Dolphins sign center Samson Satele

Updated: August 3, 2014, 1:12 AM ET
By James Walker | ESPN.com

MIAMI -- The Dolphins looked to one of their former draft picks in hopes of fixing their issues at center.

Miami signed free-agent center Samson Satele on Saturday evening, the team announced. The Dolphins also released guard Samuel Longo to make room for the move.

Satele is a former second-round pick of the Dolphins in 2007. He started 32 regular-season games in Miami for two seasons before being traded to the Oakland Raiders in 2009. Satele went on to start 98 career games for the Dolphins, Raiders and Indianapolis Colts.

The Dolphins need Satele's veteran presence after losing Pro Bowl center Mike Pouncey for four to eight games due to hip surgery. Miami tried mixing and matching various players at center at the start of training camp and had shaky results. Shelley Smith, Nate Garner and Sam Brenner all combined for approximately a dozen bad snaps so far in training camp. Satele should bring more stability to an unstable group.

This year the Dolphins are expected to have five new starters on the offensive line compared to last season.

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ESPN Miami Dolphins reporter

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