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Miami Dolphins Pick Four Off Waivers; Will Allen Placed on IR

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The Miami Dolphins picked up four players off of waivers today, beginning the bottom of the roster churn that has become familiar since Bill Parcels, Jeff Ireland, and Tony Sparano joined the team. The Dolphins were awarded the rights to Clinton Geathers, Jermey Parnell, Joe Reitz, and Robert Rose. 

In order to make roster space for the new acquisitions, Miami released defensive ends Marques Douglas and Charles Grant, along with guard Cory Proctor.  In the surprise move, however, the Dolphins placed injured Will Allen on Injured Reserve, effectively ending the cornerback's season.  The surprise here, while Allen is inured, his injury was only expected to keep him from action for a few weeks, before returning to a serve as, at least, the team's nickle corner.

Now, Vontae Davis and Sean Smith (and Jason Allen? - who apparently is getting the start over Smith in Week 1 - more later) are 100% this team's corner-package for another year.  The team also continues to focus on getting younger, while improving the roster depth, with 20 players on the roster in their first or second year in the league, with just 21 players with 5 years or more of experience.

For more about the new acquisitions, continue after the jump.

Clfton Geathers, 6'7",  300 lbs., was a sixth round selection by the Cleveland Browns in the most recent Draft.  The defensive end played collegiately at South Carolina and is the brother of the Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Robert Geathers.

Jermey Parnell, 6'6", 290 lbs. offensive tackle, spent last year with the New Orleans Saints after signing with them as an undrafted free agent following the 2009 Draft- but did not appear in any games.  Playing college football at Ole Miss, Parnell joined the team during his senior year, playing during the 2008 season - focusing on basketball during his first three years in school.

Joe Reitz, 6'7", 320 lbs., spent the last two years on the Baltimore Ravens practice squad, initially projected to play tight end, he was moved to tackle, and continued develop his blocking techniques.  Attending Western Michigan, Reitz, although an All-State High School football player, shifted his focus to basketball, never joining the WMU Broncos' football team. 

Robert Rose, 6'4", 297lbs., defensive end, was claimed off waiver follwing his release from the Seattle Seahawks.  A 2010 undrafted free agent out of Ohio State, he has a history of shouder injuries and surgeries - appearing in just 7 games his senior year - and 23 total - while finishing his college career with just seven tackles and three-and-a-half sacks (all from his freshman year).