Beasley on board

The Dolphins added another piece to their offense when they signed fullback Fred Beasley as an unrestricted free agent.

Beasley, a good blocker with pass-catching ability, will battle Darian Barnes for the starting fullback job and probably would have to be given the edge at this time.

An eight-year veteran, Beasley spent his entire career with the 49ers after being San Francisco's sixth-round pick in 1998.

Earlier in his career, Beasley was given the ball on offense, as evidenced by his 30-plus catches in both 1999 and 2000.

But in recent years, he has been used almost exclusively as a blocker. He did that job well enough in 2003 to earn a Pro Bowl invitation.

Beasley signed a one-year contract with the Dolphins.

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As expected, the Dolphins were not handed any compensatory picks by the NFL this year.

With few exceptions, those picks are given to teams that suffered free agency losses the previous year. In 2005, the Dolphins signed six unrestricted free agents and lost three.


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