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    Dan Wilkinson Signs
    August 14, 2006
    [Sun-Sentinel] In an effort to shore up their depth inside, the Dolphins signed veteran defensive tackle Dan Wilkinson on Monday.

    Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

    Wilkinson, 33, was released by the Lions in June reportedly because of philosophical differences with the defensive system being installed by new coach Rod Marinelli. Shortly after, Wilkinson visited the Dolphins, and coach Nick Saban said he was interested in acquiring him.

    Wilkinson attended practice Monday morning but didn't participate. At 6-foot-4, 335 pounds, he is expected to provide backup assistance to starting nose tackle Keith Traylor, who turns 37 next month and has dealt with chronic knee pain over the last few years.

    The Dolphins were anticipating that second-year defensive tackle Manny Wright was ready to backup Traylor. However, he left the team last week citing depression, and the Dolphins have since placed him on the exempt/left squad list.

  • #2
    Originally posted by Fins4Life
    Dan Wilkinson Signs
    August 14, 2006
    [Sun-Sentinel] In an effort to shore up their depth inside, the Dolphins signed veteran defensive tackle Dan Wilkinson on Monday.

    Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

    Wilkinson, 33, was released by the Lions in June reportedly because of philosophical differences with the defensive system being installed by new coach Rod Marinelli. Shortly after, Wilkinson visited the Dolphins, and coach Nick Saban said he was interested in acquiring him.

    Wilkinson attended practice Monday morning but didn't participate. At 6-foot-4, 335 pounds, he is expected to provide backup assistance to starting nose tackle Keith Traylor, who turns 37 next month and has dealt with chronic knee pain over the last few years.

    The Dolphins were anticipating that second-year defensive tackle Manny Wright was ready to backup Traylor. However, he left the team last week citing depression, and the Dolphins have since placed him on the exempt/left squad list.
    The phins have some age problems there, i would look for DT next year in the draft.
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    • #3
      Originally posted by Fins4Life
      Dan Wilkinson Signs
      August 14, 2006
      [Sun-Sentinel] In an effort to shore up their depth inside, the Dolphins signed veteran defensive tackle Dan Wilkinson on Monday.

      Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

      Wilkinson, 33, was released by the Lions in June reportedly because of philosophical differences with the defensive system being installed by new coach Rod Marinelli. Shortly after, Wilkinson visited the Dolphins, and coach Nick Saban said he was interested in acquiring him.

      Wilkinson attended practice Monday morning but didn't participate. At 6-foot-4, 335 pounds, he is expected to provide backup assistance to starting nose tackle Keith Traylor, who turns 37 next month and has dealt with chronic knee pain over the last few years.

      The Dolphins were anticipating that second-year defensive tackle Manny Wright was ready to backup Traylor. However, he left the team last week citing depression, and the Dolphins have since placed him on the exempt/left squad list.
      This seems like a good move, adding some authority and vet presence on the line.

      I agree with Dawgfanatic that a new DT should be drafted next year. Nick Saban is trying to build a younger dolphin team right? So these kind of moves won't last long IMO.

      Not sure who the quality DTs are next year in the draft, but the dolphins should definately make a move for one.
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      • #4
        Originally posted by Lorcust
        This seems like a good move, adding some authority and vet presence on the line.

        I agree with Dawgfanatic that a new DT should be drafted next year. Nick Saban is trying to build a younger dolphin team right? So these kind of moves won't last long IMO.

        Not sure who the quality DTs are next year in the draft, but the dolphins should definately make a move for one.
        Saban has drafted I think 4 DTs over the last two drafts. :coffee

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Fins4Life
          Saban has drafted I think 4 DTs over the last two drafts. :coffee

          Good point fins, Im sure that Traylor and Wilkinson wont last there more than a year or two anyways, just to get those kids feet wet. I actually hoped that Denver might take a look at him if he was willing to sign for the veteran's minimum.

          I really dont like our tackle situation.



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          • #6
            Originally posted by Straz1999
            Good point fins, Im sure that Traylor and Wilkinson wont last there more than a year or two anyways, just to get those kids feet wet. I actually hoped that Denver might take a look at him if he was willing to sign for the veteran's minimum.

            I really dont like our tackle situation.

            The Fins D Line had the most sacks out of any unit last year, however age is becoming more of a concern. When the starters played briefly against the Jags they were stuffing everything. The main reason we had to sign this guy was because of Manny Wright wanting to quit. The team expected him to spell Traylor. Last year I think Traylor played about 20 snaps a game. This year will be about the same. I think this is a great 1 or two years at the most pick up. We also have Vickerson and Fred Evans who had his first sack in his first game.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Fins4Life
              Saban has drafted I think 4 DTs over the last two drafts. :coffee
              You know them better than I do. But none of them are starting apparently (although the depressed one is on the fritz, so I don't blame him).

              I mean drafting a high quality defensive tackle, like a first rounder like Haoli Ngata.

              If the other DTs can be good, even better. As long as you win the division, beat the Patriots and lose to the Broncos, I don't care what you all do. Good luck with them.
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              • #8
                Originally posted by Straz1999
                Good point fins, Im sure that Traylor and Wilkinson wont last there more than a year or two anyways, just to get those kids feet wet. I actually hoped that Denver might take a look at him if he was willing to sign for the veteran's minimum.

                I really dont like our tackle situation.
                There's still Brentson Buckner, who isn't bad in the least and would add an old veteran presence that we lack. A bunch of busts that have no idea what is what. Buckner would be a good addition and Wilkinson would have been a good one too.
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Lorcust
                  There's still Brentson Buckner, who isn't bad in the least and would add an old veteran presence that we lack. A bunch of busts that have no idea what is what. Buckner would be a good addition and Wilkinson would have been a good one too.

                  Whats Buckners deal anyways? Is he hurt? If he isnt I assume he wants more then the vet min.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Fins4Life
                    Whats Buckners deal anyways? Is he hurt? If he isnt I assume he wants more then the vet min.

                    He doesn't want more than Vet minimum from what I here. Or not a lot more atleast.

                    I was watching a segment of Cold Pizza on ESPN where they had Brentson on and he said he would go to a team if they gave him a call. Nobody called him yet though. If he doesn't get a team by the start of the season, he said he would retire.
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Lorcust
                      He doesn't want more than Vet minimum from what I here. Or not a lot more atleast.

                      I was watching a segment of Cold Pizza on ESPN where they had Brentson on and he said he would go to a team if they gave him a call. Nobody called him yet though. If he doesn't get a team by the start of the season, he said he would retire.

                      Did this guy fall of the map while I was obsessing about the Dolphins

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