News and notes

The processs of signing draft picks has begun for the Dolphins, and the hope is that all six will be locked up before training camp starts next weekend to avoid a repeat of what happened with Ronnie Brown last year. The first to officially sign was fourth-round pick Joe Toledo, who agreed to a four-year deal.

The deal reportedly is worth $20 million.

Seventh-round pick Devin Aromoshadu also has agreed to terms, although his signing hasn't been made official yet.

You can expect seventh-round picks Frederick Evans and Rodrique Wright to be signed in the next day or two, which would leave first-round pick Jason Allen and third-round choice Derek Hagan.

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On the subject of Allen, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported that he recently underwent arthroscopic knee surgery, although he's expected to be ready for the start of training camp.

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Veteran linebacker Junior Seau might be on the verge of officially announcing his retirement. Seau hasn't been able to find a new employer since being released in the offseason by the Dolphins, although there were reports at one point suggesting he might be headed to Oakland. Seau sounded very much like a guy about to retire when he spoke to a Washington paper following a charity event a couple of weeks ago. "I'm blessed to be where I am," Seau told the Kitsap Sun. "I've got a great opportunity to do some great things because of the game of football."

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Former Dolphins offensive tackle Todd Wade, who left for Houston for a big free agent contract in the spring of 2004, has been released by the Texans.

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The Dolphins have inflated their indoor practice bubble in order to complete some work inside the structure. The team hopes the facility will be ready early in training camp.

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