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Thursday, February 19, 2009
Sparano won't go gaga over big-name receivers


Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham

INDIANAPOLIS -- Fans wishing the Miami Dolphins will sign a big-threat receiver like T.J. Houshmandzadeh shouldn't hold their breath.

  Sparano

Dolphins head coach Tony Sparano on Thursday made multiple references to how he agrees with management's philosophy to build through the draft rather than collect free agents.

But the big hint the Dolphins aren't in the market for a wide receiver came when Sparano declared he was happy with the offensive skill players already on the roster.

"Is it important to have one of those guys [a star receiver]? Eh," Sparano said, wearing the expression of someone who'd been asked if he wanted a deep-tissue massage from Fabio. "Yeah, I've been in some situations where we've had that kind of guy and not finished in the top 10 in offense.

"I kind of like where we are with our offense. They're unselfish. If you get that piece, that's great. You hope it fits. If you don't, we're prepared."

Sparano said he enjoyed watching offensive coordinator Dan Henning utilize Miami's unheralded players.

Until Greg Camarillo suffered a season-ending knee injury in Week 12, the Dolphins' game-day receiving corps consisted of only one drafted player, Ted Ginn Jr. The others were rookie Davone Bess and Brandon London.

"We finished in the top 10 on offense this year," Sparano said. "We don't have any stars. Everybody knows that. We don't have that star player one way or the other.

"Really, I thought Dan Henning did a tremendous job with our offensive staff, being able to spread the ball around and get the ball to a lot of people."