Dolphins sign LS Patrick Scales to add training camp competition

4/9/13 in NFL   |   IvanRogers   |   1352 respect

The Miami Dolphins signed former Utah State undrafted free agent Patrick Scales to the team’s 90-man training camp roster on Monday.
The third-year long snapper Patrick Scales spent parts of the last two seasons on the Baltimore Ravens’ training camp. However, Patrick Scales was released by the Baltimore Ravens ahead of the last season in the final roster cuts and remained unsigned until he was picked up by the Miami Dolphins in the 2013 offseason.
The signing puts Miami Dolphins incumbent starter John Denney’s job in jeopardy. Earlier this offseason, the Miami Dolphins had talked about adding training camp competition at every level, and signing Patrick Scales proves the team is making every effort in that direction.
The Miami Dolphins could be looking at Patrick Scales as a cheaper option to replace John Denney. The 34-year-old John Denney, who is entering his 13th year in the league, is entering the final year of a four-year, $3.03 million contract. The deal pays John Denney $870,000 in base salary f01 2013, plus a $10,000 roster bonus. So currently John Denney counts $1.013 million against the Miami Dolphins salary cap.
Patrick Scales is just in time for the Miami Dolphins’ OTA program next week, where he will be pitted against John Denney for the long snapper competition to make the final 53-man roster.
If the 6-foot-4, 258-pound Patrick Scales outshines the nine-year veteran John Denney, he will have replaced the longest tenured player of the Miami Dolphins ahead of the 2013 season.
The Miami Dolphins have now taken the back seat to free agency, with their priorities shifting to the April 25 NFL draft. The team has already signed wide receivers Mike Wallace and Brandon Gibson, cornerback Brent Grimes, guard Lance Louis, tight end Dustin Keller, defensive tackle Vaughn Martin as well as linebackers Dannell Ellerbe and Phil Wheeler this year. The Miami Dolphins also re-signed their own free agents, including safety Chris Clemons, wide receiver Brian Hartline, guard Nate Garner and quarterback Matt Moore, while defensive back Randy Starks received the franchise tag.
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