Miami Dolphins Alumni Update: August 2011
These are all the pro football transactions involving for Miami Dolphins players in August 2011:
August 1 —The Arizona Cardinals acquired defensive end Vonnie Holliday from the Washington Redskins in exchange for running back Tim Hightower and a sixth-round pick in the 2012 NFL Draft. In 60 games (59 starts) with the Dolphins from 2005 to 2008, Holliday totaled 145 tackles, 17.5 sacks, one forced fumble, four fumble recoveries and two interceptions.
August 1 — The Cleveland Browns re-signed defensive tackle Derreck Robinson to a contract. Robinson played in seven games and recorded five tackles as a reserve defensive end for the Dolphins in 2007.
August 1 — The Oakland Raiders re-signed ERFA fullback Marcel Reece to a contract. A college wide receiver, Reece signed with the Dolphins as an undrafted free agent in April 2008, but was waived less than week later on May 5.
August 2 — The Cleveland Browns activated defensive tackle Travis Ivey from the PUP list. Ivey signed with the Dolphins as an undrafted free agent in 2010 and was waived on August 23
August 2 — The New Orleans Saints signed cornerback Terrail Lambert to a contract. Lambert spent time on the Dolphins' practice squad in December 2010.
August 3 — The Green Bay Packers signed linebacker K. C. Asiodu to a contract. Asiodu spent a week on the Dolphins' practice squad between September and October 2009.
August 3 — The Oakland Raiders signed guard Justin Smiley to a contract. 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.
August 3 — The Philadelphia Eagles signed running back Ronnie Brown to a contract and waived tight end John Nalbone. The second overall pick by the Dolphins in the 2005 NFL Draft, Brown rushed for 4,815 yards, received for 1,491 yards, and scored 40 offensive touchdowns in six seasons with the team, departing as the franchise's third all-time rusher. He was selected to the Pro Bowl in 2008.
Selected by the Dolphins in the fifth round of the 2009 NFL Draft, Nalbone split time between the active roster and practice squad as a rookie and did not appear in a game. He played in two games for the Dolphins in 2010 before being waived.
August 4 — The Buffalo Bills claimed tight end John Nalbone off waivers.
August 4 — The Detroit Lions re-signed linebacker Bobby Carpenter to a contract. Carpenter spent five games (two starts) with the Dolphins to begin the 2010 season, recording 10 tackles.
August 4 — The Orlando Predators placed offensive lineman Julius Wilson on the other league/exempt list. Wilson signed with the Dolphins as an undrafted free agent in 2007 and spent the entire season on the practice squad. He was waived in July 2008 after failing his conditioning test.
August 5 — The Dallas Cowboys signed safety Abram Elam to a contract. Elam spent time on the Dolphins' roster in the 2005 offseason after joining the team as an undrafted free agent.
August 6 — The Dallas Cowboys claimed quarterback Tom Brandstater off waivers. Brandstater was signed to the Dolphins' practice squad in November 2010 after injuries to Chad Henne and Chad Pennington. He was waived by the team in August 2011.
August 6 — The Saskatchewan Roughriders activated wide receiver James Robinson from the reserve list. Robinson spent part of the 2009 season on the Dolphins' practice squad before being released on November 4.
August 7 — The Carolina Panthers waived/injured linebacker Kelvin Smith. 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.
August 7 — The Houston Texans signed linebacker Tim Dobbins to a contract. Acquired in the 2010 draft-day trade that landed Ryan Mathews in San Diego and Jared Odrick in Miami, Dobbins spent the 2010 season as the Dolphins' primary backup inside linebacker. He started six of 16 contests that season, totaling 47 tackles and a sack. He was released in Aug. 2011.
August 7 — The Oakland Raiders signed wide receiver Derek Hagan to a contract. The Dolphins' third-round pick in the 2006 NFL Draft, Hagan recorded 53 catches, 645 yards and three touchdowns in two-plus years with the team.
August 8 — The Carolina Panthers placed linebacker Kelvin Smith on injured reserve.
August 8 — The Cincinnati Bengals activated safety Gibril Wilson from the PUP list. 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.
