Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Dolphins re-sign Ryan Baker

Left with an open roster spot following Tuesday's release of linebacker Sammy Brown, the Miami Dolphins signed a veteran to fill the vacancy. Although it's probably not the veteran many fans had been hoping for.

Rather than sign a veteran receiver or cornerback, the Dolphins have brought back defensive tackle Ryan Baker, who had spent the past three seasons with the club before being let go during final cuts on Aug. 31.

Originally undrafted out of Purdue in 2009, Baker has bounced between the practice squad and active roster with the Dolphins, appearing in 16 games (zero starts) while amassing seven tackle, a half-sack and a pass deflection.

Although Tony McDaniel is still recovering from an ankle injury, his return is curious considering his lack of upside and yesterday's return of undrafted rookie Chas Alecxih as an extra practice body at the position.

Quite simply, Baker is a familiar face with some NFL experience that is easy to cut and re-sign as much as needed because he doesn't draw mass interest from other teams.

I suspect Baker is on a week-to-week basis with the club and probably won't make it the entire season without being released at some point. He's not even a lock to be active this coming Sunday against the Raiders, as the Dolphins held up just fine in the season opener with promising seventh-rounder Kheeston Randall behind starters Randy Starks and Paul Soliai.

Check out the updated projected depth chart reflecting these transactions here.