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Afternoon news, notes from owners meeting

PHOENIX, Ariz. -- Dolphins general manager Dennis HIckey met with the media this afternoon and revealed a couple of newsy nuggets:

Hickey said the team's timetable for having safety Louis Delmas ready for full participation on field work is the June minicamp.

That is obviously great news and suggests Delmas will also get work in training camp and indeed be ready for the regular-season opener, barring a setback.

Delmas suffered a torn ACL in a knee last December.

Despite their confidence in Delmas being ready for June, the team was careful to pay for that idea. It gave him no guaranteed money when he signed last week with a per-game roster bonus worth up to $750,000 bonus for 16 games. He has a $1.25 million playtime incentive. His base salary will be $1.475 million on his one-year deal.

Offensive tackle Branden Albert had a more significant knee injury in November in that he tore his ACL and MCL. But he also is the subject of positive news.

Albert's rehabilitation is "on track" and the team's starting left tackle should be ready to play in the 2015 regular season opener.

Last season the Dolphins got precious little help from running back Knowshon Moreno. He had a breakout performance of 146 yards against New England in the opener but suffered a dislocated elbow in the second game of the year and weeks later when he came back from that, he blew out his knee was done for the season.

Moreno is not rehabbing with the Dolphins. But Hickey said the team is keeping tabs on him and is not eliminating the possibility of bringing him back in 2015.

Moreno is an unrestricted free agent. It is possible the Dolphins look at him as a one-year, stopgap after the draft if the team fails to get a runner in the draft.

The Dolphins are also looking for a veteran wide receiver at the right price -- more likely after the draft.

And while Michael Crabtree visited the team last week, there have been rumors Greg Jennings was possibly going to visit with club officials here during the owners meeting.

That meeting, per a source, has not happened. It is possible the meeting will happen at a future date.

 

 

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