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Dolphins Head Coach Joe Philbin Gets One-Year Extension

Dolphins Head Coach Joe Philbin Gets One-Year Extension

National Football League(NEW YORK) -- The Miami Dolphins front office is willing to give head coach Joe Philbin more time to take the team to the postseason as they've rewarded him with a one-year contract extension.

Philbin was originally entering 2015 on the last year of his deal, making him a "lame duck" coach. With the new contract, the team seems to be standing behind their sometimes embattled head coach.

Philbin came under fire for his handling of the Richie Incognito bullying scandal in 2013.

"You don't get the best from someone when they're operating with a gun to their head," Dolphins owner Stephen Ross told reporters Monday.

In the three years Philbin has been with the Dolphins, he's gone 23-25. The team has yet to finish above .500 under Philbin.

With the signing of defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh and other free agency moves, the team is expected to compete for a playoff spot in 2015.

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Clay Signs $38 Million Offer Sheet with Buffalo Bills

Clay Signs $38 Million Offer Sheet with Buffalo Bills

Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images(BUFFALO, N.Y.) -- The Buffalo Bills have extended an offer sheet to Miami Dolphins tight end Charles Clay worth $38 million.

The Miami Dolphins assigned the transition tag to Clay before free agency began, which allows them the right to match any offer that another team would make to him.

The Bills offer includes $20 million in guaranteed money and schedules Clay to earn over $24 million in the first two seasons of the five-year contract. 

After signing Ndamukong Suh to a $114 million contract at the beginning of free agency, Miami is left with a little over $9 million in cap space, according to OverTheCap.com.  

As Miami began to see multiple teams interests in Clay grow, the team signed former Browns tight end Jordan Cameron to a two-year, $15 million contract.

Last season, Clay, 26, caught 58 passes for 605 yards.

Miami has five days to match Buffalo's offer.

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Vikings Acquire Mike Wallace From Dolphins

Vikings Acquire Mike Wallace From Dolphins

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(MINNEAPOLIS, Mn.) -- The Miami Dolphins have found a way to rid themselves of wide receiver Mike Wallace.

Two seasons after signing Wallace to a $60 million contract, The Dolphins have traded the speedster and a seventh-round pick to the Minnesota Vikings for a fifth-round pick.

The Vikings were one of Wallace's top pursuers when he hit the market in 2013 after spending four seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Minnesota will now install Wallace into a passing attack that includes Greg Jennings and Charles Johnson. 

Wallace, 28, wore out his welcome in Miami after an inability to consistently connect with quarterback Ryan Tannehill and tensions reached a head when the receiver reportedly quit on the team during the Week 17 loss to the New York Jets.

Last season, Wallace hauled in 67 passes for 862 yards and 10 touchdowns.

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Saints Sign Running Back C.J. Spiller, Trade Wide Reciever Kenny Stills

Saints Sign Running Back C.J. Spiller, Trade Wide Reciever Kenny Stills

Stacy Revere/Getty Images(METAIRIE, La.) -- The New Orleans Saints continued their offseason makeover as they've agreed to terms on a contract with former Buffalo Bills running back C.J. Spiller and trading wide receiver Kenny Stills to the Miami Dolphins.

Spiller's deal with the Saints will be four-year contract worth $18 million, with $9 million guaranteed.

A former first round pick, Spiller is a dynamic talent, but has had trouble producing on a consistent basis since the Bills selected him ninth overall in the 2010 draft.

In 2014, Spiller was limited to just nine games and had 425 total yards of offense while scoring just one touchdown.

The Saints dealt Stills to the Dolphins in exchange for a third round draft pick as well as linebacker Dannell Elerbe .

Stills is a promising receiver who in his second NFL season caught 63 passes for 931 yards and three touchdowns.

The Saints have also added cornerback Brandon Browner and Max Unger, traded tight end Jimmy Graham, and cut linebacker Curtis Lofton and running back Pierre Thomas this offseason.

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Dolphins Sign Jordan Cameron

Dolphins Sign Jordan Cameron

Scott Boehm/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Miami Dolphins are reloading everywhere.  Miami signed free agent tight end Jordan Cameron to a two-year deal, the team announced on Thursday.

"I am pleased to announce that the Miami Dolphins have come to an agreement with Jordan Cameron," Dolphins general manager Dennis Hickey said. "He is a young, proven Pro Bowl performer with playmaking ability that will positively impact our team."

