News and notes

The Dolphins have completed their offseason work and now will be off until the start of training camp on July 24. We catch you up on the latest developments with the team.

-- There's nothing of significance to report on the Ricky Williams front, other than the news that he's now living in Miami Beach. Coach Nick Saban, in his last interview session with the media until training camp, declined to comment on whether he had had further contact with the controversial running back. He did say, "I basically believe in peopl. I am always willing to try to support and help people in what they want to do until they give me some reason not to do that. It's as simple as that."

-- Another Williams, safety Quintin Williams, got himself in trouble on Thursday morning when he was arrested for racing and driving under the influence. The second-year safety reportedly was driving fellow safety Travares Tillman's car, with Tillman in the passenger seat. Williams reportedly was clocked at 111 mph on Interstate 595. Considering he was less than a sure thing to make the roster to begin with, Williams may wind up paying dearly for his transgression. Saban said he would address the issue with the players at some point. Tillman, who is recovering from knee surgery, was not arrested.

-- The Dolphins were expected to play host on Friday to two players, veteran safety Lance Schulters and supplemental draft prospect Manuel Wright. Wright, a defensive tackle from USC, is of interest to the Dolphins because of the loss of Tim Bowens and the uncertain status of Larry Chester. The supplemental draft is July 14, and the Dolphins are said to be among the teams most interested in Wright, who was projected as a third- or fourth-round pick before he lost his eligibility at USC because of academic issues. As for Schulters, he recently was released by Tennessee because of salary-cap considerations, and would be a clear upgrade over Tillman at free safety. The only question is whether the Dolphins can make things work financially.

-- The same holds true for cornerback Ty Law, who is just beginning to be able to do some work on his surgically repaired foot. Law would be a great pick-up, but the Dolphins probably don't have the cap space to sign Law unless the former Pro Bowl selection's contract demands greatly diminish.

-- We mentioned Tim Bowens earlier, and he just might play again at some point. At least that's what his agent, Drew Rosenhaus, told the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. As per the story, Bowens won't immediately file retirement papers, but rather wait to see if taking the 2005 season allows him to continue his career next year.

-- Interesting revelation by Saban this week when he mentioned the Dolphins strongly considered taking a quarterback in the draft and pointed out two guys by name -- Kyle Orton of Purdue and Adrian McPherson of Florida State and later the Arena Football League.

-- The Dolphins made another hire in the front office, adding Mike Baugh as assistant director of player personnel. Baugh spent the last five years as a pro scout with the New Orleans Saints.

-- Defensive tackle Reggie Rhodes, who played for Berlin in NFL Europe this spring, was signed. The product of Valdosta State stands 6-4 and 300 pounds.

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