Thursday, April 15, 2010

Free agent OLB Travis LaBoy to visit Dolphins; draft prospect Aaron Morgan drawing interest

With the Miami Dolphins still in need of two starting outside linebackers (if only there was a long-time Dolphin, six-time Pro Bowler and future Hall of Famer out there!), the Dolphins are bringing in free agent Travis LaBoy for a visit this Friday, Apr. 16.

The report comes from 49ers beat writer Matt Maiocco, who tweeted Wednesday that LaBoy would a follow a visit to San Francisco with a workout in Miami on Friday.

LaBoy, who wants to sign before the draft on Apr. 22-24 so his market doesn't dry up, is expected to visit the New England Patriots if he cannot work out a deal with the Dolphins.

Originally a second-round pick by the Tennessee Titans out of Hawaii in 2004, LaBoy recorded 105 tackles, 19.5 sacks, and five forced fumbles in 54 games (20 starts).

An unrestricted free agent in 2008, LaBoy signed a three-year deal with the Cardinals and played against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XLIII. The Cardinals released him the following offseason and he spent the 2009 season out of football rehabbing an ankle injury.

While signing LaBoy would certainly not solve the Dolphins' problems at outside linebacker, where Charlie Anderson and Cameron Wake are currently projected to start, it would be a solid and likely inexpensive addition that could have the chance to pay some dividends.

LaBoy is a solid pass rusher when healthy and still has some untapped potential, making him a nice little project for new defensive coordinator Mike Nolan.

Even if Miami does land LaBoy, expect the team to target a pass-rushing linebacker in the first three rounds of next week's draft.


Dolphins among teams showing interest in Aaron Morgan

According to an article by Aaron Wilson of the National Football Post, the Dolphins are among a handful of teams that have shown interest in defensive end/outside linebacker Aaron Morgan of Louisiana-Monroe.

Other teams showing interest in Morgan include the Cincinnati Bengals, Dallas Cowboys, Jacksonville Jaguars, New Orleans Saints, New York Giants, Oakland Raiders, and San Francisco 49ers.

The 6-foot-4, 242-pound Morgan was timed in the mid 4.7s during pre-draft training, and was reportedly clocked at 4.6 during a workout with an NFL team last week.

Morgan finished his four-year career with the Warhawks having amassed 130 tackles and 22 sacks, including nine his senior season.

Wilson calls Morgan a projected fifth- or sixth-round pick, although NFLDraftScout.com has Morgan as the No. 31 defensive end and projects him to go undrafted, while NFLDraftCountdown.com fails to include him in their rankings of the top 45 defensive end prospects.

A classic 'tweener, Morgan projects at defensive end in the 4-3 defense, or outside linebacker in the 3-4 scheme, such as the one utilized under Tony Sparano in Miami.


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