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Naanee joins the Dolphins

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More than a month after trading receiver Brandon Marshall to the Bears, the Dolphins finally have filled Marshall’s spot on the roster.

With Legedu Naanee.

Hooray?

Naanee has signed a one-year deal with the Dolphins, according to the Twitter page of agent David Canter.  Presumably, it’s for the veteran minimum.  Otherwise, Naanee would have signed a contract three or four weeks ago.

After four years with the Chargers, Naanee joined the Panthers in 2011, generating a career-high 44 catches for 467 yards.  The Panthers opted instead to go forward with Steve Smith and a gaggle of guys with two seasons or fewer of experience.

Naanee joins a depth chart that consists of Davone Bess, Brian Hartline, and several guys you’ve never heard of unless you’re related to them.

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45 Responses to “Naanee joins the Dolphins”
  1. xmiksticky says: Apr 17, 2012 8:52 AM

    Dang they are set at receiver now

  2. fitzmagic1212 says: Apr 17, 2012 8:54 AM

    Man am I happy to be a bills fan this off season

  3. agelardi says: Apr 17, 2012 8:55 AM

    Securing a future one single year contract at a time.

  4. rasalas says: Apr 17, 2012 8:56 AM

    Do you really think Naanee was signed to replace Brandon Marshall? Really?

  5. aharris230 says: Apr 17, 2012 8:59 AM

    They’ll still draft a receiver in the first three rounds anyway. And then Florio will make another sarcastic claim how great the WR corps is and completely ignore the fact that receivers can be had in any round of the draft. Marshall was a fourth round pick.

  6. someidiotfromouthereintheprojects says: Apr 17, 2012 9:10 AM

    that guy will frustrate the living hell out of you guys. he drops more easy 3rd down completions than any player i’ve seen in a long time. he is a decent dude and teammate though

  7. getsome99 says: Apr 17, 2012 9:13 AM

    Nobody ever heard of Brandon Marshall, Marques Colston, Miles Austin, Wes Welker, Stevie Johnson, or Vincent Jackson either. Until of course, they heard of them.

  8. 305phinphan says: Apr 17, 2012 9:15 AM

    I still think two receivers the Dolphins need to target in the draft are Marvin McNutt and Ryan Broyles. If they were able to land those two the Dolphins would be set at the receiver position.

    As far as the comment above, the Dolphins are signing a bunch of players to one year contracts and I do not blame them. You do realize that next season the Dolphins will have 68+ million to work with in free agency. Why would you sign a bunch of players to multi year deals when you will have a massive amount of cap space to spend on alpha free agents next season?

  9. jessieboom says: Apr 17, 2012 9:22 AM

    Go ahead Florio, you’ll eat crow soon. Of course, you already have Raven dangily parts in your mouth most of the time anyway.

  10. dolphan22 says: Apr 17, 2012 9:27 AM

    Ha ha ha…the guy is on a vet minimum,there to push roberto wallace and marlon moore.if he works out fine,but he is simply competition. Bring in a young guy in the draft and we will look like a decent west coast team. You don’t need a dominant,over the top,I’m clearly better than any other receiver for this offense…though I wouldn’t be upset with Floyd at #8

  11. devastationinc says: Apr 17, 2012 9:29 AM

    Fellas, never argue with an idiot. Florio will beat you with experience.

  12. win1soon says: Apr 17, 2012 9:38 AM

    This is huge…Moore to Naanae, can’t wait to hear it….SUPER BOWL!

  13. vtmem says: Apr 17, 2012 9:52 AM

    Back-handed compliments are no different than snide remarks. Mike does the best he can do.
    Remember the purpose of the free agency and the draft is to create a TEAM, not to collect STARS.

  14. jcusa514 says: Apr 17, 2012 9:58 AM

    i think most have heard of bess and hartline. they’ve been in the league for 4 or 5 seasons.

  15. wannstache says: Apr 17, 2012 10:08 AM

    As a 41-year Dolphin fan, this is by far the least optimistic I have ever been heading into a season. For whatever reason, ownership and management are intent on downgrading the quality of the players and coaches on this team. Maybe they want to drive the fans away, possibly for an excuse to move to Los Angeles. Maybe they are cutting costs with the intent to sell the team and minimize the loss. Whatever the reason, this team is taking steps backwards when the rest of the teams in our division have been taking steps forward. And I actually think Florio has been reserved in his criticism of the team.

