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Rumor: Dolphins close to signing LB Kevin Burnett

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According to an internet report, the Dolphins are supposedly close to signing former Cowboys linebacker Kevin Burnett.

Burnett, who has spent his first four years in Dallas, was the 42nd overall pick of the 2005 draft out of Tennessee.  And it was Bill Parcells and his V.P. of College and Pro Scouting, Jeff Ireland, who made the selection.  In those four years in Dallas, Burnett has played in 61 games - including 4 starts.  And while he's listed as DeMarcus Ware's backup on the Cowboys depth chart, Burnett has mostly seen action as an inside linebacker, particularly in nickel situations.  He was also a top special teams contributor on the Cowboys in all four of his seasons in Dallas.

At 6'3, 242, Burnett has the size that this regime likes from their linebackers.  And it would be interesting to see how he would be used in Miami.  He could potentially battle with Matt Roth for the SOLB spot or play inside behind Channing Crowder and Akin Ayodele.

For his career, Burnett has 146 tackles and 4 sacks.

(Hat tip to "Sprovo" for his fanpost)