The longest tenured member of the Miami Dolphins has competition this year. Incumbent long snapper, and two-time Pro Bowler, John Denney will be challenged by Patrick Scales in training camp this year. The Dolphins could be hoping Scales can replace Denney at a cheaper price.
Denney is slated to make $860,000 this year. Scales has spent the 2011 and 2012 training camps with the Baltimore Ravens, being among the final cuts both seasons. He is 6', 3", 248 pounds out of Utah State.
Denney was a coach's selection to the Pro Bowl in 2010 and 2012. He was signed as an undrafted free agent in 2005 out of BYU.
The Dolphins are currently in draft mode, with free agency becoming less and less of a priority as the April 25 first round of the NFL Draft gets closer. The Dolphins have already signed wide receivers Mike Wallace and Brandon Gibson, tight end Dustin Keller, linebackers Dannell Ellerbe and Philip Wheeler, cornerback Brent Grimes, defensive tackle Vaughn Martin, and guard Lance Louis this year. The team also re-signed wide receiver Brian Hartline, safety Chris Clemons, quarterback Matt Moore, and guard Nate Garner, as well as placing the franchise tag on defensive tackle Randy Starks.