Saturday, January 8, 2011

Dolphins re-sign WR Brooks Foster to future contract

Add wide receiver Brooks Foster to the list of practice squad players re-signed by the Dolphins for 2011, as the third-year wideout inked a new deal with Miami on Jan. 7.

Foster joins quarterback Tom Brandstater, wide receiver Patrick Carter, offensive tackle James Marten, and defensive Rob Rose as five players from Miami's final 2010 practice squad to sign future deals with the Dolphins this month.

The signing leaves linebacker Mortty Ivy and cornerback Terrail Lambert as the only two players on the Dolphins' practice squad to end the 2010 season that have not yet been re-signed. Neither has signed with another NFL team to date.

A fifth-round pick by the St. Louis Rams out of North Carolina in 2009, Foster spent his entire rookie season on injured reserve after suffering an ankle injury during the preseason.

In 2010, Foster was waived by the Rams on Aug. 22 and claimed off waivers by the New York Jets, but waived again during final cuts on Sept. 4.

The Dolphins signed Foster to their practice squad on Sept. 30, where he stayed the remainder of the regular season. He currently wears No. 87.


Analysis

I was surprised to not see Foster among Miami's initial future contracts, although he is a solid wideout prospect and was potentially exploring other options before re-upping with the Dolphins.

Foster doesn't have standout size at 6-foot-1 and 205 pounds, but he is very strong, holding numerous lifting records for wideouts at UNC, and posted a 4.38 time in the 40-yard dash before the 2009 NFL Draft.

The Dolphins' fourth and fifth receivers are far from set in Roberto Wallace and Marlon Moore, which is why I'd absolutely give Foster a shot to make the team in 2011.

Wallace has excelled on special teams and that will help his chances over Foster, while the Dolphins are sure to add more bodies to compete at receiver before training camp arrives.

Foster has to be considered a long shot and on the outside looking in at this point, but he has talent and is an intriguing development prospect that's worth keeping an eye on in 2011.

As always, check out the updated projected depth chart reflecting these transactions here.


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