Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Dolphins agree to terms with third-round OG John Jerry

With the start of training camp just 10 days away, the Dolphins have inked another one of their draft picks as third-rounder John Jerry agreed to terms today.

Jerry will receive minimum base salaries of $320,000 in 2010, $405,000 in 2011, $490,000 in 2012, and $575,000 in 2013, as well as a signing bonus of roughly $868,000.

Selected 73rd overall in the 2010 NFL Draft, Jerry will convert to left guard for the Dolphins after spending most of his collegiate career at Ole Miss at tackle.

A bruising power-blocker at 6-foot-5 and 330 pounds, Jerry is considered the favorite to start for the Dolphins at left guard following the trade of veteran Justin Smiley to Jacksonville.

Free-agent pickup Richie Incognito is expected to start at right guard with Donald Thomas backing him up.

However, Thomas could be given a shot to compete with Jerry on the left side as well, and Nate Garner should be in the mix if he is healthy.

Veteran Cory Procter can't be counted out either due to his starting experience in Dallas and his time with members the Dolphins' coaching staff, including head coach Tony Sparano.

Still, Jerry has the talent to start as a rookie and is projected as a long-term starter for the Dolphins regardless of when he actually takes the reins of the position.

With Jerry's signing, the Dolphins have only first-rounder Jared Odrick and second-rounder Koa Misi left unsigned.

The Dolphins open training camp July 30 in Davie, Fla.

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