After a three-month break, it was back to work Monday — for most every Dolphins player.
For the first time since their season ended in late December, Dolphins players gathered in an official capacity for the start of the nine-week offseason workout program. Activities for the first two weeks are limited to strength and conditioning.
Participation in the program — which is closed to the public and media — is voluntary, and though the team does not confirm who participated, a league source told The Miami Herald that defensive tackle Randy Starks was not present Monday. Starks, who was set to be a free agent before the Dolphins gave him the franchise designation, recently signed a one-year tender that will pay him $8.45 million this year.
Meanwhile, many of his other teammates were far more eager to participate.
“Up early ready to get it,” Dolphins receiver Mike Wallace wrote on Twitter.
Other Dolphins tweets Monday:
• Pro Bowl defensive end Cameron Wake: “Phase 1 Day 1 down.. Feeling good.. Off-season is officially over.”
• Defensive back Jimmy Wilson: “Grind time football is back #gophins #phinsup #nfl”
• And kick returner Marcus Thigpen: “Great first day of workouts with the team... It felt good to see everyone back in the building.”
The workouts take place at the Dolphins’ headquarters in Davie. The team’s organized team activities begin May 21.
Philbin joins subcommittee
Dolphins coach J oe Philbin has been named to the Coaches Subcommittee of the NFL’s Competition Committee, a seven-man board that debates player safety, competitive issues, coaching and personnel development and technological innovations.
The subcommittee, chaired by Hall of Famer John Madden, provides recommendations to the full Competition Committee prior to the annual NFL meeting every March.