NEWS AND NOTES

The Dolphins continue to sign young players for the 2004 season, adding quarterback Clint Stoerner on Wednesday. That's only one of the news items involving the Dolphins.

Stoerner, who has started some games with Dallas during his NFL career, spent two weeks of the Dolphins practice squad in 2003.

His signing brings to 11 the number of players the Dolphins have signed to "future" contracts for 2004. The others: CB Korey Banks, S Yeremiah Bell, C Shawn Lynch, TE Josh Whitman, CB Alphonso Roundtree, WR Ronald Bellamy, WR Carl Morris, G Eric Wilson, DT Nate Bolling and S Antowoine Sanders.

In other news:

-- Former Arizona Cardinals offensive coordinator Jerry Sullivan was interviewed for the Dolphins' wide receivers coach opening. That job became vacant when Robert Ford was released from the coaching staff.

The Dolphins also are expected to add a quarterback coach this offseason. Offensive coordinator Norv Turner handled the job last season after Mike Shula left to become head coach at the University of Alabama.

-- It doesn't look like Ron Wolf will be helping the Dolphins out in any capacity.

The 65-year-old Wolf apparently just doesn't want to come out of retirement to do anything, even be a consultant for the Dolphins.

-- Former Dolphins guard Bob Kuechenberg is among this year's 15 finalists for induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

The selection committee will choose between four and seven members, with the announcement coming Jan. 31, the day before Super Bowl XXXVIII.

The other finalists: former Eagles, Rams and Raiders tackle Bob Brown; former Giants linebacker Harry Carson; former Bears defensive end Richard Dent; former Vikings defensive end Carl Eller; former Denver quarterback John Elway; former Cowboys safety Cliff Harris; former Cowboys wide receiver Bob Hayes; former Raiders cornerback Lester Hayes; former Vikings defensive end Jim Marshall; former Redskins wide receiver Art Monk; former Lions running back Barry Sanders; and former Cowboys offensive tackle Rayfield Wright.

Elway and Sanders look like near locks for election, while Kuechenberg's chances probably would have to be considered in the 50-50 range.


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