News And Notes

The Dolphins announced a number of moves on Monday, most of them dealing with the personnel department. But there was one move involving a player, that player being veteran defensive tackle Dan Wilkinson.

It shouldn't come as a surprise that the move involved the termination of Wilkinson's contract.

This came mere days after it was announced that Wilkinson had signed an agreement to develop seven AAMCO franchises in Ohio, with the press release describing Wilkinson as a "former" NFL defensive tackle.

You may remember that the Dolphins traded Wilkinson to Denver for a sixth-round pick in March, only to see the deal fall apart when Wilkinson failed to show up to take a physical for the Broncos.

The Dolphins had to hope to still be able to get a draft pick in a trade for Wilkinson, but they eventually gave up on that idea.

Front office moves: The most significant of the personnel department moves involved the promotion of Chris Grier, from national scout/assistant director of college scouting to director of college scouting.

Grier replaces Ron Labadie, who will now serve as a national scout.

In addition, Rick Thompson, who has spent the last seven years with the New Orleans Saints, was named college scouting coordinator.

Finally, two additional promotions involved Dwayne Joseph becoming assistant director of pro personnel and Chris Burkey becoming a pro scout.

Culpepper hearing: Daunte Culpepper's grievance against the Dolphins, stemming from their not letting him take repetitions at the last minicamp, will be heard on June 29, a week from Friday.

The arbitrator will be the same man who ruled last year that the Tennessee Titans were not allowed to bar Steve McNair from their facility, a decision that was followed by the trade of McNair to Baltimore.

It should take about a week for the arbitrator to rule. Keep in mind a team, while not allowed to bar a player from its facility, isn't obligated to give any player practice reps.


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