  16. oldbyrd says: Apr 17, 2012 10:13 AM

    Super Bowl…ugh

  17. paddymurph70 says: Apr 17, 2012 10:16 AM

    never seen a more snippy little fin-hater. depth and competition…he’s not going to replace marshall’s production. marshall may not even match his production in chicago – he may be too busy being suspended or punching women in the face in nightclubs at 3am.

  18. laxcoach37 says: Apr 17, 2012 10:17 AM

    Hmmm… I thought no one wants to sign with the Dolphins? I agree with the other comment. Mark my words, in WCO the ball gets spread around from a 3-5 step drop, ALL Miami Receivers (not just WR!) will have numbers. Clyde Gates and Roberto Wallace will be household names along with Bush, Thomas and Clay. The right, executed Offense will humble any team… Especially againt a Pass Rush.. No time for Sacks. The Packers did it with Zone Blocking and no less than 5 active Receivers. Last year B. Marshall was targeted 58% of the time. Based on that crap offense, his drops hurt bad in any predictable situation like the third and longs and moreover end Zzones. We wont miss him. The Dolphins will be a bunch on No-Names and will surprise the league with some decent Wins. Not boasting a SB, just growth and prudent spending for a healthy future.

    PS- I hope the Les Brown signing works out. Literally, the fastest, most athletic big TE (current players) and the Draft. Former All State in Football and Basketball. Stole the WAC Pro-Day! Could have signed with any Team and CHOSE the Fins (take that Warran Sapp… Oops your in Court right now and unemployed). Very raw, but has more upside than Gronkowski. He can out run ALL LBs and… most Secondary. Can he learn? Academic All-American, can he Catch?- we’ll see this Summer. Quietly and under the radar.. Good Signings.

  19. jcd213 says: Apr 17, 2012 10:25 AM

    I’m excited to see what Clyde Gates can bring to the table this year. If he can get it together, he’ll be real deep threat. Also can’t wait to see what Fasano does at TE in Philbins “west coast” system.

  20. anrockray says: Apr 17, 2012 10:46 AM

    As a lifelong Phin fan, I’d rather feel good rooting for Nanee than feel bad rooting for Brandon “The Walking Turd” Marshall.

  21. bsizemore68 says: Apr 17, 2012 10:49 AM

    The deal that people need to see is we have a new coach who will, I think make us forget the fist pump, I see a whole new plan for this team, and this year is a stepping stone to a large cap and better future next year. People forget that after we had just one win we came back with eleven wins, any season teams can out do there last season. Bill

  22. jgedgar70 says: Apr 17, 2012 10:54 AM

    As a Panther fan, I wish to extend my condolances to Dolphins fans. This guy’s hands are like steel traps, rusted in the closed position.

  23. bchapman2011 says: Apr 17, 2012 11:00 AM

    With every one of these odd signing it is becoming more evident what Miami’s plan is.
    Does anybody else read into the fact that every contract they are giving out is a one year close to minimum pay deal? I think Miami is resigned to the fact that they are going to have a bad season and they are setting themselves up for future succsess. Miami will probably have 20-25 free agents next year and only 55 million committed in salary depending on their negotiations with Long,Hartline, and Wake. They are going to have a-lot of money to spend next summer. They will also in all lilelyhood have even lower draft picks next year and probably get several compensatory picks based on all of their free agents. The bad news is that it is going to be a really rough season next year but I really think if they play their cards right they could have a very young and talented roster after next years draft. Irelands main strength is talent evaluation so we will see.

  24. hikohadon says: Apr 17, 2012 11:13 AM

    “Hmmm… I thought no one wants to sign with the Dolphins?”
    __________________

    I think the insinuation was “no one that matters”.

  25. agelardi says: Apr 17, 2012 11:14 AM

    And what is it about Ireland & Ross’ record in getting free agent players & coaches has you optimistic that all that money will be spent wisely rather than desperately overpaying for mediocre free agents and overdrafted college rookies? I’m a die hard Dolphins fan for 20+ years and this regime seems steadfast on making me die hard.

