New Punter Needed

The Dolphins will have two new kicking specialists in 2007 after they declined to match the offer sheet punter Donnie Jones had signed with St. Louis last Friday.

As a result, the Dolphins will receive as compensation the Rams' seventh-round draft choice this year, the 15th pick in the round and the 225th selection overall.

The pick will become the 10th for the Dolphins, who would have 11 had the Dan Wilkinson trade to Denver not been rescinded because of his failure to take a physical for the Broncos.

"Having ten picks not only will allow us to add youth to our football team, but it also will give us a great deal of flexibility over the course of the draft," said Dolphins general manager Randy Mueller.

Jones' deal with St. Louis reportedly is worth $5.9 million over five years, and the size of it made it unlikely from the start the Dolphins would match. Jones had a tremendous first season with Miami in 2005, but was pretty inconsistent last year.

With Jones gone, the only punter on the roster is recent free agent acquisition Ryan Flinn.

Jones became the third former Dolphins player to join the Rams this offseason, following tight end Randy McMichael and running back Travis Minor.

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