McKinney re-signs; Chambers team MVP

The Dolphins on Thursday made official the signing of center Seth McKinney to a two-year contract. McKinney became the second Dolphins unrestricted free agent to re-sign with the team, following the lead of running back Travis Minor.

McKinney, whose deal reportedly is worth $5 million, made a visit with Houston, where his brother Steve is a center.

At the start of the offseason, there was some doubt as to whether McKinney would return based on the feeling the Dolphins wanted to upgrade the offensive line.

The failure to land either LeCharles Bentley or Kevin Mawae clearly had to be a factor in the decision to re-sign McKinney.

With McKinney back, the interior of the Dolphins offensive line could remain the same as last year -- with Rex Hadnot and Jeno James flanking McKinney -- although it would surprise no one to see Nick Saban bring competition for starting jobs at any or all of the spots along the offensive line.

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The Dolphins had their annual Awards Night on Wednesday, and wide receiver Chris Chambers walked away with MVP honors for the 2005 season.

Chambers won the award based on voting by media and the fans.

Nothing against Chambers, who had a breakout season with over 1,000 yards receiving and earned an invitation to the Pro Bowl, but the award should have gone to Zach Thomas.

Thomas instead won the Don Shula Leadership Award, while Wes Welker was given the Nat Moore Community Service Award.


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