New Deal for Dobbins

When the Dolphins made their draft-day trade with San Diego, they insisted that Tim Dobbins was more than just a throw-in by the Chargers. They have proven it, giving the linebacker a two-year contract extension.

Dobbins' original contract, which will pay him $1.18 million in base salary this season, was heading into its last year.

Dobbins will get $1.7 and $1.9 million over the next two years.

In addition to being slated for a large role on special teams, Dobbins also figures to contribute on defense and it's also not out of the question he could push Channing Crowder for the starting inside linebacker job opposite Karlos Dansby.

ONE DOWN, SEVEN TO GO: The Dolphins have begun the process of signing their draft picks. The first one locked up was seventh-round pick Chris McCoy, a defensive end from Middle Tennessee who will be playing outside linebacker for Miami.

McCoy was the first of the Dolphins' two seventh-round picks, the other being Ohio State linebacker Austin Spitler. It's safe to expect Spitler to be the next draft pick to sign.

JOHNSTON JETTISONED: Turns out those reports about Brian Johnston being released were accurate.

When they announced the signing of McCoy, the Dolphins also announced they had released Johnston, who had signed as a "street" free agent in the offseason.

Johnston had missed a few of the OTA sessions open to the media, with Coach Tony Sparano describing the situation as an "excused absence."

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