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Former Dolphins Kicker Yepremian Dies At 70

Thinkstock(MIAMI) -- Garo Yepremian, a member of the 1972 Miami Dolphins' 17-0 undefeated team, passed away at age 70 from cancer Friday.

A native of Cyprus, Yepremian played in the NFL from 1966 to 1981. He initially signed with the Detroit Lions, and then joined the Miami Dolphins in 1970, where he made the Pro Bowl twice.

Yepremian is most known for a blooper during Super Bowl VII, when after a botched field goal attempt he tried a forward pass. The ball slipped out of his hand and the Redskins' Mike Bass picked it up and ran it in for a 49-yard score.

"Every airport you go to, people point to you and say, 'Here's the guy who screwed up in the Super Bowl,'" Yepremian said in a 2007 interview. "After a while it bothers you. If it was anybody else he would go crazy, but fortunately, I'm a happy-go-lucky guy."

Yepremian's wife Maritza said that he passed away in a hospital in Media, Pennsylvania.

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Rex Ryan Meets with La'el Collins, Dolphins Also in Pursuit

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(NEW ORLEANS) -- LSU offensive lineman La'el Collins went undrafted this year thanks to personal drama -- his pregnant ex-girlfriend was found murdered. But now that he has finished speaking with Baton Rouge Police officials, he is one of the hottest free agents on the market.

Collins, who was considered a consensus first-round pick, was not considered a suspect, but teams were wary of selecting him until he spoke with the police Monday. 

All 32 teams reportedly have expressed interest in signing Collins, but Buffalo Bills head coach Rex Ryan met with Collins for dinner Monday, according to ESPN.

The Bills did not have a first round selection in the draft after trading it to the Browns last season to move up and select wide receiver Sammy Watkins.

Collins is also scheduled to meet with the Miami Dolphins later this week.


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DeVante Parker's Mother Happy Her Son Not Drafted by the Browns

Johnathan Daniel/Getty Images(BEREA, Ohio) -- While former Louisville wide receiver DeVante Parker is happy to be an NFL player, his mother is especially happy he wasn't drafted by the Cleveland Browns.

Parker was selected 14th overall by the Miami Dophins. The Browns had the 12th and 19th overall selections in the first round.

"We didn't want him going to Cleveland," Raneca Parker told the Miami Herald on Friday. "They don't have a team, really, or a quarterback. I knew I didn't want the Cleveland Browns.

"I know the teams he could go to and the teams he couldn't go to," Raneca Parker added. "We were happy with the Miami Dolphins. He was very ecstatic. We're happy, we love the weather."

During his senior season at Louisville, Parker caught 43 passes for 855 yards and five touchdowns.

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Dolphins DE Dion Jordan Suspended for Entire 2015 Season 

Joel Auerbach/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Miami Dolphins defensive end Dion Jordan was suspended by the NFL for the entire 2015 season for violating the league's drug policy for the third time in two years.

“We were disappointed to learn about Dion Jordan’s most recent suspension for violating the NFL’s Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse,” the team said in a statement. “A player’s health and well-being are of the utmost importance to us. We have made every effort to support Dion, both on and off the field, and we will continue to do so to the extent allowable under NFL guidelines.”

According to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter, Jordan did not fail a drug test, but the NFL deemed that one of his test samples was diluted, which in Jordan's case counts as a violation. The 25-year-old will not appeal the suspension.

Jordan was almost traded to the Philadelphia Eagles in February, but once it was found that Jordan had submitted a diluted test sample, the deal was called off.

Jordan was selected by the Dolphins with the third overall pick of the 2013 NFL Draft. Since then, he's played in 26 games for the team, recording 46 tackles and three sacks.

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Dolphins Sign Greg Jennings

Jeff Gross/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Miami Dolphins signed free agent wide receiver Greg Jennings to a two-year deal, ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter reports.

Jennings spent the last two seasons with the Vikings after signing a five-year deal. He caught 127 passes for 1,546 yards and 10 touchdowns.

Prior to Minnesota, Jennings spent seven seasons with the Packers and played under current Miami head coach Joe Philbin, who was the offensive coordinator in Green Bay.

Jennings had some of the best seasons during his time with the Packers, and caught 425 passes for 6,537 yards and 63 touchdowns.

