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Shelley Smith missed part of wedding weekend to sign with Dolphins

The Dolphins are working hard to change the image of their offensive line.

While the old group conducted business in strip clubs, one of their newest members was nearly pulled out of a church to sign with them.

New Dolphins guard Shelley Smith was getting married the weekend the Dolphins signed him to a two-year, $5.5 million deal, a courtship he obviously hadn’t planned around his free agency schedule.

“It was an absolute whirlwind,” Smith said, via Andrew Abramson of the Palm Beach Post. “Me and my wife didn’t expect things to quite work out that way. I ended up missing my rehearsal dinner, I missed some different wedding events. But at the end of the day, it all worked out great. I made it back for my wedding day, I made the wife happy, and I got to sign with the Dolphins.”

Adding some family values might help the Dolphins in the realm of public opinion, but adding some strength to an offensive line will help.

Smith figures to start at one of the guard spots, and comes to Miami with a reputation as a good run-blocker. If he lands between Pro Bowl center Mike Pouncey and new left tackle Branden Albert, it gives them the chance to turn a weakness into a strength.

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10 Responses to “Shelley Smith missed part of wedding weekend to sign with Dolphins”
  1. zackattack006 says: Apr 2, 2014 8:48 AM

    So players now want to play for Miami.

  2. rajbais says: Apr 2, 2014 8:48 AM

    Even with Jeff Ireland gone?

  3. maddog111 says: Apr 2, 2014 8:59 AM

    I think all our wives would have forgiven us for missing our rehearsal dinners if we can home on our wedding days with $5.5 million contracts.

  4. jimmyt says: Apr 2, 2014 9:29 AM

    Wow, that’s a bunch of money for an OK guard.

  5. snowdood163 says: Apr 2, 2014 9:38 AM

    I wonder if his parents were certain they were having a girl and simply hadn’t thought about a boys name. Either way, congrats on a big weekend.

  6. uglydingo says: Apr 2, 2014 9:43 AM

    He’s receiving starter money. I expect him to play LG right next to Albert.

  7. mksnpcola says: Apr 2, 2014 10:11 AM

    Glad to have him. He seems like a good guy. Let’s put last season to rest, shall we?

  8. somethinghappeninghere says: Apr 2, 2014 11:25 AM

    Good for you, Shelly Smith! And have a great and blessed marriage!

  9. steelerben says: Apr 2, 2014 1:06 PM

    They were going to only sign him for $5 million, but he explained that to miss a rehersal dinner he’d need at least 5.5 million excuses to give to his future wife.

  10. dolfan72 says: Apr 4, 2014 7:47 AM

    Did he marry the ESPN reporter, or did we sign the ESPN reporter! It remains a COMMITMENT TO MEDIOCRITY! SELL THE TEAM, LOSS! FIRE JOE PHILBIN!

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