NEWS AND NOTES

The owners meetings are in full swing in Palm Beach, Fla., so now is a good time to catch up on what the Dolphins have been doing in recent days.

-- Tight end John Jones, an unrestricted free agent from Baltimore, was signed to a two-year contract. More than anything else, Jones is a good blocker and good special teams player. He doesn't figure to see much action on offense playing behind Randy McMichael and Donald Lee, but could be a valuable addition nonetheless.

-- Safety Brock Marion, released by the Dolphins on March 2, has found a new team. He signed a four-year contract with the Detroit Lions. Ironically, he figures to start alongside Brian Walker, with whom he started in Miami for two seasons.

-- The Dolphins were not among the 16 teams awarded compensatory picks for the NFL for free agent losses incurred last offseason. That's because the Dolphins signed as many free agents (6) last offseason as they lost.

-- The Dolphins also weren't among the teams selected to play on national television during the opening weekend of the 2004 season. The national TV games that week will be Indianapolis at New England on Thursday, Sept. 9 at 9 p.m.; Dallas at Minnesota on Sunday, Sept. 12 at 4:15 p.m.; Kansas City at Denver on Sunday, Sept. 12 at 8:30 p.m.; and Green Bay at Carolina on Monday, Sept. 13 at 9 p.m. The entire NFL schedule should be announced within a couple of weeks and, based on the Florida Marlins' schedule, you can expect the Dolphins to open at home for the third consecutive season.

-- Defensive end Adewale Ogunleye made an appearance at the owners meetings with the idea of making himself visible to other teams. His agent, Drew Rosenhaus, has thrown around the idea of a trade for his client, who doesn't want the Dolphins' one-year tender as a restricted free agent. It's unlikely any team will sign Ogunleye to an offer sheet before the deadline of April 17 because the compensation of first- and third-round picks is too steep, but Rosenhaus thinks maybe the Dolphins can work something out with another team after re-signing Ogunleye themselves. But unless they get a first-round pick, don't look for the Dolphins to deal Ogunleye.

-- Offensive tackle Greg Randall, who started 16 games for Houston last season, is expected to make a free agent visit with the Dolphins on Wednesday.


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