    305phinphan says:
    Apr 17, 2012 9:15 AM
    You do realize that next season the Dolphins will have 68+ million to work with in free agency. Why would you sign a bunch of players to multi year deals when you will have a massive amount of cap space to spend on alpha free agents next season?

    bchapman2011 says:
    Apr 17, 2012 11:00 AM

    Miami will probably have 20-25 free agents next year and only 55 million committed in salary depending on their negotiations with Long,Hartline, and Wake. They are going to have a-lot of money to spend next summer.

  26. 69finfan says: Apr 17, 2012 11:28 AM

    As a 43 year Dolphin Fan I am extremely excited about this season, just as I have been every other season. Like many (not all) posters here I prefer to look at the glass as close to full, not even half full and definately not half empty. If things work out great, if not that’s ok also. Being a Dolphin Fan does not define me. Laxcoach37, great post. The Fins have a Master Plan and that’s to lull everybody else into a false sense of security. Go Fins!

  27. FinFan68 says: Apr 17, 2012 11:32 AM

    The Dolphins will be using a version of the west coast offense. No superstar receiver is required in that type of offense. A great player can’t hurt but the system is built on spreading the ball around and finding the open receiver rather than ensuring the diva gets a specific number of targets. Sure, the receivers are far from superstars but they are capable. In that offense, chemistry is more important than above average talent.

  28. CKL says: Apr 17, 2012 11:36 AM

    I’m a Pats fan, so I’ve “heard of” Bess. He usually kills my team.

  29. beeronthefridge says: Apr 17, 2012 11:55 AM

    Fins to the Superbowl!

  30. bchapman2011 says: Apr 17, 2012 12:18 PM

    agelardi says:
    Apr 17, 2012 11:14 AM
    And what is it about Ireland & Ross’ record in getting free agent players & coaches has you optimistic that all that money will be spent wisely rather than desperately overpaying for mediocre free agents and overdrafted college rookies? I’m a die hard Dolphins fan for 20+ years and this regime seems steadfast on making me die hard.
    ———————————————-
    People are being too hard on Ireland because they look at the big picture. The big picture tells you that Ireland has been here for five years and Miami should be contending for a division title. When you peel the layers back you see that Irleand has only been calling the shots and had absolute control for two seasons. It takes 3 or 4 years to turn a franchise around. People look and teams like Cincy and Detroit and get the notion that it can be turned around overnight. That simply isnt true. Those teams were horrible for alot of years and there it took alot of high draft picks to turn those teams around. I give Ireland alot of credit because he is sticking to his guns. He knows he is getting killed in the media and he is unwavering. What he is doing is going to clear huge amounts of cap space for Miami next offseason and build Miami through the draft. Miami wont probably use the money to sign alot of big name free agents and they will save the $$ to resign their own talent. Ireland knows how to evalutate talent. In fact, he is excellent at it. We were very close to getting Jimmy Graham and several other stars the last few years they just didnt fall to us in the draft. Somethimes it just boils down to luck.

  31. icantadd says: Apr 17, 2012 12:30 PM

    This article is too awesome haha.

  32. vtmem says: Apr 17, 2012 12:57 PM

    bchapman2011 ,

    I’v been a Dolphin fan for 40+ years. We got lucky with Danny and tried to build a team around him. Planning for post-Marino was not good. We have to get back to the basics of building AND MAINTAINING a good TEAM. Stars are nice, but they need the others of the 11 to play on the field and the rest of the 53 to fit into their roles. Too many fans are looking for the one player who can carry a team. There is no such person. There was a Jim Brown. Who else? Dan Marino set passing records, but he needed Clayton and Duper to help. Then some newer players broke them when the rules were changed. We need a TEAM not a Star.

  33. andyreiddoublecheeseburger says: Apr 17, 2012 2:03 PM

    Warfield, Duper, Moore, Clayton….Naanee? Talk about falling on hard times.

  34. catquick says: Apr 17, 2012 2:10 PM

    The big mistake of the Fins was letting JLo and Fergie pick players, as team owners. They aren’t exactly Al Davis. The Dolfs better hope reggie Bush doesn’t get hurt this year. You could end up like last years Colts.

  35. skylark70455 says: Apr 17, 2012 2:32 PM

    fitzmagic1212 says: “Man am I happy to be a bills fan this off season”

    The off-season is always the best time to be a Bills fan. :) You guys planning on challenging the Jets for the off-season Superbowl title this year?

