New tight end on board

The Dolphins continue to add pieces to their roster, and on Thursday they signed tight end Teyo Johnson, a former second-round pick of the Oakland Raiders.

The 6-6, 245-pound Johnson was a wide receiver at Stanford, but the Raiders made him a tight end after drafting him in 2003. That experiment hasn't worked out that great because Johnson has only 23 receptions in his first three NFL seasons.

Johnson did start five games for Oakland as a rookie in 2003, catching 14 passes for 128 yards and a touchdown. He joins Randy McMichael, Lorenzo Diamond and Alex Holmes as tight ends on the Dolphins roster.

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Speaking of McMichael, he has echoed Chris Chambers' feelings that the Dolphins would be better off not going after Terrell Owens this offseason.

The only problem with Chambers and McMichael speaking out is that both players would directly -- and negatively -- be affected by Owens' presence in the lineup because chances are they would see fewer passes thrown their way.

A better gauge of the Dolphins players' feelings toward Owens would come from the offensive linemen or defensive players.

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For the fifth consecutive year, former Dolphins offensive lineman Bob Kuechenberg is a finalist for the Hall of Fame, but his chances honestly don't look very good this year because this is a very strong class.

Among the 15 finalists this year are virtual locks Reggie White, Troy Aikman and Thurman Thomas, as well as strong candidates like Warren Moon, John Madden, Derrick Thomas and Michael Irvin.

Between three and six candidates will be elected for induction next August, with the announcement coming the day before Super Bowl XL.

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The Dolphins have promoted Bryan Wiedmeier to team president, filling the position that had been vacant since Eddie Jones retired last spring.

Wiedmeier, who has been with the Dolphins since 1981, previously was executive vice president and chief operating officer, and he will retain the second position.


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