DOLPHINS NOTES

The Dolphins knew they were going to get some extra picks from the NFL this spring, but they were a little disappointed they didn't get anything before the fifth round.

The NFL awarded 32 compensatory picks throughout the league for free agent losses from last season, and the Dolphins tied for most with the four extra picks.

But the Dolphins had been hoping for at least a fourth-rounder, perhaps even a third-round pick. But what they got was an extra pick in the fifth round (the No. 169 overall), two in the sixth (209 and 213) and one in the seventh (248).

The Dolphins already had picks in the second, third, fifth and sixth rounds.

In other news:

-- Linebacker Twan Russell, released by the Dolphins in late February, signed with the Atlanta Falcons. The Dolphins would have considered re-signing him later in the offseason, but it's hardly a big loss.

-- The Dolphins have made progress in their attempt to extend the contract of linebacker Zach Thomas, who is due a roster bonus on March 29.

-- The Dolphins did look into the possibility of making a trade for Saints tackle Kyle Turley, but he was asking for a huge signing bonus and that ended any thought of making a deal.

-- The Dolphins are expected to petition the NFL to wear a third jersey for one home game next season. That jersey will be orange with blue and white trims, and will be coupled with white pants. Look for the jersey to appear when the Dolphins play at home in a Monday night game.

-- No official word has come down yet, but the Dolphins have come to terms with tight end Marco Battaglia, who will serve as a backup to Randy McMichael.


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