Linebacker Tim Dobbins hasn't even been with the Miami Dolphins two months, but the team has made arrangements to have him around at least another two years.
Dobbins, who was acquired in a draft-day trade with the San Diego Chargers that eventually landed Miami it's first- and second-round picks, has received a two-year extension by the Dolphins that will keep him with the team through the 2012 season.
Dobbins, who signed a one-year, $1.176 million tender with the Chargers as a restricted free agent in mid-April, received a $100,000 increase to his 2010 salary with the extension.
Additionally, Dobbins will have base salaries of $1.7 million in 2011 and $1.9 million in 2012, after which time he will head to unrestricted free agency.
Originally a fifth-round pick with the Chargers out of Iowa State in 2006, Dobbins has primarily served as a special teams player and reserve inside linebacker during his first four pro seasons.
In 30 games over the last two seasons, Dobbins has totaled 112 tackles, one sack, two interceptions, and four forced fumbles.
Originally assumed to be a special team throw-in to a deal that included two first-round picks and six pick total, Dobbins has received high praise from Dolphins head coach Tony Sparano.
With Channing Crowder coming off his worst season and slated for a diminished starting role in Akin Ayodele's MOE linebacker spot, Dobbins is a real threat to push for significant playing time on defense.
Linebacker Reggie Torbor has been released and Dolphins' fourth-round pick A. J. Edds is better suited as Karlos Dansby's backup at MIKE linebacker due to his coverage skills, so the door is open for Dobbins to compete directly with Crowder.
While he probably will have a significant role on special teams, the Dolphins obviously like something about Dobbins and clearly aren't committed to Crowder as a long-term starter on defense, so expect Dobbins to get every chance to win the starting job opposite Dansby.
Chris McCoy contract details
The Dolphins signed the first of their eight draft picks on Monday, inking linebacker Chris McCoy to a four-year deal.
In addition to what was likely a slotted signing bonus based on his draft spot, McCoy received minimum base salaries of $320,000 in 2010, $405,000 in 2011, $490,000 in 2012, and $575,000 in 2013.
Assuming there is no extension to the Collective Bargaining Agreement, McCoy will be slated for two years of restricted free agency following the expiration of his rookie contract.
A seventh-round pick out of Middle Tennessee State, McCoy is expected to compete for a reserve outside linebacker spot in 2010.
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