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Dolphins sign center Samson Satele

 The Miami Dolphins have signed free agent center Samson Satele, according to a source.

The addition of Satele, who has played for the Dolphins in 2007-2008, Oakland (2008-11)and the Indianapolis Colts most recently, will help address the troubling center snap issue the team has seen in practice the first seven practices of training camp.

Adding Satele will create competition at center and also improve depth.

The Dolphins opened training camp with Shelley Smith as their starting center but he struggled with his snaps. Smith, a guard throughout his NFL career, has never played center professionally.

The team then switched to Nate Garner working with the starting offensive line. And although Garner has been an upgrade over Smith, he also has had troubling moments at center.

Satele is a natural center. Although he was not outstanding (or even above average) for the Colts at center in 2013, he has few troubles with line calls or snaps.

The Dolphins waived offensive lineman Samuel Longo to make room for Satele on the roster.

The Dolphins' search for a proficient center is due largely to the fact starter Mike Pouncey is rehabilitating from hip surgery and could miss games into October.

 

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