AFC East Notebook
According to the Sun-Sentinel, the Miami Dolphins are showing interest in former BYU running back Harvey Unga. Unga, who is the leading rusher in BYU history after amassing 3,455 rushing yards and 36 touchdowns in three full seasons, will be for the taking in the July 15 supplemental draft. The Dolphins already have a crowded backfield with Ronnie Brown, Ricky Williams, Patrick Cobbs and Lex Hilliard taking handoffs, and taking Unga would cost at least a fifth round pick in 2011. Unga withdrew from school in April for an honor code violation.
The Dolphins signed former San Diego Charger Tim Dobbins to a two-year contract extension. Miami acquired the inside linebacker via draft-day trade. Dolphins’ long snapper John Denney and punter Brandon Fields were also signed to two and three-year extensions, respectively.
Reports from Bills camp suggest running back Marshawn Lynch will stay in Buffalo this season. Lynch showed up to his first offseason practice last Tuesday after failing to make an appearance at team workouts and/or get in contact with new head coach Chan Gailey. Bills GM Buddy Nix has expressed intentions to keep Lynch in Buffalo despite reports of the Seahawks’ interest to trade for Lynch. Lynch, however, was reportedly absent Thursday from the Bills’ last day of OTAs to be at a wedding.
Wes Welker was active for team drills in Patriots’ minicamp but, as expected, did not participate fully… WEEI Sportsradio Network reported that Pro Bowl guard Logan Mankins, who is in a contract dispute with the Patriots, was the only player absent from minicamp.
The AFC East Notebook is a GreenAndWhiteReport.com exclusive compiled by Nicholas St. Denis.