The Dolphins’ new blocking tight end is their old blocking tight end.
No, not Dion Sims.
Try Anthony Fasano, who played with the Dolphins from 2008 through 2012.
Fasano, who turns 33 next month, agreed to a contract Thursday to return to Miami. He still lives in Fort Lauderdale in the offseason, so he made the short drive over to team headquarters and signed the contract.
He’ll be reunited with Ryan Tannehill and Mike Pouncey, two of the very few holdovers from his first stint here.
Many reasons, but high on the list:
“I’m searching for a playoff run and an opportunity to win the Super Bowl,” Fasano said. “That’s where I’m at in my career.”
Yes, it’s a new day in Miami.
Fasano said he doesn’t care about stats, and probably knows he won’t be asked to catch many footballs (which is good, because he’s averaged just 20.5 receptions in the four years since he left the Dolphins). That will be up to Julius Thomas.
Instead, he’ll be asked to hold the line, now that Sims seems destined to leave for Chicago, as NFL Network first reported. He’s done that well throughout his career, most recently in Tennessee.
“I think it’s an important part of the position – somewhat of a lost art in the NFL nowadays – so it’s something I take great pride in,” Fasano said. “I do believe to be a good football team you need to be a good running team, and good running teams have good blocking tight ends.
He’ll also protect the edge for his old friend Tannehill, who was another factor in Fasano’s decision to return.
“He was a great teammate for the year we were teammates,” Fasano said. “... I really believe in him and the prospects for this team.”
Fasano’s history with the organization also “weighed heavily” when he was making the decision.
As for Adam Gase? They’re still getting to know each other, but Fasano is well aware of his new coach’s reputation.
“He's kind of known quietly as the quarterback whisperer,” Fasano added.