*** DOLPHINS NEWS ***
Jul 08, 1997: -- More Draftees Sign --
The Dolphins Endzone is reporting this afternoon that the
Dolphins have signed draftees DT Barron Tanner and OL Brent Smith
today. They are also reporting what the Sun-Sentinel reported this
morning - that the Dolphins have signed CB Hudhaifa Ismaeli and DE
In addition, ESPNet Sportszone is reporting that the Dolphins
have also signed LBs Derrick Rodgers and Ronnie Ward. Since this was
not reported by the Dolphins Endzone, it may be that they have simply
agreed to terms and not actually signed contracts.
All of the rookie contracts are reported to be for 3 years for
undisclosed terms. However, Tanner will have a minimum salary deal
with a signing bonus that is probably around $100,000. It's difficult
to guess what the deals for Smith, Rodgers and Ward are, but since
they were all taken at the end of the third round, their deals are
probably for the rookie minimum with $250-300,000 signing bonuses.
Assuming for the moment that ESPN is accurate, that leaves
DE Jason Taylor as the last unsigned Dolphin draftee this year.
Coincidentally, the last player signed last year was also a mid-3rd
rounder. It was Karim Abdul-Jabbar.
This is good news, although it's not particularly surprising.
If Taylor has any brains at all, he'll be signed by the end of the
I must admit that this year has been very confusing trying to
keep track of all the signings with the different reports, but I think
that it's safe to say that the only player left to sign is Jason Taylor.
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