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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.

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34 Responses to “Dolphins add Samson Satele to center scrum”
  1. phinsfanjoz says: Aug 2, 2014 7:41 PM

    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. ebr362 says: Aug 2, 2014 7:45 PM

    Smart pick up, plain and simple.

  3. rdj444 says: Aug 2, 2014 7:50 PM

    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.

  4. bsizemore68 says: Aug 2, 2014 8:00 PM

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

  5. nflgreedleague says: Aug 2, 2014 8:00 PM

    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.

  6. canetic says: Aug 2, 2014 8:04 PM

    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.

  7. deadeye says: Aug 2, 2014 8:10 PM

    This was long overdue. It should have happened within two days of Pouncey’s injury.

  8. 1nationraidernation says: Aug 2, 2014 8:11 PM

    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

  9. miamirulez23504 says: Aug 2, 2014 8:13 PM

    In order to contend right away it’s a wise choice

  10. posmoo says: Aug 2, 2014 8:22 PM

    christ, something rational. good on you new general manager guy.

  11. chzamp says: Aug 2, 2014 8:24 PM

    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…

  12. ranci says: Aug 2, 2014 8:27 PM

    “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.

  13. takeittothehizzy says: Aug 2, 2014 8:39 PM


    He’s started 98 games in his career and he’s a good fit for their blocking scheme.

  14. jc327 says: Aug 2, 2014 9:02 PM

    “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?

  15. FinFan68 says: Aug 2, 2014 9:19 PM

    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.

  16. Patskrieg dot com says: Aug 2, 2014 10:08 PM

    Nice depth pickup but why did this take so long? Even when the Fins do something right they screw it up.

  17. jchipwood says: Aug 2, 2014 10:10 PM

    Appaernetly brenner did pretty well at center today in the scrimage but i guess competition doesnt hurt.

  18. VenerableAxiom says: Aug 2, 2014 10:36 PM


    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.

  19. deadeye says: Aug 2, 2014 10:40 PM

    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.

  20. charliereno says: Aug 2, 2014 10:40 PM

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

  21. floriostoupee says: Aug 2, 2014 11:17 PM

    How hard can it be for him to learn the go/go-go tannehill offensive scheme?

  22. chzamp says: Aug 3, 2014 12:07 AM

    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?

  23. drewzducks says: Aug 3, 2014 1:02 AM

    At least he’s used to losing.

  24. brittreid10 says: Aug 3, 2014 1:15 AM

    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.

  25. fishyinalittledishy says: Aug 3, 2014 5:36 AM

    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.

  26. racerx1225 says: Aug 3, 2014 5:59 AM

    At least he’s an imporvement over what they have.

  27. beachsidejames says: Aug 3, 2014 7:37 AM

    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.

  28. annes22 says: Aug 3, 2014 8:35 AM

    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.

  29. mackie66 says: Aug 3, 2014 9:11 AM

    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.

  30. dynasonic says: Aug 3, 2014 12:03 PM

    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.

  31. 12444uggg says: Aug 3, 2014 12:28 PM

    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..

  32. thelastpieceofcheese says: Aug 3, 2014 1:44 PM

    Satelite took the colts twice to the playoffs. He’s now better and more experienced. He’s taking the dolphins to the superbowl.

  33. nflgreedleague says: Aug 3, 2014 4:01 PM

    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!

  34. coldwater32301 says: Aug 4, 2014 11:16 AM

    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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