Sunday, February 25, 2007

Phins Add Marshall, Sign Chatman

The official team site reports that Miami has added Marvin Marshall as an offensive quality control coach. Marshall spent the 2006 season as an offensive assistant with the San Diego Chargers making him familiar with Miami Head Coach Cam Cameron.

The site also reports that Miami signed RB Jesse Chatman and allocated him to NFL Europe this spring. Chatman is a four-year veteran in the NFL, spending the first three years of his career with the San Diego Chargers before serving short stints with the Dolphins and the New Orleans Saints. The site provides the following description:
During his tenure with the Chargers, the 27-year-old Chatman played in 41 games, all in a reserve role, and rushed for 428 yards and three touchdowns on 79 carries, a 5.4-yard average per attempt. He also caught 10 passes for 115 yards and returned six kickoffs for a 20.0-yard average. He had his most productive season in 2004 when he played in 15 contests and compiled 392 yards rushing and three touchdowns on 65 attempts, a 6.0-yard average per carry. This included a 103-yard, 1-TD rushing performance (11 atts.) on October 10 against Jacksonville.
Thus far, the team has allocated three players to NFL Europe: WR P.K. Sam, DT Steve Fifita, and now RB Jesse Chatman.


In other news, DE Kevin Carter said his agent, Harold Lewis, will meet with the organization this week to discuss restructuring his contract. Carter also said that he fully expects to be with the team again this season. Carter is scheduled to count $6.5 million against the 2007 salary cap so the team clearly will want to restructure that to provide more room beneath the cap. The team has also initiated talks with LT Damion McIntosh about possibly returning next season.

According to the Palm Beach Post, three sources have said that offensive guard is expected to be a top priority of the team heading into the offseason. The team is likely to target a guard like Kris Dielman, since the Dolphins don't know when Jeno James will be healthy again, after suffering knee injuries the past two seasons. James is a potential player whom the front office might ask to restructure his contract. Also, the team has told G Bennie Anderson that he will not be back with the team this season. Seth McKinney, who is set to make $4 million, may also be a cap casualty.

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