DOLPHINS NOTES

Dolphins coaches have spent the week in Mobile, Ala., watching the college prospects in town for the Senior Bowl.

In the last week, the Dolphins have made some news even though they're no longer involved in the playoffs:

-- The team signed five players to contract for 2003. The most prominent of those — the only one whose name you might recognize, in fact — is fullback Obafemi Ayanbadejo. He spent part of training camp with the Dolphins last summer.

Also signed were T Mark Bristol, LB Devin Lemons, CB Bashir Levingston and T David Sherrod.

-- Look for running back Robert Edwards to return next season. Even though Edwards was disappointed in being made inactive the last couple of games and was looking for more playing time, the Dolphins hold exclusive negotiating rights to him, and Coach Dave Wannstedt indicated this week that Edwards would get a qualifying offer.

-- Wannstedt also said he anticipated every member of the coaching staff to return, including Bernie Parmalee, who assisted last season on a voluntary basis.

The only way an assistant wouldn't return would be if someone were to be offered a job elsewhere, something that hasn't happened yet and doesn't look all that likely to occur this offseason.

-- Taking part in the coin toss at Super Bowl XXXVII will be none other than seven members of the Dolphins' 1972 team, which is celebrating the 30th anniversary of the perfect season this year.

On hand for the coin toss will be Don Shula, Bob Griese, Larry Csonka, Larry Little, Jim Langer, Nick Buoniconti and Paul Warfield.


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