signed tight end Randy McMichael to a contract. Selected by the Dolphins in the fourth round in 2002, McMichael started all 80 games in five seasons with the team, catching 283 passes for 3,096 yards and 18 touchdowns. He was released in March 2007.
  • July 30 — The Tampa Bay Buccaneers re-signed placekicker Connor Barth to a contract. The Dolphins signed Barth during the 2009 preseason to compete with incumbent Dan Carpenter, but he failed to make the team.
  • July 31 — The Buffalo Bills claimed defensive end Lionel Dotson off waivers. A seventh-round pick in 2008, Dotson appeared in seven games over three seasons with the Dolphins, recording five tackles.
  • July 31 — The Denver Broncos terminated the contract of safety Renaldo Hill. Hill spent three seasons as the Dolphins' starting free safety between 2006 and 2008, opening 38 of 39 games played and totaling 193 tackles, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery, six interceptions, and 15 pass deflections.
  • July 31 — The Jacksonville Jaguars signed punter Matt Turk to a contract. Turk served as the Dolphins' punter from 2000-2001 and 2003-2004 (spending 2002 with the Jets). During his time in Miami, he appeared in 61 games and averaged 41 yards per punt.
  • July 31 —The Minnesota Vikings re-signed defensive tackle Fred Evans and signed wide receiver Devin Aromashodu, running back Tristan Davis, and linebacker Mark Washington to contracts. A seventh-round pick by the Dolphins in 2006, Evans appeared in one game and recorded two tackles as a rookie. He was waived in June 2007 shorter after an arrest in Miami Beach that saw him charged with battery on a police officer, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and trespassing. Aromashodu was drafted by the Dolphins in the seventh round in 2006, but did not play for the team. Davis spent time on the Dolphins' practice squad in 2009 and attended training camp with the team in 2010. Washington appeared in three games for the Dolphins in 2007, recording one tackle.
  • July 31 — The Philadelphia Eagles signed guard Evan Mathis to a contract. Mathis spent part of the 2008 season with the Dolphins, appearing in seven games as a reserve guard.
  • July 31 — The St. Louis Rams signed cornerback Al Harris to a contract. Harris appeared in three games for the Dolphins in 2010, totaling three tackles.


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Chris J. Nelson majored in journalism at Georgia State University and currently works for Turner Sports in Atlanta. He operates his own Miami Dolphins website, The Miami Dolphins Spotlight, and he can be followed on Twitter here.

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