Miami Dolphins Notes, Quotes 2009-05-08

--The major reason that six-time Pro Bowl defensive end Jason Taylor will probably end up in Foxboro and not back in Miami has more to do with the presence of CFL export Cameron Wake than any alleged rift between Taylor and vice president of football operations Bill Parcells.

Despite being 27 years old, Wake made his practice-field debut at a rookie minicamp last weekend; his only NFL experience came at a Giants training camp in 2005 when he was unable to crack the roster as an undrafted player out of Penn State.

The 6-3, 240-pound Wake eventually made it to the CFL where he was named Defensive Player of the Year the past two seasons while amassing 39 sacks, including 23 last year for the British Columbia Lions.

"I went a different route than a lot of guys who went straight from college right into the pros. I took a year off. A lot of people say it's a blessing in disguise and I feel the same way," Wake said. "It wasn't fun when it happened. Believe me. I was devastated like anyone else would be. But when you take a year off because something you love is taken away from you, you learn how much you appreciate it. I worked my butt off to get back to where I am now."

"I've just got to shake the dust off and get back into the swing of things."

--Dolphins owner Stephen M. Ross hired former Boston Red Sox CEO Mike Dee to a similar role with Dolphins Enterprises. However, that doesn't change the football end of the organization, which remains with vice president of football operations Bill Parcells.

--The NFL is honoring the original eight AFL franchises in 16 "legacy" games next season, and the Dolphins -- who came along in 1966 or six years after the AFL's inception -- will participate in three of the games. They'll visit the Jets on Nov. 1 and Bills on Nov. 29, and play host to the Patriots on Dec. 6. Their opponents will wear throwback uniforms, but the Dolphins will not.

--Agent Drew Rosenhaus is using Twitter to send messages to whomever about his clients. This week he posted comments about CB Will Allen and LB Matt Roth.

"Will Allen of the Dolphins is excited to be in the last year of his contract and is hopeful of signing an extension to remain in Miami."

Of Roth, Rosenhaus said: "Matt Roth is also in the last year of his contract and would like to sign a long-term extension with the Dolphins before the season."

--In the aftermath of the Cowboys' tragic collapse of their practice bubble in Irving, Texas, last week which left a scout paralyzed and an assistant coach with a broken back, the designer and manufacturer of the Dolphins' indoor bubble speculated that Dolphins vice president of football operations Bill Parcells -- who requested and received the Cowboys' bubble from owner Jerry Jones before his first season as coach there in 2003 -- would've asked for his company's safer air-supported structure rather than Summit Structure's metal-supported roof.

"I don't know what their reasoning was for avoiding the air-supported structure," Dan Fraioli, CEO and chief engineer of Air Structures American Technologies Inc, told the San Antonio Express-News. "If Parcells had a say, I'd think they'd have gone with an air-supported structure."

Fraioli also built an indoor air-supported practice bubble for the Jets when Parcells was coaching there. The Dolphins' facility was built to withstand 140-mph hurricane winds.

--The Dolphins are expected to announce Friday that Dolphin Stadium will be called LandShark Stadium next year as part of a naming rights deal with Anheuser-Busch, who produces the beer with legendary South Floridian singer Jimmy Buffett and his Margaritaville restaurant enterprise. New Dolphins owner Stephen M. Ross is intent on turning Dolphins games into events, featuring concerts in a carnival-like atmosphere to draw fans away from their 52-inch high-definition televisions and out to the stadium.

"You've got high-definition televisions at home so I've got to give them an experience that's much better than what you can get in your own home. But the most important thing is winning football games," Ross said. "There's nothing I can do to replace that."

QUOTE TO NOTE: "There were nights I slept on the bathroom floor, the locker room, the bus or the press box. We had a key. All this just to make my goals and dream come true and now because I didn't get drafted, it feels like I did it for no reason. But I'm going to make it work." -- Dolphins free agent WR Brennan Marion out of Tulsa, who admitted that he was homeless during three months of his sophomore season at De Anza Junior College, located near San Francisco.

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Added: May 8, 2009