Dolphins add Samson Satele to center scrum

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With Pro Bowl center Mike Pouncey out for at least half the season due to a hip injury and the Dolphins concerned about the position without him, “next man up” has yielded to “next man in.”

According to Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald, the Dolphins have signed veteran center Samson Satele.

Satele started 32 games over two seasons with Miami to begin his career.  He has since played for the Raiders for three season (from 2009 to 2011) and the Colts (2012 to 2013).

While Satele has been the starter on every team for which he has played, he’ll have to learn the new Miami offense quickly.  Even if he doesn’t, he may be the best option they have until Pouncey returns.

34 responses to “Dolphins add Samson Satele to center scrum

  1. A no-brainer of a move. This had to happen after the disastrous results of other guys who had never been Centers attempting to be Centers in practice.

  2. Good signing for them. Should have done it a while ago. Essentially “trading” him for Jake Grove in ’09 was, along with the Ernest Wilford and Gabril Wilson disaster signings and the drafting of Pat White, were the low points of the Parcells reign. There actually were quite a few of them to choose from.

  3. I’m glad that he is back in Miami Gardens, he will make a difference on the line in his experience and leadership. Bill

  4. Even though Garner proved to be a capable starter last year this move should have happened 10 days ago to give him time to learn the system. He will immediately add depth to the position and probably win the starting job by week 3 of the preseason.

  5. I can help him learn the Miami offense. 1st Down, run up the middle. 2nd and 9, run up the middle. 3rd and long, allow Tannehill to get sacked. Now go get some Gatorade as Philbin claps. You’ve earned it.

  6. with that said, word is bergstrom is moving to play back up center for the raiders, because Gabe Jackson has looked so good at guard in camp..

    Go Raiders……Go O-line

  7. Let’s not kid ourselves. Satele was let go by us for a reason. He was let go of OAK for a reason. He was let go of by IND for a reason. He was a free agent without a team for a reason. He just isn’t really that good.
    I HOPE he can come in and keep the seat warm, but my initial reaction is …meh…

  8. “I can help him learn the Miami offense. 1st Down, run up the middle. 2nd and 9, run up the middle.”

    Umm, do you watch the games? Miami passed the ball a ton last year and ran very little.

  9. “I can help him learn the Miami offense. 1st Down, run up the middle. 2nd and 9, run up the middle.”

    Dude, Sparano was fired two years ago. Where you been?

  10. Don’t see why some Miami fans are lauding this. He is depth in the sense that he is a warm body. He is not good at all and three teams have let him go without any money concerns–it was all lack of talent. Granted he was decent enough to start on those teams but I have to think there are better options out there.

  11. FinFan68,

    Your correct, but he’s was not a good fit in either of those offenses. He’s not Pouncey, but he’s a better fit in this offense than the power running offenses. In addition, getting a free agent to come in for five or six games could’ve been difficult. Apparently they consider him better than what’s in house.

  12. For those who don’t know, Miami did this not because Satele is some kind of world beater. He’s simply able to snap the ball to the QB in the shotgun without launching it over his head or dribbling it on the ground. Neither Garner nor Shelley Smith were able to do that.

  13. The Dolphins hoped to remedy a positional injury situation by signing a guy that’s constantly injured? LOL

  14. It’s fine that Satele has 98 starts. The problem is, he’s played poorly in most of them. Check him out on Pro-Football Focus. He’s consistently rated a below average center.
    Getting the naps right is an improvement over what we have. A center that blocks like a turn-style only ends up getting the closest thing we’ve had to a real NFL QB since Marino KILLED.
    Remember…IND has it’s sight set on a Super Bowl, and instead of renegotiating Satele’s contract to keep him as the starter, they thought moving on was the best option. They don’t trust him to protect Andrew Luck. So that means that Tannehill gets the leftovers?

  15. Satele has to be better than the guys they have been trying to plug in. I just hope Tannehill can hold on to the ball. I believe led the league in QB fumbles last year.

  16. At least he will give Tannehill a chance to make a play, from what I have read most of the shotgun snaps at practice have been flying over his head. I don’t claim to be an expert but to me that’s not good.

  17. He was a starter on those other teams. In Miami he’s the back up center. As a #2 guy it’s a smart move and allows them time to get the rest of the o-line settled in. Pouncey at #1 with Satele at #2. This entire o-line will be adjusting until they get it right. 5 Weeks until opening day and that’s when we’ll see what the Fins have come up with this year.

  18. At least he started his career with the Dolphins. He should never have left but that was an Ireland move. He’s better in the position than anyone else on the team right now.

  19. Good signing, its about time,,,are the Dolphin kidding? Samson is marginal at best,,,a body to place in the middle of the OL,,,cant run block, cant pass protect with any regularity, hopefully he can still direct snap without snapping the ball over Tannehills head, if that happens there will be a scrum,,on Tannehills body.

  20. Everyone praising this signing has never seen Satele play. He shows up for two games per year. The other 14 games he utilizes a two step blocking style.

    1. Snap Ball
    2. Immediately fall to the ground hoping a defender stumblers over him

    That’s all he’s got. That’s it. That is IT. That IS it. I don’t know what’s going on… I have some Will Ferrell thing stuck in my head. But don’t forget Satele sucks. Eat snacky smores.

  21. I never thought I’d see so much praise for Satele. He was so ineffective as a Colt, we started rooting for a guy named AQ Shipley to take over center..

  22. PTF is like the last resting place of every bitter NFL football fan. Everybody that used to be on my team now sucks. Nobody is saying this guy is the best out there, but he was good enough for the dolts for two years and now the Dolphins need depth at center til Pouncey gets back.
    That’s it people, let it go!

  23. This was a great move for the Dolphins and it also suggest that Pouncey might be out longer than we thought… but its says a lot about the mindset of The Dolphins we patched up a O’Line but that patched O’line is one we can compete with and expect to win with…Indeed…

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