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Saturday tidbits: More Dolphins visits, Heat, Richt's special teams decision; Marlins; Local radio talk show news

It's a busy weekend at Dolphins camp, with defensive end Jason Jones, linebacker Sean Spence and quarterback Brandon Weeden visiting, and Miami working on scheduling more visits.

Among those in the works: defensive end Chris Clemons. His camp got a call early this morning, asking to set up a visit. Even though Jones is in the building today, the Dolphins apparently want to consider multiple options for a significant defensive end role, as part of a rotation with Mario Williams (who figures to play the vast majority of downs) and Cam Wake (the Dolphins don't want to overwork him).

Clemons, 34, has 69 career sacks, including 37 for Seattle from 2010 to 2013. He started 11 games for Jacksonville in 2014 and had eight sacks and four forced fumbles.

Last season, he played in 16 games for the Jaguars, starting eight, and had 14 tackles, three sacks and one forced fumble.

Pro Football Focus rated him 111th of 111 qualifying defensive ends last season, but several teams appear to strongly disagree with that assessment. Eight teams have expressed interest in Clemons, and he visited the Seahawks earlier this week.

Meanwhile, the Dolphins are among teams that have expressed interest in Eagles and former Dolphins free agent cornerback Nolan Carroll, according to a source. A visit has not been scheduled, but there has been communication between the sides. Carroll also is talking to the Eagles and others.

Carroll started 11 games for the Eagles last season, picking off two passes, before missing the final five games with a broken ankle. He played mostly as a backup for Philadelphia in 2014.

Before leaving for Philadelphia, Carroll had 26 starts and five interceptions for the Dolphins from 2010 to 2013. Miami drafted him in the fifth round in 2010 and overall, he has started 38 of 85 career games.

Pro Football Focus rated him 53rd among 111 cornerbacks last season.

Carroll is one of several cornerbacks the Dolphins are considering. Among the others: Josh Robinson, who visited Friday. The Dolphins don't want to spend big money on a No. 1 corner but are interested in adding a veteran or two on a reasonably-priced deal.

If you missed the post from last night, please check it out for info on Spence and Miami's draft options after moving down five spots. 

• Since the All-Star break, the Heat has outscored teams by 122 points with Goran Dragic in the game. Only three players are more than plus 100 since the break: Dragic, Kawhi Leonard (plus 123) and Draymond Green, who's third at plus 111. Nobody else is over 100....

Rookie Josh Richardson, who continues to impress, has made 10 of his last 13 three-pointers...  Joe Johnson is 11 for 17 on threes since joining the Heat.... Michael Beasley assisted the Heat last night; his 18 points in 15 minutes helped Houston beat Boston and allow Miami to close within a 1/2 game of the No. 3 Celtics.

• So why did Beno Udrih give up $90,000 to get the Heat under the luxury tax? “He knows the season is lost for him and he can’t come back; he felt this was the right thing to do, to help the team to give us that option to sign somebody,” said Goran Dragic, his closest friend on the team.  

By giving Miami more flexibility to sign Joe Johnson, Udrih likely has earned a full playoff share, or close to it, when players eventually vote. Udrih would love to return next season, and Miami is aware of that.

• With UM so limited at cornerback, one of the biggest questions for Mark Richt is whether to expose Corn Elder, his top cornerback and top returner, to the risk of injury on punt or kickoff returns.

Elder averaged 13.8 yards and scored a touchdown on 11 punt returns, and 33.8 yards on five kickoff returns (including the Duke miracle).

“At Georgia, Todd Gurley was their best player; he was returning kickoffs,” said UM special teams coordinator Todd Hartley, who worked for Richt with the Bulldogs. “Our best players are going to play. You can't be worried about [risk of injuries] too much. There are some discussions obviously, but if he's our best punt returner and gives us the best chance to change the game in a punt return, the guy is going to be out there. 

“I do have options, which is a great thing. I know about Corn. You look at [freshmen receivers and summer arrivals] Sam Bruce, Ahmmon Richards, Dionte Mullins. These kids are dynamic with the ball in their hands, so why not give them an opportunity to do that? That's what's good about spring and fall camp. You try them out…. You can win or lose a game on special teams quicker than any other phase of the game. In order to be great on special teams, you best players have to play.”

Among other return options: Braxton Berrios (4.2 average on 11 punts) and Mark Walton (17.6 average on 17 kickoffs).

Last season, Miami was 105th in kickoff returns at 19.2 per game. On punts, UM was 88th and 57th the past two years.

• The UM Sports Hall of Fame does a great job with its induction banquet every year and tickets are on sale for $100 apiece for this year's event on Thursday, March 31 at Jungle Island.

The inductees: Kellen Winslow Jr. (football); Joaquin Gonzalez (football), Willis McGahee (football), Will Allen (basketball), Tamara Jones (basketball), Jon Jay (baseball), Megan Bradley (tennis), Charlie Hodgson (swimming coach).

Call 305-666-6000 for tickets or go to UmSportsHallofFame.com.

• West Palm Beach-based attorney Amber Wilson has emerged as the heavy front-runner to replace Fox-bound Joy Taylor on 790 The Ticket's morning show, and I'm expecting her to get the job.

Wilson, who has appeared regularly on WFOR-CBS 4's Sports Bang with Jon Weiner, impressed management during her on-air audition recently. She would work alongside Jonathan Zaslow and Brett Romberg, competing with WQAM's Joe Rose and Curtis Stevenson.

• Marlins manager Don Mattingly said he wants to keep two left-handed relievers, which improves Craig Breslow’s chances of sticking with Mike Dunn. Perennially disappointing Brad Hand is out of options.... Al Leiter says his Marlins TV package includes just 20 to 30 games. He has other commitments working Yankees games for YES Network and appearing in MLB Network's studio.

Twitter: @flasportsbuzz

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