Long snapper John Denney is the longest tenured Dolphins player, having joined the team under the Nick Saban coaching staff. Well, he's going to be around a while longer.
Denney today signed a three-year contract extension that makes him the highest paid player at his position in the NFL, according to his agent Ian Greengross. His extension will pay Denney an average of $1,150,029 per year, according to a league source.
Denney was in the final year of his contract and is now signed through 2016.
“He’s a (constant) professional," Dolphins coach Joe Philbin said recently of Denney. "The guy is a hard worker. He’s very good at his job, but he’s not complacent. He continues to work, continues to improve. He takes care of himself on and off the field. He’s doing a really nice job."
Denney made the Dolphins in 2005 as an undrafted free agent. He displaced Ed Perry, who at the time was considered a quality long snapper.
I suppose Denney has blown some snap at some point. He is, after all, human. But I don't remember it. So that should tell you how well he's done his job.
Denney is the second veteran in the final year of his deal that has signed an extension recently. Last week, the club signed Reshad Jones to a four-year extension. Obviously, the Dolphins are trying to lock up players they value before the season begins.