As the NFL Draft ends, with 256 players being added to the NFL through the selection process, the night is just beginning. As strange as it sounds, the end of the Draft just means team front offices are getting busier. Welcome to Undrafted Free Agent (UDFA) signing period.
Throughout the night, rumors, speculation, and reported signings are going to be running rampant.
And, there are going to be strange things happening. Players will agree to terms with teams, be heading to the club to sign the contract, only to have another team come in and offer more money. It seems to happen every year that a player is confirmed to be joining a team, only to end up on another roster somewhere else.
We will keep up with all of the rumors below, and will mark signings as confirmed by the team when they happen (usually in the next day or so).
One fun fact for UDFAs is that teams can only offer $86,857 in signing bonuses to the players - total. Not per player. (via former agent Joel Corry)
As crazy as the Draft has been at times, tonight will be even more insane. We will try to make sense of all of it.
Update (6:53pm ET - 5/2/15): No Dolphins related signings have been rumored/reported yet - but hopefully you got to see the Kentucky Derby. Really good race, and a great finish. Now back to football.
Update (6:55pm ET - 5/2/15): Not Dolphins related, but a good story worth mentioning. Nate Boyer, the 34-year old Texas long snapper, who served with the US Army Special Forces, will be joining the Seattle Seahawks.
UPDATE (7:04pm ET - 5/2/15):
Mickey Baucus, LT, Arizona:
Im taking my talents to south beach— Mickey Baucus (@mickbauks) May 2, 2015
Matt Darr, punter, Tennessee:
UPDATE (7:09pm ET - 5/2/15):
Zach Vigil, LB, Utah State:
Zach Vigil ILB Utah State to #Dolphins— Mike Loyko (@NEPD_Loyko) May 2, 2015
Mike Hull, LB, Penn State:
Jeff Luc, LB, Cincinnati
UPDATE (7:15pm ET - 5/2/15):
Andrew Franks, K, RPI
Andrew Franks K RPI to Dolphins per reports— Mike Loyko (@NEPD_Loyko) May 2, 2015
UPDATE (7:20pm ET - 5/2/15):
Nigel King, WR, Kansas
UPDATE (7:25pm - 5/2/15):
Michael Liedtke, OL, Illinois State
Michael Liedtke (OL, Illinois State) has just agreed to terms with the Miami Dolphins .— Brett Tessler (@TesslerSports) May 2, 2015
UPDATE (7:30pm ET - 5/2/15):
Demarr Aultman, WR, Maine
Damarr Aultman WR Maine to #Dolphins— Mike Loyko (@NEPD_Loyko) May 2, 2015
Neville Hewitt, LB, Marshall
Neville Hewitt LB Marshall to #Dolphins per media reports.. Literally all the LB to Miami— Mike Loyko (@NEPD_Loyko) May 2, 2015
UPDATE (7:44pm ET - 5/2/15):
Ellis McCarthy, DT, UCLA
UPDATE (7:51pm ET - 5/2/15):
Lemar Durant, WF, Simon Fraser, has interest from the Dolphins.
UPDATE (7:58 - 5/2/15)
Kendall Montgomery, DL, Bowling Green
Former BGSU DL, Kendall Montgomery, tells me he's signed with the Miami Dolphins.— Jordan Strack (@JordanStrack) May 2, 2015
UPDATE (7:11pm ET - 5/2/15):
Dolphins inviting Northern Illinois' Tim Semisch for a tryout next week. Semisch is a 6' 7", 267 pound tight end.
UPDATE (7:21pm ET - 5/2/15):
Christion Jones, WR, Alabama
Christion Jones WR Alabama to #Dolphins— Mike Loyko (@NEPD_Loyko) May 3, 2015
UPDATE (10:07pm ET - 5/2/15):
Ray Drew, DE, Georgia
Congrats to Ray Drew! UDFA contract signed with Dolphins! #UGA— Thomas Sims (@a3_Tommy) May 3, 2015
UPDATE (7:02pm ET - 5/3/15):
Raphael Akpejiori, TE, Miami
The Dolphins invited former #Hurricanes basketball player and aspiring TE Raphael Akpejiori to minicamps for a tryout, according to source.— Mike Kaye (@mike_e_kaye) May 3, 2015
Akpejiori is a towering 6'9" and 241 pounds. Has the frame to block and has good hands. Been told he's been training like nonstop. #dolphins— Mike Kaye (@mike_e_kaye) May 3, 2015