The Dolphins have decided not to place the franchise tag on any of their unrestricted free agents. This decision may ultimately pave the way for 2008 starters Vernon Carey, Yeremiah Bell and Channing Crowder to have new NFL homes for the 2009 season.
The team still has one week until the start of the free agency period (February 27th) to complete long term deals with their unrestricted free agents. Whether all, or some, or even any of their unrestricted free agents are re-signed remains to be seen.
In addition to Carey, Bell and Crowder, the Dolphins' other unrestricted free agents are Renaldo Hill, Al Johnson and Andre' Goodman.
ASSISTANT COACH STEVE HOFFMAN TO JOIN CHIEFS STAFF
Dolphins assistant coach Steve Hoffman will be leaving the team to take a position on Todd Haley's coaching staff with the Kansas City Chiefs. His new role with the Chiefs has yet to be announced.
Hoffman joined the Dolphins coaching staff in 2007 under then head coach, Cam Cameron and served as the teams' Assistant Special Teams coach under Special Teams Coordinator Keith Armstrong. Hoffman was retained for the 2008 season under head coach Tony Sparano and was re-assigned as the Kicking coach under Special Teams Coordinator John Bonamego.
It was not immediately known whether the Dolphins will hire another coach to replace Hoffman on the coaching staff.
Even an email by HOF Coach Don Shula is not enough to get "Kooch" selected
Miami Dolphin legend Bob Kuechenberg failed to get into the NFL Hall of Fame for the 8th consecutive year. Kuechenberg played offensive line for the Miami Dolphins for 14 seasons and played from 1970 to 1983. He spent 1984 on injured reserve. During that time he played on two Super Bowl championship teams and made it to the Pro Bowl six times in his career and was named first team All Pro in 1975 and 1978 and All-AFC three times.
This year Kuechenberg had an added endorsement as Hall of Fame Dolphins Coach broke his own policy to never endorse his own players and sent a lengthy email asking voters to select the former Dolphin great. In the end it still was not enough to get this all time NFL great his rightful place in the Hall of Fame. We at FinHeaven want to acknowledge "Kooch" and thank him for the great memories and his stellar play. We also want to know why this man can not get in when several with less credentials seem to find a way.
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FINS JAKE LONG MAKES PRO BOWL
Takes Buffalo's Jason Peters place
Jake Long is the first #1 pick to make the Pro Bowl in 27 years
Jake Long was selected to the Pro Bowl to replace starter Jason Peters who is unable to play due to a knee injury.
"It's a huge honor to be named to the Pro Bowl team," Long said. "I am excited about the opportunity to join so many other great players in the game".
He will join teammates Ronnie Brown and Joey Porter in Hawaii on February 8th for the game and festivities.