Daryl Gardener was back at the Dolphins' practice facility in Davie this weekend, talking about the new chapter in his NFL career. That may have been the highlight of the weekend, as the Dolphins prepared for their first practice with full pads on Monday.

Gardener, who has visited Houston, Detroit and Washington since being released by the Dolphins on July 19, was in good spirits when he talked to reporters as he was leaving the facility.

"Right now, we're shopping," Gardener said. "But I guarantee you that when I do give a press conference, I'll bring you over the house and we'll sit down and we'll clean this up and move on.

"This is just Chapter 1. Chapter 2 will be coming soon."

According to Coach Dave Wannstedt, he and Gardener passed each other inside the team's headquarters and exchanged hellos.

In the meantime, it appears the Denver Broncos and Oakland Raiders have joined the list of teams interested in Gardener.

In other camp news:

-- Safety Scott Shields has been switched to linebacker. At 6-4, 230 pounds, he certainly has the size to play the new position. "The reason we moved him is he really has done a good job on special teams," Wannstedt said. "He can run fast enough to play linebacker and he's a tough guy. This will give him the best chance to make the team."

-- The Dolphins are hoping to get tight end Alonzo Mayes back at practice pretty soon, with Wannstedt saying Mayes was making good progress when he was sidelined by a sprained ankle. Mayes, meanwhile, came up with an interesting take on his well-publicized conditioning problems. "They say it's 365," referring to the team's preference he be in shape every day of the year. "I say 265, 16 hours of work, eight of sleep ... Those other 100 days are mine."

-- Wide receiver Robert Baker impressed Dolphins coaches in two previous training camps only to be sidelined by injuries. Well, he's off to another good start. "I've always been a Robert Baker fan because he works so hard," Wannstedt said. "He's been around here so many years and he's overcome some adversity."

-- There's no good news to report on the contract status of rookie center Seth McKinney, who remains absent from training camp.

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