Saturday, March 20, 2010
Fins re-sign trio, Bills re-sign Corto
The Miami Dolphins locked up three important exclusive-rights free agents, and the Buffalo Bills brought back their only one.
The Dolphins re-signed leading receiver Davone Bess, tight end Joey Haynos and Pro Bowl kicker Dan Carpenter, undrafted free agents from two years ago. The Bills re-signed local boy Jon Corto, a special-teamer and reserve linebacker.
Exclusive-rights players really aren't free agents. They essentially must re-sign with their teams or not sign anywhere at all.
Bess topped the Dolphins with 76 receptions and 758 yards last year. He scored a pair of touchdowns, one behind rookie Brian Hartline for the team lead.
Carpenter made the Pro Bowl as an alternate. He converted 97 percent of his field goals. He missed only three, and two of those were from 49 yards and out.
Haynos caught 19 passes for 162 yards and two touchdowns.
Corto is an overachiever from Orchard Park, N.Y., where the Bills' headquarters and stadium is located. Corto attended Sacred Heart University, made the Bills' practice squad in 2007 and now comes back as one of their better special-teams players from last year.