The free agency period doesn't start until Friday, but the Dolphins were busy nonetheless on Thursday with several roster moves, the most notable involving veteran offensive lineman Mark Dixon.

Dixon, who was set to become an unrestricted free agent, was re-signed to a three-year contract. He played last season at left tackle, but is expected to return to his more familiar spot at guard next season.

Also on Thursday, the Dolphins signed two "street" free agents — defensive end Lamanzer Williams and wide receiver Kendall Newson.

The Dolphins also tendered restricted free agents Jermaine Haley, Trent Gamble and Arturo Freeman, giving them the right to match any offer made to any of them. If they choose not to match, the Dolphins would get a fifth-round pick as compensation for Freeman, seventh-rounder for Haley and nothing for Gamble because he joined the Dolphins as an undrafted free agent.

The Dolphins did not extend a qualifying offer to RFA Ray Green, making him an unrestricted free agents.

The Dolphins did extend tenders to exclusive-rights free agents Adewale Ogunleye and Robert Edwards, meaning those two players can't negotiate with any other team, but they did not do the same with WR Albert Johnson, who has missed the last two seasons with knee injuries. He's now eligible to negotiate with any team.

Williams was a sixth-round pick of Jacksonville in 1998 and has also spent time with Kansas City, Minnesota and St. Louis. As for Newson, he was drafted by the Jaguars last year (seventh round) but was waived prior to the start of the regular season. He spent one week on the Tennessee practice squad.

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