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ESPN: Dolphins Agree to 5-Year Extension with Mike Pouncey

Scott Boehm/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Pro Bowl center Mike Pouncey agreed to a five-year, $52.15 contract extension with the Miami Dolphins, according to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

According to Schefter, Pouncey will receive $22 million guaranteed and an $11 million signing bonus.

The 25-year-old Pouncey has made the Pro Bowl the past two seasons.

Last season, the 6-foot-5, 311-pound Pouncey missed the first four games with a hip injury. He started the final 12 games of the season at guard, but is expected to play this season at his natural position of center.

Pouncey is now the highest-paid center in the NFL.

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Wes Welker Visiting with Dolphins

Jim Rogash/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Miami Dolphins may not be done this offseason.  Free agent wide receiver Wes Welker is visiting with the team on Wednesday, according to a league source.

Welker had 49 receptions with 464 yards and two touchdowns last season with the Denver Broncos.

Welker started his career in Miami, but the Dolphins traded Welker to the Patriots in 2007. That move haunted them as Welker would go onto 100 receptions in five seasons with New England and make five Pro Bowls.

Through his career with the Dolphins, Patriots and Broncos, Welker has totaled 890 catches for 9,922 yards and 50 touchdowns.

Veteran free agents Michael Crabtree and Greg Jennings have also made visits to Miami in the last two weeks.

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Bills' Guard Richie Incognito Discusses "Humbling" Time Away from Football

NFL via Getty Images(ORCHARD PARK, N.Y.) -- Now back in the NFL after more than a year away from football, Buffalo Bills guard Richie Incognito is grateful for the chance to be back in the league.

Incognito spent a season and a half away from the NFL after he was the central figure in a bullying scandal with offensive lineman Jonathan Martin when they were both members of the Miami Dolphins.

He wound up being released from the Dolphins as a result of the incident, and spent last year unsigned by any team.

"It was definitely difficult sitting out, knowing I could still play, knowing I had talent to contribute," Incognito said Monday. "It was a learning process. At first there was a lot of frustration: 'Why am I not signed? Why am I not on a team?' It was a time for inner reflection. Kind of a time for growth.

"There were some dark days where I didn't think I was ever going to play again," he said. "It really just kind of fueled me to work harder. ... [It] kind of forced me to go back and really look at things and say, 'Is this still important to you? Is this still what you want?' And the answer was always a resounding yes."

Incognito was a Pro Bowler back in 2012.

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Josh Freeman Signs One-Year Deal With Dolphins

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(MIAMI, Fl.) -- The Miami Dolphins have signed quarterback Josh Freeman to a one-year deal.

Freeman spent all of the 2014 season out of football, a decision he felt was best because, "personally, during the year, I felt it was better to let things cool down because it was a pretty rocky year the previous year."

After being released by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers midway through the 2013 season, Freeman signed with the Minnesota Vikings, started one game and was let go in the offseason. He signed with the New York Giants, but was released again before the 2014 season.

“I feel like they have a really strong direction in their organization from a leadership standpoint,” Freeman said in an interview via the team website at the Doctors Hospital Training Facility at Nova Southeastern University. “I’m familiar with Dennis Hickey and a number of staff members. (I was) in there with (quarterbacks coach) Zac Taylor and Coach (Bill) Lazor. We were in there talking about the offense and the direction. Also the conversations I had with Coach (Joe) Philbin were pretty awesome. I think it will be a great fit.” 

Freeman was drafted in 2009 by the Buccaneers where Hickey, the Dolphins' general manager, served as Director of College Scouting for Tampa Bay.

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Panthers Claim Offensive Lineman Jonathan Martin Off Waivers

National Football League(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) -- Former San Francisco 49ers offensive lineman Jonathan Martin has a new home as the Carolina Panthers have claimed him off waivers.

Martin was released by the 49ers this past Thursday. He spent just one season with the team, appearing in 15 games, starting nine at right tackle. 

"Our goal is to build the strongest roster possible and add competition at every position," Carolina general manager Dave Gettleman said in a team release. "Jonathan brings quality experience to our offensive line, having started 32 games in his career at both tackle spots.''

Martin was infamously the center of a bullying scandal when he was a member of the Miami Dolphins in 2013 by now Buffalo Bills guard Richie Incognito.

Because of the incident involving Incognito and other Dolphins players, Martin left the Dolphins in October 2013.

As a result of claiming him off waivers, the Panthers are now on the hook for Martin's cap hit which will count around $1 million against the 2015 salary cap.

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