Miami Dolphins: Mar. 16 News and Notes

Chris J. NelsonSenior Writer IMarch 16, 2010

ORCHARD PARK, NY - JANUARY 3:  Richie Incognito #62 of the Buffalo Bills lines up in position against the Indianapolis Colts during their NFL game at Ralph Wilson Stadium on January 3, 2010 in Orchard Park, New York. The Bills defeated the Colts 30-7. (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
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With no major Miami Dolphins news to report, here are some of the items related to the team that have been floating around the Internet in recent days:

  • Following free-agent guard Richie Incognito's Monday night visit with the Dolphins, he is scheduled to have a phone interview with the Indianapolis Colts. In Miami, Incognito would likely challenge Nate Garner and Donald Thomas for the starting right guard job, and could emerge as a favorite as the candidate with the most experience and upside.
  • The Cincinnati Bengals appear to be Miami's primary competition for Incognito, and their interest in the former Ram and Bill could escalate given that talks with one of their own free agents guard Bobbie Williams are "at a standstill."
  • The Miami Herald's Armando Salguero is for the signing of Incognito, while the Palm Beach Post's Brian Biggane says they should tell him "thanks, but no thanks." I'm inclined to side with Salguero, as Incognito would be a low-risk/high-reward signing and is the kind of mauler the Dolphins' staff loves upfront.
  • The Dolphins will reportedly conduct a pre-draft visit with Texas safety Earl Thomas in the first week of April, per Armando Salguero. Thomas is widely regarded as one of the top safeties in the 2010 NFL Draft along with Tennessee's Eric Berry and USC's Taylor Mays. The Dolphins would have to use the No. 12 pick to select Thomas barring a trade for another mid-first round pick, as there is virtually no chance of him falling to the Dolphins in the second round at No. 43.
  • Regarding some other potential prospects for Miami in the first round, Texas linebacker Sergio Kindle reportedly had a disappointing 10-yard split time, which Wes Bunting of the National Football Post argues is more telling of pass rushers than the 40-yard dash time. Meanwhile, the NFL Network's Mike Mayock says the consensus at Georgia Tech's pro day was that defensive end Derrick Morgan is purely a 4-3 defensive end, and not a 3-4 outside linebacker.
  • Former Dolphins linebacker Akin Ayodele is visiting with the San Francisco 49ers today, according to Matt Maiocco of The Press Democrat. The Niners have reportedly made it clear to Ayodele that he would be coming in as a backup to Patrick Willis and Takeo Spikes at inside linebacker, competing with Matt Wilhelm and Scott McKillop for a roster spot.
  • The Dolphins waived offensive tackle SirVincent Rogers due to a failed physical (ankle) on Mar. 9, less than a month after activating him from the reserve/retired list. Originally an undrafted free agent out of Houston in 2008, Rogers left the team at the beginning of training camp last August to complete his degree.
  • The New York Jets have signed defensive end Rodrique Wright to a contract, per Adam Caplan of Scout.com. A seventh-round pick by the Dolphins in 2006, Wright spent three seasons with the Dolphins but appeared in only one of them, starting nine of 13 games played and recording 38 tackles and 1.5 sacks in 2007. No longer eligible for a practice squad spot in the NFL, Wright spent the 2009 regular season out of football after being waived by the Dolphins on Sept. 5.

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Chris J. Nelson is a journalism major at Georgia State University. He operates his own Miami Dolphins Web site, The Miami Dolphins Spotlight, and can be followed on Twitter here.


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