AFC East: Tab Perry
AFC East unrestricted free agents have been popular over the past week.
In a chart compiled by NFC West helmsman Mike Sando, we see that only 62 percent of the AFC East's free-range players are still on the market. Only the NFC South has a lower percentage of players still up for bids.
The Dolphins had seven players with expiring contracts. Three of them (tackle Vernon Carey, safety Yeremiah Bell, linebacker Channing Crowder) re-signed, and two (cornerback Andre Goodman, safety Renaldo Hill) joined the Denver Broncos.
The New England Patriots have 10 unsigned UFAs out of 17. The New York Jets have nine out of 13, and the Buffalo Bills have six out of nine.
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Compared to the other AFC East clubs, the Miami Dolphins don't have many free agents to worry about. But almost every one was a significant contributor to their 11-5 season last year, and most were starters.
Five of their seven unrestricted free agents accounted for 70 starts.
The Dolphins are about $25 million to $27 million under the salary cap.
Unrestricted (free to negotiate with other teams beginning Feb. 27)
- S Yeremiah Bell
- T Vernon Carey
- LB Channing Crowder
- CB Andre Goodman
- S Renaldo Hill
- C Al Johnson
- WR Tab Perry
Restricted (Dolphins have right to match offer from other team)
Exclusive rights (cannot negotiate with other teams if tendered qualifying offer)
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|Greg Camarillo might not be the prototypical NFL receiver, but he leads the Dolphins with 372 receiving yards.|
He is listed at 6-foot-1 and 190 pounds. He ran a 4.6-second 40-yard dash at his pro workout day before the draft. He wears size medium gloves.
Drive toward the illuminated light stanchions in your town on a Friday night and look through the chain-link fence. You'll see high school players who fit Camarillo's general description.
Those kids could play in the NFL, too. They almost certainly won't. If it was that easy, then Camarillo's story wouldn't be considered exceptional.
"I'm still amazed by it sometimes," Camarillo said while hunkered over a plastic plate of barbeque chicken, rice and beans at his stall in the Miami Dolphins locker room. "I wasn't supposed to be here.
"Pretty much every step of my journey I wasn't supposed to take the next step. Odds were against me. That's how my athletic career has been. I've always been the underdog, and I kind of like that."
Unrecruited, unable to score in college, not invited to the scouting combine and undrafted is not a good formula for becoming a go-to NFL target.
Yet Camarillo, who forever will be remembered as the hero who saved the Dolphins from the embarrassment of a winless season last year, leads them with 32 catches for 372 yards and a touchdown.
He has more catches than last year's ninth overall draft pick (Ted Ginn) and has started every game, while a handsomely paid offseason acquisition (Ernest Wilford) and a 2006 third-round pick (Derek Hagan) watch in street clothes.
"He's a guy that from the day that I walked in the door here has done nothing but make plays," Dolphins first-year head coach Tony Sparano said. "Every practice that I'm out there, Camarillo separates from somebody, makes a play, dives for a ball, makes a great catch, beats somebody that he's not maybe on paper not supposed to beat in man-to-man coverage."