The Dolphins have added several players but they are not done at any position. What free agency has done, however, is give the team the ability to continue adding talent throughout the roster without letting one position, perhaps outside of cornerback, seem a need position going to the draft.
“I don’t know that we’re complete at any position. I think hopefully what’s happened with some of the free agency moves is it gives [general manager] Jeff [ Ireland] more latitude to just go find good football players,” Philbin said. “I don’t know that we’re locked and loaded anywhere. That’s not a bad thing.
“I don’t know that many of the other 15 [AFC coaches] that are in the room [Tuesday] are locked and loaded at a ton of spots. We’ve got to add good players at every position.”
Bess has spot
Philbin echoed the sentiments of Ireland by saying receiver Davone Bess still has a place on the Dolphins’ roster going to training camp even though the team re-signed Brian Hartline and added Mike Wallace and Brandon Gibson this offseason.
“Absolutely. Yeah,” he said. “As you guys know, I envision us bringing 10 or 12 guys to training camp. We’re going to get a lot of reps as we see and we’re going to let guys go out there and compete and earn spots and take it from there.”
A day after Jake Long split for St. Louis, Nate Garner, his backup last season, signed a contract that will keep him in Miami, the team announced.
Garner, 28, has appeared in 48 games in his career, starting 13. He is a solid reserve, able to play multiple spots on the offensive line. Garner started at right tackle the final month of the 2012 season after Long went down with a torn triceps and played well for the most part.
“I think we definitely can [be better than last year],” Garner said. “Jake is going to be missed sorely. I think we’ll recover, move on down the road and get better as a unit.”
Defensive tackle Randy Starks signed his franchise tender Tuesday, meaning he will earn $8.3 million in 2013 barring his signing a long-term deal. … Third-string quarterback Pat Devlin signed his exclusive rights tender as well. … Philbin said he believes running back Jonas Gray, rehabilitating following knee reconstruction last year, is now fully healthy. … Philbin said it was “just a coincidence” that three of the players (Dansby, Long and Reggie Bush) on last year’s so-called leadership council — the players’ line to the coach — are now gone from the team.
Miami Herald sportswriter Adam Beasley contributed to this report.