Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Dolphins sign QB Pat Devlin, eight other undrafted free agents

We're finally back in the season of NFL transactions, and the first order of business for all 32 teams is to sign those players not selected in April's 2011 NFL Draft.

While reports of signings are notoriously sketchy and difficult to confirm, the best I can gather at this point indicates the Dolphins have signed nine rookie free agents thus far. According to Omar Kelly, the Dolphins intend to sign roughly 11 undrafted free agents total.

As of now, the Dolphins have reportedly signed or agreed to terms with the following nine players: quarterback Pat Devlin (Delaware), running back Nic Grigsby (Arizona), wide receiver/kick returner Phillip Livas (Louisiana Tech), tight end Brett Brackett (Penn State), guard Garrett Chisolm (South Carolina), tackle D. J. Jones (Nebraska), outside linebacker Jonathan Freeny (Rutgers), and cornerbacks Vince Agnew (Central Michigan) and Jose Perez (San Diego State).

The signings would give the Dolphins 66 players under contract, not including the four restricted/exclusive rights free agents and the six unsigned draft picks, for a total of 76. That would leave the Dolphins with 14 spots on their expanded 90-man roster to add any more undrafted rookies, sign NFL free agents, and acquire players via trade.

I'll have more on the undrafted rookies as additional information comes out and reports are confirmed, but for now, here is some background info on each player as well as some idea what to look for in their quests to make the Dolphins' roster.

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