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May 22, 2014

First rookie draft pick contract is done [Updated]

The Dolphins are in full rookie minicamp mode starting Friday when approximately 40 players (eight draft picks, 20 or so undrafted free agent signees and tryout players) take the field at the training facility in Davie, Fla.

And as part of that the team's contract negotiation department (mostly Dawn Aponte) is getting to work.

The Dolphins have just agreed to terms with linebacker Jordan Tripp on a four-year contract, according to a source. Tripp is a fifth-round pick.

The Dolphins are also negotiating with their other seven draft picks and could have deals with several more by the time camp begins Friday.

[4:30 Update: Fellow fifth-round pick Arthur Lynch is close to agreeing to his four-year deal, according to a source. So he should be signed perhaps as early as Friday.]

[5:11 Update: The Dolphins now announce they have signed Lynch.]

[Friday morning update: The Dolphins announced sixth-round receiver Matt Hazel was signed and confirmed the signing of Tripp.]

[Noon Friday update: Seventh-round draft pick Terrence Fede and the Dolphins have agreed to terms on a four-year deal.]

Timing of Dolphins rookie minicamp is excellent

South Florida is full of temptations 24 ... 7 ... 365. And there is nothing the Miami Dolphins can do about that in hoping, praying their players stay out of trouble.

But when you have the volatile mix of young players, a Memorial Day weekend and so many parties it is hard to count, the Dolphins answer with what I believe to be brilliant scheduling for their rookie minicamp.

That minicamp is this weekend. Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

And so the rookies -- the eight draft picks, 20 or so undrafted free agent signees and tryout guys -- won't likely be out on Miami Beach partying because they'll spend most of the day working. And, I suppose, they'll be meeting in the evening.


So much for attending the Rock the Yacht party, the Kinfolks Soulfood Festival, the Sunkissed Rooftop Day Party, the Best of the Best Welcome Party, the Fortune 500 bash, the Meek Mill bash at Mansion, the Kevin Hart Celebrity Cruise, the Keyshia Cole concert, the YMCMB at Club LIV, the ...

... Well, you get the drift.

Even former Dolphins offensive tackle Bryant McKinnie is hosting a party this Friday.

There's lots to do here this weekend. A lot of it involves alcohol. Extra police will be everywhere.

The Dolphins rookies? They'll be working in Davie thanks to some excellent timing by the team.