Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Former Dolphins find work

The Dolphins didn't sign any free agents today, but a few of their former players did find new homes in the NFL.

Center Al Johnson, who spent part of last season with the Dolphins before becoming an unrestricted free agent this offseason, has signed with the New England Patriots. Johnson, who appeared in four games as a reserve for Miami in 2008, will likely compete for a backup interior line job with the likes of Russ Hochstein, Stephen Neal, Billy Yates and Dan Connolly.

Johnson is the third of Miami's unrestricted free agents to sign with a new team, following cornerback Andre' Goodman and safety Renaldo Hill - both of whom left for Denver. The team has two remaining unsigned UFAs - wide receive Tab Perry and linebacker Derek Smith - though neither is likely to be re-signed.

Also signing a contract was linebacker Mark Washington, who inked a new deal with the San Francisco 49ers. Originally signed by the Niners as an undrafted free agent out of Texas State in 2007, Washington was signed by Miami in November 2007 and appeared in three games with the club, recording one tackle. He was waived in April 2008 and has been out of football since.