Cameron joins one of the biggest free agent names in Ndamukong Suh to relocate to Miami.

He's battled a concussion and shoulder-related injuries last season for the Browns and missed six games, but had a productive 2013 season with 80 receptions.

Cameron also dealt with rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel throwing to him and will now have Ryan Tannehill.

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Dolphins Introduce Ndamukong Suh

Dolphins Introduce Ndamukong Suh

NFL via Getty Images(DAVIE, Fla.) -- The Miami Dolphins introduced their new defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh on Wednesday.

Suh signed a six-year $114 million contract, which makes him the highest-paid defensive player in NFL history.

"I'm excited about the pressure. I don't necessarily look at it as pressure," Suh said. "I'm looking at it as doing something I'm built for."

After being drafted with the No. 2 pick in 2010, the Detroit Lions declined the franchise tag on Suh, which allowed him to become a free agent.

"For me, I had a great time in Detroit," Suh said. "I think the fans are absolutely exquisite to me, especially the people in the organization the last five years. For me, it was nothing short of being amazing. I have a lot of long-lasting relationships that I have in Detroit and I will always have those people. I really enjoyed that time there."

Suh has led all defensive tackles in sacks (36), disruptive plays (50 percent) and total snaps (4,107).

"To get a player of Ndamukong's stature says a lot about our organization,'' director of football operations Mike Tannenbaum said. "The fact he chose us speaks volumes about our organization, our chance to win and the foundation that has been laid here."

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Ndamukong Suh to Sign with Dolphins

Ndamukong Suh to Sign with Dolphins

NFL via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- According to ESPN Insider Chris Mortensen, Ndamukong Suh will sign with the Miami Dolphins after the new league year officially begins on Tuesday.  The Dolphins are expected to offer Suh a contract worth approximately $114 million with $60 million in guaranteed money.

Suh's former team, the Detroit Lions were among other teams making proposals to Suh, however, the Dolphins showed they were the team most interested in the defensive tackle.

Suh will get $60 million in the first three years of his contract. He is expected to make an average of $19 million per year over the six year span, according to ESPN.

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Report: Bills Sign Guard Richie Incognito

Report: Bills Sign Guard Richie Incognito

National Football League(NEW YORK) -- Richie Incognito is back in the NFL.

According to various reports, the former Miami Dolphins guard has agreed on a deal to play for the Buffalo Bills this upcoming season.

At his introductory press conference, new Bills head coach Rex Ryan stated he wanted to build a bully in Buffalo. It appears he's taken that philosophy quite literally.

Incognito has been out of the NFL since he was the central figure of the bullying scandal that rocked the Dolphins and the NFL during the middle of the 2013 season.

Fellow offensive lineman Jonathan Martin felt compelled to leave the team mid-season as a result of the torment inflicted by Incognito and others.

Attitude aside, the addition of Incognito is actually a boost to the offensive line unit for the Bills. Pro Football Focus rated Bills' guards Kraig Urbik, Cyril Richardson, and Erik Pears among the bottom-third in the NFL this past season.

The 31-year-old Incognito is an eight-year NFL veteran who has played for the St. Louis Rams and Dolphins during his career.

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Former Bully Richie Incognito Close to Deal with Bills

Former Bully Richie Incognito Close to Deal with Bills

Leon Halip/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Former Miami Dolphins guard Richie Incognito is close to a deal with the Rex Ryan led Buffalo Bills, ESPN reports.

Incognito was involved in a bullying scandal along with former teammates John Jerry and Mike Pouncey, who harassed Johnathan Martin during the 2013 season.  Martin was then traded to San Francisco.

Incognito will visit with the Dolphins Saturday and take a physical, according to the report.

Following the bullying investigation, Incognito was suspended the final eight games of the 2013 season.

After being cleared to play all football activities, Incognito met with the Broncos and Buccaneers last year, but did not get signed.

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Dolphins Hire Mike Tannenbaum as Head of Football Operations

Dolphins Hire Mike Tannenbaum as Head of Football Operations

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(MIAMI, FL.) -- The Miami Dolphins have named Mike Tannenbaum the Executive Vice President of Football Operations.

Tannenbaum, 45, spent six seasons with the New York Jets as their General Manager.  He initially joined the team in 1997 as Director of Player Contract Negotiations."

