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Jonathan Martin's performance in his second week of OTAs is a little concerning.

The Dolphins' second-round pick is struggling to anchor on running plays, and his area is being compromised by speed rushers.

In fairness to Martin, this is the first time since high school he's playing right tackle considering he's been a left tackle at Stanford for the past three years. But Martin clearly needs time to get use to the new spot.

Cameron Wake, the Dolphins' Pro Bowl pass rusher, has been borderline abusive to the rookie. But coach Joe Philbin made it clear the offensive lineman, who missed all but one week of OTAs because of Stanford's quarter system, needs the beating to get better.

"That's great stuff," Philbin said. "Coach (Jim) Turner can sit in a meeting room and talk about how you pass set and I can tell you to time up your punch and that it's a six-inch punch and act real smart, but until you get out there and do it, it's a different animal going up against that type of athlete. It's great experience for him."

Good thing for Miami, Lydon Murtha isn't chopped liver, and remains in the mix to serve as the starting right tackle.

MEDICAL WATCH

--CB Richard Marshall, who was sidelined by leg injury for two weeks, participated in all of Miami's minicamp.

--CB Vontae Davis, who has been sidelined by an undisclosed injury during the OTA sessions, participated in minicamp.

--WR Brian Hartline, who has sat out most of the team's OTA practices, missed minicamp because of a medical issue. But it was not related to a leg injury.

--CB Nolan Carroll sat out the last day of minicamp because of an undisclosed leg issue.

--RB Jonas Gray continues to be sidelined by an ACL injury he suffered in November.

FRANCHISE PLAYER
None.

TRANSITION PLAYER
None.

UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS (not tendered offers)

--OLB Ikaika Alama-Francis (not tendered as UFA).

--OG Vernon Carey (not tendered as UFA).

--QB J.P. Losman (not tendered as UFA).

RESTRICTED FREE AGENTS
None.

EXCLUSIVE RIGHTS FREE AGENTS
None.

DRAFT CHOICES SIGNED

--T Jonathan Martin (2/42): 4 yrs, terms unknown.

--LB Josh Kaddu (5/155): 4 yrs, terms unknown.

--WR B.J. Cunningham (6/183): 4 yrs, terms unknown.

--DT Kheeston Randall (7/215): 4 yrs, terms unknown.

--WR Rishard Matthews (7/227): 4 yrs, terms unknown.

PLAYERS RE-SIGNED

--DT Ryan Baker: Not tendered as RFA; terms unknown.

--TE Jeron Mastrud: ERFA; terms unknown.

--DE Phillip Merling: RFA tendered at $1.26M with third-round pick as compensation); $1.26M/1 yr (subsequently cut).

--OT Lydon Murtha: RFA tendered at $1.927 with second-round pick as compensation); $1.927M/1 yr.

--RB Steve Slaton: UFA; 1 yr, terms unknown.

--NT Paul Soliai: UFA; $12M/2 yrs, $6M guaranteed.

--LB Austin Spitler: ERFA; terms unknown.

PLAYERS ACQUIRED

--QB David Garrard: FA; $3.35M/1 yr, $1M SB/$1.5M incentives.

--LB Gary Guyton: UFA Patriots; 1 yr, terms unknown.

--T/G Artis Hicks: UFA Browns; $2M/1 yr.

--S Tyrell Johnson: UFA Vikings; 1 yr, terms unknown.

--CB Richard Marshall: UFA Cardinals; $16M/3 yrs, $6M guaranteed.

--WR Legedu Naanee: UFA Panthers; 1 yr, terms unknown.

--WR Chad Ochocinco: FA Patriots; terms unknown.

--LB Jamaal Westerman: Not tendered as RFA by Jets; 1 yr, terms unknown.

PLAYERS LOST

--CB Will Allen: UFA Patriots; $1.025M/1 yr, $25,000 SB.

--S Yeremiah Bell (released).

--OT Marc Colombo: UFA; retired.

--QB Chad Henne: UFA Jaguars; $6.75M/2 yrs.

--RB Lex Hilliard: Not tendered as RFA/Vikings; $615,000/1 yr.

--DE Kendall Langford: UFA Rams; $22M/4 yrs, $4M SB/$6M fully guaranteed/$5M '13 base guaranteed against injury.

--WR Brandon Marshall (traded Bears).

--DE Phillip Merling (released)

--LB Marvin Mitchell: UFA Vikings; 1 yr, terms unknown.

--LB Jason Taylor (UFA; retired).

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