August 8 — The Detroit Lions signed defensive tackle Montavious Stanley to a contract. Stanley spent the 2010 offseason with the team and recorded three tackles in the preseason before being released during final cuts.
August 8 — The Tennessee Titans signed offensive lineman Pat McQuistan to a contract. Acquired from the Dallas Cowboys for a seventh-round pick just before the 2010 season, McQuistan started eight of 16 games played that season as a reserve lineman.
August 9 — The Baltimore Ravens signed running back Ricky Williams to a contract. Williams was initially acquired by the Dolphins from the New Orleans Saints in 2002 for four draft picks, including two first-round picks. He was selected to the Pro Bowl that season after leading the NFL in rushing with 1,853 yards. Despite a roller coaster tenure with the Dolphins that involved controversy, a surprise retirement, suspensions, and a stint in the CFL, Williams left the team ranking second all-time in franchise history with 6,436 yards and 48 touchdowns.
August 9 — The Oakland Raiders placed guard Justin Smiley on the reserve/retired list.
August 12 — The Jacksonville Jaguars signed defensive end Matt Roth to a contract. second-round pick by Miami in 2005, Roth appeared in 65 games over five seasons with the Dolphins and recorded 140 tackles, 12.5 sacks, six forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries. He was waived in Nov. 2008.
August 13 — The Philadelphia Eagles signed offensive lineman Joe Toledo to a contract. The Dolphins' fourth-round pick in 2006, Toledo did not appear a game in two seasons with the Dolphins.
August 6 — The Saskatchewan Roughriders activated linebacker Tearrius George from the reserve list. George spent the 2009 offseason with the Dolphins before being released in August.
August 15 — The Cleveland Browns placed offensive lineman Billy Yates on the reserve/retired list. 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.
August 15 — The Philadelphia Eagles waived offensive lineman Joe Toledo.
August 15 — The Dallas Vigilantes (AFL) placed defensive lineman Rodrique Wright on reassignment. 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.
August 16 — The Carolina Panthers released linebacker Kelvin Smith with an injury settlement.
August 16 — The New Orleans Saints signed running back Patrick Cobbs to a contract. Initially signed to the Dolphins' practice squad in 2006, Cobbs spent the better part of five seasons with the team as a key special-teamer and occasional third-down back. He totaled 171 rushing yards, 409 receiving yards and six offensive touchdowns in 51 games with the team.
August 16 — The Seattle Seahawks signed safety Atari Bigby to a contract. Bigby was signed by the Dolphins as an undrafted rookie in May 2005, only to be released in July.
August 16 — The Toronto Argonauts (CFL) released running back Gerald Riggs, Jr. Riggs was signed by the Dolphins as an undrafted free agent in 2006 but did not play for the team.
August 16 — The Omaha Nighthawks (UFL) selected offensive tackle Orrin Thompson first overall and running back Lorenzo Booker 13th overall in the reallocation draft.
A defensive tackle at Duke, Thompson was signed by the Dolphins as an undrafted free agent in 2005 and converted to the offensive line, where he spent two seasons on the practice squad.
Drafted by the Dolphins in the third round in 2007, Booker rushed for 125 yards and caught 28 passes for 237 yards as a rookie. He was traded to the Philadelphia Eagles for a fourth-round pick in the 2008 NFL Draft.
August 16 — The Las Vegas Locomotives (UFL) selected defensive end Maurice Fountain eighth overall and linebacker Danny Lansanah 12th overall in the reallocation draft. Fountain sign with the Dolphins in early August 2009, but was waived during final cuts less than a month later. Lansanah spent most of September 2009 on the Dolphins' practice squad.
August 17 — The Dallas Cowboys waived/injured cornerback Ross Weaver. Weaver appeared in two preseason games with the Dolphins as an undrafted free agent in 2010, recording one tackle and one pass deflection. He was waived during final cuts.
August 17 — The Edmonton Eskimos (CFL) signed wide receiver Ryan Grice-Mullen to a contract. Grice-Mullen attended training camp with the Dolphins in 2010, but was waived during the preseason.
August 17 — The Las Vegas Locomotives (UFL) removed linebacker K. C. Asiodu from the active roster.
