Thursday, March 22, 2007

Hakim and Liwienski signed, Denney re-signed

The Dolphins have signed free agent WR Az-Zahir Hakim and G Chris Liwienski to one-year contracts. Long-snapper John Denney was also re-signed to a one-year contract.

Hakim was a fourth-round pick of the Rams in 1998. He has played in 9 seasons with four teams. Known for his open-field speed, Hakim will likely compete for a roster spot as a kick/punt returner and as a 4th/5th receiver. His competition at this point seems to be WR Kelley Campbell and WR Marcus Vick.

Liwienski was a seventh-round pick of the Lions in 1998. He has played in 9 seasons, appearing in 110 games - starting 80 of those games. He has started at both guard positions as well as right tackle. Although he will probably be given a chance to compete for the starting LG spot, he will most likely provide some much needed depth along the line. The team is still interested in G Matt Lehr, and if signed he would man the LG spot. Liwienski has good physical size at 6'5", 321 pounds.

Re-signing long-snapper John Denney is a good move. He has been a very solid snapper for the team over the past two seasons - rarely, if ever, making mistakes in the kicking game. His signing will keep him together with P/holder Donnie Jones and allow them to keep their chemistry.

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