Dolphins sign safety, nine now on roster
The Miami Dolphins added another safety to their crowded secondary, signing former North Carolina A&T safety Will Billingsley to a rookie free-agent contract.
Billingsley, 5-foot-10 and 195 pounds, was eligible for the 2007 NFL Draft, but was not selected, and did not spend training camp on an NFL roster.
During his college years at North Carolina A&T, a Division I-AA school that competes in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, the Fort Wayne, Ind., native contributed 109 tackles, two interceptions and broke up 10 passes.
Billingsley, whose level of experience makes him a long shot to make the 53-man roster, is the fourth safety the Dolphins have either signed or re-signed this offseason.
Chris Crocker, who started the past three seasons for the Falcons, Keith Davis, who spent his first five years playing for Dallas, and Yeremiah Bell, the Dolphins starter in 2006, were all signed to compete with Jason Allen, Tuff Harris and Courtney Bryan for the two starting safety spots.
There are presently nine safeties on the roster, but it's unlikely that Renaldo Hill and Cameron Worrell, two starters from last season who suffered ACL injuries around midseason, would be rehabilitated enough to compete in training camp when practices begin in July.
NFL SCHEDULE UNVEILING
The NFL will reveal its 2008 schedule at 2 p.m. today on the NFL Network and its Web site, nfl.com.
Because the Dolphins finished at the bottom of their division, they'll play every other last-place AFC club.
Home games are against Buffalo, Seattle, New England, Oakland, San Diego, Baltimore, San Francisco and the New York Jets.
Road games are against the Bills, Patriots, Jets, Broncos, Chiefs, Texans, Cardinals and Rams.
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