DOLPHINS NOTES

Their 2002 season is barely over, but the Dolphins are still looking to improve their personnel for next season. The Dolphins have been working out players and on Monday they signed four players to contracts for the 2003 season.

The four players signed were running back Sedric Irvin, safety Alphonso Roundtree, running back Keith Stokes and wide receiver Shawn Terry.

Of the four, Irvin clearly is the most established. A cousin of former Cowboys wide receiver Michael Irvin who played his high school football in Miami, Irvin spent two seasons with the Detroit Lions (1999-2000).

Irvin has never started in the NFL and has missed the last two years while recovering from a knee injury that landed him on Detroit's injured reserve list in September of 2001.

Terry also might be familiar, considering he spent part of the 2002 training camp with the Dolphins. Roundtree was in camp with Tampa Bay last summer, while Stokes was in camp with the 49ers.

They joined four players who were signed to "future' contracts last week — WR Margin Hooks, C Matt O'Neal, G Dwayne Pierce and WR Sam Simmons. All four finished the season on the Dolphins practice squad.

FOUR ALL-PROS

The Dolphins tied the Raiders with four players on The Associated Press All-Pro first team. Selecting from the Dolphins were RB Ricky Williams, DE Jason Taylor, LB Zach Thomas and CB Patrick Surtain.

The four selections were the most for the Dolphins since they also had four in 1984, and the second-highest total behind the six they had in 1973.

PRO BOWL STARTERS

Taylor, Thomas and Surtain were named as Pro Bowl starters, but Williams was beaten out for the honor by Kansas City's Priest Holmes.

Considering Holmes missed the last two games of the regular season because of a hip injury, it wouldn't be a shock if he skipped the Pro Bowl, and Williams figures to be the logical choice to take his place in that event.

The other halfback on the AFC Pro Bowl team is San Diego's LaDainian Tomlinson.

Free safety Brock Marion and defensive tackle Tim Bowens also didn't get starting nods, but they will be going to the Pro Bowl as well.


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