"Football's in my blood. I spent two years away from it, and I missed it dearly," Tannenbaum said via a conference call. "I missed the competition. I missed getting in a foxhole with a bunch of people that are committed to a cause. At the end of the day, I was very comfortable with that's who I am."

Tannenbaum was hired as a consultant last year by team owner Stephen Ross.  Simultaneously, Tannenbaum worked for Priority Sports as an agent for professional coaches, such as Seahawks defensive line coach Dan Quinn. Upon being hired for his new role, Tannenbaum will no longer represent coaches.

Last season the Dolphins hired Dennis Hickey, a long time personnel expert, from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to be their General Manager.  Hickey was brought in to replace Jeff Ireland. 

In an interesting power structure, Hickey will report to Tannenbaum, however Coach Joe Philbin will report directly to Ross.

Tannenbaum said that Hickey will maintain final say over the team's draft but managing the team will be "a collaborative effort." 

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Dolphins Head Coach Joe Philbin Returning to Team in 2015

Dolphins Head Coach Joe Philbin Returning to Team in 2015

National Football League(MIAMI GARDEN, Fla.) -- Despite another season that will have them sitting out of the playoffs, Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross says head coach Joe Philbin will return to the team next season.

At 8-7, the Dolphins flirted with the playoffs but ultimately came up short in Philbin's third season as the team's head coach.

"It's frustrating that we didn't make the playoffs. I feel as bad as everybody," Ross said. "But I think we're building something here, and I believe in the coach."

Despite a mediocre season, Philbin has support from his players.

"Coach Philbin is a big part of this franchise," Linebacker Cameron Wake said. "He's obviously part of the success of this team. That's great news and I'm looking forward to it."

Since taking over the team, Philbin has a 23-24 record, not quite what they were hoping for when they hired him.

The Dolphins haven't made it to the postseason since 2008 when Tony Sparano was the head coach.

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Patriots Explode in 2nd Half, Clinch AFC East

Patriots Explode in 2nd Half, Clinch AFC East

Jim Rogash/Getty Images(FOXBOROUGH, Mass.) -- The New England Patriots outscored the Miami Dolphins 27-0 in the second half to stampede to their sixth consecutive AFC East title by winning 41-13 Sunday.The Patriots (11-3) scored on all four of their third-quarter offensive series, the first coming after quarterback Tom Brady scrambled for a clutch 17-yard first-down run on third and 11 to set up a LeGarrette Blount 3-yard touchdown run."I think it was a play that we needed to make so it was good to make it at that time," Brady said of his first-down run. "I was going to slide but I was pretty [upset] that time so I figured I wouldn't slide."The Dolphins (7-7) hung tough in the first half after the Patriots ran the ball three times without gaining a first down. Jarvis Landry returned a punt 32 yards to put Miami on the Patriots' 32-yard line with 11 seconds to play. The following play, Ryan Tannehill went deep to Mike Wallace, who made an acrobatic catch in the left corner of the end zone. The play was initially called incomplete, but the call was reversed after review.Despite their strong first half, the Dolphins couldn't get anything going in the second half as the Patriots avenged their early-season loss that was suffered in Miami."Going down there and losing Week 1; we've been waiting all season to get back and play this game,' Patriots safety Devin McCourty said. "So I thought we did a great job in the second half of playing good football and executing."

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Dolphins Rally to Beat Jets, 16-13

Dolphins Rally to Beat Jets, 16-13

Marc Serota/Getty Images(EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J.) -- The New York Jets held a 13-6 lead going into the fourth quarter and looked to be in complete control over Miami. However, the Dolphins rallied for 10 points in the final frame, beating the Jets 16-13 on Monday night. 

Caleb Sturgis' third field goal of the night, a 26-yarder, was the go-ahead score for the Dolphins (7-5) while the game was sealed when Geno Smith threw an interception with less than a minute to play.

It was the second straight loss for the Jets (2-10) who dominated in the first half and put on an impressive running display, racking up 277 yards on the ground.

"We had to draw a line in the dirt. No more," Dolphins defensive end Cameron Wake said after his team gave up 210 rushing yards in the first half. "We came out in the second half scheme-wise the same, but guys played the way they're supposed to play."

New York ran just 13 pass plays, with Smith completing seven, while running the ball 49 times as part of a concerted effort to control the game. It was a game plan that worked until Ryan Tannehill and the Dolphins marched down the field in the fourth. A holding penalty helped Miami extend the drive and Lamar Miller rushed in from 4-yards out to tie the game. 

