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Dolphins release McClendon, Lansanah; Announce signing of Culliver

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The Miami Dolphins announced three roster moves on Wednesday morning, officially announcing the signing of cornerback Chris Culliver, as well as announcing the release of offensive lineman Jacques McClendon and linebacker Danny Lansanah. The team also placed Culliver on the Physically Unable to Perform list.

Culliver joins Miami after spending 2015 season with the Washington Redskins, but he only appeared in six games before tearing his ACL. A third round pick of the San Francisco 49ers in 2011, he has appeared in 52 career games, starting half of them, with 143 tackles, 7 interceptions, 39 passes defensed, 2 forced fumbles, and 2 fumble recoveries with a touchdown. He likely will spend a few days on the PUP list as the Dolphins build his conditioning prior to allowing him to be a full participant in practices.

McClendon was a fourth-round pick for the Indianapolis Colts in 2010. He has also appeared in games with the Jacksonville Jaguars, and tallied three appearances for Miami last year, providing depth at center behind Mike Pouncey.

Lansanah spent one week with the Dolphins, signing last Wednesday after appearing in 16 games with 11 starts with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last year. He was a 2008 undrafted free agent signing by the Green Bay Packers.


According to a report from the Miami Herald’s Armando Salguero, the Dolphins actually anticipate Culliver beginning the regular season on the PUP list, which would keep him out for the first six weeks of the year. The team looks at the Culliver signing as a chance to get a talented, veteran player during the season, providing depth and a chance to “refuel” during the year.