  36. numba1recx19 says: Apr 17, 2012 3:17 PM

    This teams gonna be a good team with good players, no superstar recs, but they will spread the ball. Bess, Hartline, Nanee, Marcus Thigpen, Roberto Wallace, Pruiit, Fasano, i like their recs.

  37. cantonbound13 says: Apr 17, 2012 3:52 PM

    Jeff Ireland is really reeling in the big name free agents.
    You would think with this draft loaded with talented receivers the Dolphins would draft one in the 2nd or 3rd round, but knowing Ireland, he won’t.

  38. dewman13 says: Apr 17, 2012 4:39 PM

    I love educating Glorio! Marlon Moore(Fresno St), Julius Pruitt(Ouachita Baptist), Clyde Gates(Abilene Christian), and the best for last….Roberto Wallace(San Diego State) Florio is proof that ANYONE can make a dollar!!!!! Laxcoach is on the money!

  39. cantonbound13 says: Apr 17, 2012 6:30 PM

    Wow! The Dolphins are going to be boring & aweful this year. Thanks Ross & Ireland.

  40. phinfan says: Apr 17, 2012 9:31 PM

    that guy will frustrate the living hell out of you guys. he drops more easy 3rd down completions than any player i’ve seen in a long time…

    ——

    Oh goodie – he was brought in to fill Bmarsh’s shoes in the case of the dropsies… groan

  41. pantherdan says: Apr 18, 2012 1:51 AM

    A definite upgrade over baby T.O…..Hey, maybe they sign the real T.O. and just blow up the whole team!

    BTW…Seiya Arijiotutu or whatever his name is, is not going to make the Panthers this season so hey…take another Panthers cast off….who was also a san diego cast off! A 3 hour tour anyone!

  42. pantherdan says: Apr 18, 2012 1:55 AM

    hey, I hear Mercury Morris can pass a urine test…maybe an RB other than Bush out of the backfield catching…hmmmm

  43. nremi85 says: Apr 18, 2012 2:50 PM

    Dolphins are gonna be a good team and I like what they r doing at first I was like ughhhhhh, now im liking it more and more ….. we still need to get floyd or a line man or passrusher at 8 ….I would like floyd over all, than if not a line man ….we have a good defence, we just have a few holes in the offence we need to wworry about before defence….floyd at 8 , passrusher in 2nd , rt or rg in 3rd , another w.r in 3rd , rt or rg in 4th , corner in 5th , safety in 6th or te ….. and saftey or te in 7th ……if we can land weeden in second, jump on it and worry about the passrushe in 3rd with a rt/ rg, and than in the 4th take another receiever …so on. On and on …….but next yr. W/ the cap space we can get a bunch of good free agents with good long term deals …..I would not go for a qb this draft besides weeden, tann, hell no at 8 , and I wouldn’t waiste time with the others when we got more offence posstions to worry about

  44. nremi85 says: Apr 18, 2012 2:58 PM

    We will be back to a good team. By 2013 , this yr. We come back to wwhere we were at one time and philbin will go down as one of the best coaches in history, we have a great coaching staff on sides of the ball, and ross has been a good owner if u thnk about it, he’s tried to bring great coaching and staffing and players here, , ireland is a great scout, he needs to realize gm position is no joke and from what I see, he knows if he don’t make a playoff run this yr its over for him …..he has no shoice but to make this team look and feel better or bye bye bro…..but I have faith in him, he’s a smart guy, just do what u do ireland and make the right moves this draft ….we will be fine under philbin….and say we do have a crappy yr. (I hope not) keep your coaching staff no matter what, ireland can go at this time (if bad) but the coaches keep and let them continue there plan ……..phins fan from Massachusetts …..bills, jets and pat hater…..

  45. nremi85 says: Apr 18, 2012 3:02 PM

    Who did the pats have them 3 superbowl wins ….brady..branch, like come on, all average players with no big names at the time, and look what happend, look what cassel did with them and he sucks, its all about coaching, not all about but players believe and stuff happends and a good coaching staff mean alot….pats prooved it….and so did the packers…..the giants ( when they were talking getting rid of eli he comes and wins 2 superbowls against the best team in football) coaching is key and I CAN SAY FROM WHAT I SEE AND READ AND ACTIONS, WE HAVE THE BEST COMBO OF COACHING IN THE NFL …WATCH N C

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