That was one of many mistakes the Jets made, including a pair of missed field goals from Nick Folk. New York had a chance to take the lead back after Miami tied it up, entering field goal range before a sack of Smith forced them to punt. 

With the win, Miami remains in a wild card spot with four games left to play.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 12/1/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 12/1/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NBA: San Antonio Spurs 109 (13-4) – Philadelphia 76ers 103 (0-17)

Washington Wizards 107 (11-5) – Miami Heat 86 (9-8)

NHL:  Tampa Bay Lightning 6 (17-6-2; 36pts) – New York Rangers 3 (11-9-4; 26pts)

Columbus Blue Jackets 2 (7-15-2; 16pts) – Florida Panthers 1 (9-7-6; 24pts) 

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Tannehill Stays Poised, Dolphins Top Bills

Tannehill Stays Poised, Dolphins Top Bills

(MIAMI GARDENS, Fla.) -- Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill did just fine against the league's best pass rush.Tannehill, who was playing behind an offensive line that was missing left tackle Branden Albert, completed 26 of 34 passes for 240 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions to lead the Dolphins to a crucial 22-9 win over the Buffalo Bills Thursday night.The win puts Miami (6-4) in sole possession of second place in the AFC East and evens their season's series with Buffalo at a game apiece.It was a game of field goals in the first half. Dan Carpenter's second field goal, with 3:26 remaining in the second quarter, gave Buffalo a 6-3 lead which it took into halftime.After Carpenter hit a field goal to put the Bills up six in the third quarter, the Dolphins scored 19 unanswered points, 12 of them coming off Tannehill touchdown passes to win the game.Lamar Miller had 15 carries for 86 yards in the win.While the Bills' pass rush couldn't force Tannehill to throw a pick, they did come up with five sacks, 3.5 of those coming thanks to Mario Williams.The Bills (5-5) will look to get back on track next week when they host the New York Jets. Meanwhile, the Dolphins will be in Denver to take on the Broncos in Week 12.

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Lions Rally to Defeat Dolphins 20-16

Lions Rally to Defeat Dolphins 20-16

Leon Halip/Getty Images(DETROIT, Mi) -- As the clock ticked under 30 seconds Lions quarterback Matt Stafford scanned the field and found running back Theo Riddick in the end zone for a go-ahead touchdown.

The Lions would defeat the Miami Dolphins 20-16 Sunday and push their winning streak to four games and their overall record to 7-2. The Lions have won their last three games by a combined six points.

Wide receiver Calvin Johnson returned to the field after missing three straight games with an ankle injury.  He looked back to form as he racked up 113 yards on seven catches, including a 49-yard touchdown reception when he beat Dolphins corner Brent Grimes in single coverage.

The Lions had established an early 10-0 lead but the Dolphins dug in for a fight and flipped the scoreboard after blocking a Detroit field goal attempt in the third quarter. Dion Jordan returned the blocked kick to Detroit's three-yard line. Ryan Tannehill would find Mike Wallace for a three-yard touchdown on the next play.  Miami would take a 13-10 lead.

The teams would trade field goals until Stafford mounted an 11-play, 74-yard drive that would give Detroit the leading score.

"I just love that feeling. It's a good feeling for a quarterback to have the ball in his hands at the end of the game," Stafford said. "By no means are we playing perfect, but we're finding ways to win games."

 

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Dolphins Shutout Chargers, 37-0

Dolphins Shutout Chargers, 37-0

Marc Serota/Getty Images(MIAMI GARDENS, Fla.) -- The Miami Dolphins forced four turnovers while Ryan Tannehill threw three touchdowns en route to a 37-0 trouncing of San Diego on Sunday.

It was the eighth straight home win for Miami (5-3) over the Chargers (5-4), who have not won in South Florida since 1982.

The win was an emotional one for Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin, whose father passed away on Friday, causing him to miss two days of practice.

"I really have to give our assistant coaches and our players a ton of credit," said Philbin. "I kind of just showed up for the game."

Miami's defense set the tone, forcing three interceptions and a fumble of Philip Rivers, while Tannehill racked up 288 yards in the win. Tannehill's three touchdown passes were to three different receivers while Lamar Miller also ran for a score in the Dolphins most lopsided win since 1995.

