Dolphins sign Tim Dobbins to contract extension

It was just days ago I posted an item highlighting the decisions the Dolphins would have to make next offseason regarding their players who would be eligible for free agency. Well we can cross one guy off that list.

The National Football Post is reporting that the Dolphins have signed linebacker Tim Dobbins to a two year contract extension, according to his agent. This means Dobbins will remain a Dolphin through the 2012 season. No terms of the deal were announced.

[The Sun-Sentinel is reporting that the deal includes over $3 million in guaranteed money.]

The Dolphins acquired Dobbins in that draft day trade with the Chargers that sent the 12th overall pick to San Diego in exchange for the 27th and 40th picks. But the Dolphins insisted that Dobbins was not just a "throw-in." Tony Sparano said this offseason that Dobbins was a guy who they have had their eyes on for some time.

Dobbins will come in and immediately make an impact as a core special teams guy. But he could be more than that. Channing Crowder hasn't exactly been outstanding and Dobbins could make a push for playing time if he has a good camp.

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