August 18 — The Atlanta Falcons released tight end Justin Peelle with an injury settlement. Peelle spent two seasons with the Dolphins from 2006 to 2007, starting 20 of 31 games played and catching 45 passes for 344 yards and three touchdowns.
August 18 — The San Francisco 49ers signed quarterback Josh McCown to a contract. McCown was signed to a two-year contract in February 2008, but was traded to the Carolina Panthers in August after Chad Pennington was signed.
August 19 — The Dallas Cowboys released cornerback Ross Weaver with an injury settlement.
August 19 — The Toronto Argonauts (CFL) activated defensive end Ben Ishola from the reserve list. Ishola was signed by the Dolphins as an undrafted free agent in 2006, but waived during final cuts on September 2.
August 20 — The Seattle Seahawks re-signed defensive end Maurice Fountain to a contract.
August 20 — The Monteal Alouettes (CFL) re-signed wide receiver Brandon London to a contract. London spent the entire 2008 season with the Dolphins, appearing in 14 games (one start) and catching three passes for 30 yards.
August 22 — The Jacksonville Jaguars signed tight end Joey Haynos to a contract. Signed off the Packers' practice squad in Sept. 2008, Haynos appeared in 23 games over two seasons and caught 21 passes for 184 yards and three touchdowns. He spent the entire 2010 season on injured reserve with a foot injury before becoming a free agent.
August 23 — The Cincinnati Bengals waived offensive tackle Andrew Gardner. Drafted by the Dolphins in the sixth round of the 2009 NFL Draft, Gardner appeared in one game as a rookie but was waived before the 2010 regular season.
August 23 — The Las Vegas Locomotives (UFL) removed defensive end Maurice Fountain from the active roster.
August 25 — The Buffalo Bills placed linebacker Reggie Torbor on injured reserve. Torbor played in all 32 games for the Dolphins from 2008 to 2009, starting three games and totaling 54 tackles, 1.5 sacks, one interception and four pass deflections. He was released by the Dolphins in May 2010.
August 26 — The Minnesota Vikings waived linebacker Mark Washington. Washington appeared in three games for the Dolphins in 2007, recording one tackle.
August 27 — The Carolina Panthers waived defensive tackle Louis Ellis. Ellis attended 2009 training camp with the Dolphins as an undrafted free agent, but did not make the team.
August 27 — The Tennessee Titans signed wide receiver Kevin Curtis to a contract. Curtis spent two weeks with the Dolphins in December 2010, catching one pass for six yards.
August 29 — The Denver Broncos terminated the contract of cornerback Nate Jones and waived guard Shawn Murphy.
Jones spent two seasons as the Dolphins' nickel corner in 2008 and 2009, totaling 77 tackles, four sacks, two forced fumbles, three interceptions and 11 pass deflections in 32 games.
The Dolphins' fourth-round pick in 2008, Murphy spent a season and a half with the Dolphins between 2008 and 2009, but did not appear in a game.
August 29 — The Detroit Lions terminated the contracts of placekicker Dave Rayner and defensive tackle Montavious Stanley. Rayner spent part of the 2008 offseason with the Dolphins between March and June.
August 29 — The Kansas City Chiefs waived/injured linebacker Eric Bakhtiari and waived wide receiver Chandler Williams.
Bakhtiari spent a week on the Dolphins' practice squad in November 2010.
Williams spent the 2007 season on the Dolphins' practice squad and was re-signed the following offseason, only to be waived in April.
August 30 — The Dallas Cowboys signed placekicker Dave Rayner to a contract.
August 30 — The Green Bay Packers waived/injured linebacker K. C. Asiodu.
August 30 — The Houston Texans signed offensive tackle Andrew Gardner.
August 30 — The Kansas City Chiefs placed linebacker Eric Bakhtiari on injured reserve.
August 30 —The Edmonton Eskimos (CFL) released wide receiver Ryan Grice-Mullen and signed defensive back Tuff Harris.
Harris signed with the Dolphins as an undrafted free agent out of Montana in 2007 and appeared in one game for the team as a rookie, although he spent most of the season on the practice squad. He was waived in April 2008.
August 31 — The Green bay Packers placed linebacker K. C. Asiodu on injured reserve.
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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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