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Former 1st-Round Pick Watkins Signs With Dolphins

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Danny Watkins #63 of the Philadelphia Eagles pauses during play against the Baltimore Ravens in a preseason game on August 11, 2011 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Danny Watkins #63 of the Philadelphia Eagles pauses during play against the Baltimore Ravens in a preseason game on August 11, 2011 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

DAVIE, Fla. (AP) — Former first-round draft pick Danny Watkins says he’s grateful for a fresh start with the Miami Dolphins after being cut by the Philadelphia Eagles.

Watkins signed a $555,000, one-year contract with Miami and joined the team Tuesday.

“It’s the most exciting time in my life again,” he said after practice. “I’ve had a grin on my face since this morning. It’s been great.”

Watkins, a guard, spent two seasons with the Eagles and started 18 games before losing his job early last year. He was a surprise choice with the 23rd overall selection at age 26 when the Eagles made him the oldest first-round pick at that time since 1980.

Watkins will provide depth behind starting guards Richie Incognito and John Jerry. Miami waived second-year center Josh Samuda.

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