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All aboard! Dolphins sign ex-Locomotive Danny Lansanah

Fans wait in line for autographs during the first day of Miami Dolphins training camp.
Fans wait in line for autographs during the first day of Miami Dolphins training camp. lriely@miamiherald.com

Danny Lansanah is such a journeyman, he used to be a locomotive.

A Las Vegas Locomotive — that is — of the now defunct United Football League.

Lansanah has a new home now, and he hopes it’s not a summer rental. He’s the newest member of the Miami Dolphins after signing with the team Wednesday.

The Dolphins waived injured wide receiver Tyler Murphy to make room.

The Dolphins held linebacker tryouts Wednesday, and Lansanah beat out a group that included Brandon Spikes, the former starter for the Patriots.

He brings needed depth to a position with very little of it, starting games at all three linebacker spots for the Buccaneers in 2014. He’s expected to compete with Neville Hewitt and an injured Zach Vigil for a roster spot.

Undrafted out of UConn, Lansanah has been on some seven teams since 2008, including the Dolphins’ practice squad. He spent three years in the low-budget UFL before getting his big break with Tampa Bay.

The Dolphins liked Lansanah’s upside more than that of Spikes, the 28-year-old former second-round pick out of Florida who spent four years in New England before joining the Bills in 2014.

A solid run defender, Spikes has 340 career tackles but just two sacks. He re-signed with the Patriots in the spring of 2015 but was cut a month later. He’s been out of the league since.

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