Sunday, March 22, 2009

ERFA Ike Ndukwe re-signed; Heerspink lands with Rams

The Dolphins retained one of their most versatile reserve linemen on March 20, re-signing Ike Ndukwe to a one-year contract.

As an exclusive-rights free agent who had been tendered a contract offer by the Dolphins, Ndukwe could not negotiate with other teams and had to re-sign with Miami or not play football.

The Dolphins' starting right guard for 15 games in 2008 after rookie Donald Thomas went down in the season opener, Ndukwe was shaky to say the least and the team was looking for possible replacements throughout the season.

Nevertheless, the big-bodied Ndukwe has the versatility to play every position on the line and is worth retaining one a one-year deal at a next-to-nothing price. He'll compete with Joe Berger and Andy Alleman, among others, for a reserve interior lineman position in 2009.

With the re-signing of Ndukwe, the Dolphins have one unsigned exclusive-rights free agent remaining in linebacker Quentin Moses. ERFA wideout Brandon London was retained earlier this offseason, while tight end Aaron Halterman was not tendered a contract offer and is now an unrestricted free agent.

Heerspink lands with Rams

The St. Louis Rams inked a deal with former Dolphins offensive lineman Daren Heerspink on March 19.

Undrafted out of Portland State in 2008, Heerspink went to camp with the Dolphins but was released during final cuts. He was out of football until being re-signed to the team's practice squad on Dec. 11, where he remained through the end of the season.

Heerspink was the only of Miami's eight practice squad players to not be re-signed in January.