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Dolphins stayed out of Tebow bidding

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--Despite the natural appeal of returning Tim Tebow to the state of Florida, the Dolphins weren't one of the team's bidding for his services.

The Dolphins will be installing a west coast offense and team sources say Tebow, who was traded to the New York Jets, lacked the footwork and accuracy to make Joe Philbin's offense work.

The Dolphins' coaches would much rather find a quarterback in the draft who can develop and learn while competing for playing time with Garrard and Moore. While Tebow would have been good for ticket sales - and the Dolphins could have certainly used the help - owner Steve Ross typically avoids making those types of football decisions.

--Recently released Miami Dolphins safety Yeremiah Bell has drawn interest on the free-agent market, but Drew Rosenhaus, his agent, acknowledged there's a chance Bell could return to his former team.

Rosenhaus expressed disappointment in the timing of Bell's release, but said "(He will) will land on his feet."

"There is interest, and maybe there's a chance he'll come back to the Dolphins," Rosenhaus said in an interview with WQAM Radio. "I certainly will not get into the way that I feel. Let us just move on."

Rosenhaus began his interview by saying he does "a lot of business with the Dolphins," and will follow the "if you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all" approach when addressing Ireland's handling of Bell.

Ireland acknowledged he informed Bell and Rosenhaus that they were safe - wouldn't be released, and didn't need to restructure his deal - back at the NFL Combine last month. However, the Dolphins released Bell a week into free agency, after all the teams looking for starting safeties had signed one.

While the move can be viewed as smart strategy, there are ethical concerns about the way Bell, a team captain, was treated by Ireland and the organization.

Numerous players on the team were disturbed by the message the organization sent.

"I certainly think he's one of the top strong safeties in the game and I do believe he will land on his feet and continue to be a fine player," Rosenhaus said of Bell, who has led the Dolphins in tackles for four straight seasons. "He has a lot of good football left in him."

The Dolphins haven't closed the door on re-signing Bell, but it will have to be at a reduced rate. Miami created $4.3 million in salary-cap space by releasing Bell. It's possible that Reshad Jones could move over from free safety and fill the void Bell's departure creates.

--Jamaal Westerman, a 6-3, 255-pound defensive end the Dolphins signed in free agency, crossed the rivalry lines by leaving the New York Jets.

"It's kind of crazy seeing the rivalry from both sides," Westerman said. "A lot of you don't get to see it."

Westerman, 27, played 36 games with three starts - all last season. He compiled 32 tackles, 3.5 sacks and a forced fumble during his three seasons.

It's uncertain what position he'll play, but the Dolphins envision using him as a "pressure player," and it is likely that he'll compete for the starting spot opposite Cameron Wake. He joins Wake, Koa Misi and Jason Trusnik as the only veteran outside linebackers on the Dolphins roster.

"They told me my role would be defensive end, outside linebacker and my ability to play a lot of different spots on the defense to move around a little bit and show my versatility and my athleticism," Westerman said. "I'm going to try to work with coach Coyle and the D-line coach (Kacy Rodgers) and really getting after it this year."

QUOTE TO NOTE
"I get criticized if my moves don't work out, but I'm not willing to sit on the sidelines and let some other opportunities pass us by. Sometimes that entails taking chances, going out on a limb. That's why we went after Peyton (Manning)." -- Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland told the Palm Beach Post.

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