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Dolphins reach deals with Terrence Fede, Walt Aikens

Walt Aikens AP

One of the four teams holding a rookie minicamp this weekend has finished two more contracts with draft choices.

The Dolphins signed Liberty cornerback Walt Aikens (fourth round) and Marist defensive end Terrence Fede (seventh round) on Friday. The Dolphins announced the pact with Fede, while Aikens announced his deal on Twitter.

The 6-foot-1, 205-pound Aikens played his final three seasons at Liberty (2011-2013) after being dismissed from Illinois in connection with an allegation that he possessed stolen property. He notched 162 tackles and intercepted seven passes for the Flames.

Dolphins G.M. Dennis Hickey noted the club had a pre-draft visit with Aikens and asked him about the off-field incident at Illinois.

“Again, it’s important for us to bring high-character people into our organization,” Hickey said after the draft, according to the club. “Guys make mistakes when they’re 18, 19 years old, but we wanted to get more detail and we felt comfortable after getting him into our building and talking further with him.”

From a playing standpoint, Hickey described Aikens as “a tall, physical corner that has ball skills and is really productive. We really envision him as a special teams contributor. We really liked what he brought in that aspect.”

The first Marist player drafted by an NFL club in school history, Fede (6-4, 267) recorded a combined 30.5 sacks in his last three collegiate seasons.

“We liked his skillset. We like his potential and a lot of the talent he brings,” Hickey said after the club picked Fede, according to a transcript from the Dolphins.

Miami has now signed five of its eight draft choices, with tight end Arthur Lynch (fifth round), linebacker Jordan Tripp (fifth round) and wide receiver Matt Hazel (sixth round) also reaching deals. The Dolphins’ top three picks — offensive tackle Ja’Wuan James (first round), wide receiver Jarvis Landry (second round) and offensive tackle Billy Turner (third round) — are unsigned.

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7 Responses to “Dolphins reach deals with Terrence Fede, Walt Aikens”
  1. 700levelvet says: May 23, 2014 9:21 PM

    Stolen properties…makes mistakes … Yup same old dolphins…does this organization have any class or is it just excuses

  2. tellthetruth1313 says: May 23, 2014 9:57 PM

    GO PHINS!!!

  3. teamvic80nyg says: May 23, 2014 10:01 PM

    I did not like the the aikens pick witch desir still on the board.

  4. soldyou says: May 24, 2014 2:47 AM

    Awesome…now get the 1st 3 taken care of. QUICKLY!!!!

  5. mackie66 says: May 24, 2014 7:05 AM

    The Dolphins had the “no named” defense in the early 70′s, now in the early 2014′s they have the “no named draftees”. And where the hell is Marist?

  6. thelastpieceofcheese says: May 24, 2014 10:11 AM

    Fede on the roof

  7. phinfanatic84 says: May 24, 2014 1:33 PM

    This year’s draft will make Jeff Ireland’s draft look good.

    Marist College is about an hour south of Albany, NY in a dump called Poughkeepsie. That college team would probably lose to Ravena or Burnt Hills’ high school football teams. Absolute joke drafting all “reaches”. So much for “high character” guys as they drafted 3 guys who were kicked off of their college teams. Smh.

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