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The Splash Zone 3/9/17: Dolphins Re-Sign Andre Branch & Kenny Stills

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Welcome to the Splash Zone, the quickest way to get your day started off right. We bring you a rundown of Miami Dolphins news from the last 24 hours.

The Dolphins locked up one of their own yesterday as the team announced that Andre Branch would be returning with a new three-year deal. Branch played a pivotal role on the Dolphins defense and had a career resurgence after signing a one-year deal with the team last offseason. The Dolphins still need to add depth to the d-end position but keeping Branch was a major priority for the team.

Kenny Stills is also returning to the team. Stills scored 9 touchdowns last season and was expected to be playing for a different team next season. However, Stills has returned and the wide receiver corps will be together again as Jarvis Landry, DeVante Parker, and Stills all complement each other.

You can check out that story here, and the rest of the day's round-up below.

Stills, Branch deals signal a change in philosophy for Dolphins | Miami Herald
Re-signing Andre Branch and Kenny Stills were high the Dolphins’ list of priorities in free agency. So far, so good. Both agreed to long-term deals hours before hitting the open market.

Dolphins Quarterbacks

Dolphins Expect Continued Tannehill Development
Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill completed his first season under Head Coach Adam Gase with career highs in passer rating (93.1) and completion percentage (67.1).

Dolphins Wide Receivers

Why Miami Dolphins receiver Jarvis Landry’s name is circulating in NFL trade circles | Miami Herald
Miami Dolphins wide receiver Jarvis Landry, whose name was reportedly circulating in trade talks, is not in fact on the trade block.

Dolphins Tight Ends

Re-signing Dion Sims remains a priority for Dolphins - Sun Sentinel
Re-signing tight end Dion Sims remains a priority for Miami Dolphins despite Julius Thomas trade

Dolphins Linebackers

Report: Lawrence Timmons to visit Dolphins after free agency begins | ProFootballTalk
Linebacker Lawrence Timmons has spent his entire NFL career with the Steelers, but he's reached the end of his contract and reportedly talking to the Dolphins about making a move. Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.

Dolphins Secondary

Walt Aikens: No time at safety, but special in other ways for Miami Dolphins | The Daily Dolphin
(Note: This continues a series in Daily Dolphin spotlighting members of the team individually. In addition to reliving highlights and lowlights of the past season for each, we'll provide analysis and criticism, plus take a look at how each player fits -- or doesn't fit -- into the team's plans ...

Dolphins Offseason

PRESS RELEASE: Dolphins Tender Four Exclusive Rights Free Agents
Team announces they have tendered exclusive rights free agents Duarte, Hull, Pitts and Steen.

Miami Dolphins score a victory before the start of NFL free agency | Miami Herald
The Miami Dolphins won on Wednesday by striking contract agreements with potential free agents Kenny Stills and Andre Branch before the start of NFL free agency.

2017 NFL free agents: Dolphins want low-risk value signings
2017 NFL free agents: Dolphins looking for low-risk value signings

Adam Gase plays huge role in Miami Dolphins’ fast free agent start
The thing about this Adam Gase is, he relates to everyone. I've seen the Miami Dolphins coach relate to a free-thinking Arian Foster, a free-spirited Damien Williams, an introspective Kenny Stills, a frustrated Mario Williams and a bad-tempered Ndamukong Suh. All in the same practice.

Are the Miami Dolphins ready to chase big names, big hype in NFL free agency? | Miami Herald
Unrestricted free agency begins for the Miami Dolphins and all NFL teams on Thursday and the Dolphins are expected to take an approach best described as moderation.

Phinsider News You May Have Missed

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2017 Pro Day schedule - The Phinsider
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Dolphins tender Duarte, Hull, Pitts, Steen - The Phinsider
The Miami Dolphins announced on Wednesday the tendering of four exclusive rights free agents. The team has used the tender on tight end Thomas Duarte, linebacker Mike Hull, cornerback Lafayette...

NFL Draft 2017: Jabrill Pepper to Miami Dolphins? - The Phinsider
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Dolphins free agents decisions via fans in ‘Re-sign, tag, walk’ results - The Phinsider
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Tony Romo to be released by Cowboys - The Phinsider
The NFL free agent pool will have a big name jump into it on Thursday when the new league year begins. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Dallas Cowboys will release quarterback Tony Romo...

NFL free agency updates: Bills, Tyrod Taylor agree to restructured contract - The Phinsider
Buffalo keeps their starting quarterback.

2017 NFL Free Agency: Dolphins re-sign Andre Branch - The Phinsider
The Miami Dolphins have re-signed defensive end Andre Branch, according to a report from NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport. The details of the new contract have not yet been released. Source: The #Dolphins...

Dolphins attempting to come to long-term deal with Kiko Alonso, avoid RFA tender - The Phinsider
The Miami Dolphins are reportedly working with linebacker Kiko Alonso to come to terms on a long-term contract, which would prevent the restricted free agent from receiving a one-year tender offer....