"We're scratching the surface," Philbin said. "We certainly haven't put it all together yet."

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Dolphins Running Back Knowshon Moreno Out for Season

Dolphins Running Back Knowshon Moreno Out for Season

Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- After just three games in his first season in Miami, Dolphins running back Knowshon Moreno will miss the remainder of the season with a torn ACL.

Moreno returned to the Dolphins lineup Week 6 after missing the previous two games with an elbow injury. He carried the ball six times last Sunday for just ten yards before suffering the injury.

The 27-year-old Moreno will finish this season with 148 rushing yards on 31 attempts and just one touchdown.

After a career-year last season with the Denver Broncos, Moreno signed a one-year deal with the Dolphins during the offseason and was counted on to be their feature back.

Taking over for Moreno will be third-year running back Lamar Miller. Fortunately for the Dolphins, Miller has been very effective in relief of Moreno. In five games this season, Moreno has 330 rushing yards on 63 carries while scoring 3 touchdowns. He also has 15 catches this season.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 9/28/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 9/28/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NFL: Green Bay Packers 38 (2-2) - Chicago Bears 17 (2-2)

Indianapolis Colts 41 (2-2) - Tennessee Titans 17 (1-3) 

Baltimore Ravens 38 (3-1) - Carolina Panthers 10 (2-2)

Detroit Lions 24 (3-1) - New York Jets 17 (1-3)

Miami Dolphins 38 (2-2) - Oakland Raiders 14 (0-4)

Tampa Bay Buccaneers 27 (1-3) - Pittsburgh Steelers 24 (2-2)

Houston Texans 23 (3-1) - Buffalo Bills 17 (2-2)

San Diego Chargers 33 (3-1) - Jacksonville Jaguars 14 (0-4)

Minnesota Vikings 41 (2-2) - Atlanta Falcons 28 (2-2) 

San Francisco 49ers 26 (2-2) - Philadelphia Eagles 21 (3-1)

Dallas Cowboys 38 (3-1) - New Orleans Saints 17 (1-2)

MLB: Cleveland Indians 7 (85-77) - Tampa Bay Rays 2 (77-85)

Cincinnati Reds 4 (76-86) - Pittsburgh Pirates 1 (88-74)

Baltimore Orioles 1 (96-66) - Toronto Blue Jays 0 (83-79)

New York Mets 8 (79-83) - Houston Astros 3 (70-92)

Detroit Tigers 3 (90-72) - Minnesota Twins 0 (70-92)

Washington Nationals 1 (96-66) - Miami Marlins 0 (77-85)

Atlanta Braves 2 (79-83) - Philadelphia Phillies 1 (73-89)

New York Yankees 9 (84-78) - Boston Red Sox 5 (71-91)

Kansas City Royals 6 (89-73) - Chicago White Sox 4 (73-89)

Chicago Cubs 5 (73-89) - Milwaukee Brewers 2 (82-80)

Oakland Athletics 4 (88-74) - Texas Rangers 0 (67-95)

St. Louis Cardinals 1 (90-72) - Arizona Diamondbacks 0 (64-98)

San Francisco Giants 9 (88-74) - San Diego Padres 3 (77-85)

Seattle Mariners 4 (87-75) - Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 1 (98-64)

Los Angeles Dodgers 10 (94-68) - Colorado Rockies 5 (66-96)

NASCAR: Jeff Gordon won the Sprint Cup race at Dover International Speedway.

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Raiders ‘Host’ Dolphins at Wembley Stadium

Raiders ‘Host’ Dolphins at Wembley Stadium

Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images(LONDON) -- The Oakland Raiders will "host" the Miami Dolphins at Wembley Stadium on Sunday. 

Oakland was designated the "home" team for their game and both teams are looking forward to the opportunity of showcasing the NFL to new fans.

Raiders rookie quarterback Derek Carr wants to get his first win of the season anyway possible.

"I'll throw five touchdowns or five picks," Carr said Wednesday.  "I could care less, I just want to win, that's all this game is about, that's all that matters in the NFL."

"It's a good football team," Raiders head coach Dennis Allen said of Miami. "They like to pressure the quarterback; we've got to understand what they're trying to do.  We've got to take care of the front-four; we've got to be able to make some plays down the field when we get some opportunities."

The Raiders are coming off a 16-9 loss last week against New England.

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